Isabelle Gone From Stars, Tiffany Renewed With UB

by , Sep 9, 2009 | 4:57 pm

While the criteria for getting, retaining, or losing online poker sponsorship deals remains a mystery in many cases, decisions are made, and we regurgitate from press releases report. Some are not surprising, like Jason Mercier signing with PokerStars, while others (like half the Full Tilt roster) are baffling. Regardless, two developments came to light today.

First, UltimateBet announced that Tiffany Michelle has been re-signed to another one-year deal with the site. In addition to again noting her deep run in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, the press release cites “accomplishments in land-based events and UltimateBet’s online poker tables.” Coincidence that the announcement came on the same day as her photo appeared on the Amazing Race website?

“I’m happy to be signing on for another year with UltimateBet and I’m eager to get back to playing in live tournaments and exclusively at their online tables,” said Tiffany Michelle. “The corporate team at UB has been so welcoming and supportive and I’m thrilled to be working with them. I can’t wait for the exciting things in store for us.”

Second, the European Poker Tour Barcelona live reporting team let it slip (after a commentator first did on the EPT Live broadcast earlier in the day) that Isabelle Mercier is no longer a PokerStars-sponsored player. Since sites usually give no reason for dropping players, much less release that information themselves, we can certainly speculate don’t know why Isabelle was dropped. The blurb from the PokerNews reporter:

Incidentally, owing to the folks on the live feed and their tendency towards verbal incontinence, it has just now become public knowledge that Isabelle Mercier is leaving Team Pokerstars. The very best of luck to Ms. Mercier in all her future poker endeavors.


  • Kevin Mathers

    Statement from Vicky Coren regarding Isabelle Mercier leaving PokerStars:

    from Victoria Coren…

    ‘I’m sad that Isabelle has left Team Pro, but I do understand it. The international tournament circuit is pretty relentless. Isabelle has embraced the full-on romantic poker life, always on the road, living out of a suitcase for months at a time. In that same romantic spirit, she’s now jumping off to try new things and have fresh adventures.’

    In the “He was still with PokerStars?” file, Raymond Rahme is also no longer part of Team PokerStars Pro.

  • DanM

    A lot of shizznit has been going on in France, as they open up their country online-wise, but as far as I can tell Stars won’t be in there in the immediate future, as they were with Italy when they opened up their market.

    Anyhow, just speculating. I suppose it’s also possible she just hasn’t won anything of late?

  • Kevin Mathers

    Also, I believe Mercier was considered part of Team Canada.

  • http://taopoker.blogspot.com Pauly

    Dan thinks Montreal is in Europe. That’s what Texas public education does for ya.

  • http://genebromberg.com Mean Gene

    They have public education in Texas? Really? Thought they only had public executions.

    I think Isabelle only played the Main Event at the WSOP (believe me, I had my eyes peeled) and maybe that’s an indication that she has things going on other than poker. Things that don’t include me…I’m sorry, I have something in my eye.

  • anonymous

    When has continued poker accomplishments been a requirement for signing attractive female poker players?

  • DanM

    for the record, i never graduated from texas public schools. made it through the sixth grade though, where they taught us that Oklahoma was the Great White North.

    only ONE poker accomplishment is necessary for signing an attractive female poker player, but more are necessary for them to be re-re-signed. there’s always a newer, fresher face working their way through the fields. just ask clonie, liz lieu, et al.

  • http://wisehandpoker.com scott diamond

    AP signed the lovely Lacey Jones…Has she ever accomplished anything in the Poker Community?

  • http://genebromberg.com Mean Gene

    If I recall correctly, Lacey’s team won the WSOP Media tournament this past year. My team finished third. The bitterness remains, it’s like poison in my mouth.

  • http://www.cardrunners.com lana

    you recall correctly. don’t be bitter, gene. do the pai gow dance!

  • DanM

    there’s a lot more to representing a site than just playing (and winning) tournaments. full tilt is the exception … they like to get, mostly, players playing in their garb. but almost all the rest give them actual work to do. lacey, for example, has to show up at many events representing AP, and keeping a smile on her face when approached by douchebags, lol.