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PokerStars Signs Two More Pros – Online Casino News

July 6, 2009 Leave a comment

PokerStars.com, one of the world’s largest online poker rooms, has announced the addition of two more professional players to its Team PokerStars Pro, taking the tally to 40.

Young gun Jason ‘Treysfull21’ Mercier and Marcel ‘The Flying Dutchman’ Luske have joined poker heavyweights including Daniel Negreanu, Katja Thater, Betrand Grospellier and Chris Moneymaker in signing with the star team.

A household name in the world of poker, Luske was ranked as the top player in Europe in 2001 and 2003 and won the Lifetime Achievement Award at last year’s European Poker Awards. Known for his stylish dress sense and calm demeanour, he finished in tenth place in the main event of the 2004 World Series Of Poker (WSOP).

Luske is joined by 22-year-old Florida native Mercier, who has amassed over $3.2 million in live tournament winnings since his first appearance at last year’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Mercier won the PokerStars European Poker Tour Season Four event in San Remo for $1,372,893 before finishing in sixth spot at the Season Five event in Barcelona a few months later for $324,946. He also won last year’s PokerStars European Poker Tour Million One Dollar Showdown High-Roller tournament in London for $944,847 before going on to take his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha competition for $237,415.

“Becoming a member of Team PokerStars Pro means a lot to me,’ said Mercier.

‘I’m so excited to be playing for the site I first started playing on. I feel like this solidifies my standing as one of the top poker players around.’  

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Blotter: PartyPoker buys some pros

June 28, 2009 Leave a comment

For years now top poker sites like UltimateBet and PokerStars have been pumping their numbers through the commercial use of recognizable pros. Many aspiring amateurs get starry-eyed at the mere thought of rubbing elbows with poker legends like Daniel Negreanu, and many poker sites have been cashing in on this idol-worship by sponsoring their own teams of pros. While other online poker rooms pimped out their teams in trade for added traffic, PartyPoker has been largely neutral toward the movement…until now.

In a bid to maintain their historically high numbers, PartyPoker has joined the scramble for sponsored pros by adding a few recognizable faces to their own roster. From the beginning, PartyPoker’s only payrolled player was WPT commentator Mike Sexton. Whether Sexton was tired of going it solo or not, he’s going to get some company. In light of the site’s international crowd, their new team of pros is appropriately diverse.

The first PartyPoker pro addition is Englishman Ian Frazer, already a familiar face at PartyPoker’s major live tournaments. Days after announcing their first selection, PartyPoker announced two more: Frenchman Remy Biechel and Brazilian Felipe Ramos. While these three players may be relatively unknown to American poker fans, they’ve all placed in the money at the WSOP (with Ramos appearing at the Event 35 final table just last week) and have posted major international tournament wins.

PartyPoker’s recent additions officially give them their own team of pros, and insiders speculate more are coming soon. This should be exciting news for existing members of the popular poker room.

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AbsolutePoker.com Signs Vengrin – Online Casino News

June 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Adding to its roster of professional sponsored players, leading online poker site AbsolutePoker.com has announced the signing of 24-year-old competitor Matt Vengrin.

AbsolutePoker.com, which is a member of the Cereus Poker Network, is in the process of building a roster of sponsored poker players and revealed that the Texas hold’em champ has been on the radar of a number of its competitors for some time.

‘I am honoured and humbled that I was chosen to help represent AbsolutePoker.com,’ said Vengrin.

‘I believe in the brand and look forward to a long-term relationship working side by side with the management team.’

Vengrin has won over $717,000 playing online poker at sites such as UltimateBet.com, FullTiltPoker.com and PokerStars.com in just over two years. The New York native has amassed five top-ten finishes in several popular online poker tournaments already this year including a ninth place showing in the first event of UltimateBet.com’s Online Championship, a pot-limit Omaha tournament, for $1,800. Other notable 2009 online finishes include winning a recent no-limit hold’em event for $61,600 and a runners-up spot in a $100,000 tournament for $21,327.

The pro has also won close to $400,000 at land-based competitions and, most recently, finished strong in Event Nine at the 2009 Aussie Millions for nearly $10,000. Vengrin also collected $6,670 at UltimateBet.com’s 2008 Aruba Poker Classic and took home $167,973 for a third place finish in Event 29 at the 2008 World Series Of Poker.

Vengrin will compete on the online poker site under the username ‘mattvengrin’ and players can use AbsolutePoker.com’s free Absolute Buddy software to discover where the pro is seated.  

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