Van Marcus Finishes 7th in WSOP $5k PLO

Posted at 07:15 2009-06-21
The Australian success continues on the floor of the Rio at the 40th Annual World Series of Poker, with Van Marcus and Jeff Lisandro leading the charge.
Marcus once again demonstrated why he is considered one of the best Pot Limit Omaha players in the country, and the world, with another impressive PLO run in Event #35 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha. After a late double up on Day 2, Marcus reach Day 3 and the final 11 players in the middle of the pack with sights set on the final table and the elusive bracelet.
With the likes of Sorel Mizzi and Cliff Josephy in the field, it wasn’t going to be easy for Marcus. However as the final table formed, Marcus appeared set for a long day when he was responsible for the first elimination.
With all the chips in preflop, Marcus held {Ah}{As}{7c}{6h} to be in great shape against Samuel Ngai’s {Kc}{Kd}{Qd}{Th}. The board ran out {Jh}{8c}{2c}{Jd}{Jc} and Marcus was suddenly surging with eight players remaining.
With Gary Benson and Sam Khouiss amongst the crowd to support the young Aussie, things started to go sour for Marcus as the brutal swings of PLO took their toll. Marcus was unfortunate to lose a big pot after flopping a set of queens, when Dan Hindin rivered a flush to survive.
Shortly after Marcus found {Kc}{Kd}{Td}{4d} but ran into Cliff Josephy’s {as}{Ad}{3d}{9h}. Needing to find a king to stay alive, the board bricked out for Marcus as it fell {8s}{8h}{5h}{2d}{Ah}. Marcus headed to the rail in 7th place for an impressive collect of US$55,687 in prize money.
The fifth WSOP cash and second final table of his career, we’re sure to see Van back on the tables for the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha World Championship which kicks off later today.
Also today we’ll see Jeff Lisandro attempt to become the first Australian to win two bracelets in the one year as he is amongst the chip leaders as the final 12 players return for the final day of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo World Championship Event. The final 12 includes the likes of Scotty Nguyen, Doyle Brunson, Justin Smith and Lyle Berman so it’s going to be one exciting day of poker ahead! Stay tuned to www.pokernews.com and of course the PokerNetwork forums for all of the live updates!

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