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While PokerStars used to be synonymous with online poker in so many ways, lately it seems like the tables are being flipped. Several well-known players, such as Jason Mercier and Vanessa Selbst, dropped their relationships with the site, and others have decided to embrace PartyPoker. The shift continues with one of Germany’s best high rollers, Philipp Gruissem, who has signed on as an Ambassador at PartyPoker.
Gruissem, who has earned more than $11 million in live tournaments, will make his first appearance sporting the PartyPoker name at the Millions Germany festival in February. He has been seen at the felt for a decade, making his first cash win in 2009 at the Asian Poker Tour Macau. He then went on to pick up over $3.6 million in 2013 with several high-profile wins. The Millions Germany festival, which will be held Feb. 4-18, is being hosted by King’s Casino Rozvadov in Germany’s eastern neighbor, the Czech Republic.
Gruissem is cofounder of the Raising for Effective Giving (REG) Charity, which is also backed by Igor Kirganov, Stefan Huber and Liv Boeree. Other well-known poker players serve as ambassadors for the charity. These include Erik Seidel, Cate Hall and Martin Jacobson, among others. To date since its inception in 2013, the charity has raised over $3 million for a variety of causes.