Canadian Twitch streamer Vanessa Kade (cover image) has been in the news quite a lot lately due to her Twitter feud with self-proclaimed ‘King of Instagram’ Dan Bilzerian and her subsequent fallout with GGPoker. The latest news surrounding Kade, however, is controversy-free. The gamer-turned-poker player has signed on as the brand ambassador for the US-facing poker site, Americas Cardroom (ACR).
ACR welcomed Kade onboard with an official statement tweeted on March 19.
— Americas Cardroom (@ACR_POKER) March 18, 2021
Kade has been playing poker full-time since 2014. Before that, she had established herself as a gamer and even worked as a video game producer for Disney Interactive Studios, Lucasfilm, and BioWare.
Responding to the tweet, Kade revealed that discussions about her joining ACR had been in the works since last year.
After being in discussions about this for the last year, I’m thrilled to be joining the s on ACR Team Pro!
Happy to be working with a site that continuously strives to become the best version of itself and encourages its pros to do the same.
Niffler’s ready to hunt some ! https://t.co/dSYHhIgUem
— Vanessa Kade (@VanessaKade) March 18, 2021
In December last year, Kade had voiced her concern over Bilzerian’s appointment as a GGPoker brand ambassador, to which the latter had responded by calling her a “hoe”. GGPoker reignited the controversy after it canceled Kade’s affiliate account on March 9.
A Twitter storm raged following Kade’s affiliate account’s cancelation and her subsequent tweets on the topic. The fact that all of this unfurled just a day after the ‘International Women’s Day’ further escalated the issue with many top names in the industry siding with Kade.
The online poker site was compelled to come out with a six-paragraph long statement, defending its action and claiming that it was due to “violation of our terms & conditions” on Kade’s part. Even though the brand apologized to Kade for how she felt about Bilzerian becoming a GGPoker brand ambassador, the statement also stated that the company was not responsible for how their ambassadors behave on social media.
Expectedly, GGPoker faced a lot of flak from the poker Twitterati, with many coming out in support of Kade and condemning GGPoker for its complacence towards Bilzerian’s misogynistic behavior.
The latest development of Kade joining ACR as a brand ambassador was cheered by many in the poker fraternity.
That’s awesome – congrats Vanessa!!
— CardsChat (@CardsChat) March 18, 2021
Best of luck and congrats!
— Maureen (@mjbloech) March 18, 2021
I was hoping they would add you to the team. 🙂
I think it’s a great move for both you and @ACR_POKER.
Glad to see the addition of both you and @Ebony_Kenney
It’s nice to see ACR values women in poker!!!
— Nothing Burger (@4u2enlightenme) March 19, 2021
— Matt Glantz (@MattGlantz) March 18, 2021
— Joey Ingram #passion (@Joeingram1) March 19, 2021
Congrats @VanessaKade! 🏻
— David Lappin (@dklappin) March 18, 2021
Kade is the latest in an accomplished lineup of ACR brand ambassadors. In February, ACR appointed the legendary 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker as its brand ambassador, shortly after the latter ended his 17-year-long association with online poker giant PokerStars.
Currently, ACR boasts of 10 ambassadors, including Jon Van Fleet, Jeff Boski, Michael Loncar, Robert Kuhn, Ryan Depaulo, Drew Gonzalez, Jon Pardy Ebony Kenney, alongside Chris MoneyMaker and Vanessa Kade.
Kade’s first order of business as a Team ACR pro will be the upcoming World Poker Tour event in Florida, and we expect to see her streaming for the site as well.