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Jason Mercier joins Team PokerStars Pro
PokerListings blogger Jason Mercier is the newest member of Team PokerStars Pro.
The 22-year-old Floridian has torn up the live tournament circuit since his victory last year at EPT4 San Remo, amassing $3.3 million in winnings in a little over a year.
Mercier picked up his first World Series of Poker bracelet earlier this summer and now continues his meteoric rise to success by joining forces with one of the biggest names in poker.
"It feels great," Mercier told PokerListings.com. "It feels like it's been a long time coming.
"Over the last fifteen months it's just like each thing I've done I've gotten one step closer. Winning the bracelet I guess was the last thing I needed to do."
"I'm looking forward to going to Barcelona and London this year," Mercier said. "Before the deal I wasn't sure if I was going to go."
He'll also play online at PokerStars.com, where fans will be able to test their skills against the young hotshot.
"I have to play a certain amount of online hours whereas I wasn't playing online as much over the last six months," he said. "I'm going to have to get back to the online grind."
Mercier told PokerListings the partnership with PokerStars was a natural fit.
"I'm friends with a decent amount of the team pros already and I'm friends with a bunch of people who work for PokerStars, so I'm really looking forward to developing those friendships more as well as travelling and making new friends," he said.
The EPT London High-Roller champ also said he looks forward to the security he gains from the deal, but that he doesn't think it will change much at the tables.
"Maybe more people will know who I am, but as a player I don't think it changes anything about the way that I play or the respect that I get," he said.
PokerStars also announced it has signed Dutch pro Marcel Luske as another new member of Team PokerStars Pro.
You can join Mercier and Luske at PokerStars by signing up for an account via PokerListings.com. Do so here.