Changing the world one hand at a time
Last Friday we opened a new chapter in our corporate history when PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker became part of Amaya, the Montreal-based publicly-traded company.
Spending time with Amaya's management team, who travelled here to the Isle of Man this week, makes it immediately clear that they fully reflect and respect the ethos upon which our company was built: integrity, customer-focus and doing the right thing.
We're eager to continue the tradition of excellence, while expanding the vision of how we can serve and delight our customers with the support of Amaya. This will unfold in the months and years ahead.
For now, I want to take a moment to reflect upon the impact our founders and shareholders have had on our world, and recognize the 14 years that they have devoted to creating and maintaining safe, secure and honest online poker games and tournaments for millions of people around the world.
Not many companies create world-changing experiences for their customers, but PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker have done just that. It may seem like hyperbole to say the world would be a very different place if not for PokerStars. But go ahead and ask people like Chris Moneymaker and "I wont million" Maratik and I think they'd say their world would be very different.
The success of PokerStars is the culmination of our customers' success stories generated by the nearly 120 billion hands of poker that have been dealt on the site.
It's also a reflection of the business savvy of our founders and the roster of incredibly talented people that they assembled around them over the years; people who share their passion, their values and their commitment to poker players and the game itself.
These things will not change; the values upon which we built our business are deeply held by the people throughout our company across all departments and roles.
While our founders are leaving the table, the game will carry on. The executive management team, the poker room managers, the customer support personnel, the 1,700-plus people who are contributing to making PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker the very best places to play will be here for a long time to come. And while we are sad to see our founders - and friends - depart, we look forward to building upon the success they launched.
Below is a video that provides a peek behind the corporate curtain of PokerStars and the faces and voices of just a few of those who make this such a successful company.
Eric Hollreiser is Head of Corporate Communications for PokerStars.