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Kosei Ichinose and Aditya Agarwal Become First PokerStars Team Pros from Japan and India

Kosei Ichinose & Aditya Agarwal

The PokerStars family is growing. Today the world’s biggest online poker site announced the addition of two new players that will be representing India and Japan, two countries that have never been represented on PokerStars Team Pro.

Aditya Agarwal (pictured right), who has had considerable success playing PokerStars’ biggest online tournaments, becomes the first-ever Indian Team Pro, while Kosei Ichinose, Japan’s first Supernova Elite, was selected to represent his home country.

“The signing of these Team Pros from India and Japan is an important step in helping promote the game in countries where poker is only just coming to the fore,” said Kirsty Thompson, PokerStars’ Head of Pro & Celebrity Management. “Both players are highly respected within the poker sphere, and their success and passion for the game will no doubt spread throughout their local and national communities.”

Agarwal, who will play under the online username ‘Adi Agarwal,” grew up in Darjeeling, India before moving to the United States to study Engineering and Marketing at Drexel University. It was around this time Agarwal watched Chris Moneymaker win the World Series of Poker, and by the time he graduated he was already a full-time pro.

Since then, Agarwal has amassed $394,509 in live tournament winnings including a deep run in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, finishing 96th for $51,466, his largest cash to date.

“I’ve been playing at PokerStars since 2004, so this is a dream come true for me,” Agarwal said. “As a poker ambassador I want to help promote the game in India, and inspire more players to play and enjoy the sport.”

Agarwal’s Career Highlights

2013 WSOP $10,000 Championship Main EventJuly 2013212th$42,990
2012 WSOP $1,000 No Limit Hold’emJuly 201219th$20,499
World Gaming Festival No Limit Hold’emSeptember 20112nd$41,992
2008 WSOP $10,000 Championship Main EventJuly 200896th$51,466
EPT Barcelona €8,000 No Limit Hold’em Main EventAugust 200715th$34,313
2007 WSOP $10,000 Championship Main EventJuly 2007450th$29,883

As for Ichinose, who will play on PokerStars under the username ‘Kosei Ichinose,’ he began playing poker in 2006 while English and Business in Canada. Ichinose began by playing limit hold’em at a local casino, but before long he was making his mark online with results in PokerStars SCOOP, WCOOP and Sunday Major events,

Ichinose, who enjoys playing the piano in his free time (something he’s been doing since he was eight), has amassed $305,676 in live tournament winning, including several wins in the Asia-Pacific region. His best score came in March 2013 when he took down the APPT Seoul High Roller for $46,918. Ichinose, who practices the ancient Samurai training method Kendo, will play MTTs, Omaha and mixed games online at PokerStars.

“I’m proud to be associated with PokerStars as I have achieved so much in the game by playing on the site,” said Ichinose. “I now look forward to helping spread the popularity of poker in Asia and representing the brand at major international tournaments like the upcoming Aussie Millions later this month.”

Ichinose’s Career Highlights

Macau MillionsMarch 20141st$15,942
Asia Poker Tour CebuFebruary 20141st$29,292
Asia Pacific Poker Tour SeoulMarch 20131st$46,918
Macau Poker CupJune 20121st$24,812

Both Agarwal and Ichinose will make their PokerStars-sponsored debut at the Aussie Millions, which will be held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia later this month.You can follow Agarwal on Twitter here, and follow Ichinose here.

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