10 Aug, 2020
It’s no secret that we’re a business created by poker fans, for poker fans. It’s part of our DNA and runs through the core of everything we do. So every month we give our people the opportunity to live and breathe that by joining a staff online poker tournament.
These tournaments consist of three separate events across our different time zones, giving everyone the chance to join at least one tournament from their desk during work hours. And whilst they’re free-to-play, we like to keep things interesting with online e-voucher prizes for the top three players.
There’s a reason we’re known as the home of poker. Our teams are all about delivering game-changing products and events for our customers. So not only are these tournaments a chance to flex our poker muscles, but an opportunity to put ourselves in our players’ shoes. Making use of our Home Games feature, our people are able to try and test our products first-hand. We caught up with Steve Clarricoats, PS NJ Poker Room Manager, to hear a bit more about the value of this:
“The monthly Staff Tournaments are a great way for our staff to familiarise themselves with our product and get an all-important “player’s-eye” view. Small things such as knowing how to register for a tournament, what the Bet/Raise/Fold buttons look like, and what it feels like playing on our software all add to the understanding of the product we are offering our poker customers. It’s also just plain fun getting a bluff past a colleague and gaining bragging rights in your department for a month with a win!”
In 2020 alone, almost 700 unique staff members have played in a staff tournament, and £4,365 has been awarded in prizes. We spoke to one of our recent winners based in Bulgaria, Kosta Grudov (Quality Assurance Analyst) to learn a bit more about his experience:
“I always play the monthly tournament. I’m a big fan of poker and it’s an opportunity to test my skills. Winning first place was actually more exciting than the winnings, as it is a rare occasion in tournament poker. When you get to the final table your eyes are on the prize (1st place). I’ve spent half of my winnings on a donation to charity and the other half on buying some new tennis equipment (my new isolation hobby).I’d encourage everyone to give it a go, try to have fun and don’t get too frustrated on the bad beats, there is always the next tournament in line.”
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