PN Profile: Irish-Québécois WSOP Finalist Marc Mclaughlin

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Canada's 2013 WSOP rampage goes on. After a record breaking 10 gold bracelets in preliminary series play, our players continued their streak in the main event with five Canadians advancing to Day 6.

The Finalist
But it's Marc Mclaughlin, a 25-year-old tattoo business owner from Brossard, Quebec who will fight on for our 11th bracelet and who'll attempt to become the 2nd player from Montreal's South Shore to win the world's richest poker tournament in the last 4 years. McLaughlin has played the Main Event the past five years, winning over a half million and joining the sweat on Jonathan Duhamel's rail during that Canadian's domination and victory of WSOP 2010.

He's grown up in front of our eyes! Mclaughlin at the WSOP 2009-2013
He's grown up in front of our eyes! Mclaughlin at the WSOP 2009-2013

He began playing poker with friends in high school in the post Moneymaker era, quickly moving on to casino and online real cash play. Although his career blossomed mostly online, each year Mclaughlin made trips to the World Series in Las Vegas and continued to find success. Before making this year’s final table Mclaughlin achieved 2 Main Event cashes — 30th in the 2009 Main Event for $253,941 and 86th in 2011 for $76,146. McLaughlin had another big score in 2011, finishing third in Event #32: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em for $292,634.

Mclaughlin's route to the Final Table
He played Day 1b of the Main Event and worked his starting stack of 30,000 up to 45,300. On Day 2b, he ran that up to 154,600 and continued to increase that up to 6.695 million by the end of Day 5. That made him the second-biggest stack in the tournament, and while he would have no doubt liked to hold the chip lead, perhaps it’s a good thing he didn’t considering no end-of-day chip leader has ever made the November Nine!

Final Table: 3rd in chips, JC the leader on his left, $58M to play for
McLaughlin’s final table stack of 26.525 million puts him third in chips at the final table, and he’s actually sandwiched between the two bigger stacks, who also happen to be the two most accomplished tournament players at the final table. McLaughlin has an aggressive style, so he’ll likely be able to make a move or two against the tighter Amir Lehavot, on whom he has position. On the flip side, chip leader JC 'Just Call' Tran is to McLaughlin’s direct left, and if there’s anyone more aggressive and willing to mix it up than McLaughlin, it’s the two-time bracelet winner. Between the three of them, there ought to be some fireworks and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if one of them fall in the early stages of the final table.

Interview: Our Kristy Arnett sat down with Mclaughlin in Las Vegas:

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