TLB winner to fight Sports Star for record prize

ps_news_thn.jpgIf you're not a former winner of PokerStars' Tournament Leader Board, you may not even know this event exists, much less what's happening with it. However, it's become so interesting that we have to pay it some attention. It's history-making, after all.

Every week for as long as I can remember, the weekly winner of the TLB has gotten to play a heads-up match against one of PokerStars' pro or celebrity players. The prize pool always starts at $1,000. If the TLB winner is the victor, he or she scoops the dime and everything starts over the next week. If the Team Pro wins, the $1,000 stays in the prize pool and the next week's winner gets a shot at $2,000.

Well, let's just say the TLB winners have not been faring very well in recent weeks, and for the first time in the history of the weekly TLB match, the prize pool has swollen to $9,000. It's sort of like the lottery when nobody wins for several weeks. It's gotta crack before long, and when it does, somebody is getting paid, yo.

So, this Sunday, January 29th, at 14:00 ET, PokerStars player 88Xin88 will be going up against PokerStars Sports Star Fatima Moreira de Melo for an historic $9,000 match.


Fatima Moreira de Melo

While the prize may not be as much as the $67,903 he won in TCOOP Event #1, it will still be quite an event to watch. If he wins, he will pocket a history-making prize. If he loses, next week's winner will be playing for a cool $10,000.

If you'd like to handicap the match, you can get some idea for how 88xin88 plays by clicking the link above. For a little more on De Melo, you can check out her PokerStars Sports Stars bio.

For more on the TLB, visit the PokerStars Tournament Leader Board home page.

Brad Willis
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