PokerStars is the largest online poker site in the world. Along with its massive selection of games, promotions, and tournaments, the site also boasts of numerous Team PokerStars Pros. They include names that are familiar to many poker players and fans, many of them among the best poker players in the history of the game of poker.
Team PokerStars Pro Names of Note
The biggest names comprising the list of PokerStars Team Pros are also some of the winners of the most major tournaments in the world.
The best known among them is Chris Moneymaker. He won the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event for $2.5 million, all from an $86 buy-in online poker satellite on PokerStars. His victory spurred what is now known as the poker boom, and the industry rose to its highest heights in the years that followed because of the “Moneymaker Effect.” He remains a Team Pro on the site to this day.
Daniel Negreanu is a fan favorite in poker, a longtime professional player who has spent years perfecting his poker game. To date, he has earned more than $32 million in live tournaments, the most of any poker player in history. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest ambassadors of the game.
Vanessa Selbst is the top-earning live tournament money earner of any female player in the game. She has captured numerous titles on the way to earning nearly $12 million in just a few years. Meanwhile, she is a Yale Law School graduate who spends her spare time working for social justice issues.
The credentials of the names on the PokerStars Team Pro list are impressive. Other names included in that elite group of poker pros are Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Johnny Lodden, Jason Somerville, Andre Akkari, Barry Greenstein, Bryan Huang, Liv Boeree, Victor Ramdin, Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchalov, Celina Lin, Theo Jorgensen, and Leo Fernandez.
At one point, PokerStars chose to highlight some of its most diverse and successful online poker pros in a Team Online subsection of Team PokerStars Pro. Since that time, the players in that group have been incorporated into the main list of pros on that particular section of the website.
The players from that category hail from many different parts of the world, and the list includes names like Adrienne Rowsome, George Lind, Mickey Petersen, Jorge Limon, Randy Lew, Lex Veldhuis, Felix Schneiders, Liliya Novikova, and recently added Jaime Staples (who was previously a Friend of PokerStars).
This special group of PokerStars Team Pros features some of the top sports names in the world who are sponsored by PokerStars and occasionally – when sports careers permit – play online or at various live tournaments.
Dutch field hockey star and Olympic gold medalist Fatima Moreira de Melo has been a member of Team SportStars the longest and regularly plays in online and live tournaments wearing the PokerStars logo. Football legend Ronaldo has been with the site for several years as well.
The newest additions to the elite sports/poker team are footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. Both are world renowned players who represent their countries, teams, and sport at the highest level and claim many millions of fans from across the globe. The respected athletes have passion for poker and are invested in improving their skills online and live when not on the football field.