Van Marcus Finishes 3rd in WSOP $10k Pot Limit Omaha

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June 24 2009

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"Back-to-back WSOP final tables for Sirens"
June 24, 2009

Van "Sirens" Marcus has continued his epic WSOP campaign and proven that he is one of the world’s best Pot Limit Omaha players with back-to-back PLO tables with another huge run in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha World Championship.
Three days ago 295 of the world’s best hit to the felt in one of the toughest fields ever seen, and certainly the first this year where all of the big names had rolled out of bed to enter. The likes of Antonius, Dwan, Hansen, Ivey, Negreanu, Farha, Juanda, just to name a few were joined by a quality Australian contingent that included Julian Powell, Gary Benson, Tony G, Billy Argyros, Roy Bhasin, Harris Pavlou, George Mamacas and Sam Khouiss.
However as 25 players returned on day three of play Van Marcus was our only hope to fly the Australian flag. Battling the short stack for most of the day, Marcus displayed incredible patience and concentration on a day that extended the best part of seventeen hours of play.
After finding a couple of double ups at crucial moments on the final table, Marcus was able to recover from the short stack to get himself into contention for a chance to win the coveted gold bracelet he desired.
Marcus made a stand with J spadesJ clubsQ spades7 diamsbut ran into the A spadesA clubsJ diams9 clubsof eventual champion Matt Graham. The board ran out Q hearts10 clubs2 spadesA hearts3 spadesto miss Marcus and eliminate him in 3rd place for a fantastic score of US$278,409. Marcus was naturally disappointed to get so close to the gold but the cash should certainly ease the pain.
Also going strong is Warwick Mirzikinian who finished the day chip leader in the opening day of the $2,500 Seven Card Razz event. We’ll be keeping a close eye on his progress as well as all the Australians who are slowly making their way over to Sin City as the 2009 World Series of Poker enters the home straight!


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