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Jason Alexander joins PokerStars roster
Marine biologist, architect, assistant to the traveling secretary for the New York Yankees … and poker pro?
Actor Jason Alexander - best known as the not-so-lovable loser George Costanza on the award-winning sitcom Seinfeld - recently signed an exclusive sponsorship agreement with PokerStars.
The agreement means Alexander now represents PokerStars as a brand ambassador and will play for the online poker company in a variety of online and live poker tournaments, including the 2009 World Series of Poker.
"Poker Stars has very graciously asked me to sign on as one of their official players," says Alexander. "I am very flattered and happy to be playing for a real quality site and with the kind of professionals that remind me every day how truly mediocre I am at this game. But I'm learning. And now I can learn from some of the best."
Alexander joins National Hockey League (NHL) player Mats Sundin, former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker and Cy Young Award winner Orel Hershiser on the roster of PokerStars celebrities.
Alexander is no stranger to the poker circuit, having played in the last three WSOP Main Events. In 2008, he and his golfing buddy Ray Romano of the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond had a $1,000 side bet to see who would last the longest in the tournament.
"I suck at both [golf and poker]," Romano said. "The difference is that in golf, I know what I'm supposed to be doing and how I'm supposed to be swinging the club, but I can't do it. Here, I really have no idea what I'm supposed to be doing and what I'm not."
Despite Romano's self-proclaimed status as a donkey, Alexander eventually lost the bet. However, that didn't stop him from having a blast at the WSOP.
"I'm like a kid in a candy store," Alexander told PokerListings. "Knowing that the candy is going to kill me."
In addition to his play in the WSOP, Jason Alexander appeared in the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship and in Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, and will appear in an upcoming episode of NBC's Poker After Dark.
Even though his role as George Costanza is clearly the one that has defined his career to date, the 49-year-old Alexander has a long and distinguished list of acting credits to his name. These include a number of roles in Broadway musicals and on the big screen in successful Hollywood films such as Pretty Woman and Shallow Hal.
Alexander, like several other famous poker professionals such as Antonio Esfandiari, is a practicing magician, and only got into acting because he failed to see how he could make any money as a magician.
Check back with PokerListings to see if Alexander can pull any tricks from his sleeves during one of PokerStars' upcoming online poker tournaments. You can also join him at the online felt by heading to PokerStars and getting signed up.