2/25/10 – The merged Everleaf Gaming and Universal Poker Networks have a major new member following the glitzy launch this week of Victory Poker.com.
Victory Poker officially launched in style with ‘Team Victory’, Hollywood and poker celebrities, and a charity poker tournament at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Highlights of the official red carpet launch included almolst 15 kilos of various confections, an open bar, and an impromptu Playboy Playmate photo shoot with Sara Underwood.
Team Victory hosts included Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari, "Rodeo King" turned poker pro Lee Markholt, Dan "Blitz" Bilzerian, High Stakes Poker guest Andrew Robl, young cash games specialist Keith Gipson, "Who's Your Daddy" CEO Dan Fleyshman, WSOP Champion Paul Wasicka, professional backgammon and poker player Sander Lyloff, "The Maven VT" David Chicotsky, Brian Rast, Alec Torelli, and "Chinese Poker Wizard" Danny Wong.
Victory's NLHE charity poker tournament ‘Trash Talk’ raised more than $30 000 for the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai when Real World's Trishelle Cannatella became the 2010 ‘Trash Talk’ champion, winning the first place prize money and a crystal trophy, along with a World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational seat sponsored by ClubWPT.com. Cannetella donated a large portion of her winnings back to the charity.
Dan Fleyshman, the youngest owner of a publicly traded company and the founder of ‘Who’s Your Daddy?' energy drink, is CEO of Victory Poker and is reportedly determined to create the coolest poker site in the world: “I believe Victory brings the true essence of the game to the player and through our A-list poker team I hope to achieve this. Our Team Victory includes celebs, Playmates and UFC Fighters and they will not only be playing on the site regularly, they will be getting involved with a lot of cool mainstream events.”