Party Poker announced Thursday that it has signed two new pros to its team: Dragan Galic and Francesco Totti.
Galic becomes the newest member of Team Party, joining recent additions Antanas “Tony G” Guoga and Kara Scott, along with 2009 Poker Hall of Fame inductee Mike Sexton, Ian Frazer, Felipe “Mojave” Ramos, Bodo Sbrzesny and Remy Biechel.  He played in the Team Party heat at the PartyPoker.com Premier League IV earlier this month in Las Vegas, though he did not win the $100,000 seat that was up for grabs (Frazer won it).
Galic had quite the 2009, ranking as the number one player in Europe according to PokerinEurope.com.  The Croatian, who now lives in Germany, scored ranking points in ten tournaments last year, giving him 8,627, almost 2,500 more than the second place finisher on the leader board.  His top cashes were a win in the €2,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the Casinos Austria Poker Tour (CAPT) Graz (€50,690), a runner-up finish in the same event at CAPT Baden (€57,870), and a fifth place finish in the €5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the European Poker Tour’s San Remo stop (€314,000).  To put his points lead in perspective, had Galic not garnered a single point in either of those two CAPT events, he still would’ve have ended 2009 ranked number one.  When splitting up the points based on game type, Galic ranked second in Hold’em and 61st in Omaha.
As one might expect, Galic is very excited to represent Party Poker at tournaments around the world.  He told his official online poker home, “After spending time with the other members of Team Party in Vegas I am delighted to join. PartyPoker.com was the very first site I played on so in many ways it feels like coming home. I find games suitable for me on there and am excited by the opportunities this sponsorship deal will offer.”
It will be easy to spot the newest member of Team Party at the virtual tables, as he will go by the screen name “DraganGalic.”
The other pro, Francesco “Er Pupone” Totti, isn’t a pro poker player, but rather a professional soccer player (we’ll go with “soccer” instead of “football” so our American readers don’t get confused).  Rather than becoming a member of Team Party, he will be the ambassador of PartyPoker.it, Party’s Italian-facing site.
Totti is regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, and to many, one of the greatest players in European soccer history.  He began playing for Serie A club Roma at the age of sixteen and has not played for another team since.  Considering his greatness and his longevity, it should come as no surprise that the striker and attacking midfielder is both the all-time goal scorer and most capped player in the history of Roma.  He was the Serie A leading scorer during the 2006-2007 season, has been named Italian Footballer of the Year five times, and Serie A Footballer of the Year twice.
In 2004, soccer legend Pele included Totti on his FIFA 100, Pele’s list of the 125 greatest living soccer players (the 100 represents the 100th anniversary of FIFA), both active and retired.
Of all Totti’s accomplishments, one of the most gratifying must be his World Cup win with the Italian national team in 2006.  Despite playing limited minutes because he was still recovering from a broken fibula, Totti was named to the tournament’s All-Star team.
“I have faced many challenges in my career and I always apply myself with skill, intelligence, loyalty and passion,” Totti told Party Poker.  “You need all these abilities for poker and it is also a game that excites me and is a lot of fun. Thanks to PartyPoker.it, I am able to combine my passion for sport and the challenge of poker. The qualities you need to become a good poker player are very close to those of a sport.”

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