Pokerstars, the biggest online poker website in the world was known for hiring some of the best poker players and celebrities in the world in order to get them to represent the PokerStars brand. Ever since Amaya Gaming acquired PokerStars, the company changed its marketing and promotional strategy stopping the recruitment of high profile individuals and also terminating the contracts of a number of PokerStar Team Members during the last 12 months.
The company recently announced that it had signed on football great Neymar Jr to be a part of TeamPoker stars. Neymar Jr is arguably among the two best football players in the world right now alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. The Brazilian captain who plays for FC Barcelona has had a fantastic season and scored a key goal this week to help his team secure a spot at the UEFA Champions League final.
Neymar Jr has a long football career ahead of him but the competitive sportsman also loves to play poker in his pastime. The charismatic footballer believes there is a lot of similarities between playing football and playing poker as both games require a high level of skill, a good strategy and constant practice.
In a statement, Neymar Jr said
Growing up and playing football everyday has made me a competitive person. When I’m not playing football, playing poker and competing against my teammates on the road or in home games with friends is one of my favorite things to do.
To be a successful poker player, you require many of the same skills needed to be a successful footballer — mental strength is important; resilience, patience, composure, and focus. I love the challenge, whether it’s on the football pitch or at the poker table.
David Baazov, the CEO of Amaya Gaming said the collaboration with Neymar Jr was a strategic move geared to promote poker at a global level and encourage the popularity of the game. Neymar Jr has a global fan following and is a role model to youth all over the world.
PokerStars has already hired a number of global superstars to represent Team PokerStars.Some of these superstars include the likes of Brazilian great Ronaldo, Holland’s Olympic gold medal winning captain Fatima Moreira de Melo and Rafael Nadal, the tennis superstar who has won 14 Grand Slams till date. Neymar Jr. will use the online screen name of “neymar-jr” to play online poker at the PokerStars website.