By Delinda Lombardo on
2006 World Series of Poker champion Jamie Gold has signed the industry’s most lucrative multi-year contract in history with upstart poker brand Aced.com.
“We’ve been careful and patient in waiting for the right deal,” stated Gold’s agent Sean Fredericks, adding that his client turned down several endorsement offers over the past two years while waiting for one that shared his dedication to charitable giving.
“I’m really proud of the example we, as a poker community, are setting,” said Gold, “Professional poker players, celebrities, athletes, and captains of industry have worked tirelessly and participated honorably in support of charitable gaming events to impact important world causes. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to give back. But it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Aced and I plan to leave our mark, not just on poker, but on the world, making it a better place for future generations.”
Since his 2006 WSOP victory, Gold’s been campaigning for a number of various causes, helping to raise more than $110,000,000 for charities including the MDA/ALS Division, The Sunflower Organization, Montel Williams MS Foundation, and The Michael J. Fox Foundation.
“We are extremely excited to have Jamie on board” said Aced poker room manager Brandon Berndt, “Not only because of his obvious value as an ambassador for us within the poker world, but for the unparalleled enthusiasm, insight, and creativity he brings to the ongoing development of our brand. He could have chosen so many other sites, but we share his values and vision. He is worth every penny — or billion pennies.”
Exact terms of Golds’ deal with Aced.com are under seal, but sources familiar with the deal suggest that Gold stands to earn eight figures or more. Aced.com will also fund Gold’s participation in major USA, European, and Asian events. “I am not at liberty to disclose details of the arrangement,” commented Gold’s attorney Les Abell. “However, I can say that this contract is valued at more than any deal I’ve ever heard of.”
For more insight into the charitable mind of Jamie Gold, he penned a great article about his initial involvement with charity and being inspired by Michael J. Fox in Bluff Magazine in 2006. In part, Gold wrote:
“I have a new hero, not to replace my others, but one who has already motivated me to be a better person. For years, I have been aware of the fight to cure Parkinson’s disease. I have been intimately aware of the issues facing those who have PD, but had yet to get involved in the cause. I heard about a Hollywood poker event for PD and I just had to be a part of it. The more research I did about the organization behind the event, the more impressed I became. Then I attended the event and was blown away. From an opening speech to tireless involvement throughout the evening, the force leading this charge was truly inspiring. His name is Michael J. Fox.”
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