Team Online was looking at Oceania. It needed somebody under the Australia or New Zealand flag, someone who could represent the community there better than any player in that part of the world.
There were many candidates. There aren't many poker players in the world who wouldn't take a spot in the PokerStars Team Online stable. It took a while, but the people who choose Team Online members whittled the field down to ten players from he region.
"Roy shined through to win himself the position," said a Team Online manager.
Roy is Roy "GodlikeRoy" Bhasin, an online pro from Sydney.
"I feel incredibly humbled and honored to have been chosen to be a part of Team PokerStars Online," Bhasin said. "It has been a dream of mine for a while now, and to actually see it come true is an incredible feeling."
Bhasin grew up playing games with his family. Competition was in his genes. One night he was deep into a game of Halo with his friends when they took a break to eat some pizza. They flipped on the TV and saw a bunch of people playing poker. Halo quickly became a memory. Bhasin found online poker and hasn't stopped winning since.
Unlike most of his contemporaries who focus on no-limit hold'em, Bhasin is a PLO specialist. He finished runner-up in a 2010 $2,100 SCOOP PLO tourney and has done very well in live PLO events in Australia.
"I truly believe that the game is more fun, complex, interesting and challenging and that all poker players should learn to play it," he said.
Bhasin's screen name "GodlikeRoy" (a hold-over from video gaming days) belies his his laid back nature. He's competitive but also likes to relax with a glass of wine. He's a bit of a connoisseur and has a growing collection of bottles from all over the world.
"I am always eager to try new things and expand my horizons. Whether it be traveling to a new place, eating a new type of food, attempting a new activity or anything in-between," he said. "Much in the same vein, I am always trying to adapt and am open-minded about all forms and types of poker."
Everybody can keep up with Bhasin on his blog www.godlikeroy.com.
Finally, if you're reading from Australia, there will be a special promotional announcement coming up next month. Stay tuned!
Congratulations to Roy Bhasin for his seat at the Team Online table.