Katerina “Katerina289” Malasidou Joins PokerStar Team Online

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Today it was announced that three new players are joining PokerStars Team Online. One of the players is the Greek born Katerina Malasidou who goes by the screen name “Katerina289” on PokerStars. Katarina Malasidou was one of the 500 players with Supernova status that applied to be part of Team Online. Besides Katarina Team Online picked Matthias ”Mati312” Brandner , a badugi specialist from Vienna, and Luka ”’LukaSteel” Kovač, a Limit Hold’em player from Slovenia. As Team Online manager Chris Jonat stated:

” We had a number of fantastic candidates during the open application process, many of whom we’ll be keeping tabs on going forward. Ultimately, we chose people who represented game types and countries that were new to our Team.”

Katarina Malasidou primarily focus on hyper-turbo SNGs. Her boyfriend is another Team Online member, Andre Coimbra from Portugal. He convinced Katarina to quit her job to pursue a career in poker. It seems to be working out pretty well, and Katarina now makes a living playing poker. She also spends some of her time writing blogs, for which she won the World Blogger Championship of Online Poker (WBCOOP) Best Female Blogger Award in 2013.

On her blog she shared the news with her followers: “Do I need to say how amazing this is? Two years ago I was starting out in poker and now I’m a member of Team Online! It’s a great honor for me and I still haven’t fully digested it yet. I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming…
Last fall PokerStars sent out an e-mail to Supernovas and Supernova Elites that they could fill in applications to become a member of Team Online. Of course I had to fill in one, not because I was convinced that they’d take me, but because it’s something I really wanted and I thought “I won’t lose anything for giving it a try”. So I took a shot at it. Eventually time passed and I completely forgot about it, so when I heard back from the team’s manager, I literally couldn’t believe my eyes. I remember I called André and we were both staring at my computer, reading the mail over and over.

Me: Does this say what I think it says?
André: I guess…
Me: It does, doesn’t it?
André: Looks like it…
Me: Okay…
André: We both understand the same thing, right?
Me: I think so…
André: …
Me: …”

Congrats to Katarina for making it so far. You can follow her blog here.

Photo: PokerStars

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