It's been a while since we had a positive story about PokerStars adding new ambassadors and pitch people to their roster. Over the last few years, PokerStars phased out their PokerStars Team Pro in favor of PokerStars Ambassadors. Long-term pitchmen Daniel Negreanu and Chris Moneymaker said goodbye to the red spade after a decade-plus of pimping PokerStars all over the planet and all over social media in the farthest corners of the internet. However, PokerStars added a six-pack of players that includes a mix of pros and popular streamers to round out the latest additions to PokerStars Ambassadors.
Sam Grafton, Andre Coimbra, and Parker 'tonkaaaaP' Talbot are the trio of well-known and respect poker pros that will now join the red spade as PokerStars Ambassadors.
Sam Grafton is a versatile pro from England with broadcasting skills. If you have not seen him at the tables, you probably recognize his voice as a commentator on various streams and live feeds over the years. A couple of years ago Grafton banked the largest cash of his career with a sick score worth €3 million at Super High Roller high ball event the 2019 EPT Barcelona. Overall, Grafton earned over $4.3 million in live tournaments and somewhere in the seven figures range at the virtual tables. Grafton is ranked #17 all-time for England's money list. Overall the last decade, he banked 11 six-figure cashes including two deep runs at the 2019 WSOP in a $50K and $100K High Rollers in Vegas. Grafton also final tabled a bunch of partypoker LIVE Millions events in RozVegas and Nottingham, in addition to a high roller at the 2020 Aussie Millions just before the pandemic hit.
Playing as Parker Talbot in live setting, the Canadian pro banked three-quarters of a million in cash. His biggest live score to date occurred at the 2018 EPT Prague when he final tabled the event for a $203K score. But it's in the online realm where tonkaaaaP crushes the virtual tables. For several years, tonkaaaaP was considered one of the top online poker pros in the world. He won a SCOOP and WCOOP title with at least $3 million in online winnings.
"It's going to be unreal, I'm very excited to join," said Talbot.
Andre 'ACoimbraPoker' Coimbra is a pro from Portugal. He's wide popular in the Portuguese poker community, especially on his popular Twitch stream. He will be primarily a Twitch streamer, which is where PokerStars has focused their efforts in recent years.
Lasse 'WisternJL' Jagd Lauritsen is an up and coming online pro from Denmark who has developed quite the following on his Twitch stream, which he operates up to six days a week. Denmark has always been fertile ground for online poker and PokerStars, so it's not a surprise to see WisternJL join the mix as the latest PokerStars Ambassador and Twitch streamer.
PokerStars also added a pair of Americans from Pennsylvania to help boost their numbers in one of the few American states that allow online poker. Keith 'AccidentalGrenade' Becker and Mark 'naigo1' Foresta will be streaming their action live from the virtual tables at PokerStars PA.
Foresta's family is originally from Sicily, but he grew up in Pennsylvania. The former software developer is one sharp dude and PokerStars hopes he can bring newbies to the mix. Keith 'AccidentalGrenade' Becker has one of the best online screen names in some time with AccidentalGrenade. The avid gamer has over 4.4K followers on Twitch and growing.