Sponsor Logos Okayed at the World Poker Tour

by Lou on August 26, 2005

Late Tuesday evening the Travel Channel and the World Poker Tour announced that players will be allowed to wear sponsorship logos in the preliminary and final table rounds of WPT broadcasts. This decision takes effect beginning with the Borgota Poker Open in Atlantic City in September. This rule change was propelled as a result of the ruckus raised by players regarding the WPT’s decision prohibiting logo wear. According to most players, prohibiting logo wear was seen as precluding players from earning sponsorship money that would offset the high costs associated with tournament poker.

The WPT’s contract with the Travel Channel was the stumbling block preventing players from wearing sponsor logos on their shirts, hats, and jackets. But now players will be permitted to wear logos that meet WPT standards, which can be found at www.worldpokertour.com/rules. While the rules still preclude players from being decked out like professional cyclists or NASCAR drivers, it’s a step in the right direction as far as I’m concerned.

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