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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2008

WSOP November Nine - A Look at the Full Tilt Pros

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Within days, the 2008 World Series of Poker main event will host its final table with the nine finalists who have waited several months for the opportunity to finish what they started. Though each of them were awarded $900,670 as they departed Las Vegas in July, the first prize of $9.1 million has taunted them ever since. Three of those players signed sponsorship deals with Full Tilt  and will try to win that championship title with the support of FTP.

Full Tilt Poker did not make a play to get the majority of the finalists at the 2008 WSOP final table but has supported the three that they chose. In the hopes of having the logo on the gear of the one player who emerges victorious, Full Tilt will be at the November 9th event with a major presence.

Scott Montgomery
, Canada
Chip count: 19,690,000

Scott enters the final table in third place, only several million chips behind the top spot. The 26-year old from Perth, Ontario, has a college degree in math from the University of Waterloo but an aggressive style at the tables that sometimes override his math-based decisions.

Having played poker for four years, he began his career in the online poker world during a teaching stint in Japan. After a thorough study of the game, he began making a living from poker, then took his confidence and successes to the live tournament poker circuit. But it wasn’t until 2008 that his online achievements actually began to translate into live ones. To call 2008 his breakout year would be somewhat of an understatement.

Scott began the year with a final table appearance on the World Poker Tour at the L.A. Poker Classic, where his fifth place finish garnered him nearly $300K. And only months later at the World Series of Poker, he cashed in three tournaments before final tabling the $10K main event. And it should be noted that during the days of the 2008 WSOP main event, he also trotted over to the Bellagio for their Bellagio Cup and placed fourth in the $3K no-limit hold’em event. He seems to be on a roll, and a solid finish at the WSOP final table will only add to momentum that will likely carry over into 2009.

Craig Marquis, United States
Chip count: 10,210,000

Craig is one of the shorter stacks at the final table, starting play in eighth place of the nine players. The 23-year old hails from Arlington, Texas and has been a professional poker player for less than two years, having left college to pursue the game as a career.

He is another player who gained most of his poker knowledge through online poker, though he made several friends in Texas who are well-known and very successful online players who have contributed to his learning curve. And like most, Craig attempted the transition to live tournament poker. His first successes came at the 2007 World Series of Poker, where he cashed in two events, one being the World Championship of Pot-Limit hold’em.

But it wasn’t until 2008 that Craig has hit a breakthrough moment. After finishing 18th in the $1500 NLHE shootout event at the 2008 WSOP, he made the run in the main event that landed him at the final table. With just over $35K in tournament earnings before that $900,670 take-home amount, the 2008 main event will clearly be the biggest tournament of his career thus far. Leaving college for poker may not have been such a bad idea after all.

Kelly Kim, United States
Chip count: 2,620,000

As the extreme short stack at the table in comparison to his opponents, Kelly Kim is arguably one of the most experienced at the table. The Whittier, California resident is 31-years old and has been playing poker since college, though only as a professional for several years. Yet and still, his tournament experience outweighs everyone else at the final table.

His career in poker began during his career as a business analyst, and his game has improved with experience through the years as he concentrated more and more of his time on poker. Kelly’s first win came back in 2003 at a Los Angeles casino’s no-limit hold’em tournament, where he took home $21,990 for his victory. Since then, he has yet to rack up another win, though numerous final tables are scattered throughout his list of poker accomplishments, and his lifetime earnings thus far were more than $326K before the 2008 WSOP. Not many high buy-in tournaments are on that resume, as he plays within his bankroll, with the exception of the World Series of Poker. He cashed twice at the 2007 WSOP, and this year, he made the final table of the main event. His career has come a long way.

With many Southern California cardrooms at his disposal, Kelly has gained valuable experience that can be used to overcome his short stack at the WSOP final table. If any one of the pack can parlay those chips into better than a ninth place finish, it just might be him.

*Editor's Note:  The world is waiting, the players must be on edge, the end result is near, be sure to come back to PokerWorks for an indepth look at the WSOP Main Event results.*

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