Aaron Paul, the star of the hit television show, Breaking Bad, will become the first poker playing celebrity to join the Global Poker League (GPL). This announcement was made after Paul signed a contract to represent the LA Sunset team, at the Americas Conference.
An entertainment concept
The Global Poker League (GPL) is a modern mainstream, audience centric poke competition. The contest has a zero buy in structure, where players form teams of six members and play against each other online, in studio or at live venues and events. The matches are streamed worldwide, live via various platforms.
Paul’s involvement with GPL comes as a great surprise and delight to many fans of Paul, Braking Bad and GPL; celebrity endorsement and participation from someone of his stature is likely to draw more fans toward online poker and GPL.
While fans eagerly wait to see the A list star in action, they are also curious about how the LA Sunset managed to connect with him.
Maria Ho, GPL LA Sunset Team Manager and the host of the 2016 Poker Listings Battle of Malta, confirmed that actress Traci Szymanski was able to put the team in touch with Paul. Ho said, “I have a really good friend named Traci Szymanski who was able to connect us and make this deal happen.”
Just the first VIP?
The entire poker community and in particular, GPL, owes Szymanski, Ho and Alexandre Dreyfus, the CEO of Mediarex Sports & Entertainment, a big thank you. Signing Aaron Paul opens the door for many other well-known celebrities to follow in suit; it also helps advertise GPL and online poker to the 2.6 million Twitter fans who already follow Paul on the social media platform
Ho expressed her excitement about getting the Breaking Bad star on board; “I am beyond thrilled that we were able to get Aaron Paul as the Wild Card for the LA SunSet.” said Ho. Besides his celebrity and reach, Ho also spoke of Pauls passion and his abilities as a poker player, she said, “He is not only going to bring his love for the game of poker to the league but also be incredibly entertaining to watch. Don’t underestimate his poker ability though! He’s got skills!”
Besides Paul the line-up of the LA sunset for 2016 include Fedor Holz; the 22 year old professional poker player from Germany, Oliver Busquet; the American born poker player from New York, Eugene Katchalov; a professional poker player from Brooklyn, New York, born in Kiev, Ukraine, who was also winner of the largest payout for a non-championship event in the World Poker Tour – Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic in 2007, Chance Kornuth; Denver born American poker player, ranked 17 for Payer of the Year 2016 and last but not least Maria Ho herself; a professional poker player, television personality, the current celebrity spokesperson for the WinStar World Casino and co-host and commentator for the show The Final Table presented by Rush Street Productions.