Aug 20, 2014
888 poker signs Flamboyant November Niner Bruno Politano
By RTR Dennis
888poker just seem to keep bucking trends in online poker left and right. First, their player traffic increased during the second quarter of 2014, despite the overall industry experiencing an 8% traffic decrease. Now, they've signed colorful November Niner Bruno Politano to an ambassadorship deal at a time when PokerStars and Ultimate Poker dropped a combined seven pros.
Of course, it's not hard to see why 888 would break this trend for Politano, given that he has the biggest personality of any Main Event player left. Let's discuss Politano's personality more in depth along with what 888 hope that he brings to the table in November.
Bruno Politano is all for his country
If the 2014 WSOP Main Event title was given based on passion alone, Politano would simply be mailed the $10 million prize right now. The entrepreneur is all about representing Brazil on the Main Event final table. "Brazil is a community of brothers - everybody supports everybody," he said earlier this summer. "Brazilian guys rail for the other, pray for the other. If you are good, everybody’s good."
Given that he bleeds green, blue and yellow, Politano is the perfect guy to further 888poker's marketing campaign in Brazil. Last summer they signed Politano's countrymen, Bruno Kawauti and Nicolau Villa-Lobos, giving them three Brazilian ambassadors.
What to expect from Bruno Politano on the WSOP final table...
It's highly doubtful that 888 expect to see Politano and their patch in the winner's circle come November. After all, he's currently ninth with 12.125 million chips, so it wouldn't be a shock to see him bust out first.
However, what Politano does bring to the table is an outgoing and fun personality that's sure to get him some screen time on ESPN. Moreover, he definitely figures to be a good representative not only for 888, but for poker in general. Assuming he makes a strong run and overcomes his chip disadvantage, Politano will also make Brazilians very proud too.