PokerStars rewarded a pair of well-known online grinders this week, adding Marc-Andre “FrenchDawg” Ladouceur and Alex “Kanu7” Millar to their PokerStars Team Online roster.
Marc-Andre Ladouceur is a Canadian poker pro who thrives in online cash-games, but is likely best known for his back-to-back deep runs in the WSOP Main Event where he finished 63rd in 2011 and 13th in 2012.
Ladouceur’s live tournament resume also includes a win in the €5k High-Roller tournament at the 2012 IPT San Remo tournament series, and he boasts nearly $1.3 million in lifetime live tournament earnings according to his Hendon Mob page.
Ladouceur has been a Supernova Elite player at PokerStars since 2010, and is a regular in highest-stakes cash-games at the site.
Alex Millar is one of a growing contingent of young UK poker pros dominating the poker scene.
A heads-up NLHE specialist, Millar was recently hand-picked by Doug “WCGrider” Polk as the 6th best heads-up online poker player in the game, putting him on the same level as Polk’s other notable choices: Ike Haxton, Daniel Cates, Ben Sulsky and of course Polk himself.
Names like Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, Chris Moneymaker, Jason Mercier, and Liv Boeree may be the public face of PokerStars, but Team PokerStars has a very deep bench, with dozens of lesser-known players representing over 20 countries and regions, as well as a vast roster of Team Online players.
Team Online is the PokerStars version of Full Tilt Poker’s now-defunct “Red Pros,” and while it may seem like it on the surface, Team Online should not be considered a minor leagues version of Team PokerStars Pro.
A better way to define them would be that Team Online players are the grinders – the players you’ll actually see grinding away at the PokerStars online poker tables day-in and day-out.
If you wanted to determine who the most successful and highest volume online poker players are, a good place to start your search would be a visit to the Team Online homepage.
With the addition of Ladouceur and Millar the current Team Online roster at PokerStars has reached 20 players:
* Isaac Haxton
* Randy Lew
* Marc-Andre Ladouceur
* Alex Millar
* Roy Bhasin
* Dale Philip
* Richard Veenman
* Adrienne Rowsome
* Mikhail Shalamov
* Tyler Frost
* Grzegorz Mikielewicz
* Jorge Limon
* Fredy Torres
* Mickey Petersen
* Shane Schleger
* Andre Brito Coimbra
* George Lind
* Caio Pessagno
* Naoya Kihara
* Felix Schneiders
Team Online status is not simply an honor bestowed on players who have proven themselves, which is evidenced by the fact that only two current Team Online players are members of the illustrious PokerStars VIP Hall of Fame 5 Million VPP Club, George Lind and Randy Lew.
Only 20 players in the history of PokerStars have reached this milestone, and Lind is the only player to have reached the 10 million VPP Point milestone.
So instead of an all-star roster, what we see in the PokerStars Team Online roster is a futures game – players with plenty of success and accolades on their resumes that still have a really high ceiling.