Milwaukee’s Best Light Dealt a Winning Hand as Official Beer Sponsor of the World Series of Poker
26 February 2009
2009 Partnership Marks Fourth Year as Official WSOP Sponsor for the "Beer That's Brewed for a Man's Taste"
MILWAUKEE (Feb. 25, 2009) - Milwaukee's Best Light is betting that continuing its partnership with the popular World Series of Poker will turn into a winning hand for the "beer that's brewed for a man's taste." In 2009, Milwaukee's Best Light will be the official beer sponsor of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), which featured increases in spectators and participants in 2008, as well as a highly rated, primetime broadcast of the final table on ESPN.
"Poker continues to enjoy growth both as a leisure activity and as a televised sporting event, so we want to make sure Milwaukee's Best Light is the beer of choice whether fans are playing or watching at home," said Chad Dern, Milwaukee's Best Light marketing director. "When we look at opportunities for developing alliances that make the most sense for this brand and help us connect with the right audience, the World Series of Poker is simply the best."
As the tournament's official beer sponsor in 2009 and 2010, Milwaukee's Best Light has the ability to use the WSOP logo on packaging and in all promotional activities, and the brand will have prominent signage during the nearly two-month-long tournament at the Rio® All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Terms of the two-year deal were not disclosed.
"Milwaukee's Best Light has been a great partner over the years, activating its sponsorship with advertising and promotions that have truly allowed the World Series of Poker to expand our fan base," said WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. "We're excited to have Milwaukee's Best Light continuing on as the tournament's official beer sponsor, and we look forward to building on this successful partnership as the tournament kicks off its 40th year."
Milwaukee's Best Light 2009 WSOP
Feb. 25, 2009
In 2008, the WSOP enjoyed a record year, generating the most entries ever (58,720) from the most countries ever (124). Participants also competed for the tournament's largest prize pool ever ($180,774,427). The final table for last year's Main Event, won by Peter Eastgate, was staged 117 days after the final nine participants were determined. It took place in front of a live audience and aired in primetime on ESPN with Eastgate receiving $9.1 million and the coveted gold bracelet. The WSOP will handle the 2009 final table in the same manner.
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The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world awarding millions of dollars in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport's top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker's longest running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2008, the event attracted 58,720 entrants from 124 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and awarded over $180 million in prize money. The creation of the new delayed Main Event final table more than doubled ratings on ESPN year over year. Harrah's License Company, LLC., an affiliate of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., has owned and operated the WSOP since 2004 and over the last five years, fostered an increase in player participation by more than 300-percent. The WSOP in December, 2008 was named the 7th most admired sports brand in North America by the Turnkey Sports Survey, trailing only the older and more established NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR and PGA Tour among sports properties. In addition, the WSOP has experienced groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent in 2007 of the World Series of Poker EuropeSM. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit our website at http://worldseriesofpoker.com
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