British star Patrick Leonard has joined partypoker in the role of ambassador, joining Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, Tony Dunst, and four-time boxing world champion https://uk.pokernews.com/news/2015/11/partypoker-unveil-four-time-world-champion-boxer-carl-froch-19715.htm on the partypoker roster.
Leonard made the announcement on his Facebook page and Twitter account where he said he had always dreamed of becoming a sponsored pro, and that he would be sporting a partypoker patch during the upcoming European Poker Tour Grand Final and at the 2016 World Series of Poker.
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Earlier this week, Leonard, 27, sat down with the partypoker blog team and spoke candidly about his poker career in an exclusive interview.
Leonard revealed that it is his work ethic and determination to continually improve at poker that has seen him climb up the ranks and become one of the most feared tournament players of his generation.
“I’m not the smartest guy in poker, I’m not naturally made to be a poker player, but I will work harder than the other guys,” said Leonard.
According to the partypoker blog, Leonard was a journalism student who became involved in the finance industry before changing paths and working as a poker ecologist until he began making much more money from playing poker than he was helping to fix the game’s problems. A former cash game pro, Leonard made the transition to tournament poker, a move that paid off when he won almost $300,000 during his first full month of grinding tournaments.
Leonard kept helping himself to big scores online, and climbed up the PocketFives.com rankings as a result, eventually being crowned the world’s number one online poker tournament player in August 2014, although the Budapest-based star is no longer fixated with his rankings or those of any other player.
“Since then I don’t really care about rankings, I deleted my PocketFives account and I focus on making myself happy on and off the table instead of unhealthily obsessing about pretty irrelevant rankings.”
Much to the delight of the high stakes regulars, Leonard has reduced the volume he plays as he attempts to get a foothold in the world of business. He owns a bar in Budpaest, he’s the owner and acting manager and coach of what he says is the best stable of poker players in the world, and is looking to move into real estate for expats throughout Europe.
As an ambassador of partypoker, Leonard is to work closely with the poker room management and help with the creation of new tournaments, assist in the improvement of tournament structures, and more.
“At partypoker, they are actually doing progressive changes on a daily basis, but still have a long way to go until they really take over as the number one site in the world. I’m sure that I can help significantly and that motivates me a lot. I want to help make partypoker the best poker site in the world with the biggest guarantees and best structured tournaments. If we speak this time next year and we haven’t taken over then I would be pretty disappointed. The people behind the scenes at partypoker are incredibly ambitious and I think I match that ambition too, we’re a good match I think.”