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ONCHAN, Isle of Man – July 23, 2015 – One of Brazil’s most popular poker players, Felipe Mojave, was today announced as the newest ambassador for PokerStars (Nasdaq: AYA, TSX: AYA), an Amaya Inc. brand. Mojave joins the elite ranks of Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari, and football superstars, Neymar Jr and Ronaldo Nazário, as the faces of PokerStars in Brazil.

Mojave, who will be known as a ‘Friend of PokerStars’, is no stranger to success on the poker table, having clocked up nearly $1 million in career earnings, including many cashes on the European Poker Tour (EPT), Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT), and the Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP). He also experienced a deep run in the recent WSOP Main Event where Neymar Jr turned up in Las Vegas as a show of support.

“I’m very happy to see my friend Felipe join the team!” said Neymar Jr. “We’ve played lots of poker together and I’ve learned a lot from him. Now the world will get to see what I already know – he’s one of the very best.”

Aside from playing poker, Mojave is also known to provide thoughtful commentary alongside Andre Akkari on Brazilian poker TV shows such as Somos Poker on Fox Sports, and Poker Night on Band Sports.

Mojave’s first appearance wearing the red spade patch will be at this week’s BSOP event in São Paulo, Brazil. He’s scheduled to play the R$2,600 Main Event, as well as the Neymar Jr Charity Home Game, which will be streamed online at on July 26 at 16.00 Brasília time (GMT -3).

He’ll play on PokerStars under the User ID ‘mojave’.

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PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best security online.

PokerStars is the key brand of Rational Group, which operates gaming-related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and the European Poker Tour. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Rational Group companies in the UK and Isle of Man won recognition as one of the best workplaces in the UK being awarded a top 25 position by the Great Place to Work Institute’s Best Workplaces – Large category rankings. Rational Group entities in Costa Rica and Dublin also achieved the same accolade in their respective local rankings in 2014. PokerStars is owned by Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA).

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