When I was a kid, I couldn't tell you what position Reggie Jackson played for my hometown Yankees. However, I could tell you that he endorsed Reggie Bars, just as Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra pitched non-baseball products such as Mr. Coffee and Yoo-hoo. Today, online poker sites are getting some of your favorite pros to play exclusively on their sites along with appearing in print advertisements and on television commercials. You don't have to win a seat in the WSOP to get the chance to play against the best players in the world. With the convenience of online poker, amateurs have the opportunity to play against their idols for a small monetary investment.
Several top notched pros are partners in Full Tilt Poker. That group includes Howard Lederer, Erik Seidel, Jen Harman, Phil Ivey, Andy Bloch, John Juanda, Chris Ferguson, Erick Lindgren, Phil Gordon, Clonie Gowen, and Mike Matusow. Those pros have won a combined 26 WSOP bracelets and you have the chance to play against them in high stakes action or in lower buy-in tournaments and cash games. Full Tilt has the biggest group of pros playing on their site such as WPT Player of the Year Gavin Smith, Allen Cunningham, Perry Friedman, Richard Brodie, Huck Seed, John D'Agostino, David Grey, Ben Roberts, Steve Zolotow, Layne Flack, Kristy Gazes, Rafe Furst, David Singer, and Paul Wolfe. Members of Britain's Hendon Mob recently signed a deal with Full Tilt and the likes of Barny Boatman, Ross Boatman, Ram Vaswami, and Joe Beevers can be found at their tables.
PokerStars has a group of pros called Team PokerStars, which includes the last three WSOP Champions in Joe Hachem, Greg Raymer, and Chris Moneymaker. Other members of Team PokerStars include Tom McEvoy, Isabelle Mercier and actor/writer Wil Wheaton.
The legendary Doyle Brunson plays at his own online poker room aptly called Doyle's Room, along with the "Mad Genius of Poker" Mike Caro and Doyle's son Todd. You can collect bounties if you knock any of them out of a tournament. Pros such as Barry Greenstein, Minh Ly, Dewey Tomko, Eli Elezra, and Billy Baxter play at Doyle's Room along with celebrities like Kevin Connolly (from the HBO series Entourage), Nicky Hilton, and Pamela Anderson. Ultimate Bet is endorsed by WSOP Champions Phil Hellmuth, Scotty Nguyen, and Russ Hamilton along with Annie Duke, Antonio Esfandiari, and John Vorhaus.
Martin's Poker was started by Swedish pro and WPT Champion Martin de Knijff. His site features top European pros such as Patrik Antonius, Alex Stevic, Henric Olander, Peter Eichhardt, and Tobias Persson. They added young guns from America to their roster such as John Phan and the lovely Liz Lieu.
You can find plenty of actors and celebrities over at Hollywood Poker such as James Woods, Vince Van Patten, Dick Van Patten, Mimi Rogers, Jon Favreau, Tim Busfield, Ken Howard (from the White Shadow), Kato Kaelin, Dennis Quaid, and Kevin Nealon. Former baseball players Gary Carter and Lenny Dykstra also play on Hollywood Poker.
BoDog has several young players on their roster such as Josh Arieh, David Williams, and Evelyn Ng. Actress Shannon Elizabeth also endorses BoDog. Daniel Negreanu started up Full Contact Poker then later sold it. He's still a consultant and the ambassador for Full Contact Poker, where he plays exclusively. Kenna James is a pitchman for Sun Poker. Mike Sexton is associated with Party Poker. Absolute Poker has Mark Seif, Sean McCabe, Shirley Rosario, and Lacey Jones. InterPoker has pros Kathy Liebert, Juha Helppi, and Scott Fischman on their team.
These days, you don't have to fly to Las Vegas and buy into a $10,000 tournament to check raise world class pros. All you have to do is log into your favorite online poker site and you can bluff your idols without even leaving your house.