August 03, 2011 10:20 ET

Skrill Becomes Official Sponsor of European Poker Tour Season 8

Global Poker Tours Limited Secures Third Business Partnership of 2011

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 3, 2011) - Global Poker Tours Limited (GPTL) has secured its third major sponsorship deal this year with the announcement that payment provider Skrill will become the Official Payment Provider Sponsor of the European Poker Tour Season 8, which begins this week in Tallinn, Estonia.

Skrill, the new name for Moneybookers – one of Europe's largest online payments systems and among the world's largest independent digital wallet providers is partnering with the EPT to support its ongoing worldwide expansion plans following growth amongst new accounts of almost 50% last year.

Recognising the important brand building and marketing opportunities this sponsorship deal affords, Nikolai Riesenkampff, co-CEO of Skrill Holdings, operating Moneybookers, said: "Skrill is delighted to join the European Poker Tour as its Official Payment Provider Sponsor. Now in its eighth season, the EPT has grown to become one of the largest and most lucrative poker tours in the world. Our headline sponsorship promises to deal a winning hand when it comes to strengthening our position as the leading digital wallet and bankroll management option among the world's poker players."

Riesenkampff added: "Skrill has a long and established track record providing easy, safe and secure payment options, and as a result is widely regarded as one of the most preferred deposit and withdrawal methods by the online gaming community."

Skrill and the EPT

As part of Skrill's sponsorship deal, the payment provider will have a strong visible presence at EPT events across Europe, with representatives talking to customers on the ground and helping players register for accounts by offering various incentives and loyalty programmes.

GPTL managing director Jeffrey Haas expressed his excitement at the latest partnership. "The European Poker Tour operates in more countries and markets than any other tour in the world, and it's wonderful that companies with global aspirations, like Skrill, recognise the opportunity we provide them to reach new customers in meaningful ways," said Haas.

This latest sponsorship deal for GPTL – producer of several prestigious poker events around the world, including the EPT, Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) and Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT)– highlights the significant and growing potential for more partnerships of its kind in the future. GPTL is committed to finding other business partners with local, regional or international brand aspirations.

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About Global Poker Tours

Global Poker Tours Limited is a full service poker tour production company that develops, organises and produces the most prestigious poker tournaments in the world. GPTL has produced more poker events in more countries than any other company on the planet – establishing it as the market leader in a fast growing, dynamic and exciting environment. Businesses and venues worldwide choose Global Poker Tours as their premier live poker production partner to develop and establish world-class poker events. For more information please visit

About Skrill

Skrill Holdings Ltd operates, one of Europe's largest online payments systems and among the world's largest independent digital wallet providers with over nineteen million account holders. The digital wallet enables any customer to make online payments conveniently and securely without revealing personal financial data, as well as send and receive money online cost-effectively simply by using an email address. Moneybookers' worldwide payment network offers businesses access to direct payment processing via over 100 payment options in over 200 countries and territories through just one integration.

Founded in 2001, Moneybookers was the first e-money issuer to become authorised and regulated by the FSA. In 2007, Investcorp Technology Partners undertook the buyout of Moneybookers from its founders. Today more than 90,000 merchants are registered with, including global partners such as, Skype and Electronic Arts.

In February 2010 The Sunday Times Deloitte Buyout Track 100 league table ranked Moneybookers as the Number 1 fastest growing, private equity-backed firm in the UK based on profits. For more information please visit

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