Padraig Parkinson Named as Partypoker Ambassador to IrelandJanuary 12, 2017 1:42 pm
Over the past few months, partypoker has been busy appointing ambassadors to cover live tournaments taking place across the UK & Ireland. Last June, for instance, the operator signed Welsh player Roberto Romanello, followed by English pro Sam Trickett in November, and now just a couple of weeks into 2017, partypoker has added Ireland’s Padraig Parkinson to its stable of sponsored ambassadors.
The 59-year-old Irish poker legend cashed in at his first live tournament back in 1994, and just a few years later he had established himself on the international circuit after finishing the 1999 WSOP Main Event in 3rd place for a $489,125 payday. In 2006, Padraig Parkinson also finished 3rd at the WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $203,139, and all told the Irish pro has amassed $1,795,101 in winnings from live tournaments.
As a result, Parkinson currently sits at number 5 on Ireland All Time Money List, behind Andy Black ($4,676,143), Marty Smyth ($3,878,675), Eoghan O’Dea ($2,801,127), and Dermot Blain ($2,188,976). Following his sponsorship deal with partypoker, the brand’s Group Head, Tom Waters stated:
“It is a pleasure to have Padraig join the partypoker team as an ambassador and we are delighted to have such a highly regarded and well-known professional representing us in the Irish market.”
Parkinson’s first appearance representing partypoker will be at the Northern Cup on January 21, followed by the Grand Prix Cork taking place at the Macau Sporting Club from February 23-26, which will feature a $2.4 million prizepool, and a flagship Main Event with a buy-in of €340. As well as touring the Irish poker circuit, Parkinson will also attend the partypoker sponsored MILLIONS at the Dusk Till Dawn club in April.
“I am proud to join the partypoker team of ambassadors and am extremely excited about the live opportunities that partypoker LIVE will bring to Ireland in 2017. With the support of partypoker I look forward to continuing my work to grow the Irish poker community,” commented partypoker’s newest ambassador.