Leveraging on the growing poker market in Europe, major operators are looking to recruit some popular personalities from the poker world to promote their brands. One of the companies making inroads into the Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French markets is 888Poker. The company has signed the 2017 WSOPE Europe Main Event champion Martí Roca as its Spanish representative.
As his first campaign with the company, Roca will be attending the upcoming 888Live Barcelona, which will be followed by the 2018 WSOP in the US. Afterward, he will be engaged with the promotion of the National Poker Circuit 888 in Spain – his native country.
Roca, according to 888poker, is the right man to handle their special 888 promotional campaign targeting recreational players. An official statement released by the company said, “a player who fits perfectly with the philosophy of the recreational game we promote at 888.”
Martí Roca: A brief of his Poker Journey
Martí Roca left his job as an Economics professor at an institute in Mataró to become a full-time professional poker player. Roca, a resident of Barcelona, supports his decision of switching his career saying he has “always had a very mathematical mind and ability to concentrate.”
Roca has been playing poker since 2013 and has amassed over $1.3 million live earnings. The 37-year-old has cashed across several big events, but the majority of his earnings came from 2017 WSOPE Main Event that he won in Rozvadov for €1,115,207 (~$1,297,552) after beating 529 entries.
On becoming the latest Spanish ambassador of 888poker, Roca was elated and said, “Very happy to be able to contribute my bit to @ 888poker with work and humility, and at the same time try to represent in the best possible way the entire Hispanic community, which is not a few.”
Roca’s first public appearance as 888poker representative is expected to be at the 888Live Barcelona scheduled from May 23 to June 4th at the Casino Barcelona, which will feature over 20 events. This event will have a total of $1 million GTD, with half of it to be given away at its €1,100 Main Event.