Martin Jacobson appears on Chinese network Tencent Poker

Martin Jacobson, one of the most popular and well-respected World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champions from the game’s modern era, has been headhunted by rapidly growing Asia-based network ‘Tencent Poker’ to act as one of its ambassadors for the game in China.

“I was approached by a leading representative from Tencent to make a guest appearance on their poker show”, said the 2014 champ in a recent interview with CalvinAyre.

“I was at the top of their list of names and they were particularly excited to host a former WSOP champion, something they’ve never done before.”

“To help grow the game in China”, he continued when asked why he’d been invited onto the show. “They knew a world champion guest would draw more attention to their network and particularly the show itself.”

The Swede was amazed to find a hoard of poker fans eagerly awaiting his arrival at Changsha airport, and as a result quickly became a subscriber to Global Poker Index CEO Alex Dreyfus’ view that China is the place for the next poker boom – if there ever is to be one.

“I later found out that some of these guys had driven for hours just for the chance to meet me and shake my hand. They wanted me to sign everything from decks of playing cards to their bare skin. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Aside from his endeavours in China, Jacobson also discussed the recent social media outburst by fellow world champion Joe McKeehan in the interview, and defended his colleague’s actions.

“I’ve learned that social media can be a powerful but also very dangerous weapon. Once you reach any sort of fame, you’re constantly under the loophole, and everything you post will be (mis)interpreted in a million different ways by thousands of people.”

“Therefore, I always think twice before I post something these days and actively try to stay out of any sort of controversy. Whatever he said it shouldn’t be taken to heart. At the end of the day, it’s just his opinion.”

McKeehan had claimed poker players were “being treated like slaves” because a large chunk of tournaments at the WSOP this year have been scheduled to begin at 11am.



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