Online poker fans in Italy can now login and go head-to-head with new Ferrari F1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella after the sportsman signed a deal to serve as an ambassador for PartyPoker.it.


Fisichella is known as a fierce competitor on and off the track and PartyPoker.it revealed that the Italian made a big impression with his high-octane performance at the Sports Stars Challenge IV event in London earlier this year.


"Poker has become a very popular pastime in the paddock in recent months with many of the drivers," said 36-year-old Fisichella.


"I have joined two new teams recently and am delighted to be in pole position as a new ambassador for PartyPoker.it."


PartyPoker.it is celebrating Fisichella's arrival with a series of daily freerolls giving players a shot at winning a slice of a €500 prize pool. In addition, the site revealed that winners would receive a unique shirt signed by Fisichella. Open to residents of Italy only, seats for the Fisichella €500 Freeroll will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis between now and October 31.


‘Giancarlo is the fantastic new ambassador for PartyPoker.it," read a statement from PartyPoker.it.


"The freerolls are exclusive to Italian residents but the rest of the world and the international poker circuit is likely to feel the force of Fisichella as he gets involved in the game. Many commentators have already said that they believe that he is on track to be one of the best celebrity players on the poker circuit. He is one to watch as he moves through his gears but you have to pay attention as he moves very fast on the felt and he’s always got his hand on the pump."


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