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Playing With Your Favorite Pro Players
by Chad Holloway of

Have you ever thought about what it'd be like to sit down and play poker against your favorite player? Most amateur players wonder if they could hold their own against the likes of poker icons Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth or Phil Ivey, but few ever get the chance to try. One reason is that these pros tend to play stakes the average Joe cannot afford, while another is that most of us do not live in gambling cities such as Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, or Atlantic City.

Luckily for us, there is an opportunity to play against the best of the best, and its from the convenience of our own homes. Thanks to online poker, any poker player can sit down and take on the biggest names in the world. Each of the major online poker sites have recruited a stable of poker professionals who not only represent their sites at major poker events (I know you've seen countless players sporting patches on various World Series of Poker broadcasts) but also play online at that site as well. These players play a variety of cash-game stakes and tournaments, providing every player, from the nose-bleed action junkies to the low-stakes grinders, the opportunity to sit down with a pro. To compliment this, many sites also run promotional tournaments such as Full Tilt's FTOPS series, where each tournament is hosted by a different pro, and Doylesroom's Bounty Tournament where players are encouraged to sit and chat with poker's biggest names.

Below is a list of some of the most popular online poker rooms and their pros. Sign-up today for your chance to compete and test your skills against the best!

Team Full Tilt

Howard Lederer, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, John Juanda, Jennifer Harman, Phil Gordon, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Andy Bloch, Mike Matusow, Gus Hansen, Allen Cunningham, Patrik Antonius.

Full Tilt Pros

Brandon Adams, James Akenhead, Billy "The Croc" Argyros, Josh Arieh, Richard Ashby, Amanda "Mandy B" Baker, Joao Barbosa, Aaron Bartley, Steven Begleiter, David Benyamine, Thomas Bihl, Sascha Biorac, Andy Black, Farxad Bonyadi, Brad Booth, Alan Boston, David Bradley, Steve Brecher, Richard Brodie, Erik Cajelais, John Cernuto, Lynette Chan, David Chiu, Scott Clements, Artie Cobb, David Colclough, Diego Cordovez, John D'Agostino, Roland de Wolfe, Ryan Dreyer, Bill Edler, Trond Eidsvig, Eli Elezra, Andrew Feldman, Peter "Nordberg" Feldman, Scott Fischman, Perry Friedman, Eric Froehlich, Rafe Furst, Julian Gardner, Bill Gazes, Kristy Gazes, Chau Giang, Markus Golser, Michael Gracz, David Grey, Svetlana Gromenkova, Jared "TheWacoKidd" Hamby, Matt Hawrilenko, Rob Hollink, Soraya Homan, Alessio Isaia, Niki "KaiBuxxe" Jedlicka, Chip Jett, Karina Jett, Berry Johnston, Kelly Kim, Martin Klaser, Christiane Klecz, Erich Kollmann, Soren Kongsgaard, Christian Kruel, Markus Lehmann, Alfredo "Toto" Leonidas, Marco Liesy, Hal Lubarsky, Vitaly Lunkin, Jeff Madsen, Lee Markholt, Craig Marquis, Greg Mascio, Rino Mathis, Daniele Mazzia, Dag Mikkelsen, Scott Montgomery, Jordan "iMsoLucky0" Morgan, Greg "FBT" Mueller, Adam Noone, Raul Oliveira, David Oppenheim, Raul Paez, Stuart Paterson, David Pham, John Phan, Leandro "Brasa" Pimentel, Vivek Rajkumar, Stefan Rapp, Claudio Rinaldi, Ben Roberts, Roberto Romanello, Esther Rossi, Ali Sarkeshik, Eddy Scharf, Erica Schoenberg, Adam Schoenfeld, Nick Schulman, Alexander Schwab, Huckleberry Seed, Keith Sexton, Matt Sexton, Paul Sexton, Beth Shak, Fabrice Soulier, Bruno Stefanelli, Johan Storakers, David Singer, Gavin Smith, Roland Specht, Sigi Stockinger, Frank Thompson, Kenny Tran, Marco Traniello, Michael Tureniec, Jon "PearlJammed" Turner, Jose Luis Velador, Cyndy Violette, Jens Voertmann, Hans Martin Vogl, Mark Vos, Paul Wasicka, Lee Watkinson, Robert Williamson III, Roy "The Oracle" Winston, Paul Wolfe, Christoph Wolters, Steve Wong, Steve Yea, Steve Zolotow

CardRunners (Associated with Full Tilt)

Isaac Baron, David Benefield, Taylor Caby, Ryan Daut, Brian Hastings, Eric Liu, Mike McDonald, Haseeb Quereshi, Mike Schneider, Cole South, Brian Townsend, Andrew Wiggins

Hendon Mob (Associated with Full Tilt)

Barny Boatman, Ross Boatman, Joe Beevers, Ram Vaswani

Friends of Full Tilt

Mario Adinolfi, Johan Brolenius, Bruce Buffer, Don Cheadle, Michael Craig, Jay Greenspan, Niklas Heinecker, Gabriela Hill, Matt Hughes, Gary Jones, Stephan Kalhamer, Brian Koppelman, Jim McManus, Maxi Muller, Ali Nejad, Jeremiah Smith, Mike Swick, Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, Jerry Yang, Yueqi "Rich" Zhu

Team PokerStars Pros

Chris Moneymaker, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, Vanessa Rousso, Bertrand Grospellier, Andre Akkari, Barry Greenstein, Isabelle Mercier, Chad Brown, Dario Minieri, Gavin Griffin, Katja Thater, Greg Raymer, Luca Pagano, Humberto Brenes, Noah Boeken, Peter Eastgate, Victoria Coren, William Thorson, Alexander Kravchenko, Alexandre Gomes, Dennis Phillips, Ivan Demidov, John Duthie, Johnny Lodden, Leo Fernandez, Marcin Horecki, Maridu Mayrinck, Steve Paul-Ambrose, Tom McEvoy, Ylon Schwartz, Hevad Khan, Victor Ramdin, Juan Carlos Alvarado, Luis Medina, Nuno Coelho, Henrique Pinho, George Danzer, Anton Allemann, Jan Heitmann, Benjamin Kang, Florian Langmann, Johannes Steindl, Johannes Strassman, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Lee Nelson, Grant Levy, Eric Assadourian, Emad Tahtouh, Tony Hachem, Jason Mercier, Marcel Luske, Pieter De Korver, Nicola Fedeli, Filippo Candio, Juan Manuel, Juan Marcieras, Vlad Zguba, Pier Paolo Fabretti, Veronica Dabul, Angel Guillen, Gualter Salles.

Friends of PokerStars

Jason Alexander, Bill Chen, Orel Hershiser, Darus Suharto

Team PokerStars Sports Stars

Boris Becker, Sebastien Chabal, Mats Sundin, Sami Selio

DoylesRoom Pros & Friends

Doyle Brunson, Todd Brunson, Mike Caro, Cyndy Violette, Hoyt Corkins, T.J. Cloutier, Nicky Hilton, Alex "AJKHoosier1" Kamberis, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jim "POKERPRO33" Campbell, Parisa M., Kevin Connolly, Dewey Tomko, "Captain" Tom Franklin, Pamela Anderson, Eli Elezra, Minh Ly, Billy Baxter, Alec Torelli.

Team UB (Ultimate Bet)

Phil Hellmuth, Annie Duke, Adam "Roothlus" Levy, Brandon Cantu, Hollywood Dave, Liv Boeree, Matt Graham, Michael Binger, Scott Ian, Shawn Rice, Tiffany Michelle

Absolute Poker Pros

Matt Vengrin, Lacey Jones

Team Bodog

Jean-Robert Bellande, David Williams, Justin Bonomo, Evelyn Ng

RPM Pros

Steven "Zugwat" Silverman, Stephen "stevie444" Chadwick, Jim "Mr_BigQueso" Collopy, and Andrew "luckychewy" Lichtenberger

Team Everest

Cristiano "lalanco1" Blanco, Steven "Viktor" van Zadelhoff, Voitto "RandomEyes" Rintala, Kim "--icebeer--" Wooka, MAria ".may." Maceiras, Antoine Saout


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