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Marc-Andre Ladouceur is a professional poker player from Montreal and a current member of PokerStars’ Team Online.
Marc-Andre Ladouceur played multiple sports as a youngster and even winning three regional championships in tennis. That athleticism led to a scholarship to the school that would change his life. He discovered a different sport, poker, as a senior in college, when his friends began running small tournaments out of their homes. Once he realized the amount of money there was to be made, he decided to take up the game. It didn’t take long for him to start running his own games in North Carolina at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This was before he even had a good understanding of the game. That circle of friends was what enabled him to quickly learn and improve his game.
It was hard to find time to play initially, with most of his time spent running games or looking to stake players in the games. When a fellow player showed him PokerStars, he realized that he could play multiple tables and earn money from rakeback, even if he wasn’t a winning player. This would prove to be a more efficient use of his time and led him to play a large number of hands online, rapidly improving his game even further. He admits that the games were much softer then, but the experience would prove to help him build a bankroll that would support professional play in the long run.
The first public tournament that he played was at a WSOP circuit event in Indiana, where he came in 36th in the $500 NLHE event for $870. After that tournament, however, he returned to the virtual felt. From then until 2011, he focused almost exclusively on playing online, where he could play twelve tables of ring games at a time. Over the course of his online career, he moved from micro stakes to playing $25/$50 across 24 tables, making him one of the most active players online, as well as the most experienced.
After winning a buy in to the Main Event at the 2011 World Series of Poker, however, he discovered how profitable live play could be as well. That first appearance earned him $130k for 63rd place, although it only took until 2012 for him to make his first major score. He finished just shy of the final table at the 2012 Main Event, taking $465k for 13th place, the largest cash of his career as of October 2015. The very next month he took to the EPT circuit, where he won $124k in Barcelona and $170k in San Remo.
Since then, he has consistently raked in deep runs in WPT, EPT, and WSOP events, including taking 6th at EPT Barcelona in 2014 for $223k.Most recently, he cashed in the 2015 WSOP Main Event for $15k.
Now living in Canada again, he frequently plays on PokerStars, where he has $576k in total cashes. Across all poker sites he has over $1 million in winnings, in addition to the $1.7 million he has accumulated in live tournament winnings.
Marc-Andre Ladouceur can be found on Twitter at @MarcAndre_FDawg and on PokerStars under the name FrenchDawg.
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