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Isle of Man, UK – JUNE 30, 2009 – PokerStars.com, the world’s largest online poker site, has welcomed Jason Mercier, a 22-year-old poker pro from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, into the elite Team PokerStars Pro.

Jason “treysfull21” Mercier, already a PokerStars SuperNova Elite, has proved he’s a force to be reckoned with on the live poker circuit with over $3.2 million in live cashes to his name since his first major  tournament appearance at the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Many of his biggest victories have been gained on the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour circuit and only a few weeks ago he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet when he took down the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event.

“Becoming a member of Team PokerStars Pro means a lot to me. 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.” said Mercier.

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 after winning his seat via a steps satellite on PokerStars. Only a few months later, he finished sixth at the PokerStars EPT Season Five event in Barcelona, earning $324,946, and the following month he cemented his growing reputation by winning the PokerStars EPT London £1 Million Showdown High Roller tournament for £516,000 ($944,847). Playing against some of the best live tournament players in the world, Mercier bested an 85-strong field and tore apart a final table that included poker greats such as John Juanda, Scotty Nguyen, David Benyamine and Team PokerStars Pro Isabelle Mercier.

Mercier has had a superb run at the World Series of Poker this year with four cashes so far. On June 1, the young American beat 808 players in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event for $237,415.

Jason first started playing poker when he was 15, and was introduced to online poker while he was studying at college to be a Math teacher. After a successful run playing No Limit Hold’em cash games, he decided to play poker full time, multi-tabling $2/4 and $3/6 no-limit Hold’em.

Please see PokerStars’ website for more details about Team PokerStars Pro.

About PokerStars:

PPokerStars is the world’s largest poker room with over 24 million members worldwide. It’s the premier destination for the world’s top players – with numerous tournaments running every day. PokerStars is renowned for offering the best software and security in the online poker world.  PokerStars:
•    Is the first online poker room to host over 100,000 real money cash game players simultaneously
•    Has dealt over 29 billion hands
•    Has run more than 170 million poker tournaments
•    Has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for holding the largest online poker tournament – 35,000 players
•    Have had over  265,000 simultaneous players, and entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the first and only poker website to reach the 200,000 simultaneous players mark

PokerStars hold the biggest online poker tournament series in the world – The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). This is the premier online poker tournament series in the world. Its 6th annual running saw a total of 33 events, comprised of 55,578 entries from 119 countries and a total prize pool of $40 million.

PokerStars is the official sponsor of the: European Poker Tour (www.ept.com), PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour (www.lapt.com), Asia Pacific Poker Tour (www.appt.com) and The World Cup of Poker.

PokerStars is the home of Team PokerStars Pro, a group of over 30 veteran and up-and-coming players from around the world who play online at PokerStars and are sponsored by the site in international tournaments around the world. For more information please visit the PokerStars website.