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    Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 by Ryan

Martin Staszko has recently become one of the most well-known names in the poker world. It takes something special to go from being virtually unknown in the game of poker, to being a respected and popular player. Staszko has found a way to do so, and he did it by achieving something that many people hope to achieve. While Staszko was not the winner of the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event, and he was beat out by Pius Heinz when all was said and done; he earned his fair share of respect for a second place finish this past summer in Las Vegas. The rumors of Staszko’s addition to the popular Team PokerStars have been going around for a few days now, and it didn’t take long before the rumor was proven true.

There are a few things that come with being a PokerStars pro, and while some of it starts with an income (typically, but not guaranteed); you’ll find that the PokerStars pro’s will represent the site during the large poker tournaments out there such as the World Series of Poker, the European Poker Tour, and the World Poker Tour. Players will also be followed by many players across the site, and they will be featured in huge poker tournaments on PokerStars as well. For starters though, Staszko will represent PokerStars at this week’s European Poker Tour event in Prague.

Staszko is an interesting story, as he didn’t begin playing poker until 2007, and has had quite the rise with his massive score in the Main Event. His first ever cash in a live poker tournament was back in January of 2010, when he finished in 11th place at the European Poker Tour’s Deauville Main Event. This score brought him home a nice pay day of $50k, and he then followed that one up with a 10th place finish in August in the Unibet Open. Staszko hit a down swing from there though, and didn’t cash again until this summer’s World Series, when he had four cashes, with none bigger than the $5.4 million pay day from the Main Event.

Staszko showed quite a bit of poise in his final table run, as he was up against the likes of Pius Heinz, and Player of the Year, Ben Lamb. Staszko started the day in third out of the three, but pulled in a knockout on only the fourth hand against Lamb. Staszko played strong against Heinz and Lamb, and while many people thought that he would get pushed over by those two, he did more than hold his own.

You can now find Staszko on the popular site, and also playing in the big online poker tournaments like PCA and the WCOOP as well. Keep an eye out for Staszko in the upcoming events, as he will definitely be taking part in the big European Poker Tour events, and also the big time online poker tournaments each week as well. He will also be a name to watch out for at the upcoming World Series of Poker in a few months as well.

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