PokerWorks presents the starting line-up for the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, the final nine that survived a grueling 10-day trial of poker competition with a field of 6,352 hopefuls. Each member of the final nine will be profiled in the coming days — in no particular order of importance.
Canadian tattoo artist Marc McLaughlin hails from Brossard, Quebec, and he hopes to score the 11th bracelet for his country in November and write his own history in the poker world by becoming the second French Canadian World Champion — Jonathan Duhamel's, WSOP Main Event champion in 2010. McLaughlin is no stranger to the Main Event. He's played the last five years and cashed in two of them — 30th in the 2009 Main Event for $253,941; 86th in 2011 for $76,146. McLaughlin finished third in Event #32 in 2011 in $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em for $292,634.
The 25-year-old Mclaughlin has a supportive, long-time girlfriend, Laurence Grondin, and since he enjoys playing soccer, it’s a sure bet she’s behind him in all sports he undertakes…especially his pursuit of gold.
McLaughlin has plans to ask for advice from former champ Duhamel. “Jonathan will surely help me in dealing with my final table and the ‘fame’ that comes with it,” McLaughlin explained in an interview with canadapoker.com. “I need his advice about what will be going on with the media and everything related to it, because I simply have no idea. I am not a person who seeks the spotlight at all, so I will have a little work to do.”
Mc Laughlin started his WSOP Main Event journey on Day 1b, finishing the day with 45,300 — starting stack of 30,000. He continued building his chip stack on Day 2b and ended with 154,600 and on Day 5; he bagged 6.698 million which made him the second-biggest stack in the tournament.
McLaughlin starts the November Nine third in chips with 26.525 million and he's right in the middle of two bigger stacks. McLaughlin is an aggressive player but the two he's between are the most accomplished tournaments players at the final table — Amir Lehavot on his right and chip leader JC Tran to his left. It's possible that McLaughlin can put some moves on Lehavot but Tran is another story. Expect fireworks!
How will poker fans feel about Mclaughlin? The Italians on Day 7 were less than kind when they began calling him “Retardo No Foldo.” By the end of the competition he could be the crowd favorite — the only thing fickle about the game of poker is the people that play it and rail it.
Kristy Arnett interviews Mclaughlin after the final table was decided:
Our introduction to other featured November Nine players, to date:
We have more on the way, be sure to check back.
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