PokerStars announce first ever Team Pros from India and Japan

Christian Lusardi finally faces sentencing next month

PokerStars has padded out its prestigious list of sponsored professionals with the signing of both Indian star Aditya Agarwal, and Japanese prodigy Kosei Ichinose. Both men have become the first ever from their respective nations to become a part of PokerStars Team Pro.

Agarwal, who first got into poker during his time studying in the USA, has cashed twelve times at the WSOP on his way to over $400,000 in live earnings. However, he made his real mark on the game playing online, banking over $4m in tournaments on the web.

Ichinose - who was Japan’s first ever player to make the legendary “Supernova Elite” status -has a similar background in the game to Agarwal, making a huge impression with his online performances. In total to date, Ichinose has won nearly $2.3m in online tournaments, and over $300,000 at live events.

“The signing of these Team Pros from India and Japan is an important step in helping promote the game in countries where poker is only just coming to the fore,” said PokerStars Head of Pro & Celebrity Management Kirsty Thompson in a statement issued to the press.

“Both players are highly respected within the poker sphere, and their success and passion for the game will no doubt spread throughout their local and national communities.”

Agarwal can now be found playing at PokerStars under the screen name “Adi Agarwal”, while Ichinose will carry the alias “Kosei Ichinose”. Both players will make their sponsored debuts at the Aussie Millions festival later this month.


Christian Lusardi still awaits sentencing

Though he was arrested for “rigging a publicly exhibited contest”, “criminal attempt” and “theft by deception” having introduced counterfeit chips into play at the 2014 Borgata Winter Poker Open, it has recently been revealed that Christian Lusardi has in fact been free from jail for over six months, and is still awaiting sentencing for his crime.

The last anyone had heard of Lusardi’s situation – other than his strange attempt to rid the evidence by flushing the fake chips in question down his own hotel room’s toilet – was that he was incarcerated with bail set at $300,000.

However, we now know that he has been on conditional release since June 05 - when his bond was signed by family.  He has been under the supervision of a probation officer since that date, and is set to appear in court on February 17 having pled guilty to “copyright infringement” and “trafficking in counterfeit labels”.

He was originally meant to be sentenced earlier this week, but his lawyers asked for additional time to allow for “additional research.”


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