UB Lets Go Pros: Who’s Next?

So long UB patch. Hello form-fitting WCP women's tee.

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.


3 Responses

  1. TheBoardOfGovernor

    May 10, 2011 9:38 pm, Reply

    What is the medium and long term future of poker in the U.S.A., post 4/15?

    High-stakes players will gravitate to Las Vegas and maybe Atlantic City, but what will happen to the mid-stakes players who played solely on the Internet? So many of today’s young professionals started out playing micro-stakes online, and that won’t be happening any longer.

    If Americans don’t get internet play back, poker will be dominated by Europeans, Brits and Aussies (and maybe a Canadian or two). And it will be much less entertaining.

    • Jesse Walker

      May 10, 2011 11:07 pm, Reply

      Lol! I don’t know I’m pretty entertained by Aussies. I think the US players are just going to get better as the really serious players are being funnelled toward sites like Carbon poker, playing each other and getting even better.

      • Cocojr

        May 11, 2011 1:08 am,

        Less Entertaining? Gee, the most popular player seems to be Canadian……

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