GoDaddy to Sponsor National Heads-Up Poker Championship

by , Feb 10, 2009 | 1:21 pm will be the presenting sponsor for the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, according to the official press release with dates and other pertinent info. Big news, really. When a company like embraces the poker industry by sponsoring such an event, it lets other major corporations know that’s it’s okay. C’mon in. There’s money to be made from this kazillion dollar industry!

In truth, it’s a brilliant move from to make itself a friend of the industry, as poker is filled with internet-savvy, blogging, html-minded people, some of whom (not naming names!) tend to buy domain names like they’re rebuys in a tournament. And it doesn’t hurt that the National Heads-Up Poker Championship ends up airing on NBC, which is some solid air time on a major network. Welcome to our little niche, GoDaddy.

8 Comments to “GoDaddy to Sponsor National Heads-Up Poker Championship”

  1. Kevin Mathers

    It’d be even better if the NHUPC announced the rest of the lineup (only the ~15 players who have automatically been invited), especially since it’s starting in less than a month. I’m sure if Oliver Tse was still around, he’d say GoDaddy isn’t that much of a step up from Vonage or Outback Steakhouse (previous presenting sponsors).

  2. DanM

    Actually, we recently switched to GoDaddy … not as a server, but as our domain registrar.

  3. Kevin Mathers

    Forgot to note, those who have gone to should have seen that was a sponsor of the NHUPC for almost a month. Since the press release didn’t mention it, here’s the players who qualified for an automatic invite:

    Phil Hellmuth
    Ted Forrest
    Paul Wasicka
    Chris Ferguson
    Andy Bloch
    Chad Brown
    Phil Ivey
    Huck Seed
    Scott Fischman
    Jamie Gold
    Jerry Yang
    Peter Eastgate
    Ivan Demidov
    Erick Lindgren
    John Phan
    Kenny Tran
    John Juanda
    Jonathan Little
    Glen Chorny

  4. BJ Nemeth

    Yeah, I’m not that impressed with GoDaddy as a sponsor. (Their Superbowl commercial was embarrassing — they’re definitely not targeting women with their ads.) But corporate sponsors outside of the close-knit poker industry are *always* welcome.

  5. DanM

    Like Levitra?

  6. DanM

    ***here’s the players who qualified for an automatic invite***

    What put’s Scott Fischman on this list? Likewise with Phan, Tran, Little, and Chorny …

  7. Kevin Mathers

    Fischman’s made the money each year of the NHUPC.
    John Phan won two bracelets and was Card Player and Bluff POY.
    Kenny Tran won the WSOP HU event.
    Jonathan Little won WPT POY.
    Glen Chorny won the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo.

    An interesting note about GoDaddy: They handed over to the Commonwealth of Kentucky several Internet gambling domain names.

  8. David Alexander


    Just hypothecating… but,

    Kinda makes me wonder if Doyle didnt maybe threaten some kind of law suit for turnin over the domain name….

    That might be why the sponsorship….