After a long season with successful breakthroughs for Canadian poker players, the Year of Canada at last came to an end. Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, the Canadian finalist who qualified for the WSOP November Nine, was eliminated from the Rio All-Suite Casino’s final table yesterday.
If McLaughlin had endured to the final hand, he would have become the 11th Canadian poker player to a win a WSOP gold bracelet in the 2013 season of poker. Canada already set a new gold bracelet record this season, with Canadian players becoming the first non-US citizens to have such success at the WSOP.
McLaughlin initially sat down at the final table ranked third in chip stacks, but struggled with a number of early hands to fall behind to the short stack. He later managed to climb back to the third place position, but after 157 hands Canada’s luck finally ran out.
The Quebecer went head to head against second place Jay Ferber in a grueling pre-flop challenge that saw both men reraise each other to over $38 million, putting McLaughlin all in before the flop. McLaughlin held a pair of kings while Ferber threw down a pair of aces.
Unfortunately for McLaughlin, the cowboys were not enough to beat the rockets as the flop, the turn, and the river failed to turn up the third king that the Canadian needed to stay alive. As a result, he was eliminated and ended his run as the sixth place WSOP finalist.
Despite his disappointing exit, McLaughlin is walking away with over $1.6 million for advancing so far in the tournament – his biggest achievement, by far in the game of poker.