MEDIA RELEASE: Benton inks new sponsorship deal

New Hero Poker Pro Aaron Benton

Media release

Hero Poker is happy to announce that Aaron Benton is the latest player to join the site’s stable of sponsored pros.

Benton has amassed one of the best all-round records in Aussie poker over the past three years. It took another three years prior involving timeless hours playing online and hundreds of pub/club poker tournaments before his efforts began to pay dividends.

In May 2009, he banked more than USD $260,000 for second place in the FTOPS XII Main Event – then the biggest payout for an Australian player in an online tournament. Just over six months later, Benton became the third winner of the APPT Sydney title, outlasting a star-studded line-up of just under 400 players and earning AUD $594,000.

In the past two years, Benton has continued to underline his status as one of Australia’s most prolific and consistent players, cashing in five ANZPT tournaments including three final tables while capturing two preliminary event titles in Queenstown and taking out the Six-handed title on the 2011 ANZPT Melbourne schedule.

The 34-year-old served with the Royal Australian Navy and worked in the recruitment industry before turning his focus to poker full-time. He also appeared in the first series of the Australian version of the reality show Big Brother!

Benton joins a stable of Hero ambassadors that includes ‘Triple Crown’ winner Gavin Griffin, Terrence Chan, Dan Schreiber, James Mackey along with Aussies Julian Powell, Dave Ewing and fellow Sydney resident Grant Levy.

Hero Poker Chief Executive Officer David Jung said Benton’s signing underlined the Hero Poker’s overall boutique approach.

“As the Aussies would say, Aaron is a top bloke. He’s a great poker player with an enviable record but also the sort of guy you’d like to spend the day sitting next to in a poker tournament. He’s equally comfortable with the world’s biggest names in poker or the guys in his local pub poker game. In short, Aaron is an ideal ambassador for Hero Poker,” Jung said.

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