Team PokerStars Pro locks up Mayrinck, Fernandez

teampro-thumb.JPGWhen the PokerStars Sunday majors kick off today, you will see a couple of new Team PokerStars Pros in the mix. Our old friends Maria "maridu" Mayrinck and Leo Fernandez have been signed to Team Pro, adding two new powerful South American card slingers to the already powerful team. Mayrinck and Fernandez played their first live events as Team Pro members in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

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If you you are a longtime reader of the PokerStars Blog, you may know that Mayrinck comes from our ranks. A few years back, the lady known as "maridu" was a popular Brazilian player and poker blogger. PokerStars seized on her skills and signed her up to write the first generation of the Brazilian PokerStars Blog. Mayrinck spent a couple of years covering every angle of Brazilian poker. All along, it was clear her heart was at the table. During her off hours, Mayrinck would play tournaments and get in action in any way should could. The one-time sociology graduate and television comedy writer finally made the jump to full time pro. Now, she is a member of Team PokerStars Pro.

Leo Fernandez is yet another player who cam from the ranks of the chess world and is now storming the poker tables. A chess player since he was a child, Fernandez reached the level of international master before turning himself in a poker pro. An adrenaline junkie, the Argentinian has made several deep runs in the World Series and on the World Poker Tour. He's now spending a lot of time on the PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour.

You will find Mayrinck playing on PokerStars as "maridu." Fernandez will be playing under the name "LeoFernandez."

Congratulations to both players for reaching this milestone. We'll see you both in a couple of weeks when the Latin American Poker Tour hits Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Team PokerStars Pro