Ana Marquez Becomes 888poker Sponsored ProJuly 9, 2018 2:03 pm
Established in 2002, 888poker has made significant strides in the poker industry over the past few years, including being voted the “Best Digital Operator” at the Global Gaming Awards in 2016. The brand, recognized for having one of the friendliest poker communities, currently boasts around 10 million registered members worldwide, which it has managed to build up through its 888Live events, as well as long-term strategy of building relationships via its roster of ambassadors.
In fact, 888poker boasts a diverse stable of pros from different parts of the world who excel across a range of different games and buy-ins. It also has a variety of men and women representing the brand, with its latest addition being Spanish pro Ana Marquez. After news of her addition was announced, Marquez took to her instagram account and wrote:
“My passion for this game keeps growing and growing, and i couldn’t be happier to join this supporting and empowering team. @888poker_official thank you for letting me be part of your family.”
Marquez embarked upon a career as a poker professionally in 2009, and soon raised her profile as a player after finishing the 2011 PCA Main Event in 10th place for $155K. She was snapped up by Team PokerStars Pro soon after, and that year went on to amass a total of $212,759 in winnings.
In 2013, Marquez then recorded her biggest year to date worth $541,445, helped along by victory at the $2,500 Hollywood Poker Open for $320,189, still representing her biggest score to date. She then slowed down her approach to the game in 2014 and 2015, and considered exploring other careers, stating at the time that she was nearing 30-years old, and had spent almost her entire twenties playing “poker, poker, poker”.
In the end, however, Marquez managed to revitalize her passion for the game by balancing her life with more spirituality and exercise, as well as enjoying the company of a variety of friends both in and out of the poker world. Her poker results have been rising steadily ever since, and this year she was earned $115,454 from tournaments, including winning the €2,200 888poker LIVE Bucharest High Roller for €26,080 ($32,068).
Furthermore, Marquez is currently in action at the 2018 WSOP, and made an impressive run at $3,000 No Limit Hold’em – 6 Handed (Event #28), eventually finishing in 6th place for $67,116. In total, the Spanish pro boasts a solid $1,259,531 in career winnings overall.
888poker has a sizeable team of ambassadors which includes players from the UK (Chris Moorman), Brazil (Vivian Saliba, Bruno Politano), Canada (Parker Talbot), Sweden (Martin Jacobson), Norway (Sofia Lovgren), Germany (Dominik Nitsche, Natalie Hof), and Spain (Marti Roca de Torres).
In addition to cultural diversity, 888poker also promotes gender diversity, with its group of five sponsored women including Kara Scott, Saliba, Lovgren, Hof, and now Marquez. The site’s number of female pros better represents the growing number of women taking part in poker, while Marquez’s sponsorship deal also fits 888poker’s strategy of building up its presence in the European market following the European shared online liquidity project involving Spain, Italy, France, and Portugal.
Ahead of the 2018 WSOP Main Event, 888poker announced its 8-Team Competition, involving seven “national” teams of three players, each vying to last longer than each other in the tournament. Seats through to the 2019 WSOP Main Event will be awarded to each winning team member, who will also revel in the pride that comes with contributing to their country’s success on a worldwide stage.
With Day 4 already in the bag, currently just two players from the competition remain, both of whom are team captains, namely Arseniy Karmatskiy (Russia) and Chris Moorman (UK). Moorman helped to propel his team out in front after finishing the day on a 907,000 stack, and is now hoping to outlast Team Russia presently on 160 points, with Karmatskiy starting Day 5 nursing a 566,000 stack.