Interview with Marc-Andre Ladouceur Canadian Last Man Standing in 2012 WSOP Main Event

Marc Ladouceur

Montreal’s Marc-Andre Ladouceur led the Canadian charge at this year’s $10,000 World Series of Poker No Limit Hold’em Championships as the chip leader entering the final 27 and Day 7. Interestingly enough, while Marc-Andre undoubtedly has proven to be a top player in large field, big buy-in tournaments, his rise in poker (much like our last man standing in 2011) came more on the cash game tables. On top of this similarity, it turns out that Ladouceur is far from a stranger to the pride and pressure in gunning for big final tables, as he explained when things finally settled down enough for us to ask a few questions….

CP: “First off, a huge congratulations on your performance! You have a lot to be proud of; last Canadian standing, end of Day 6 chip-leader and down to the final two tables of 6598 players! It really took a few ugly beats to send you to the rail, but your posts throughout seemed to in pretty good spirits none the less. Now that you’re back at home and things have settled down, how would you describe the whole experience?”

Marc-Andre: “Thanks a lot Jon; it was an amazing week! Unfortunately, Day 7 didn’t end up as expected. It took me a few days to see something positive coming out of it, but I know that winning the Main Event is something everyone dreams of. I guess I should feel lucky to have even been in this position and having given myself a shot to do it.”

CP: “This was almost a half million dollar score, is there anything in particular that you will reward yourself with, or is this now the bankroll that will really keep the Marc-Andre poker train rolling?”

Marc-Andre: “I’m going to start playing more live, including traveling some for EPT’s and others. I didn’t plan on getting anything special yet; if anything it’ll just help me pursue a few projects I have in the works or in mind.”

CP: “PocketFives doesn’t show you having an online profile, but judging by several cashes on your profile pages, you’ve made several cashes on the world circuit cashes in EPT events, which leads us to believe you are also a winning online player. Did you hone your skills that have taken you this far more on the live or virtual felts?”

Marc-Andre: “I play online under ‘FrenchDawg’. I never subscribed to PocketFives, since I’m mostly a cash game player, but I still play the Sunday major tournaments. I was almost exclusively playing online; but making a deep run in the Main definitely makes you want to get away from your screen and play live!”

CP: “Over the WSOP, one stat that came out was regarding players who had back to back deep runs in the Main. I believe Joseph Cheung was on top with outlasting more than 14,000; but you aren’t far behind that with this 13th place finish worth $465,139 and an impressive 63rd in 2011 for $130,997. Obviously, narrowly missing the October Nine has to be disappointing, but do these types of numbers help keep your spirits up when it comes to the Main Event?”

Marc-Andre: “What Cheung did was exceptional, I’m not sure that my run compares to his, but it’s nice to make it this far 2 years in a row. Missing the October Nine was a huge disappointment; you live to get an opportunity like this and falling just short was very hard to take; you never know if you’ll ever get this close again. I tried to stay level headed from Day 6 on, but definitely went through a big emotional rollercoaster.”

CP: “Is there any advice you would give or anything you have done to prepare for these deep runs in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship that you would give to players tackling it for the first time?”

Marc-Andre: “I personally cut the whole Vegas Nightlife out for that week. You play long hours and hopefully will be for many days in a row, so it’s important to rest and sleep at night. When you get to Day 5, 6, then 7, it makes a big difference. One of the major things I remembered from my run in 2011 was that after Day 4, it’s very tempting to joining everybody to celebrate their min-cash, but you’re probably much better off staying focused on what’s coming up ahead of you.”

CP: “Deep back to back finishes in the Main Event and total of 4 WSOP cashes over the last 2 years puts you at over $610,000 in winnings there now; according to the QuadJacks WSOP data base, you’re running about a 2750% for return on investment on those numbers; clearly off most charts. You have to be proud of that…but then again, maybe not. Is it the win or the money, the fame or the fortune that is most important to you?”

Marc-Andre: “It’s so hard to say, I think at first everybody plays for the money…hoping to make enough to get through school or maybe be lucky enough to make a living. Then, as you move up in stakes, I think that competing and winning against the best is what drives you the most. I guess no matter what you do, being successful at it is most important.”

CP: “We also noticed you came second in the $2,000 Heads Up event at Playground Poker Club; can we make a solid bet that you will also be representing at WPT Montreal?” “Any plans to play any of the other big stops planned for Canada this year before the 2013 WSOP? Will you play the $5,000 Heads Up in Calgary, the WSOP Circuit event in Vancouver; or is time to kick back for Mr. Ladouceur?”

Marc-Andre: “The WSOP Circuit Event in Vancouver falls at the same time as the Homecoming weekend of my University, so at this point, I’m planning on playing mostly in Europe this fall, as well as the WPT in Montreal. It’s great to finally be able to welcome players from all over to our home town!”

CP: Thank you very much Marc-Andre, for taking the time out to answer these questions for us and our readers, especially pretty fresh off what had to be a couple of physically and emotionally grueling weeks; are there any special “shout outs” or closing thoughts to this interview you would like to add?

Marc-Andre: “I guess I’d like to thank everyone back home in Quebec and in North Carolina (where I use to live) who supported me the last few weeks. It was awesome to see everyone so into it! Thanks to my boys; Guillaume Rivet, Mike Carter and Sam Chartier, ‘The Great Triple A’, who hung around past day 5, managed to stay drunk for 72 hours and made more noise than a crowd of 20. I was really hoping to make Quebec proud and do a repeat of 2010 when Duhamel won. We were all there for the November Nine; it was such an unreal feeling to have our friend take down the title in front of us. I was really looking to bringing that back this year myself, but that “club on the turn” decided otherwise… My roommate, Pascal Lefrancois, finished 11th in 2010, so I at least came home and had someone who could feel my pain…”







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Jon Harnish
35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.


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