Online poker giant, PokerStars, has now announced the addition of three new poker pros to their online poker team. The new additions comprise of Matthias “Mati312” Brandner, Luka “LukaSteel” Kovac and Katerina “Katerina289” Malasidou, the latest poker sensation to come out of Greece. She also joins Andre Coimbra who not only happens to be her boyfriend, but also an existing member of the PokerStars team. It was he who convinced Katerina to take up poker as a full-time profession by quitting her job.
Katerina apparently was paying $18 and $37 tourneys and occasionally tried her hand at $56 and $74 buy-in levels as well. She posted a profit of $2,800 in 2.1K games. The multi-talented Katerina is also happens to be an award winning blogger. She bagged the World Blogger Championship of Online Poker (WBCOOP) Best Female Blogger Award in 2013.
Katerina’s latest blog post explains her excitement at being selected to represent PokerStars:
“This is the biggest, craziest, most awesome piece of news that I’ve ever shared with you through my blog… I’M ONE OF THE NEW MEMBERS OF POKERSTARS TEAM ONLINE!!!.. Do I need to say how amazing this is? Two years ago I was starting out in poker and now I’m a member of Team Online! It’s a great honor for me and I still haven’t fully digested it yet. I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.”
Being on the team of PokerStars as a sponsored pro is a great achievement for any poker player. This looks like the start of bigger things to come for Katerina “Katerina289” Malasidou. Look out, you’ll here more of her in years to come.
Rational Group have announced a series of changes to the functioning of Full Tilt Poker. These changes include the re-branding of the poker brand as Full Tilt Casino that would consist of a wide variety of casino games. Rational Group aslo owns PokerStars. But they have not announced any changes to the site.
Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars have been long-term rivals on the online poker front for the longest time. The dynamics of the industry changed when Black Friday happened in 2011. Full Tilt was shut down while PokerStars managed to get out of the US market and carry on smoothly.
Rational Group had to buy-out Full Tilt Poker and clear all the payments and balances that were pending with the US authorities. After all the settlement of funds, Full Tilt Poker was re-launched.
Since both Full Tilt and PokserStars directly competed against one another, Rational Group have taken the call to re-brand Full Tilt as a casino site. They have already integrated a play money version of basic casino games like blackjack and roulette.
Eric Hollreiser, Head of Corporate Communications for PokerStars said:
“Following the test period we will provide real money offerings in current and additional test markets. As always, we will provide the high quality player experience, integrity, security, safety and support that players have come to expect from Rational Group brands.”
Since PokerStars continues to attract majority of new poker players simultaneously retaining all their existing players and maintain a massive lead over all their rivals, Rational Group has decided to leave this brand untouched.
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“Sat-nav” is what was ex-Manchester United midfield maestro Paul Scholes was called by during training by his colleagues. The reasoning behind this nickname was the pinpoint accuracy with which Scholes could find a teammate with a pass. Now a poker professional with the same name, “Sat-nav” has pocketed a whopping £93,900 by virtue of his win at the biggest poker tournament in Scotland.
The actual name of “Sat-nav” is Dean Hutchinson and he hails from Glasgow. He beat a big name in Live Boeree who happens to be a PokerStars Pro, which makes the win even more rewarding. Live apart from being a PokerStars Pro also does poker TV commentary.
Following her defeat, Liv Boeree said:
“Dean adapted well and became a lot more aggressive, which not only made him harder to play against but made it higher variance.”
Thanks to this win, Dean Hutchinson also becomes the 4th poker pro of Scottish origin to win a UKIPT event. The other three to reach this milestone before Hutchinson are Ludovic Geilich, Alan Gold and Rober Bull who won in Marbella, Galway and London respectively.
*Image courtesy PokerStars Blog
WOW! Now that's a great promotion coming from Betsson this year! During 2014, every month Betsson Poker is giving away a trip for two persons.
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Join Betsson Poker this February in the Cajun capital of the world for Mardi Gras, one of the greatest carnival shows in America! You and a guest will be traveling to fabulous New Orleans, Louisiana, for 5 days and nights where you will watch the world famous Bacchus Parade by day and party New Orleans-style by night, whilst collecting unforgettable memories of one of the most culturally diverse and vibrant places on earth!
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The Global Poker Index (GPI) announce the short list for the 13th annual European Poker Awards, set to take place in conjunction with the European Poker Tour (EPT) stop in Deauville, France. Global Poker index (GPI) is all set to host the 13th annual European Poker Awards to be held on 29th of January 2014. The nominees for the awards have been announced by the GPI. The awards function will be held in ‘Salle des Ambassadeurs” at the Casino Deauville and will coincide with the EPT.
GPI European Awards Short Lists
Rookie of the year: Max Altergott (Germany), Matthew Ashton (England), Martin Finger (Germany) and Adrian Mateos Diaz (Spain)Best Tournament Performance: Barny Boatman (England), Philipp Gruissem (Germany), Roger Hairabedian (France), Marvin Rettenmaier (Germany) and Ole Schemion (Germany)
Internet Player of the year: Viktor Blom (Sweden), Niklas Heinecker (Germany), Toby Lewis (England) and Chris Moorman (England)
Poker Industry Person of the year: Marc Convey – Poker journalist and broadcaster (England), Alexandre Dreyfus – CEO of Zokay Entertainment (France), Neil Johnson – Pokerstars Live Poker specialist (England) and Edgar Stuchly – EPT President and Director of Pokerstars Live Event Europe (Austria)
Best Event of the year: EPT Barcelona, EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo, Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival and Prague Poker Festival
The GPI European Poker Awards are sponsored by PokerStars and Lucien Barriere Hotels et Casinos. The ceremony is expected to be attended by all the industry bigwigs and promises to be a grand affair.
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2013 has had some amazing moments with some incredible highs and some sad lows for the online poker industry. We saw some old faces bow out and some fresh faces amaze us with their talent. Online poker as we all know is unpredictable and isn’t everybody’s cup of team. You need special focus, special skill and special work ethic to stay on top of this game, which has extreme swings. But at the end of the day, unlike other professions, if you are an online poker pro, your success and failures are judged on the balance sheet at the end of the year. Profit and losses are the harsh reality of judging players and performances at the end of the year. So when curtains came down on 2013, there were some big winners and some big losers. Here is the list of the top 10 winners and losers of online poker in the year gone by.
1. Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker: +$6.3 million
2. Ben “Bttech” Tollerene: +$2.9 million
3. Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar: +$2 million
4. Odd_Oddsen: +$1.9 million
5. Hac “trex313” Dang: +$1.8 million
6. No_Ola: +$1.8 million
7. FinddaGrind: +$1.7 million
8. Tight-Man1: +$1.4 million
9. proudlikeagoat: +$1.3 million
10. Follow The Hawk: +$985,000
1. Gus Hansen: -$8.4 million
2. MalACEsia: -$3.7 million
3. samrostan: -$3.4 million
4. Phil “Polarizing” Ivey: -$2.4 million
5. punting-peddler: -$1.7 million
6. Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky: – $1.4 million
7. patpatpanda: -$1.3 million
8. Scott “mastrblastr” Seiver: -$1.2 million
9. Rui Cao: -$1 million
10. davin77: -$1 million
We hope that 2014, is a great year for the people that finished in the biggest losers column for 2013. But unfortunately, to make money, you have to take money off somebody and that’s the beauty of poker.
Shane Schleger was added to the PokerStars team in February 2011. In the online poker arena Shane Schleger is known as “shaniac”. News has just broken out that Shane and PokerStars have parted ways and he will no longer continue as a sponsored pro on their online poker team.
Shane Schleger said in a statement:
“Not only has Stars met its obligation to its players at every turn, it has always felt like a real place within a virtual world: a place where I saw large sums of money won and lost, but far more memorably, a place where personalities were built, lifelong relationships were fostered, and community thrives. “Whether I was running bad or the game had passed me by. I knew I had to conjure up whatever remaining heart and energy and poker smarts I had left and pour them into the 2013 WCOOP.”
Despite earning $1,189,042 and $4,147,862 through live and online poker tournaments respectively, Shane Schleger didn’t have a smooth sailing after he joined PokerStars. Post Black Friday, he was compelled shift base to Mexico while he managed a personal romantic relationships in Southern California.
In 2013, Shane Schleger confessed to have found it tough to put a string of good performances together and simultaneously managing his personal relationships. Hence post his marriage he wanted to move back to California in 2014.
Shane Schleger however was able to finish a respectable 6th in the WCOOP event 66. He earned a whopping $291,154 which also happends to be his biggest win in tournament poker career.
Here’s wishing “shaniac” all the very best for 2014.
*Image courtesy PokerStars Blog
The final week of 2013 had the top 4 online poker websites retaining their positions in the top 10 ranked online poker rooms. No surprises in PokerStars leading the pack as always. They are now 10 times as bigger in traffic numbers than their nearest rivals.
888Poker was a distant second with 2700 cash game players/week. Playtech powered iPoker Network was third with 2600 and then came the two other biggies of online poker Full Tilt with 2500 and Party Poker with 2100 cash game players per week.There was a little shake up in the bottom of the rankings with MPN of the Microgaming networked being pushed out of the top 10. Even Bodog moved one pace below from 8th to 9th place. PokerStars.fr managed to retain their 10th position. It is also important to note that PokerStars has been ruling the top 10 rankings with all their sites namely PokerStars.it in 6th place and PokerStars.es in 7th place.
This amounts to 4 PokerStars owned sites in the top 10. PokerStars looks set to dominate the world of online poker in 2014 as well. This is evident from the fact that new players are thronging to the online poker giant in high numbers and they continue to surge ahead of their competitors.