Ultimate Poker "Cares Little About Offering A First Rate Product" According To Tom MarcheseOctober 23, 2013 11:22 am
Back in June, Nevada online poker site Ultimate Poker bolstered its sponsored players roster to nine but this past week ‘Team Ultimate’ became shorter by two after Randy Dorfman and Tom Marchese decided to leave the fledgling company.
Randy Dorfman was an option market maker and trader for 20 years, but since leaving Wall Street has been playing poker daily, notching up $1,432,317 in tournament earnings along the way. Citing differences in his relationship with Ultimate Poker, Dorfman explained his reason for leaving the site in the following terms:
“I have resigned from Ultimate Poker as their Team Pro. At this point in my life there are more important and creative things for me to be involved with. To have your ideas and experiences from the game I love fall on deaf ears while you bust your ass to build a game for a new Company just was extremely frustrating to me. I wish UP [Ultimate Poker] the best and I hope things do turn around for them. I met some great people there and hopefully the chemistry between all involved gets straighten out soon.”
2010 Card Player Player of the Year, Tom Marchese, has won an enviable $4,644,630 playing live tournaments, but also cited product concerns at America’s first legalized online poker room, explaining: “I quit working for ultimate poker. I was unwilling to endorse a company that cares little about offering a first rate product.”
In addition, Gavin Griffin’s photo and details are also missing from the site’s list of pros, although, as of yet, there is currently no official announcement as to his status at Ultimate Poker.
Nevertheless, despite the recent departures Ultimate Poker still maintains an impressive roster of sponsored pros, including Antonio Esfandiari, Dan O’Brien, Jason Somerville, Jonathon Little, Lauren Kling, Phil Collins and William Reynolds.