Before finding poker, Polish pro Marcin Horecki was a member of the National alpine skiing team, competing successfully at junior and senior level. When he had to quit through injury, he went to university to study for a Masters degree, before finding work in the financial business. It was around this time that he also discovered PokerStars, and began playing poker regularly.
By 2006, Marcin was beating the online game, and decided he was ready to start playing live poker. His first significant cash finish came at the Barcelona Open, where he almost made the final table of the €1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. In January 2007, he finished in the top 30 at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Season 3 Copenhagen event, good for a cash of $9,580. Three months later, he made the final table of the Asian Poker Classic event in India, earning a career-best cash of $29,000. He took down his first major tournament later in the year when he won the €500 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy event at the Austrian Master’s, taking home $28,637. His major breakthrough result came in October 2008 at the EPT Season 5 London No Limit Hold’em event where Marcin cashed for $532,111. This huge payday saw his career winnings to date more than sextuple, moving him up the all-time money list for Polish players. Season 7 of the EPT brought Marcin his next big result, another 3rd place this time in Prague, good for €247,000. That result took him past $1,000,000 in live tournament earnings, and to the top of the all-time Polish list. November 2012 also saw Marcin perform well online, with a title win in both the MicroMillions and FCOOP.
Away from the poker table, Marcin is a fan of winter sports, like skiing and ski jumping. He also likes to travel, play tennis and stay up to date with the financial world.
Marcin is already one of the highest earning Polish poker players of all time, and his first major title is surely on its way soon. He is a member of Team PokerStars Pro and plays online using the screen name ‘Goral’.
|Barcelona Open €1,000 No Limit Hold’em||September 2006||11th||$3,927|
|EPT Copenhagen DKR 37,500 No Limit Hold'em||January 2007||30th||$9,580|
|Asian Poker Classic €5,000 No Limit Hold'em||March 2007||8th||$29,000|
|Austrian Masters €500 No Limit Hold'em||June 2007||1st||$28,637|
|EPT Warsaw PLN 3,000 Pot Limit Omaha||March 2008||3rd||$9,675|
|EPT London £5,000 No Limit Hold’em||October 2008||3rd||$532,111|
|PCA $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max||January 2010||2nd||$20,255|
|EPT Prague €5,000 No Limit Hold'em||December 2010||3rd||$247,000|
|PokerStars FCOOP €276 No Limit Hold'em||November 2012||1st||€72,898|
|PokerStars MicroMillions $4.40+R Pot Limit Omaha||November 2012||1st||$3,652|