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October 19, 2021

Poker players Maria Mayrinck and Leo Fernandez

PokerStars sponsors two new members to its team

(US).- Leading online poker room has announced the addition of two new members to its elite team of sponsored professional players, Brazilian Maria Mayrinck and Argentine Leo Fernandez.


fter graduating from university with a degree in sociology, Rio De Janeiro-born Mayrinck worked as a television scriptwriter on several comedy shows for Brazil’s Globo TV network. reports that she had always been a fan of poker and soon set up a blog to write about the sport, which became so popular in her homeland that she was invited to cover live events as part of its blogging team.

Mayrinck couldn’t resist the temptation to play and won us$ 7,735 for making the final table at a us$ 1,000 event at the Bellagio Cup III in June of 2007. She then participated in the 2008 World Series Of Poker (WSOP) and cashed three times including top 40 finishes in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em and us$ 1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Ladies World Championship events. In total, her 2008 WSOP cashes were worth over us$ 20,000 and she will be competing online under the screen name 'maridu'.

Before becoming a professional poker player, Buenos Aires-based Fernandez was a semi-pro chess player after learning the game at the age of five. He began taking poker seriously in 2004 and cashed in the prestigious main event of the Five-Star World Poker Classic in Las Vegas in April of 2005 to take home us$ 30,000. He then performed well at several tournaments in South America for a combined prize of us$ 175,000.

Fernandez’ run continued the following year at the WSOP when he finished in 18th spot in the us$ 10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha event. He returned to Las Vegas for the 2008 WSOP and finished in 13th spot with us$ 19,086. A cash finish in the 6,844-runner main event that was worth us$ 35,383 followed.

In January, Fernandez, who will play online using the screen name 'leofernandez', travelled to The Bahamas to play at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and took home a respectable us$ 15,000 for a 107th place finish.

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