Isle of Man based gaming company PokerStars is a proud sponsor of the Isle of Man TT Races and is also the title sponsor of the PokerStars Senior TT, which will be held on Friday 8th June.

PokerStars has been involved with the TT since 2007 and has been the title sponsor of a number of races including the Supersport, Superstock, Superbike and Senior TT Races.

The company also supports leading Manx rider Conor Cummins who finished runner up in the PokerStars Senior TT in 2009.  Conor recorded the fastest lap from a standing start in the 2010 Superbike Race and is one of the leading contenders for honours at the 2012 TT Races.

The company has also created a ‘Spirit of TT’ Award as part of their sponsorship.  This has been developed to recognise a selfless contribution to the event’s success or an outstanding achievement. The criteria for the award are based on key qualities such as innovation, leadership, teamwork, respect and integrity.  The award is open to anyone who contributes to the event, such as riders, marshals and volunteers. Previous winners include Paul Owen in 2010 and Conor Cummins for his remarkable comeback inside a year from career threatening injuries.

The annual award is judged by a panel of representatives that includes a representative from PokerStars, Geoff Corkish, MBE, MHK, the Political Member for Isle of Man Tourism, ACU Chairman Jim Parker and journalists from Isle of Man Newspapers and Manx Radio.

Becs Cubbon, who is responsible for PokerStars’ on Island sponsorship, commented: 

“As a company we are very committed to the Isle of Man and are grateful for all the support that we have received since our arrival in 2005. We are delighted to be involved with the Island’s Blue Riband event as we celebrate our seventh anniversary on the Island and believe that our award and sponsorship is a great way of putting something back into the community.”

Geoff Corkish, MBE, MHK, The political member for Isle of Man Tourism, commented:

“PokerStars has made a truly significant contribution to the TT Races since its arrival on the Isle of Man and their welcome support has enabled us to improve many aspects of the running of the event. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with this great local company.”