When it comes to signing people to be a part of "Team Pokerstars", Pokerstars clearly has a strategy of targeting certain countries in which they would like added exposure. They do this by signing names that are popular in certain countries, such as Daniel Negreanu (popular in Canada), and now Boris Becker, who is extremely popular in Germany.
Becker is an extremely competitive person by nature, evidenced by his six Grand Slam tennis titles. He is also one of the most popular athletes in Germany, and his signing to Pokerstars will certainly bring increased exposure to the German population.
Becker doesn't seem to be the type of person who would just be happy mucking around in the low limit ring games and tournaments on the site; I would expect that he will attempt to work his way up through the limits, and eventually play the biggest tournaments and cash games on the site. High limit players must be licking their lips at the prospect of a rich athlete splashing around in the high limit games.
Becker has stated that he plans on playing the EPT Dortmund event and the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo.
In my opinion, this is a great signing by Pokerstars. While other sites are intent on signing every player that they possibly can to their roster, Pokerstars seems to be thinking long and hard about who they will be signing. As I said, they seem to be focusing on players that are popular in their native countries, and by signing these players, increasing these countries' exposure to online poker.
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