Brazil has a young and experienced demographic with technology that likes to bet on sports and play poker. The 2014 World Cup, and the 2016 Olympic Games will be held in Brazil, and those involved in the gaming and betting industry are already getting ready to attract customers to their websites. Brazilian football fans are delighted to learn that PokerStars has signed a contract with former 36-year-old football player, star Ronaldo, who will join Brazilian poker stars like Maria Meyrinck, Nacho Barbeto, Felipe Mojave, Leo Fernandez and Alexandre Gomes.
The superstar is considered by many to be one of the greatest soccer players in the world. He won two world championships and was named FIFA Player of the Year three times. Ronaldo has the record for most goals scored in the World Cup (fifteen), Ronaldo, known as “the phenomenon”, will join superstars of other sports like Boris Becker, Rafa Nadal, and Fátima Moreira de Melo, as well as Marcus Hellner as a member of the PokerStars team and André Akkari as a member of Team Brazil. The contract with PokerStars is something very important for Ronaldo where poker has become a common pastime for Brazilians.
Poker was not on Ronaldo’s to-do list, who says he learned to play after signing the contract. Brazil is one of the largest jurisdictions for poker players in recent years with the Poker Stars Latin American Poker Tour that will take place in Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo during three of the last seasons with Brazil hosting the Grand Final . Online casino games are illegal in Brazil, so live tournaments must take place in poker associations. Most poker in Brazil is played online, and PokerStars thought of this country as an ideal market. Ronaldo will ensure that this is so by attracting not only poker fans, but also football fans, who know that the champions are now part of the game.