Online poker website partypoker recently announced that UK poker player Patrick Leonard has joined its team of poker brand ambassadors. Leonard is a well-known online poker player with a number of online tournament wins to his credit as well as live winnings of $254,852.
He has topped the ranking charts of PocketFives Online Poker Rankings quite a few times in his career so far.
Partypoker was once one of the market leaders in the online poker industry but slowly lost out on its market share to the likes of PokerStars and 888poker.
partypoker has been trying to reclaim lost ground by revamping its policies, programs and loyalty schemes in order to attract more players to its site.
The company is also attempting to pay more attention to the players’ views and improve communication with them. As a part of this effort, the company has been taking Leonard’s inputs to improve its product and tournament offerings.
In a statement, Leonard said
partypoker are far from the finished product, but the people behind the scenes have the players’ best interests at heart and I’m happy to represent a site like that. I won’t be making decisions, but I will be heard. That’s the most important thing to me.
The poker pro acknowledged that just a few months ago he had uninstalled the partypoker software because he did not like the software, the tournament structures and the prize pools offered. However he noticed that company was slowly incorporating changes based on player feedback which made him feel that the company was serious about listening to their players.
Leonard said that he now speaks to the company on a regular basis offering inputs and suggestions for improvement and confirmed that many of them get implemented pretty quick.
He stated that the company was actively working to improve its communication with players. This openness has been cited by Leonard as the key reason for him to accept partypoker’s offer to become its ambassador. A number of poker sites had approached him to become an ambassador but he refused the offers as he didn’t feel comfortable representing sites when he disagreed with their views.
Leonard added that although progressive changes were being introduced by the partypoker management, the site is still a long way from becoming the number one online poker website in the industry. He stated that he looks forward to working with partypoker and hopes that he can contribute to making partypoker a better poker site that offers great tournaments that come with the biggest guarantees and best formats.