Dag Palovic joins Team PokerStars Pro

teampro-thumb.JPGAs a child he played violin and sang with the Boys Philharmonic Orchestra. As an adult, he was a radio and television celebrity and rubbed elbows with the likes of Lauryn Hill, Jamiroquai, Wyclef Jean, and Lenny Kravitz. It's hard to top that kind of life...unless, of course, you have the opportunity to join Team PokerStars Pro.

That's where Dag Palovic finds himself this morning. PokerStars announced today that it has signed the man from Slovakia to its elite stable of players.

Palovic has been a star in his home country for years, but he started getting worldwide attention after two very deep runs in the World Series of Poker Main Event. In 2009, he finished 120th. In 2010, Palovic made it all the way to 37th place. Over those two years, Palovic outlasted more players than anybody else in the 2009 and 2010 Main Events combined.


Dag Palovic

Palovic might well still be hobnobbing with music stars if a friend hadn't shown up at his coffe house one day with some cards and chips. That led Palovic to his local casino where he won five out of his first eight tournaments. Since then, he's been all about poker and has won nearly $750,000 in live tournaments in just a few years.

This year alone, Palovic has had some serious success. He has taken first place in the €5,000 Internationaux de France de Heads Up championship and the Red Sea Poker Cup main event in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.

Now it's time for Palovic to carry the big red spade across the world as a member of Team Pro.

"It is a great opportunity to play as a Team Pro member of the largest online poker site in the world," Palovic said. "I hope to improve my results in the future to be really a good and visible member of the team."

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Team PokerStars Pro