Team 888poker Invades Cannes for WSOPE

Sep 20, 2012, 02:00 ET from

GIBRALTAR, September 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

The time has come for the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe. The WSOPE will take place from September 21st to October 4th in Cannes, France with 7 coveted gold bracelets up for grabs.

Team 888poker will be in full force this year at the event with 3 fresh faced professionals joining the team. Alongside our Team 888poker veterans, Sam 'Last Brit Standing' Holden and bracelet winner, Tyler Bonkowski, 888poker has picked up 3 of the WSOP October Final Nine to join their Team.

Team 888poker now welcomes Jesse 'James' Sylvia, Russell 'Run Good' Thomas and the youngest final tabler, Jake Salinger.

Director of 888poker Marketing, Gareth Edwards stated, "We are very excited to have such a talented group of guys join our 888poker Team. Hopefully playing in several events, such as, WSOPE will help prepare them for their moment on the final table this October. We wish them the best of luck!"

Several of the Team 888poker members will play in side events at WSOPE and all of them will try their skills at the €10,450 main event. With such a strong talent pool this year, Team 888poker is hopeful to bring home a few final table victories and possibly a bracelet or two.

To follow Team 888poker at WSOPE and other live events checkout @888poker twitter feed and updates at

About Team 888poker October Niners:

Jesse Sylvia- The current chipleader in the Main Event with 43,875,000 in chips. Jesse is 24 and from Martha's Vineyard, MS. He has been playing poker for 3 years and his top WSOP cash until now was $2954. Fun fact, Jesse was roommates with fellow October Niner Russell Thomas when they both moved to Las Vegas to play poker professionally.

Russell Thomas- Currently 4th in chipstacks with 24,800,000. Russell is 24 from Bryn Mawr, PN and works as an actuary. Thomas has cashed 3 times at the WSOP and made the final tale in a $1500 6-max Event where he finished fifth with a $84,256 cash.

Quote from Russell when asked about being part of Team 888poker, "I am honored to be a part of Team 888 poker and represent this organization. I look forward to traveling with the other members of Team 888 to WSOP Europe where I expect to have a lot of fun and hopefully win some money. I am thrilled about this opportunity and also for what lies ahead."

Jake Balsinger- At just 21 years old Jake is the youngest player at the final table. Jake currently is a student at Arizona State University and will be starting his final table journey in 8th place with 13,115,000 in chips. Quote from Jake, "When I started out in the Main Event I figured I would play until I busted but I just kept getting more chips and people just kept folding, which was nice."

About 888poker: is the fastest growing online poker brand in the industry, hosting thousands of poker enthusiasts the world over at any given time. With over 5 million registered members, 888poker continues to offer the best consumer experience. 888poker strives to provide quality entertainment by providing a safe, fun and secure poker environment. Customers play on state-of-the-art software with 3D, PokerCam and Teams features. As part of the 888poker experience, players also enjoy an 888poker Rewards Program, 888poker Online Shop and access to Community.
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