This year, the Asian Poker Tour will see a special guest in the form of Mexican folk hero Zorro, as the Bodog Poker Network is sending an anonymous player disguised in the outfit to take his seat at the Asian Poker Tour in the Philippines. The idea behind the Zorro character is that whichever player sends the anonymous Bodog entrant to the rail and knocks them out of the tournament, will walk away with a $1,000 cash bounty.
“When we first introduced the Recreational Poker Model we were much ridiculed and so it is satisfying that virtually all major poker rooms have now changed direction and are seeking to improve the poker eco-system by introducing incentives to the all-important net depositing player,” stated Jonas Odman, president of the Bodog Poker Network. “While I am not a fan of the Player Segregation Model unveiled by Party Poker recently, there is no mistaking the reasoning behind it.”
Zorro Rides Again
The player’s Zorro-style hat will have players quaking at his, or her, anonymity as they try to figure out the identity, and was designed by Tara O’Callaghan, a protégé of Philip Treacy and milliner to Zara Philips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II.
“The costume and bounty for our anonymous player at the upcoming APT is partly a bit of fun but it is also there to serve as a reminder that we believe the Bodog Network is far and away the fairest place to play poker online,” added Odman. “We are the only network made in Asia with the emerging Asian player in mind, and we are specifically optimized for sports betting sites who want access to a network but don’t want their players’ money diverted away to poker pros.”
The disguised poker crusader will also be taking part in the $100,000 Grand Final of the Anonymous Poker Series which will take place in January 2014.