Team PKR Signs Rising Russian Star


2009 PokerStars APPT Macau High Roller and PKR Heads Up Grand Slam Champion Vladimir Geshkenbein has signed with Team PKR Pro.

The 21 year-old from Moscow, who beat Johnny Chan heads-up to take the title and $266,690 first-place prize in Macau, then went on to crush Finnish veteran Juha Helppi to become the PKR Heads Up champ and collect $120,000, will now represent PKR at live events across the globe and online in PKR’s tournaments and cash games.

"We have been following Vladimir's progress for some time,” said PKR Marketing Director Simon Prodger. “He is an excellent poker player, charismatic, and fantastic to watch at the tables.”

Geshkenbein, who plays under the screen name 'beyne' on PKR, spent two years playing low and middle stakes tournaments until January of this year when he moved to Malta to play professionally.

Matchroom Sport Managing Director Eddie Hearn, who produced the PKR Heads Up Grand Slam, said his performance as a pro has been more than impressive.

"Poker viewers are in for a real treat when they see Vladimir in action in the upcoming PKR Heads Up Grand Slam on Sky Sports in January,” Hearn said. “The game is all about personalities and 'beyne' has it in abundance."

As a member of Team PKR Pro, Geshkenbein will be posting in the PKR forums, providing commentary on PKR.TV and writing blogs from live events.

The other eight Team PKR Pro members include Henrik 'Pokey85' Eklund, Ashley 'Ashleyhames1' Hames, Raymond 'callmebabe' O'Mahoney, Kai 'Kingkai84' Paulsen, James 'James666' Sudworth, Andrew 'Golfpro699' Teng, Karl 'discomonkey' Fenton and Adrien 'zlatan35' Allain.

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