Two Pros Part Noisily With Ultimate Poker

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The sponsored pro roster of Ultimate Poker is shorter by two (perhaps three) after the departure of Randy Dorfman and Tom Marchese this week.

Dorfman originally signed with Ultimate in June of 2013 and was a vocal booster of Ultimate, especially on Twitter. Marchese came on board in early September 2013.

Ultimate Poker is currently live in Nevada and is expected to be among the first online poker sites to launch in New Jersey in late November.

Both pros cite product quality as reason for departure

Dorfman and Marchese both took to Twitter to offer some context for their respective exits.

A lack of belief that their feedback was resulting in a better product for players appeared to be a driving force in both player’s decision to leave Ultimate Poker:

Ultimate Poker maintains diverse, high-profile pro roster

Despite the departures, Ultimate Poker maintains an enviable stable of sponsored pros, including Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Collins Jason Somerville and William Reynolds.

Of the above players, only Collins offered any public comment on the departures:

http://twitter.com/USCphildo/status/392468792158085120

A complete list of Ultimate Poker pros is available here.

Where’s Gavin Griffin?

Gavin Griffin, who signed on at the same time as Dorfman, is also absent from the Ultimate Poker list of pros.

There has been no official announcement or confirmation of his current status at Ultimate.

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