Rise Poker Signs Nguyen, Ho, Bellande and Stern

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You know this online poker site Rise Poker, right? You don't? Good, cause until just now we didn't know about it either (although we think we may have heard the name somewhere, but it just didn't stuck). Still, despite the fact that no one knows about it, Rise Poker have decided to make a name for themselves in a pretty expensive way.

Yesterday they've announced signing sponsorship deals with four poker pros you most definitely heard of – Scotty Nguyen, Maria Ho, Jean-Robert Bellande and Dani Stern. The names speak for themselves – Rise Poker seem to be serious about the online poker thing and they've just proved it.

From now on the whole four will represent Rise Poker in live events by wearing the badges, Rise gear and stuff like that as well as play online poker on the site and take part in their weekly tournaments. Next week Rise Poker is going to announce scheduled bounty events for each of its new pro players.

“As some of the game’s most recognizable and entertaining personalities, Scotty, Maria, Jean-Robert and Dani have exactly what we’re looking for — legit game at the tables as well as genuine mainstream appeal. Our Rise Poker community are going to have a lot of fun competing against and connecting with these pros,” said Steve “Chops” Preiss, Rise Poker Executive Vice President of Business Development.

Ok, so they've signed these four pros to their roster, that's cool, but what's up with this site, you may ask. And that would be a good question, because Rise Poker is not your regular US-friendly poker site. Yes, they accept American players, but people play a bit different there mostly because it's a membership site. A what??? A membership site – it's a kind of an online poker site which charges its members for playing on the site and then rewards those who win tournaments with cash or other goods. Yes, you guessed right – there are no ring games on Rise Poker, just tournaments.

Is it worth a shot? Hard to tell actually, for one thing it allows US players, so it's good for American tournament players, plus you can actually win cash prizes, in tournaments that is. On the other hand, if tournament poker is not your favorite thing and you live in a place where online poker is legal, there are online poker sites out there which may suit your online poker playing needs much better.

In Rise's favor we must mention that they've got one Main Event package to this year's WSOP which they intend to give away to one of their players. So if you're after it, it would be a good idea to check out Rise Poker. And the fact that the site which operates for just a few months (or even less, we're not sure) and has already Scotty Nguyen on their side must mean something.

To find out more about Rise Poker you need to visit their website @ RisePoker.com

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