Former Sponsored Pro William Reynolds Rips Ultimate Poker on Twitter

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We reported to you late last week that Ultimate Poker, the first regulated online poker site in the US, had vacated the New Jersey market after alleging that its land-based partner, Trump Taj Mahal, had “multiple breaches” of contract. The casino has already filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and could close before the calendar year is through.

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Ultimate originated the Nevada online poker market in 2013 and, in May of that year, William Reynolds XOReynolds (pictured above) signed on as a sponsored pro alongside the likes of Jason JCarverSomerville and Jonathan FieryJustice Little. The brand was the first to market, with Reynolds Tweeting at the time, “Toured Ultimate Poker’s office today… Professional environment with an expert team… Looking forward to repping UP this WSOP.”

Plenty of changes have occurred at Ultimate and in the site’s macro environment since then, including Chief Marketing Officer Joe Versaci, formerly of PokerStars, leaving Ultimate and the site paring down its roster of sponsored pros that once included the likes of Reynolds, Lauren locoenlacabeza Kling, Randy Dorfman, and Terrence Chan. Ultimate expanded to New Jersey late last year and rolled out a series of Carver-fronted videos called “Run it Up.”

Flash-forward to Tuesday, when Reynolds hopped on Twitter and ripped Ultimate in a series of Tweets that originally centered on the site leaving New Jersey. Here’s what Reynolds had to say. Note that the Tweets have since been deleted, which is the cause of the strange formatting:

The link between Ultimate and Iovationthat Reynolds referred to was brought to light in May of last year. Former Ultimate Bet founder Greg Pierson was the CEO of Iovation at the time and, after an uproar from the poker community, Ultimate severed ties rather quickly.

Ultimate Poker continues to operate in Nevada and is one of three regulated online poker sites in the state, joining the Caesars Entertainment-operated WSOP.com and the South Point-connected Real Gaming.

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23 COMMENTS

    • I suppose it’s not possible to just move on from a situation without venting your frustrations publicly! Pretty much let’s you know all you need to about an individual.

    • i believe jcarvers videos are called “run it up”

      They are.

      Ultimate Poker was terrible, not surprised at all to see this. I’m actually surprised it took this long.

    • So this guy knew Ultimate was (corrupt) but took there sponsorship money no problem. GTFO. For all those hating on Ultimate. Best customer service hands down.

    • Its really ashame.. but I saw this coming from the beginning when they showed up in NJ. 1.) they never created a mac program , which every other site had. So they lost probably about 10-20% of their base market from day 1. 2.) they never created any kind of major promotions or live series . 3.) They never reinvested into the live market, Wsop created a huge poker room and party poker has promoted a lot of live events in AC and moved the WPT championship to borgata . Debates can be made on how successful these moves were, but its safe to say Ultimate was sub par in their marketing strategy here.

    • J carver is a joke he brings no traffic to ultimate poker.

      People would come into chats or email us in telling us they were trying to play on Ultimate Poker because of Somerville. People from all over the country. Dude is great for UP.

      But tazz gonna tazz and not know what he is talking about…

    • People would come into chats or email us in telling us they were trying to play on Ultimate Poker because of Somerville. People from all over the country. Dude is great for UP.

      But tazz gonna tazz and not know what he is talking about…

      even people from europe wanted that.. 😛 😀

    • If the site listened to any input from players (that includes Reynolds and the Pros) they might of made some signifigant changes to better the site. They (obviously) did not! Shut Nevada side as well, it’s just that bad right now. Ultimate, study a site such as Pstars on how to run tourneys!!!!!…..or else just shut it down here in NV also!!!

    • Those pros who represented, or who still represen UP, are established, live players, so you guys jumping on them…….question…….you got live results to match theirs?

    • Those pros who represented, or who still represen UP, are established, live players, so you guys jumping on them…….question…….you got live results to match theirs?

      I know your an idiot because you didn’t read his statements. Has nothing to do about who’s poker stats are better. Its about totally contradicted yourself. Try and read before you make yourself look more stupid than you already are. And sweetie, I would bitch slap you in public if you ever talked like that to me in person!