The Poker Night in America (PNA) was held for the first time in August at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York and was well received. The PNA will now visit Reno, Nevada during the 15th-25th of November and will be held at the Peppermill Resort-Spa-Casino. Since Nevada is one of the few states to offer online poker, Ultimate Poker has decided to partner with PNA to offer residents and tourists in Nevada the opportunity to participate in online satellite events which will be held during the PNA events.
PNA has confirmed that it will have 24 events during its 11-day visit and the highlight will be a $1,100 buy-in Main Event. Ultimate Poker confirmed that it plans to host a minimum of three mega-satellites that will give players a chance to win free entry to the PNA Main Event. The main event will receive national coverage during the early part of 2014 as the organizers have plans to record and telecast the event.
In Nevada, Ultimate Poker and WSOP.com are currently offering online poker services and both companies are battling to gain market share and be the number one provider. This partnership with PNA will enable Ultimate Poker to stay ahead of the competition and enhance its reputation and brand image.
Ultimate Poker did receive some negative publicity the past week as two of its sponsored members of “Team U” quit and took to social media to voice their discontent with Ultimate Poker. Tom Marchese and Randy Dorfman were contracted by Ultimate Poker in June 2013 as part of a sponsored deal. Marchese and Dorfman quit in succession as they were not happy with their relationship with Ultimate Poker.
There is also speculation that Gavin Griffin who is another member of “Team U” might also be on his way out. There are no pictures of Gavin Griffin on the Ultimate Poker website.
Dorfman posted on Facebook
I have resigned from Ultimate Poker as their Team Pro. At this point in my life there are more important and creative things for me to be involved with. To have your ideas and experiences from the game I love fall on deaf ears while you bust your ass to build a game for a new Company just was extremely frustrating to me. I wish UP [Ultimate Poker] the best and I hope things do turn around for them. I met some great people there and hopefully the chemistry between all involved gets straighten out soon.