Kara Scott is one of Canada's most recognizable poker personalities, and she has recently announced that a five-year relationship with partypoker has come to an end.
2014 may well be remembered as the year poker sites stripped down their pro rosters to only a few essential faces, or did away with their team entirely. Scott is just the latest of poker pros to part ways with a sponsorship deal from an online poker site.
As announced in Scott's CardRunners blog, she explained that she was first recruited to join the partypoker team largely for her experience as a presenter and TV host. This allowed our charming Canadian the opportunity to host many partypoker events like the Big Game, the European Open, the Premier League, the World Open, and the World Women's Open. But partypoker has undergone a shift away from TV projects that greatly reduces a large part of Scott's job.
Poker fans around the world got to know Scott's face as she played many marquee events around the world, but especially as a large part of ESPN's coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event, broadcast on millions of televisions. Scott assures us that we'll still be seeing plenty of her in the poker community:
Although I'm no longer wearing an orange patch, you'll still be seeing me as a sideline reporter on your TVs or sitting with a chip stack of my own in tournaments around the world. I've already booked a flight to Malta and reserved a seat at my favourite reggae bar there, just in time for the big poker festival in March.
I love poker. Here's to a 2015 spent pursuing projects that excite and inspire me. It's been way too long since I jumped into the unknown and I'm both relieved and exhilarated to be doing it again. I always do my best dancing when I'm not exactly sure where to put my feet.
Only Mike Sexton remains on partypoker's Team Pro list. Though it's hard to imagine such a patriarch of poker could ever be at risk of losing his sponsorship, today's poker climate and changing online strategies mean that nothing is certain.
You can get to know Scott a little better by reading our special PokerNews Canada feature on her, where she reveals more about her Canadian roots, prop betting, and combat sports.