The beginning of 2021 was productive for our team. We started this year with good momentum: we were focused on attracting new players, active development of scouting, and as usual, had community activities. Now we’re ready to share the results with you.
- Two tennis players endorsed by the community
- Three new applications in poker stream
- The sixth poker tournament with free entry was held
- Two prediction contests
- Signed athletes conquer new heights
Two tennis players endorsed by the community
In January voting for Daniil Ostapenkov was finished. He got 79.3% of votes supporting him.
Daniil has brilliant results. The absolute champion of the Republic of Belarus in the category up to 18 years old, a member of the national team and the first number of the national team under 18 years old, in 2020 he made his debut at the Davis Cup against the German team at the ATP level, the winner of ITF J5 (Minsk, Belarus) ITF J5 (Chornomorsk, Ukraine), winner of the J4 tournament (Almaty, Kazakhstan) in doubles, multiple winner of the ITF Juniors tournaments in singles and doubles, Maximum Tennis Europe rating # 31, maximum ITF rating # 380 (at the moment), topping the Belarus rating up to 16 years and up to 18 years old.
In February we received an application from Oleksandra Oliynykova. She is 20 y.o. professional player with an unusual career pathway. Never had a junior career because of a mix of complex life circumstances. Instead, she started to play ITF Pro events being 16 y.o only — as the only way to finance her pro tour journey. Earned WTA points from the very first approach to the ITF Pro tour, winning 15 of 18 matches.
Before her 18th birthday, she had won ITF Pro titles (1 in singles, 1 in doubles), played several finals and semifinals — having 0 Wild Cards received in her records till now. At the moment, Oleksandra Oliynykova is ranked #649 WTA, #30 ITF singles ranking. In 2020, she made her first wins over players ranked in top-400 WTA (Craciun, career-high #347), then in top-300 (Marcinkevica, career-high #196).
Oleksandra received 62.5% percent of votes supported her and was approved by the community.
Three new applications in poker stream
Over the past 2 months, we have received 3 applications from professional poker players from Ukraine.
2 players did not pass the expert evaluation stage:
- Age: 24
- Profit: -1400 $
- ROI: -19.5%
- Age: 28
- No statistics provided.
Eduard is a 28-year-old poker player from Ukraine. He has been playing poker for 6 years. He has an excellent reputation in the poker community and has a lot of big wins to his credit.
Eduard has earned $ 32,000 in offline poker during his entire play. He won such tournaments as RPT and BPT.
Voting results: 84.2% — Yes, 15.8% — No. We are currently negotiating with Edward and hope to sign a contract.
The sixth poker tournament with free entry was held
On the 28th of February TokenStars held the sixth free-entry poker tournament.
13 participants competed for 10,000 TEAM tokens and 3 of them won a share of the prize pool:
1st place — 5,000 TEAM tokens
2nd place — 3,000 TEAM tokens
3rd place — 2,000 TEAM tokens
It took 1 hour to define the champion. The winner was a player from Russia with the nickname dalamar4eg.
Two prediction contests
In January there was a blend of English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga, and Supercoppa Italiana final match.
There were also quite unexpected results. Liverpool lost to Burnley in the match of the 18th round of the championship of England (0: 1). The only goal was scored in the 83rd minute — the penalty was converted by Ashley Barnes. Burnley’s odds to win before the match were 16.6x.
In February we switched from football to tennis and there were some sensations, too. However, winners were quite predictable. Let’s clap for Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka and top 100 participants who shared 5000 TEAM tokens in the contest.
Signed athletes conquer new heights
In January, Togan Tokac took part in the Antalya Open qualifiers. It is a tournament of the ATP Tour 250 series with a €361,800 prize fund. 16-year-old Togan played against Blaz Kavcic (former 68th in the world) and lost 2–6 2–6. Togan became the youngest player in Turkey to enter a tournament of this magnitude.
On February 1st, Marco D’Amico finished 6th in the $ 50 buy-in tournament. The tournament was attended by 8,040 players, and the tournament lasted for about 10 hours. Marco made it to the final table and won $ 5,770.