LONDON, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Olympic gold medallist and multiple Grand
Slam tennis champion Rafael Nadal has joined PokerStars, lending his
support to the world's largest online poker site and inviting sports
fans to join him in playing the popular game of poker.
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Known globally for his fierce competitive spirit, the 26-year-old
Spanish superstar is keen to learn the game of poker. Through
mentorship with PokerStars pros and playing online, Rafa will draw on
many of the skills he uses to such great effect on the tennis court to
improve his game one step at a time.
"It's no secret that I love to compete and try my very best in
everything, whether that's tennis, golf or video games," Nadal said.
"When I discovered the game of poker, I chose to join PokerStars
because they understand what it takes to be the best and associate
themselves with the qualities of champions. I'm very happy to be
working with them."
Rafa will play poker in spare moments this summer while he concentrates
on his tennis. In the autumn, he will be able to devote more time to
poker and to representing PokerStars in online tournaments, in
advertising campaigns and at charity events. Details of these will be
announced in the coming months.
"Rafa Nadal represents all that is great about competition - the mix of
talent, intellect, dedication and mental strength that you find in
champions in every sport," said Mark Scheinberg, PokerStars Chairman of
the Board. "We are proud to have Rafa as an ambassador for the brand
and excited at the opportunity to help him enjoy and improve his game."
Rafa joins a stable of elite athletes who have chosen poker as their
"other game" and who play with PokerStars, including other Olympic
He will play a key role in introducing new players to the game of poker,
particularly in his native Spain where online poker is surging in
popularity following the recent awarding of government licenses to
operate online poker. PokerStars is committed to providing regulated,
safe and secure environments for poker players of all skill levels and
is the choice of more poker players than any other site.
Consumers are invited to join Rafa on his journey to improve his poker
game at a dedicated website: http://www.pokerstars.com/poker/promotions/rafa-nadal. Twitter followers can participate in the conversation about Rafa's
poker playing by using #nadalpoker.
PokerStars operates PokerStars.com, the world's most popular online poker site that serves the world's
largest poker community, with more than 49 million registered members.
It's the first choice of the world's top players, with more daily
tournaments than anywhere else, and with the best security online. More
hands have been dealt on PokerStars.com than any other site; that's
over 80 billion hands and more than 550 million tournaments played.
PokerStars.com and PokerStars.eu operate worldwide under licenses from the Isle of Man and Malta
governments, respectively. PokerStars also operates under separate
government licenses in Spain, Denmark, France, Italy, Belgium and
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