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Griffin, Brown sign on as PokerStars pros
There's no shortage of stars to be found at PokerStars, but that doesn't keep the room from continuing to add more to its roster. The poker site announced today it has signed on Gavin Griffin and Chad Brown.
Both players have made some noise on the poker circuit, with Gavin Griffin becoming the first to achieve the Triple Crown of poker and Chad Brown having made a steady living from his tournament winnings since 1993.
Griffin first materialized as a blip on the poker radar in 2004 when he won a World Series of Poker bracelet in the $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em event. Since then he's accumulated nearly $4.5 million in tournament winnings, including adding two more major event wins to his record.
The first was his PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final win in 2007, propelling him even further into the public eye of the poker world. Then he won the 2008 World Poker Tour Borgata Open, making him the first player to achieve a WSOP, EPT and WPT win.
Griffin's biggest win was the $2.4 million he received for winning the PokerStars EPT Grand Final. He qualified for the tournament at PokerStars via a $600 double shoot-out satellite. Now he'll be representing the poker site as a member of Team PokerStars.
"This is the team I want to play with," Griffin said. "Team PokerStars Pro has nine other gold bracelet winners and the best online players in the world. I am proud to be a part of this lineup."
John Duthie, EPT director, said he was looking forward to seeing Griffin return to the EPT Grand Final to defend his title this weekend.
"The PokerStars EPT Grand Final has a deserved reputation as a showpiece poker tournament, and given the high level of advance entries, I am confident this will be the biggest, richest and most competitive poker event ever staged in Europe," Duthie said.
Brown might be a familiar face to some people outside of the poker world. After growing up in New York City, Brown made his way to Hollywood in the early '90s in pursuit of an acting career.
While finding acting jobs here and there in films and on television, Brown supplemented his income playing poker at casinos across California. In 1993, he went deep to cash in a World Series event and has been cashing in major tournaments around the world on a regular basis ever since.
He's run up more than $2 million in cashes on the poker circuit, including eight cashes in the 2007 WSOP and cashes in WPT and EPT events as well.
His success has also extended to the online poker world. In 2006, he won the $5,200 H.O.R.S.E. event in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, earning $223,150.
"I'm ecstatic to be with Team PokerStars Pro," Brown said. "I am obviously familiar with the team from the tournament circuit and it's great to be on a team that includes legends like Daniel Negreanu and Joe Hachem. I am looking forward to winning a few bracelets and contributing to the team."
Some of PokerStars other pros include Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Barry Greenstein, Isabelle Mercier, Vanessa Rousso, Bertrand Grospellier and more. Brown can be found playing at the poker site as "ChadBrownPro," and Griffin will play under the name "GavinGriffin."