Yes, that Boris Becker. The long-time professional tennis star has won six Grand Slam singles tennis events, an Olympic gold medal, and the men’s singles title at Wimbledon. And he is now a member of Team PokerStars.
The PokerStars roster already includes names like Joe Hachem, Greg Raymer, Chris Moneymaker, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Tom McEvoy, Vanessa Rousso, Victor Ramdin, Humberto Brenes, Bill Chen, Lee Nelson, Isabelle Mercier, and Katja Thater. With the addition of Becker, the team is now 24 members strong with seasoned pros as well as up-and-coming players.
According to PokerStars, Becker has taken his years of recreational poker playing and begun a poker training program to transform his skills to a highly competitive level. His plans include participation in some of the most important tournaments in the world. He will start with the Dortmund, Germany stop of the European Poker Tour (EPT) in January of 2008, and he intends to play the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo in the spring.
“When I was still playing professional tennis, I started learning to play poker casually in-between games because it helped me to improve my concentration,” Becker said. “Now I want to develop my poker skills and challenge myself to become really competitive at the highest levels in poker.”
Tamar Yaniv, European Marketing Director for PokerStars , said, “Boris Becker is a world class sportsman who became famous for his competitive spirit and aggressive, entertaining playing style, so we’re delighted that he has become an ambassador for PokerStars. Thanks to his commitment to fighting for every point on court, he perfectly embodies the competitive spirit at the heart of all good poker players. And now PokerStars is giving their players who have always dreamed of facing Boris Becker at Wimbledon the opportunity to compete with him in Dortmund.”