The latest exciting announcement from partypoker is the unveiling of their new Team Online, a group of sponsored players dedicated to promoting the game online.
partypoker has assembled Brazil’s Renato Nomura, Lui Martins and Day Kotoviezy, as well as Austrian poker pro Josip Simunic, to regularly compete online at partypoker.com. The team will also be seen representing partypoker in various live tournaments around the globe.
“The recruitment of Renato, Josip, Lui and Day has got Team Online off to a really great start,” said Tom Waters, partypoker’s Managing Director. “These are players who have a true passion for the game and I know they will be amazing ambassadors for partypoker, wherever they play.”
Josip Simunic (pictured above) is a former semi-pro handball player who took up poker after becoming engrossed in TV coverage of the WSOP. He is now one of Austria’s most successful poker players, having amassed more than $1.3 million in live tournament earnings, which ranks him in 9th place on the Austria All Time Money List.
His breakthrough came in early 2014 when he won the Swiss Poker Championship for $86,093. Almost exactly one year later, in February 2015, he clawed his way back from just three big blinds to take down the Deauville High Roller for a career-best cash of $353,973. He has since racked up numerous cashes from across Europe, including two more six-figure scores.
Simunic told us, “I’m delighted to be joining partypoker, especially just after the 2018 series announcement. There are so many dates now on offer throughout the year, it is a great time to be joining partypoker! On the live circuit, it’s been great to see how the partypoker MILLIONS events have really captured everyone’s imagination; I know the atmosphere at this year’s tournaments is going to be incredible.”
The other members of the new partypoker Team Online all hail from Brazil. Renato Nomura, Lui Martins and Day Kotoviezy will all be joining fellow countrymen Joao Simao, Luiza Simao and Bruno Gagliasso as partypoker ambassadors.
“I am really looking forward to representing the partypoker brand,” Renato Nomura tells us. “There’s a lot of great players in our country and competition is pretty fierce, so I am thrilled to have been chosen to join the new online team.”
Nomura, otherwise known as man151299, has online career winnings totalling more than $850,000. He has already experienced considerable success on partypoker, with a victory in the Title Fight last February which saw him pick up $52,325. He has also racked up $211,000 on the live circuit, a feat which includes a win at Brazilian Series of Poker Main Event in 2013 for $108,917.
Lui Martins is a Brazilian pro, who made the move to poker after experiencing considerable success in World of Warcraft and Quake online. His online results total more than $500,000, a great achievement made even more extraordinary by the fact that Martins has only ever made one deposit, for $120. His results include a $115,248 cash after finishing second in the Sunday Million, as well as third place finish worth $20,375 in the partypoker Title Fight last August.
He told us, “partypoker is making such a big impact at the moment so this is a great time to be joining the team. I know it’s going to be very exciting as well as a lot of fun.”
Day Kotoviezy is a professional poker player and poker coach alike. She mentors her students at the Massari Poker School in Brazil, while her live tournament career earnings total almost $40,000. The young Brazilian boasts no fewer than 13 BSOP cashes, the most prestigious of which came with a victory in the 2017 Ladies Event.
She said, “Joining partypoker Team Online alongside Renato and Lui really is a dream come true for me. Poker has become my life, so this really is a fantastic honour.”
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