The Bodog Brand has announced to have signed Chinese-Taiwanese beauty and poker pro Jay Tan as the latest member of Team Bodog Pro. Tan will join the team as Bodog looks to dig deeper into a growing Asian online poker market.
The Bodog Brand has announced Chinese-Taiwanese poker pro Jay Tan as the newest member of Team Bodog Pro.
Tan, who was born in Los Angeles from a Chinese father and a Taiwanese mother, will join the likes of Amanda Leatherman and Tajtana Pasalic on Bodog's all-female pro team.
The colorful poker beauty has been a pro player since quitting her day job in a bank, and has a Masters in Business. She originally moved from Los Angeles to Hong Kong to pursue a career with Goldman Sachs, but instead ending up at the poker tables.
Since then she has among other things made a second place finish at the Red Dragon event in Macau, as well as she made her first WSOP cash in a $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em event last summer.
"Even before I was thinking about being sponsored, I dreamt of being a Bodog pro," Tan said about her new sponsorship deal.
"It's great that they chose me. It's an exciting brand and I'm excited to have this opportunity. I think I'm great for Bodog because they are a fun brand and I love having fun playing poker and living the lifestyle that goes with being a Bodog Poker Pro," she added.
The timing of Tan's sponsorship deal is no coincidence, as it comes at the same time as Bodog launches its new Chinese poker client, Bodog88.
The launch of the Asian-facing portal will mark an important step for Bodog, as the company moves Eastwards in the search of new market shares, said Jonas Odman, Vice President of the Bodog Poker Network in a press release
Excellent room for recreational players
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"We have only just launched poker on the site and believe that while still a niche product in the region the Bodog Poker Network version we have will be more popular that conventional European poker rooms
," Odman said.
"With Jay as the face of the brand we can take things a step further as she is a trusted and likable ambassador for us - she can also play a mean game of poker!" he added.
Apart from Jay Tan, Team Bodog Pro consists of Amanda Leatherman, Tatjana Pasalic and Evelyn Ng.
The company in February announced an open call for female poker players
to apply for a spot in the team but has yet to reveal if more faces will be added following the signing of Tan.