Audley Harrison joins Full Tilt Poker

Audley Harrison has signed a sponsorship deal with Full Tilt Poker ahead of his World Heavyweight title fight with David Haye in November.

Harrison will represent the fastest growing online poker site at a number of high profile live tournaments and online, while Full Tilt Poker branding will be prominent on the 38 year-old when he steps into the ring against Haye at the M.E.N Arena on November 13, in one of the biggest all-British fights the country has ever seen.

The Londoner had a chance meeting with Matchroom Sport managing director Eddie Hearn at the World Series of Poker in 2009. Both entered the main event and the business man drew a seat next to the Olympic gold medallist and after discussions, Harrison agreed to enter Matchroom Sport’s Prizefighter Heavyweights III tournament in October that year.

The fighter went on to win the event at London’s ExCeL before claiming the European title with a dramatic final round knockout of Michael Sprott, a title he vacated to path the way to his forthcoming Sky Box Office clash with Haye. Harrison is currently training at Big Bear in California ahead of the fight and Sky Sports News will be reporting on his training live with the fighter from 3.10pm (UK time) and throughout the rest of the day.

Harrison takes his poker very seriously and has the results to back it up with – a pair of WSOP cashes sit next to a runner’s-up finish at the Bellagio Cup and a third place ending at the Venetian Deep Stack in June this year.

“I fell in love with poker while living in Las Vegas and have spent time learning how to play the game from the professionals who reside there,” said Harrison. “I have had some great results already in the game and Eddie and I have been looking at joining the right team for a while now. We have found the perfect partner in Full Tilt Poker and I look forward to representing them both in the ring and on the tables. Next time I'm in action on the felt, I plan to have the WBA Heavyweight Championship belt round my waist.”

“I have heard it a hundred times from sportsmen and celebrities who think they can play the game but very few can, Audley is certainly in that small number,” said Hearn, Harrison’s promoter. “I watched him come close to winning the deep stack event at the Venetian in July and I think he has a big tournament result in his locker. The partnership with Full Tilt is an exciting one and I know Audley will be a great ambassador for the brand.”

About Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker™ is the host of a worldwide virtual poker cardroom service. It is not in the business of betting or wagering and does not participate in the games as a player. It merely provides a service to those who wish to test their skills against others for fun, prizes or money. It is duly regulated and licensed by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. With innovative graphics, superior customer service and a safe, secure interface, the software is geared to enhance and personalize the online poker experience. Although virtual poker is legal where the games are hosted and played, it may not be legal where individual players are located. Players at all skill levels may download the software at but it is their responsibility to determine if participating in the games is permitted under the laws of the jurisdiction where they are located.

Article posted on 11.10.2010

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