PokerStars once again reminds everyone why they have the word ‘Stars’ in their brand name, with the news that Leo Margets will be joining the roster as a new Team Pro, and PokerStars Live launches at the Hippodrome in the face of ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ stars Dexter Fletcher and Jason Fleying.
The brazen beauty from Barcelona is the latest poker player to find herself solid employment, after striking up a deal to become the latest Team Pro at PokerStars. Leo Margets will join Juan Manuel Pastor, as the two Spanish representatives with roles and responsibility statements, no doubt geared to push PokerStars popularity in the Spanish country.
Until news broke of the signing, Margets was still wearing the patch of Lock Poker, who had been sponsoring the diminutive Spaniard ever since she parted ways with her original sponsor 888.com. It was 888.com that proved to be the catalyst in a career that now sees Margets soaring high with the eagles, when in 2009 they backed her at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. She didn’t disappoint. Margets went on the heater everyone dreams of to finish 27th for a pay day of $352,832. Now that’s one way of creating a bankroll in your first year of playing.
Margets was the last remaining female to have a chair during that incredible run, but she won’t be the only lady busting out the lipstick over at Stars. She becomes the sixth female Team Pro, and the second high profile female addition to the Stars brand, after Tatiana ‘Mysters_Y’ Barasauva was picked up to represent Team Online just prior to the breaking of the New Year.
Two of those female Team Pros hail from Old Blighty and last night they were putting in a shift at the unveiling of the PokerStars LIVE card room at the Hippodrome in Leicester Square. The Triple Crown winner Jake Cody joined Liv Boeree and Victoria Coren; as well as the ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ stars Dexter Fletcher and Jason Fleying, as the room was launched in style with a champagne reception and double freeroll event.
The first event was a media charity bounty tournament that featured those previously mentioned. The eventual winner, Jamie Klinger, Publishing Manager at ShortList Media, won a first prize of £3,000, which he donated, to CAH, a sub-group of CLIMB to help research for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.
The second event was one for the specially invited stock of professionals, and to make it worth their while a seat into the EPT Main Event, worth £5,000, was up for grabs. All thoughts of charity disappearing with the champagne bubbles, as former EPT London winner, David Vamplew, maintained his current streak of form by taking down the event.