New Poker Central Ambassadors: Maria Ho, Brian Rast, and Tom Marchese

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Three new Poker Central Ambassadors joined the network team yesterday: Tom Marchese, Maria Ho, and Brian Rast

In the press release published yesterday, the only 24/7 poker-only channel Poker Central announced they signed up three new Ambassadors to represent their brand and help the network with programming, scheduling new and interesting events, and much more.

All three of these players are well-established professionals with impressive poker resumes, pristine reputations, and large fan bases. They will join forces with Negreanu, Hellmuth, and Antonio Esfandiari, who have been with the network since 2015.

About new Poker Central ambassadors

Three former ambassadors have certainly done their job, spreading the word and making sure people are aware of this highly specialized poker network. With these new Ambassadors coming on board, it is only reasonable to expect that even more fans will be tuning in.

Maria Ho

One of the best known female players, Maria Ho has had some really impressive results on the felt. With more than $2 million in live tournament winnings, numerous final table appearances, and other remarkable results, Maria earned her place at the top of the industry.

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Apart from her experience on the felt, she also took on roles of a poker commentator and analyst for several shows, including Heartland Poker Tour and, currently, CBS Sports’ “The Final Table.” Earning the WSOP Main Event Last Woman Standing title three years in a row, Ho has only further confirmed that she’s got the game.

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One of three new Poker Central Ambassadors, Maria Ho has experience as both a player and poker host & commentator (photo courtesy of Poker Central)

Her experience, achievements, as well as her overall appeal make her a perfect fit for the Poker Central Ambassador role.

Brian Rast

The winner of the first-ever Poker Central’s Super High Roller Bowl, Rast is a great pick to join the team. Although usually very quiet and restrained at the tables, he is one of those players who will impress you with his plays and results, rather than his antics.

His total earnings are very close to eclipsing $18 million; he has three WSOP bracelets, two of them coming from the $50k Poker Players Championship events in 2011 and 2016 – and he is relaxed and outspoken when the situation requires it.

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Winner of the inaugural High Roller Bowl, Brian Rast makes a perfect choice for a Poker Central Ambassador (photo courtesy of Poker Central)

Tom Marchese

Although neither Ho nor Rast belong to the “old guard” in the strictest sense of the word, in comparison to Tom Marchese, they could certainly be included in that group. ‘Kingsofcard’, as he is known in the online circles, burst out on the live scene in 2010.

Bringing his experience from the virtual felt to brick & mortar casino tables, Tom started off on the right foot, wining more than $2,000,000 during his first year of play. Today, at the age of 28, he has in excess of $13.5 million in winnings and the only thing missing from his resume is a WSOP bracelet. He came close to winning one last year, but fell just short finishing runner up to Paul Michaelis.

Poker Central ambassadors’ roles and responsibilities

The team of now six Poker Central Ambassadors will be responsible for many important aspects of the network programming and organization. Their experience, combined with channel’s resources, should help create unique and interesting shows, competitions, and much more.

Being the only network of this kind out there, Poker Central may not have competition but it also bears huge responsibility to all poker fans. They are the ones we expect will create awesome poker programming and so far, they’ve been doing a great job.

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Three new Poker Central Ambassadors, ready to take on their new roles.

Things like Super High Roller Bowl, Super High Roller Cash Game, and their Pokerography series, among other things, make for a great viewing experience even for those who are not that much into poker.

This kind of attitude in their programming should help spread the fan-base and increase the appeal of poker as a game – and that’s exactly what poker industry needs right about now!

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