The 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is now underway, but that’s not the only big news the top online poker site is making.
Today, PokerStars is also making news for the announcement of the signing of Parker “Tonkaaaap” Talbot as a Team PokerStars sponsored pro, where he joins five other players who have joined the online poker room in recent weeks.
Talbot is most famous as a Twitch streamer, where he brands a wacky personality with a strong poker skill to over 108k followers. He hasn’t had the presence on Twitch that he once had, but Talbot appears eager to change that, indicating that he will be on the streaming platform a few times a week.
Talbot is also no stranger to being a sponsored pro, previously taking on a role as the long-time ambassador of 888poker.
— PokerStars (@PokerStars) April 5, 2021
Among the poker players reacting favorable to the signing is Ben “Spraggy” Spragg, who said he is “very excited” to welcome Talbott to the online poker room.
Other recent PokerStars signings
Talbot wasn’t the only new name to join Team PokerStars. The online poker room also announced the signing of five other accomplished players.
- Sam “SamSquid” Grafton
- Andre Coimbra
- Mark “naigo1” Foresta
- Keith “AccidentalGrenade” Becker
- Lasse “WisternJL” Jagd Lauritsen
Talbot, Grafton, Coimbra and Lauritsen come to the online poker site to help grow PokerStars.com while Mark Foresta and Keith Becker look to expand the PokerStars brand in PA.
In proving that PokerStars doesn’t hold grudges with former sponsored pros, one player, Andre Coimbra comes to the online poker site for the second time. He was last part of the sponsored pros in 2017.
Who else is on the PokerStars team?
Many of PokerStars most famous poker players have left the online poker site over the last couple of years. Iconic players such as Chris Moneymaker, Jaime Staples and Daniel Negreanu were once a major face of the brand but have now moved on.
But despite some high-profile departures, PokerStars has not given up on sponsored pros as they continue to look at Team PokerStars pros as a key way to grow the brand, especially those that have a strong social media presence.
Talbot is one of the biggest names on the site, but some other notable streamers are also still part of the lineup including Lex Veldhuis, Ben “Spraggy” Spragg, Fintan Hand and Arlie Shaban.
After the last few years of PokerStars shedding sponsored pros, the online poker brand may be putting a renewed focus on adding more sponsored pros, especially as the online poker market in the United States garners more attention.