Team PokerStars has added Taiwan's Chen-An Lin and China's Yaxi Zhu to its roster of sponsored professionals, as it looks to grow the game in one of the world’s biggest emerging poker markets.
Lin and Zhu join the growing roster of Asian players in Team PokerStars Pro, which already includes Bryan Huang, Celina Lin, Vivian Im, Aditya Agarwal, Kosei Ichinose and Naoya Kihara.
Yaxi Zhu, a former finance and business manager, took home two tournament wins last year at an ACOP Platinum Series III side event in Macau and an EPT 11 Prague side event, and has earned more than USD$230,000 to date playing live tournaments.
Lin's largest win to date came at the Macau Poker Cup in 2014, when he took home approximately USD$50,000.
"PokerStars has played a key role in the growth of online and live poker, first in the United States, then Western Europe, and more recently in Eastern Europe and Latin America," the company said. "The popularity and appeal of local professional players and celebrity enthusiasts help to inspire new audiences around the world, as they seek to learn from and then play against their poker heroes."
Kirsty Thompson, PokerStars’ associate director of pro & celebrity marketing, added: "These players are highly respected in their local and national communities and will help to raise the profile of the game in their regions."
The newest members of Team PokerStars Pro will be competing over the coming weeks at the Macau Poker Cup, taking place at the PokerStars LIVE poker room at the City of Dreams until September 13th.