2009 PCA: Team PokerStars Pros

Team PokerStars Pros represent some of the premier tournament players in the world. But it's not their astute poker acumen that makes them among the most luminous stars in the galaxy. They are true international rounders and ambassadors of poker constantly on the move representing PokerStars wherever they play... Asia, Europe, Australia, Las Vegas, and the Bahamas.

By now, I'm sure you are familiar with some of the players who represent Team PokerStars Pros. Among those elite group of players include a quartet of former WSOP Main Event World Champions; Chris Moneymaker (2003), Greg Raymer (2004), Joe Hachem (2005), and Tom McEvoy (1983).

Stephen Paul-Ambrose

There are the previous two PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champions; Stephen Paul-Ambrose (2007) and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (2008) who are members of Team PokerStars Pros. Both gentlemen are attempting to become the first player to win multiple PCAs and ElkY is trying to win back-to-back events.

Let's not forget about a couple of Las Vegas sharks with multiple bracelets (Daniel Negreanu and Barry Greenstein) lurking around azure-tinted waters surrounding Paradise Island. Also in the mix are Gavin Griffin, the first Triple Crown winner (WSOP bracelet, WPT title, and an EPT title) along with his fellow Yanks; Chad Brown, Victor Ramdin, and Hevad Khan.


Vanessa Rousso

There are also the lovely ladies of Team PokerStars Pros such as Vicky Coren, Katja Thater, Isabelle Mercier, and Vanessa Rousso.

The PCA also attracted other international members of Team PokerStars who flocked to Atlantis from the farthest corners of the globe including Humberto Brenes (Costa Rica), Andre Akkari (Brazil), Marcin Horecki (Poland), Dario Minieri (Italy), Lee Nelson (New Zealand), Luca Pagano (Italy), Noah Boeken (Holland), Alex Kravchenko (Russia), Alexandre Gomes (Brazil), and William Thorson (Sweden).

Moments before the kick off to the event, the contingency of Team PokerStars Pros entered the Imperial Ballroom led by last year's champion Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. They sauntered down the middle aisle and gathered in front of the massive tournament room.

Team PokerStars Pros in action on Day 1A include.... Joe Hachem, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Greg Raymer, Alex Kravchenko,Vanessa Rousso, Chad Brown, Stephen Paul-Ambrose, Gavin Griffin, Luca Pagano, Vicky Coren, Tom McEvoy, Humberto Brenes, and Andre Akari, and Marcin Horecki.

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