In a non-surprise move yesterday, Absolute Poker and UB let go all of their team pros.
Eliminated from the roster were recent signee Prahlad Friedman, spokesperson Joe Sebok, as well as Trishelle Cannatella, Eric “Basebaldy” Baldwin, Maria Ho, Tiffany Michelle, Brandon Cantu, Scott Ian, “Hollywood” Dave Stann, Adam “Roothlus” Levy, and Bryan Devonshire.
Many of the pros were notified via email.
So the first die has been cast by UB. The next logical question is: who’s next?
The general consensus across the industry is there’s no way any U.S. Full Tilt Red Pro is keeping his/her deal. That one seems only a matter of time before it’s made official. There unfortunately just isn’t any real value for the average American grinder on Tilt any more if there’s no U.S. market.
Most expect the 14 Team Full Tilt members though to keep their sponsorship contracts.
Things get more interesting on the PokerStars side. With approximately 25% of their market share gone after leaving the U.S., the value of people like Dennis Phillips, Tom McEvoy, and Dennis Phillips, and Dennis Phillips, seems greatly diminished.
We figure there will be much more clarity around who is keeping their deals and who is not by the WSOP in a few weeks.
Read the full AP/UB statement here.