Marcus Hellner signs on as Team PokerStars SportStar

ps_news_thn.jpgAt the 2010 World Series of Poker, the members of Team Blog were pulled aside in the corridor and told, "Something is happening and you should see it." Suffice to say, we bloggers had seen a lot in our time, but nothing like this. Marcus Hellner, the two-time Olympic gold medalist in cross country skiing, was skiing across the Palms hotel parking lot.

Yes, skiing. In the desert. In the summer. In a casino parking lot. It was a sight to behold, even if it was on wheeled skis.

For many people at the WSOP, Hellmer was merely a curiosity. However, as it was put to me back then, Hellner can't walk down the street in his native Sweden. He's that big of a celebrity. Now, that king of skiing is PokerStars newest SportStar.

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Hellner (foreground) gives us a wink

The year 2010 marked more than Hellner's entre into the World Series of Poker. It was also the year he started collecting Olympic gold. It happened in the 30k cross country event at the Vancouver Olympics. Skiing was his life, but in the off hours, it was all about cards.

"I started playing with friends on training camps and I liked very much to steal little bit money from the guys!" he said. "Then the internet poker came and I really enjoyed that."

Once he found PokerStars, that pretty much sealed the deal.

"I hope to learn more about poker and be a better player," Hellner said. "Perhaps I can meet professional poker players and maybe get a chance to play against them."

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You'll now start seeing Hellner at more live events and playing on PokerStars under his screen name "M.Hellner."

For more on PokerStars SportStars see the Team PokerStars page.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Team PokerStars Pro