It seems Team Winamax has hit the jackpot, as we will are welcoming two of the best representatives from the Iberian Peninsula!
It is now seemingly obvious that 2018 will be the Year of Europe for poker. In regards to online poker, the Shared Liquidity Agreement between France, Italy, Spain and Portugal is increasingly becoming a reality day-by-day. On the live poker scene, the tournament calendar is adding new festivals every week, with attendance records going through the roof which leads us to think that this may be the new golden era for our favourite card game. This coming year, Team Winamax is going to remain at the forefront of the ongoing trends and will be continuing to spread from border to border.
Thus, having welcomed Mustapha Kanit and Adrian Mateos Diaz last October, Winamax is proud to announce the addition of Leo Margets et João Vieira to its Team. Welcome! Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you will certainly have heard of Leo and João, who are considered to be two of the best competitors in the Iberian Peninsula.
Leo rose to fame in 2009 thanks to a fantastic deep run in the most magnificent tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker Main Event, and has not stopped travelling the world since: this jovial Barcelonan's reputation stretches well beyond the world of poker. We have been crossing paths with Leo for quite some time thanks to our travels on the circuit and the live tournaments organised by Winamax, and we are delighted to have her join the "family".
In regards to João, he is certainly the best Portuguese player at this time, with incredible results online and a flawless reputation in the Highroller tournaments of the European circuit. We couldn't dream of a better first rectuit from Portugal than this ex-pro basketball player, who was incredibly successful in his endeavour to transition to the highest stakes of poker.
"Leo and João are two players with very different profiles, but who synergize perfectly with our team spirit", explains our Team coach Stéphane Matheu. "Both players are very friendly and approachable, in addition to being hard workers. Leo has a lot of experience on the circuit, and even beyond: she has much to bring to the Team. João is, in my opinion, the most accomplished Portuguese player in poker."
"I am a big fan of the Winamax software and tournaments", explains João, who is already putting together quite the trophy cabinet in our MTT tournaments - three months ago, he was celebrating his 3,000th online final table on a €100 Monster Stack, under the username Naza114. "It is clear that Winamax puts the players at the centre of their plans and decisions. I am very happy to be able to represent a site that tries to have a positive impact on the community." Leo seems to be in agreement, as to her, Winamax "is more than just a site. There is a real team spirit. I already feel like I am part of the family, and I am more motivated than ever!"
Within the Pro Team, Leo and João will be representing Winamax throughout the year in the biggest live competitions of the international circuit, and will be playing regularly on our site and tables. They will be officially welcomed to the Team on Tuesday evening in Paris, to celebrate the kick-off of the Winamax Poker Tour High Roller tournament at the Cercle Clichy Montmartre.
The arrival of Leo and João within the Team is all the more joyous as both of these players are already known by most of their new teammates. "Leo is quite simply one of my childhood idols", explains Pierre Calamusa. "She was already playing in the EPT circuit when I was still on the micro-stakes: I would look out for her in all the articles and streams. In regards to João, he is a true phenomenon. He plays the highest stakes online, has won it all, and he has an incredible presence on the live tables. Team Winamax is broadening its horizons thanks to these two new recruits."
Michel Abécassis' thoughts on João are just as complimentary: "He is an enthusiatic and charming gentleman, who shows some real class at the tables, not only through his play but also his attitude." For Davidi Kitai, Leo and João have many similarities: "They are as smiley and friendly as they are easy to talk to. These are the exact qualities we are looking for with new Team recruits: they will be able to share insights with us and the whole community."
Leo Margets in four key points:
A memorable deep run in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event (27th out of 6,494 players) which gave her international fame
Close to one million dollars in live winnings
Sports enthusiast, passionate about crossfit, has run ten marathons and is attempting to finish the 10,000 metres in under 42m30sec
Pedagogical beyond the world of poker, delivering conferences to companies and sportsmen and women, and through her book, released in 2017
João Vieira in three key points:
A born competitor, having played basketball professionally for seven years in CAB Madeira, the first division team of the Funchal
A fantastic and accomplished online record: he has (almost) won it all
A solid player on the European circuit, having reached final tables and achieved victories throughout the continent since 2012, with 1.3 million dollars in winnings to this day
We can't wait to see Leo and João start their journey with Winamax! Both of these players will be at the starting line of the Winamax Poker Tour High Roller at the Cercle Clichy Montmartre this Tuesday evening, accompanied by their new teammates. Good luck!