Time To Meet The PokerStars Protégé WinnersSeptember 4, 2014 12:45 pm
Between July 20 and August 3, PokerStars held its Protégé promotion in which four players were offered the opportunity to be coached by four of the site’s top sponsored pros. Those lucky players have now been chosen and will subsequently line up with their appointed coaches as follows:
1: Rob Glenister (UK) with Vanessa Selbst
2: Arseny Shurapchikov (Russia) with Bertrand Grospellier
3: Olga Ermolcheva (Ukraine) with Eugene Katchalov
4: Allan Justino (Brazil) with Andre Akkari
Learning from the best will truly prove an incredible experience for the Protégés, whose goal will then be to compete in three WCOOP tournaments each, a package worth more than $5,500, including entry into the $10 million guarantee main event which has a top prize of $1.25 million. The eventual winning Protégé will then receive a 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package, including lodging and expenses for the winner, as well as a $10k buy-in to the PCA Main Event.
After being named as a Protégé, Glenister, 29, said he hoped Vanessa Selbst could show him how to extract maximum value from various spots while playing poker, and following his first lesson with the 3-times WSOP bracelet winner, tweeted:
“Great session with @VanessaSelbst! Surreal, wonderful and above all, really informative! Well worth the $800 i didn’t have to pay :P”
Meanwhile, Arseny Shurapchikov, 23, a sewage worker described being chosen as a “unique feeling” and said he hoped Grospellier could help him with navigating the latter stages of poker tournaments.
Justino, 20, said “I’m so delighted to get this opportunity, this is the reality I want to live!” before adding that he needs to work on being more aggressive.
Finally, Ermolcheva (photo) said “I’m delighted to be chosen as a Protégé, Eugene is one of the best players in the world. I hope to learn a lot from a new pro.” She also said that she hooped he could help her curb her propensity to tilt after losing big pots.