Poker pro Isabelle Mercier officially signed with online gaming giant BetClic on December 2nd, 2009, finally ending months of speculation about where she would join after leaving PokerStars in September 2009. Mercier will act as a poker consultant for BetClic, which is a part of the Mangas Gaming group and will be involved with creating a strategy for BetClic Poker.
Mercier said that she is very happy to be collaborating with BetClic and the Mangas group. Mercier said that she is very impress by the energy of this young organization which is going places. As with the poker game, Mercier said that she has always made decisions based on careful study and gut instinct and this project has a good vibe to it. She added that it will really be enjoyable.
Mercier brings years of experience from the poker market, where she first started as a poker room manager at the Aviation Club de France. She was also a successful poker player and her big break in the poker circuit came in 2004 when she won the World Poker Tour Ladies Night Out II event.
Since then, Mercier has won more than $1 million on the poker tournament circuit including reaching the final table of the 2006 World Series of Poker where she finished in 5th place for $175,404.
BetClic managing director Nicolas Beraud said that they are very proud and happy to welcome Isabelle to their team as a poker ambassador and advisor. Although Mercier will be a poker consultant for the organization, she will also continue to play poker, joining the rest of the poker ambassadors at BetClic including football players Marcel Desailly, Deco, Arrigo Sacchi, Mateusz Borek and Stefan Effenberg.
BetClic was founded in 2005 and has grown from a start-up organization to a major player in the online gaming industry. The group operates across fifteen countries with more than 1.5 million players.
Although the online gaming site is primarily known for sports wagering it has started to market its poker game. BetClic also acquired Bet-At-Home and Expekt, both of which features online poke rooms. Mercier was rumored to have signed with BetClic back in September but she denied it at that time.