A few weeks after the increasingly-popular online poker room welcomed Sweden's Sofia Lӧvgren and Canada's Xuan Liu to its already impressive team of ambassadors, 888poker surprised many once more announcing to have inked a deal with Uruguay's football (soccer) superstar Luis Suarez.
"It’s fantastic to have him on board," said Senior Vice President of 888 Itai Pazner during a press conference held on May 13.
"Luis Suarez is an incredible sporting talent; passionate, competitive, technically gifted, and emotionally invested in the game. It’s those qualities that make him an exciting player to watch, in poker as well as football," Pazner continued.
The 27-year-old Suarez is considered to be among the best football strikers in the world. After an early start in Uruguay's Club Nacional de Football, Suarez moved to Europe when he was 19 to play in the Dutch league with the Groeningen football team. One year later, Suarez moved to Amsterdam's AFC Ajax, where he played for four consecutive seasons, scoring 111 goals in 159 matches. During his time at Ajax, he was also crowned "Dutch Player of the Year" after the 2009-10 season.
Before the 2010-11 season took off, Suarez decided to leave Amsterdam and accept a five-and-a-half year contract offer coming from England's Liverpool to join the team and play in the Premier League. Since then, he has scored 220 goals in 363 matches. This season, Suarez was both the Barclays Player of the Season and was awarded the Barclays Golden Boot as well, scoring 31 goals and landing 12 assists.
According to a press release sent by 888poker, "El Pistolero" ("The Gunner") will immediately start his adventure with the poker room. As an ambassador, Suarez will play at the room's online tables, participate in live events and "money-can’t-buy experiences.
As he enters Team 888poker Pro, Suarez joins other top names such as cricketer Shane Warne and UFC legend Georges St-Pierre.
Along with Suarez, Warne, and St-Pierre, Team 888poker also includes two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner J.C. Tran, WSOP Europe bracelet winner Jackie Glazier, former PKR star Sofia Lӧvgren, and the first-ever female player to make the final table at the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure, Xuan Liu.
Photo courtesy of 888poker.