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500 Supernovas Applied for Team PokerStars Online

The job market is highly competitive in many industries these days and that includes top online poker pros who strive to represent the world’s top poker site.

A total of 500 online grinders with Supernova status submitted applications in hopes of being chosen as Team PokerStars Online pros. Only three made the cut. But the 497 who missed out were encouraged to keep grinding and to try again in the future.

“We had a number of fantastic candidates during the open application process, many of whom we’ll be keeping tabs on going forward,” Team Online manager Chris Jonat stated on the PokerStars blog. “Ultimately, we chose people who represented game types and countries that were new to our Team.”

So who are the players who managed to outshine the competition and be rewarded with the coveted Team PokerStars Online status? Luka ‘LukaSteel’ Kovač, Katerina ‘Katerina289’ Malasidou and Matthias ‘Mati312’ Brandner are the trio who were warmly welcomed by PokerStars after standing out among the 500-player field of applicants.

Kovač hails from Slovenia and is described as a specialist in Limit Hold’em. His competitive spirit was nurtured through spending 10 years of his youth traveling and entering ski events. Kovač paid his way through college from his online poker winnings, finding success after making only one deposit at PokerStars. ‘LukaSteel’ contends that Limit Hold’em provides as much action, fun and profit as other game variants and his success bears that out.

Malasidou left her employment as an accountant to concentrate on poker and all her number-crunching these days is relegated to toting up her online earnings. The Athens, Greece native had a bit of help and encouragement in shunning the 9-5 workday from another Team PokerStars Online member who happens to be her boyfriend, André ‘acoimbra’ Coimbra.

Under Coimbra’s tutelage, ‘Katerina289’ has established an impressive online poker resume specializing in hyper-turbo SNGs, but also includes a number of multi-table tournament final table finishes. Malasidou is aiming for Supernova Elite status and hopes to attract more women to take up the game of poker. While her play on the virtual felt is one way of doing that, another is through her writing. Last year, Malasidou captured the WBCOOP Best Female Blogger Award.

Brandner majored in information technology at the University of Vienna and was chosen to represent Team PokerStars Online mainly due to his prowess at Badugi. He has been known to switch to other variants at times such as Razz and 2-7, racking up a high amount of winning sessions that the brain trust at PokerStars couldn’t help but notice. Social gamers will be pleased to know that Brandner started out on the play-money tables before depositing for real cash and eventually developing enough skill to join the ranks of the Supernova class.

All three earned a well-deserved spot as members of Team PokerStars Online. Congratulations are in order for each as they embark on a new phase of their online poker-playing careers.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.