Jubilant Jeff Gross Joins Partypoker Team Online, Predicts Bright Future for Poker Site

March 1st, 2019 by Jon Sofen

CardsChat ambassador Jeff Gross is taking his talents to Partypoker, a poker site he believes is on the verge of becoming an industry leader. He joins the site’s Team Online roster a month after declining to renew his contract with rival PokerStars.

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Jeff Gross is the latest poker pro to shun PokerStars in favor of Partypoker. (Image: Twitter)

Gross first announced the new gig on Twitter and then spoke to CardsChat. To say he’s excited about the opportunity would be quite an understatement. You can hear the passion for poker in his voice.

“I’m so excited right now,” an enthusiastic Gross told CardsChat. “Right place, right time. Everything just worked out perfectly to make this happen. I got a great arrangement. Really happy with the message of the team and the direction they’re going.”

He will serve as the Co-Managing Director of Team Online but isn’t ready to publicly announce who that partner will be.

‘No Hard Feelings’ with Former Poker Site

Gross said he “had an offer on the table” in January to remain a member of the PokerStars Team Pro roster. But he declined that offer because he saw a “perfect” opportunity with an old but up-and-coming poker site.

Despite leaving the world’s largest poker site for its biggest rival, Jeff said he has “no hard feelings” towards his former employer. He’s proud to have represented that company but was ready for a change.

Partypoker first launched in 2001 and was one of the top online poker sites in the early days until PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker took control of the market. Over the past couple of years, however, Partypoker has re-branded its image in hopes of catching up to PokerStars.

Gross believes that competition will actually be good for PokerStars.

“There’s room for everybody,” he told CardsChat.

A Brand New Partypoker

Part of the site’s transformation was to build a stacked roster full of big name pros. Mike Sexton left the WPT broadcast booth in 2017 to return to the poker site he helped launch in 2001 as its Chairman. Former PokerStars pros Isaac Haxton and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier joined the team along with Sam Trickett, Fedor Holz, Jason Koon, and now Jeff Gross.

The next step in building a poker that can compete with PokerStars is to improve the software. Gross admits that Partypoker’s software “wasn’t up to par” in the past.

“In the past, PokerStars sort of had a monopoly with its massive guarantees and great software,” he said. “But I love the direction Partypoker is taking. They’ve made a lot of changes to their software and are now offering big guarantees.” He is excited about the “new schedule” Partypoker offers that is stacked with amazing events from low stakes all the way up to high rollers.”

Gross, whose Twitch channel has a loyal following, won’t stream Partypoker games exclusively but said the “vast majority” of the games he plays will be on the poker site he now represents.

“I may still occasionally play the Sunday Million (at PokerStars) or on (Americas Cardroom),” he said.

Gross also likes the decision Partypoker made to sign some of his fellow Twitch streamers.

“It’s great what they’re doing,” he said. “Guys like Matt Staples and (Hristivoje Pavlovic) ‘ALLinPav’ didn’t have poker site sponsorship deals. Partypoker is giving a lot of love to the streamers and that’s great for the game. There was a huge void with Twitch streamers not having deals.”

Pavlovic and Staples both joined the team last month. They were every bit as enthusiastic as Gross about the opportunity.

12 Responses to “Jubilant Jeff Gross Joins Partypoker Team Online, Predicts Bright Future for Poker Site”

  1. Ivansito26 says:

    congratulations jeff, we hope to see more stream in your new contract with partypoker, but I think that you are a very high level player, we hope to see you as team pro and not team pro online … luck

  2. Poker Orifice says:

    What’s the password to the Jeff Gross freeroll this Sunday on Partypoker? Is it ‘jubilant’?

  3. vovqa93 says:

    New poker-giant rises or not? Today party poker remember me in some way the old full-tilt poker, with all of that freerolls. I hope this site will grow more, and actually not only this site but the others too. While poker one poker giant just cuts all rewards for players let other do something competitive.

  4. Aristodemus_ says:

    Partypoker certainly seem on the rise, I think it’s good for poker in general to have two big sites.

  5. antonis32123 says:

    Partypoker made the right decision to partner with a great poker player and one of the best streamers , Jeff Gross , as one of its team online pros , and in fact a co-managing director . I congratulate Gross and I wish him best of luck for his (online or live ) games to come .

  6. icnbe56 says:

    Good for you Jeff. It’s about time Party Poker has a good embassador! It is even nicer that you are one of our members !
    I look forward to seeing you on TV now 🙂 Party Poker will have to up their game and their software to attract more players , so keep at them and it will happen. Look out Poker Stars !

  7. AzdajaD says:

    Party poker has done great job of locking down many of the biggest names on twitch.tv.
    Great for Gross, well done!

  8. dazd says:

    Jeff gross party poker freeroll password??? anyone wanna share it

  9. Anders1616 says:

    This is good news for me, i watch Jeff on Twitch and plays on Party poker. Jeff is an ambassador for Cardschat and i am a member of Cardschat It all goes around and it is super.

  10. acidburnfx says:

    Congratus to Jeff! Glad he’s happy with his new contract. We hope to see him at some community event here this year.

  11. ammje says:

    Very good news, Jeff is a great player, I always watch his videos, it’s going to be nice to see him at partypoker, and I’m glad partypoker is growing, this benefits poker players, because they have another alternative to play.

  12. Helloween says:

    So it’s time to change the situation. I support the decision of Jeff and sincerely wish him continued success on this interesting path. As far as I know, Kevin did the same.
    Well, when it turns out to part without bad memories and maintain good relationships.
    Good luck, Jeff!

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