Posts Tagged ‘logos’

RE: The Low-Low on Logos

by , Jul 13, 2008 | 1:06 pm

According to Dr. Pauly, Phil Hellmuth was not allowed to flaunt his massive UB logo for the television cameras while seated at the ESPN feature table. The powers-that-be put duct tape all over the big round UB symbol on the front of Hellmuth’s jersey. No special treatment for the Brat today.

Wonder if the duct tape, along with his one-orbit penalty for berating another player at the end of play last night, will affect his play today. He only had 721K coming into Day 6, and if he doesn’t keep himself from Phil-tilt, he could lose it all.

UPDATE: No penalty for Hellmuth. Evidently, it was overruled! According to PokerNews, WSOP Commissioner said, “The penalty has been overturned, and we will be issuing a formal statement shortly.”

The Low-Low on Logos

by , Jul 12, 2008 | 10:25 pm

photo: Wicked Chops Poker
EPT Powergirl Kara Scott proudly representing the “World’s Argest Oker Ite”.

It is no secret that poker tournaments filmed for television have made logos an important part of the game. Online poker websites and companies selling poker-related products are among the most lucrative deals to be had, as they are willing to pay players in front of the cameras to advertise for them. It works – players receive bonus compensation to allow a company rep to strategically place a Full Tilt or PokerStars or All In Energy Drink sticker on their shirts or hats.

Most television production companies involved with the big tournaments now lay out specific guidelines for the number of logos allowed, as well as the size and wording of them. For example, the World Poker Tour allows only one pre-approved logo per player, no bigger than 6 square inches and located on the shirt breast pocket.

The World Series of Poker has taken a different approach, allowing multiple logos for any site or product, with a few exceptions like prohibiting gaming sites that accept U.S. customers. The specific rule about logos at the WSOP is as follows:

Tournament Rule #43:
Tournament participants may wear apparel with multiple logos, patches or promotional language. However, no individual logo, patch or block of promotional language is to be larger than 12 square inches. No single company name is to be represented more than once on any individual article of clothing. For players seated at a table taped for television or broadband video coverage, logos may not be added after the beginning of that day’s session of play.

As the 2008 WSOP hit the money, many players had sponsorship deals of some sort, and there was no shortage of logos in the tournament area. Full Tilt logos were well within the guidelines, while PokerStars pushed the envelope but somehow did not violate the rules. Other sites like UltimateBet played by the rules, except when it came to Phil Hellmuth’s jersey, the entire front of which is a UB symbol.

When I asked a WSOP official about the exception made for Hellmuth, he noted that the ESPN cameras never get the entire logo in the shots. He likened it to a player’s shirt that read “Illinois” across the front, and when I pointed out that Illinois isn’t selling itself like UB is, he said that it would simply be too arduous a task to ask everyone with a word or symbol on their shirt – like University of Michigan or Nike – to change clothes. Understandable, but is it too much to ask that an experienced pro like Hellmuth abide by the fairly clear-cut rules?

The WSOP official did mention that the logo rules will be revisited during the planning of the 2009 WSOP. Now, if someone would just tell Hellmuth…