POKER DUO FINTAN HAND AND BENJAMIN SPRAGG JOIN TEAM POKERSTARS ONLINE
Streamers to bring even more fun, fresh and engaging content to PokerStars’ Twitch channel starting with a Twitch tournament today
ONCHAN, Isle of Man – July 18, 2017 – Poker professionals and Twitch streamers Fintan “EasyWithAces” Hand and Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg have joined Team PokerStars Online to front new and exciting Twitch content for PokerStars, an Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) brand. They will stream every weekday at 13:00 BST.
The professional poker players will broadcast on the PokerStars Twitch channel to showcase the variety of games on offer, interact with viewers, run contests to win merchandise and tournament tickets, and play poker with the PokerStars community.
To kick off, the pair will host a $1.10 special Progressive Super Knockout Twitch tournament today*, July 18 at 15:00 BST, where players who reach the final table win a $22 Micromillions Main Event ticket.
Irish poker pro Hand is well-known on the UK live event circuit having recently made the final table sporting a shamrock suit in The Irish Poker Open Festival in March, for €19,445. English poker player Spragg lists his €30,210 win in the 2013 UKIPT Galway as one of his biggest.
The English and Irish duo will join Team PokerStars Online members Lex Veldhuis (Holland), Randy Lew (USA), Adrienne Rowsome (USA), Mikhail Shalamov (Russia), Felix Schneiders (Germany), Jaime Staples (Canada) and Kevin Martin (Canada) to create an international pack.
“I’m really excited for Fintan and Spraggy to join our team,” Team PokerStars Online member Lex Veldhuis said. “The way we stream is pretty similar and that makes me feel really related to them. They both play poker with passion, are very opinionated, and even have the same hobbies. It’s not just going to be fun working with them professionally, I’ll also get to know them better on a personal level. They are both good players in their own right and that’s always motivating as well. I think we’ve got exciting times ahead with the current roster”.
Fellow Team PokerStars Online member Jaime Staples said: “Fintan and Spraggy are two essential parts of the poker broadcasting community. I couldn’t be happier to see them partner up with PokerStars. Stay tuned for some awesome streams!”
Talking about joining Team PokerStars Online, Hand said: “It’s what I’ve been working towards and even now it hasn’t hit me. Of course you win money in poker but I feel, however long I’m in Team PokerStars Online, when I look back on it in years to come, it’s something tangible and it’s going to be something to be proud of.”
Spragg said: “I would love for the online poker experience to be as fun as those games I played in the garage with my friends. If I can help bring a new audience of players into the game and have them find the passion for it that I did I will consider it a job well done.”
*Twitch tournament details:
• July 18, 15:00 BST
• $1.10 Zoom Progressive Super Knockout
• Unlimited re-entries
• Anyone knocked out by a Team PokerStars Online member will receive a $1.10 Micromillions ticket
• Player who re-enters the most will win a PokerStars hoodie
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