The Golden Team Members are promising Belgian players who represent goldenpalace.be on the online poker tables. They are both a pleasure to play against as well as a force to be reckoned with.
Our current Golden Team Members
Stéphane "Stefal" Allard
Stéphane started playing online poker almost 10 years ago. Having a lot of experience in both poker and life, you would be solely mistaken if you were to think Stefal plays the kind of poker many players of his generation are famous for. Being both an editor and a writer/blogger, Stefal has read just about anything that came out about the poker game since he started taking the game seriously and constantly adapts his game to the changing dynamics.
You can find Stefal online under the alias of GoldStefal. His specialties are rebuy tournaments, where his successes have gained him many appearances in our news section.
Tim "geistingen" Verheyen
As a physical education teacher, Tim ‘geistingen’ Verheyen is a prime example of what you would call a healthy mind in a healthy body. A strong believer of starting out slowly and climbing the ladder through hard work one step at a time, he has gotten some strong results at both the online poker tables and the live poker scene. His trip to Las Vegas immediately resulted in two tournament victories!
Tim Verheyen plays under the alias ‘geistingen’ and has a preference for big tournaments, for which he often qualifies by taking advantage of cheap satellites constantly running on goldenpalace.be.
Sam "Born2Tilt" Polo Riva
Sam is rarely seen without his trademark lucky hat. It started out as a way to recognise him in a big crowd, but brought him some very good results, including a Golden Team Member contract. Sam is a driven and determined poker player with a big passion for the game, which both explains his nickname as well as his determination not to give up. Having qualified for the Golden Team Member final before but missing out against Tim Verheyen, he just got back on his feet and did it all over again, this time coming out on top.
Sam plays online under the alias of ‘Born2Tilt’.
Nicolas "nicovdp239" Vande Pitte
Nicolas Vandepitte works as an IT officer at goldenpalace.be, a job he attained partly due to his knowledge of the poker world. After all: it takes a poker player to feel the needs of our own poker players and deliver them a better user experience. Having won his ticket through a qualifier, he joined several Golden Team Members during the WPT National Brussels Fall series in December 2013 and didn’t just outlast them, but also every other participating player, claiming victory!
You can take on the World Poker Tour champion online, where he plays as ‘nicovdp239’.
Our past Golden Team Members
Sebastian ‘PetitWinnie’ Baneux brings style to the poker tables. Having been a strong presence in both online and live, he was a very well-liked presence on social media and in community tournaments. He eventually decided it was time for poker to take a role of lesser importance in his live, he now plays poker on a more casual basis together with his other passion: sports (betting).
David ‘Red Royalty’ Janssen is a presence to be feared at the poker tables, even more so live than he is online. He followed up his final table in Riga which earned him his spot as a Golden Team Member with a third place at the European Deepstack Poker Championships in Dublin. He only needs one more cash to reach 6 digits of tournament winnings and has plans to go to Vegas, so he is sure to reach that goal soon.
Playing poker with Jeremy ‘optimustecke’ Teck is always an enjoyable experience. The winner of the Belgium Open Freeroll in 2011 had some really memorable moments as a Golden Team Member: playing his first World Series of Poker Tournament and seeing Phil Ivey in Las Vegas to cashing in the World Poker Tour National in Brussels.
Hyun Geerts was a Golden Team Member during the whole year of 2012. Hyun had the least experience of all of our Golden Team Members, but more than made up for this with his competitive personality, quickly mastering Texas Hold’em and even branching out to other game variants. He is both a gifted tournament player and a cash game player.
We had the honour of calling Matthias Pohl our Golden Team Member during the 2013. Being a well-known and popular actor as well as a model, he made a great addition to our team. You’d be mistaken if you think he is just a pretty face though. Poker may have started out as purely a hobby for him, but it quickly became more than that. Studying the game deeper, it didn’t take him long to become a winning player in multiple game variants.
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