Phil Galfond has written a new blog, revealing that he received offers to represent both Full Tilt Poker and Ultimate Bet. The nosebleed superstar however declined both offers as they weren't lucrative or interesting enough, he says.
Phil Galfond has published a new blog in which he answers a number of questions from his many fans.
The nosebleed regular, who is among the biggest winners of the year under his "MrSweets26" PokerStars moniker, is among other things asked if he ever had the chance to represent a poker site
as a professional player.
Being one of the few stars of the game to never have been affiliated with any online poker room
, Galfond reveals that he did in fact receive offers from some of the industry's biggest rooms, but that he for varying reasons declined and instead carried on as a free agent.
"After winning a bracelet in 2008, I recieved an offer from FTP," Galfond writes on his personal website, PhilGalfond.com.
"It was similar to what I understand their 'standard' deal was, which wasn't worth very much to a nosebleed player like me. I declined."
"In addition to the money not making a huge difference for me, and the potential for not being allowed to play on other sites (very costly), I was very confident in my game and my future. I had proven myself and had the respect of the high stakes
online regulars, but I had no recognition outside of that. I felt that it was reasonably likely that my status would grow over the coming year(s)," he adds.
He further reveals that UB Poker also approached him shortly after the SuperUser Scandal, but once again Galfond declined, as he had his doubts about the management of the site.
"A little while after the UB scandal, they offered me a deal. I likely wasn't interested at any price, unless they could somehow magically satisfy me fully that things were completely different, and all of the people in power were no longer in power," he adds.
The Canada-based American writes that he is in general not against the idea of picking up a sponsorship, but that he has simply not yet received a meaningful offer for him to consider seriously.
"I'm not against representing a poker site, but I've never received a meaningful offer. I'd rep a site if I believed in it and the price was right," he writes.
"Nowadays, there aren't many large deals being thrown around, especially for Americans. If and when the legal situation in the US changes, I'd hope to get some good offers," he ends.
Galfond's latest blog also answers a number of other questions about his relocation to Vancouver after Black Friday, his plans for this summer's WSOP and the recent action on the nosebleed tables on PokerStars.
Read the full blog here