Had to double-read this one … How is it possible that Kara Scott isn’t already in the pocket of PokerStars or Full Tilt? Or at least UB/Absolute! Oh well, like a late draft pick, PartyPoker — in yet another sign of their prepping to re-enter the American market — has added the new High Stakes Poker co-hostess to their start-from-scratch poker crew. Back in the day, PartyPoker prided itself on having no pros — save for Mike Sexton. But now it seems they’re clearly trying to build a real, competitive team of personalities like the American-friendly sites have been doing for years.
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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY! KARA JOINS TEAM PARTY
CANADIAN GETS PRO AND PRESENTING DEAL
Gibraltar â€“ 14th January 2010 â€“ Top professional poker player and television presenter Kara Scott has signed a deal to represent http://www.partypoker.com/. Kara is the newest member of â€˜Team Party,â€™ and will join 2009 Poker Hall of Fame inductee Mike Sexton, Remy Biechel, Ian Frazer, Felipe â€˜Mojaveâ€™ Ramos, Stewart Scott and Bodo Sbrzesny in the ranks.
Karaâ€™s new deal features buy-ins for top live tournaments around the world as well as television presenting and she will be at the helm as the Premier League moves to Vegas for the first time in February. Kara recently presented the action from the PartyPoker.com World Open V at the Palm Beach Casino in London. As a Canadian, Kara will represent PartyPoker.com in the territory and will also play Canadian Poker Tour events.
Kara said: â€œIt is fantastic to have signed a deal to join Team Party. It works perfectly for me as I get the opportunity to further improve my game on the live circuit as well as carrying on presenting. Iâ€™m so excited about the future.â€
A PartyPoker.com spokesman said: â€œKara is a great signing and we are really looking forward to working with her. She has historic links with PartyPoker.com after taking down the Sports Stars Challenge III and we have been super impressed by her progress since then. As well as being a great presenter, Kara is also a fantastic player with great results and the potential to go even further. We are excited about this new relationship.â€
Kara was born in Alberta, Northern Canada and moved to the UK in 1999 and has been working in the media since 2002. Starting in kick-boxing programming, she moved on to present a wide variety of poker related programming and was recently installed and continues to be a presenter on GSNâ€™s High Stakes Poker. As a player, Kara made the final table of the PartyPoker Womenâ€™s World Open I in 2007, won the PartyPoker.com Sports Stars Challenge III in 2008 and was runner-up in the Irish Open for a whopping â‚¬312,600 in 2009. Kara is also the only woman to have cashed in both the 2008 and 2009 WSOP Main Events and only the second ever in history to have cashed in two WSOP Main Events. In 2008, she finished 104th for $41,816 and in 2009 she took 238th place. Her live earnings are over $550,000.
Kara is a frequent contributor to a variety of poker media and is one half of the famous UK podcast â€˜On the Rail.â€™ She has also been a producer on a movie and was the first presenter of a backgammon tournament on television in Europe. Kara will be a regular contributor to http://blog.partypoker.com/ and has a big following on twitter at http://twitter.com/karaOTR