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Loose Cannon signed to Team PokerStars

by Jeremy

Last year, a fun wrinkle was added to PokerStars The Big Game where a “Loose Cannon” player could qualify for the game each week. These Loose Cannon amateurs got an opportunity to play with big-time pros like Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.

Interestingly enough, it appears as if a former Loose Cannon has joined the ranks of the elite after Massimiliano Martinez was seen at EPT Campione with a Team PokerStars patch. Martinez was spotted on Season 2′s Week Four of The Big Game, and he certainly made a lasting impressive after playing very well against Hellmuth and showing an aggressive streak.

Aside from his appearance on PokerStars The Big Game, the Italian also has a very solid tournament resume. His first cash came when he won a side event along with €25,980 at the 2010 Poker Grand Prix Saint-Vincent. Later on, he won an even bigger side tournament at the 2011 EPT San Remo, which was good for another €69,000.

2011 also saw Martinez cash in the WSOP four different times; these cashes included a 10th place finish in a $5k NL Hold’em (6-Max) tourney and a 110th place effort in the 2011 WSOP Main Event. He closed out the year by placing 12th in the 2011 EPT Barcelona tournament, which earned him yet another $51,864.

For his career, the Rome native has earned $344,079 in just two years of live tournament play. This ranks him 54th all-time among Italians, and shows that he’s one of the up-and-coming European poker players. Obviously PokerStars has noticed this, which is why they recently signed him to some sort of sponsorship deal.