PokerStars picks up two new Team Pros in Asia
It's been a long time since PokerStars added to its Team Pro roster, so today, it signed up two Asian powerhouses on one day.
Chen-An Lin from Taiwan and Yaxi Zhu from China are both popular and successful poker players in Asia, and today, they put on their red spade patches to make it official.
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Taiwanese native Lin discovered poker in 2009 and almost immediately decided he wanted to become a professional player. He chalked up his first tournament victory - a side event at the Macau Poker Cup - in October 2009 for HK$15,000, before enjoying a string of cashes and wins in events in Asia over the next few years.
His largest cash to date came in the Macau Poker Cup in August 2014, when he won the HK$20,000 NL Hold'em event for HK$380,700 (approx. USD $50,000). Earlier this year he won two tournaments in Las Vegas - his first cashes outside Asia - and continues to progress as a player. He wants to use the sponsorship opportunity to promote the game in his home country of Taiwan.
A former finance and business manager, Zhu entered poker from a career at a consulting firm, bringing her analytical skills to the game and impressing almost straight away. Last year saw the Chinese pro enjoy two tournament wins, one in Macau at an ACOP Platinum Series III side event and the other in an EPT 11 Prague side event for €119,100. To date she has earned more than USD $230,000 playing live tournaments.
MACAU POKER CUP
You will find two new Team Pros at the Macau Poker Cup over the next two weeks. MPC 23 runs until September 13 with 16 Official Asia Player of the Year tournaments, including the HK$5,000,000 guaranteed Red Dragon event (Sep 5-11), which has a HK$12,000 buy-in.