WSOP 2013 Main Event November Niner Marc-Etienne McLaughlin

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The cheers have dissipated from the celebrated poker room located deep within the walls of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as, just a few days ago, the infamous November Nine of the 2013 WSOP Main Event was decided. For the exceptional few remaining, it means a chance to prove to themselves and to the entire world that they truly are among the best Texas Hold’em players in the world, but for one competitor, it could mean a little more than that. Marc-Etienne McLaughlin is representing his home country of Canada, and if you’ve been following the 2013 WSOP at all, you should have some idea what that means.

This year’s World Series of Poker has been dubbed by many as the ‘Year of the Canadians’. Up until now, the most bracelets any nation – outside of the USA, of course – brought home in a single year was 6; a record set in 2010 by none other than players hailing from Canada. This year, they have obliterated their own record with 10 bracelet wins thus far. It’s been an amazing run in Las Vegas for the Canadian poker pros, and if McLaughlin can finish it out with an 11th gold bracelet for the most prestigious of all victories, it would certainly add one gigantic cherry on top. 

Marc-Etienne McLaughlin finished up Day 7 of the 2013 WSOP Main Event with 26,525,000 chips in front of him, putting him in third behind JC Tran (38,000,000) and Amir Lehavot (29,700,000). A part-time poker pro, McLaughlin may not be decorated with WSOP bracelets like the top two chip leaders – Tran has two WSOP bracelets, Lehavot one – nor does he have seven figures worth of live tournament winnings to fall back on like them, but he’s got plenty of experience and is part of an extraordinary team of Canadian pros out of Montreal, including 2010 WSOP Champion Jonathan Duhamel, bracelet winner Jason Duval, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Chris McClung and others. 

A tattoo artist by day and dominating cash game strategist by night, McLaughlin has been playing poker professionally for the last six years and has proven his WSOP prowess on several occasions in that period of time. He has amassed $677,168 in live tournament winnings over 7 in-the-money finishes, 6 of which came in WSOP events. Marc’s very first live event cash came in the 2009 WSOP Main Event, where he battled his way into the 30th position before being eliminated, walking away with more than a quarter of a million dollars for his efforts ($253,941). Two months later, he finished 63rd in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure EPT Main Event for $38,000. The nearest McLaughlin has come to a WSOP bracelet was a 3rd place finish in a NL Holdem event in the 2011 WSOP, gaining his largest cash to date, $292,634. 

When the final table reconvenes in November, Marc-Etienne McLaughlin is guaranteed to more than double his current live tournament career total. Even if he were the first to exit, he would earn $733,224 for the 9th place finish. Should he go all way, he would top off Canada’s record breaking year with an 11th bracelet in the 2013 WSOP, while increasing his career total by more than 12x with an $8,359,531 paycheck. 

The 2013 WSOP Main Event November Nine has shaped up as follows, listed by chip stacks:

  1. JC Tran –38,000,000
  2. Amir Lehavot –29,700,000
  3. Marc-Etienne McLaughlin – 26,525,000
  4. Jay Farber – 25,975,000
  5. Ryan Riess – 25,875,000
  6. Sylvain Loosli – 19,600,000
  7. Michiel Brummelhuis – 11,275,000
  8. Mark Newhouse – 7,350,000
  9. David Benefield – 6,375,000

And finally, the calculated payouts for the 2013 WSOP Main Event November Nine will be as follows:

  • 1st place: $8,359,531
  • 2nd place: $5,173,170
  • 3rd place: $3,727,023
  • 4th place: $2,791,983
  • 5th place: $2,106,526
  • 6th place: $1,600,792
  • 7th place: $1,225,224
  • 8th place: $944,593
  • 9th place: $733,224 

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