Partypoker has recently announced that a Brazilian poker pro-Yuri Dzivielevski is going to join its team of ambassadors. Yuri needs no special introduction for poker fans. He is one of the most successful online tournament players not only in Brazil but in the world with over $14 million in winnings. With this new addition to their Team Pro (alongside recently signed Patrick Leonard and Isaac Haxton), partypoker is evidently attempting to attract more tournament players to its organization and increase MTT appeal. We invite you to find out more about Yuri Dzivielevski and what this move by partypoker can mean in a long run.
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Who is Yuri Dzivielevski?
Born in Brazil, Yuri “theNERDguy” Dzivielevski started playing poker at a young age. His brother was the one who introduced him to the game and since that moment, his poker journey began. After playing local games with his friends, Yuri has soon decided to play poker full-time and professionally after finishing high school. Such a decision was motivated by his desire to help his parents financially.
This risky move has turned out to be quite profitable. Yuri was able to climb to the top of the poker scene not only in his home country but also in the world. At this point, his total online poker winnings are estimated to be over $14 million. One of his most recent highlights is his victory at the MILLIONS Online #03 6-Max High Roller: $500K GTD earlier this year. Yuri has also seen quite a bit of success in live events with around $1.3 million in prize money as he was able to win two World Series of Poker bracelets. Because of his recent accomplishments, he is now ranked as the greatest online poker tournament player in the world by PocketFives.
What’s especially interesting is the fact that the majority of his wins took place on PokerStars and Natural8. Yuri has managed to win over $11 million on these sites with only $300,000 on partypoker. This is unusual, as most of the time poker rooms seek ambassadors who are already active on their platform. However, since he is a member of Team Pro now, it is safe to say that he will be investing much more of his time into partypoker. Yuri is expected to participate in the currently ongoing World Online Championships (WPT) hosted by partypoker where he is going to play under his nickname “theNERDguy”. As promised by partypoker, he will be a regular face on partypoker’s Twitch channel. This is good news for fans as they will be able to spectate arguably the best MTT poker player completely for free. It was also announced that Yuri will be streaming some “new and exciting” content of his own. However, it is unclear what type of content fans can expect but there should be announcements in the coming weeks.
Joining the Partypoker Team Pro is an important step and a big achievement in Yuri’s poker career. This decision will undoubtedly attract more exposure to his name. Yuri Dzivielevski made the following comment about this move: “It’s a dream coming true. Joining partypoker is one of the most important achievements in my career and I am very excited to work with them.”
To celebrate the new addition to the Team Pro, partypoker will hold a “party” this Friday on their Twitch channel. Additionally, Yuri Dzivielevski will stream welcome freerolls with many prizes.
Why Did Partypoker Sign Yuri Dzivielevski?
The first reason that comes to mind is the fact that partypoker had to compensate for four popular poker players that have left the team. These members were: Anatoly Filatov, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Kristen Bicknell, and Jason Koon. Undoubtedly, a professional poker player of Yuri’s caliber is going to be quite expensive for the company as his contract is not going to be cheap.
Another reason is partypoker’s desire to appeal to the Latin American market. Yuri Dzivielevski has become a second partypoker ambassador from Brazil after Joao Simao who is also quite a successful MTT player. For example, he has won The Venom in 2019. Many poker rooms are currently trying to appeal to the rapidly growing Latin American market. For example, PokerStars has already signed Neymar Jr, who is one of the best football players in the world right now, and Andre Akkari who is an eSport athlete. PokerStars have also recently signed a popular Argentinian rapper Papo MC and Rafael Moraes, who is another poker pro from Brazil.
Therefore, partypoker does not want to miss this opportunity. Signing a popular Brazillian poker player such as Yuri will attract more audiences from this perspective region. However, such plans contradict Entain’s (gambling company that owns partypoker) hopes to leave all unregulated regions by 2023. As of right now, countries like Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina are not even close to regulating online poker.
There is some good news to current partypoker players which might not be so obvious at the first glance. Many partypoker users will benefit from Yuri Dzivielevski joining the Team Pro as the traffic will increase as newcomers from Latin America sign up in this room. Therefore, the local field might be softer than usual for some time.
We can also assume that Yuri’s cooperation with partypoker will go further than just wearing room’s merchandise and streaming tournaments on their Twitch channel. We can look at Isaac Haxton and Patrick Leonard as examples. They are in constant contact with partypoker’s executives regarding potential problems and future developments of the room. As a result, we can anticipate that Yuri Dzivielevski will have a say in partypoker’s plans, which will most likely include more MTTs of higher quality. Over the last three years, this approach has helped partypoker become one of the largest poker sites in terms of MTTs. Generally speaking, the addition of Yuri Dzivielevski to the team is a great move from the operator’s side which is likely going to benefit partypoker in a long run and grow its popularity in Latin America.