Welcome two new members of Team PokerStars Online
Team PokerStars Online's ranks swelled by two this morning, which is good news all round. For them it means representing the biggest and best online poker site in the world. For you it means that you can easily spot them at the tables because they'll have that little red spade next to their name. Everyone's a winner.
We caught up with the pair to find out what joining the team means to them.
Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara was the first Japanese player to ever win a WSOP bracelet, and is already 3rd on the all-time money list for Japan because of it.
"I want to be a top poker pro who every poker players knows and can be proud of. To be a member of Team Online is a really big step," said Kihara.
As well as grinding online Kihara intends to play some live events in Macau and will play the PCA in January. Online you can find Kihara playing tournaments upwards of $109 or $55 re-buy tournament or mixing it up at the 1-2 PLO tables or 4-8 and 10-20 8-game.
Caio 'pessagno' Pessagno is one of Brazil's up and coming poker stars. The online grinder has scored $1,856,005 in tournaments at PokerStars
"Being part of this team is a dream for any professional player, and for me this is the beginning of a new stage in my life. I sacrificed a lot to be here and I feel very accomplished to have followed this path," said Pessagno.
The Brazilian, who can be found playing "ridiculous volume MTTs", will be appearing at BSOP and LAPT events as well as the PCA in January trying to convert a fearsome online record into live success. If Mickey 'mement_mori' Petersen can do it... Find out more about Pessagno through this link.
You can follow Pessagno on his @pessagno Twitter Account.
Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.