Team PokerStars Pro signs Luske, Mercier

teampro-thumb.JPGTeam PokerStars Pro announced today that it has signed to its stable two rock stars of the modern poker world.

In one fell swoop, Team PokerStars Pro pulled in longtime tournament veteran Marcel Luske and prolific young gun Jason Mercier.

Known around the world as 'The Flying Dutchman,' Luske is a household name in European poker. Just last year he won the European Poker Awards' Lifetime Achievment Award.

Known for his sartorial elegance and distinctive singing voice at the poker tables, Luske was ranked Europe's top poker pro in both 2001 and 2003. In 2004, Luske went to the World Series of Poker and became an international star after a tenth place run in the main event.

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Now, at long last, the longtime friend of PokerStars players and mentor to Team Pro Noah Boeken has come home to roost. Luske is now officially a member of Team Pro. Count on seeing him a lot in the coming season of the European Poker Tour.

Luske is joined by one of the hottest poker players on the circuit today. Mercier, a 22-year-old poker pro from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has put together $3.2 million live tourney cashes since his first tourney appearance at the 2008 PCA.

Known as "treysfull21" on PokerStars, Mercier is a Supernova Elite who has gained the respect of the live tournament world. Mercier first came to the attention of the international poker community when he took down the Season Four PokerStars EPT San Remo event for $1,372,893. Only a few months later, he finished sixth at the PokerStars EPT Season Five event in Barcelona, earning $324,946. Just the next month, he took downPokerStars EPT London £1 Million Showdown High Roller tournament for $944,847.

Yeah. Seriously. He is that good.

As if that wasn't enough, just a few weeks back, Mercier did something people wait a lifetime to achieve. He won his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha tourney for $237,415.

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After all of that, you would think nothing could make Mercier any happier. Not so.

"Becoming a member of Team PokerStars Pro means a lot to me," he said. "I'm so excited to be playing for the site I first started playing on. I feel like this solidifies my standing as one of the top poker players' around."

The PokerStars Blog would like to welcome both players to Team Pro. We look forward to continuing to cover you for years to come.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Team PokerStars Pro