Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom will be renewing their former rivalry on the FTP high stakes tables as “Full Tilt Professionals”.
A Full Tilt Poker press release published yesterday confirmed speculation that Tom Dwan – who recently obtained a residence in Macau – and Viktor Blom – whose pro contract was not renewed at PokerStars in August – would join Gus Hansen as “ambassadors” for Full Tilt Poker and be known collectively as “The Professionals”.
Full Tilt Poker’s Head of Marketing Sarne Lightman said
Tom is one of the most feared and respected players in the world today. His exploits at the Full Tilt Poker tables generated a huge following in the poker community and we are thrilled to bring that action back for our players. Lightman went on to add that
Dwan and Blom will reignite a fierce competition at the highest stakes tables on the Full Tilt Poker site.
On renewing his association with Full Tilt Poker, Dwan´s official comment was
I’m very excited that Full Tilt Poker is relaunching. I think it is great for poker and I’m excited to be a part of it
His unofficial comment (via Twitter) was a little more exuberant –
Happy to officially be a part of the new fulltilt. Ahhhh online poker
Blom, who enjoyed significant success while at PokerStars including the PCA Super High Roller in January and two SCOOP bracelets in May, said
I always loved playing on the Full Tilt Poker software, it is where I made my name and enjoyed some of my greatest victories. When they approached me about joining the team I knew this was the right fit for me.
The signing of Gus Hansen, Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom give an indication of the “rough edge” approach that is being taken by the new Full Tilt Poker (compare Hansen, Dwan and Blom to Negreanu, Boeree and Duhamel) and Lightman was quick to point out that each of the three new Full Tilt professionals were
influential, entertaining and demonstrating a ´take no prisoners´ approach that has been emulated by poker players everywhere.
The new Full Tilt Poker launches in just 22 days.