GGPoker has confirmed Dan Bilzerian will remain its brand ambassador following suggestions he’d been removed by the online operator.
GGPoker released the following statement on Twitter: “GGPoker would like to confirm that Dan Bilzerian remains a partner.
“We will continue to work closely with Dan to engage with new player communities and grow our favourite game. Expect to hear about some new and exciting partnership activities in the coming months.”
Bilzerian’s ambassador profile was removed from the GGPoker website on 8 March, International Women’s Day.
Many commentators took this as a permanent erasure of Bilzerian from GGPoker’s roster, given the controversy surrounding Bilzerian’s lifestyle and treatment of women.
Bilzerian is a well-known poker player who has been able to make a name for himself as one of most wealthy and successful in recent times. However, his persona is marred by reports that he was involved in drug-fueled parties that encourage the objectification of women. You can also find him in a number of controversial cases relating to business failures.
Successful female poker players, including Canadian pro Vanessa Kade, have taken offence at GGPoker’s decision to stick with Bilzerian as a brand ambassador. Its decision to remove Bilzerian for one day only, International Women’s Day, then reinstate him immediately after did not go down well with Kade.
Kade’s tweets were disallowed on GGPoker’s official Twitter page, prompting further backlash from herself and others, who cast doubt over GGPoker’s attitudes towards women within poker.
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