Although only playing the game of poker for 3 short years, Mark Vos has already proved he knows the game. Being only 23 years old, he already has a nice track record.
Vos started playing with his friends in 2004, and quickly became addicted to the world of online poker. Playing under the alias “pokerbok” he moved up in limits very fast and earned a reputation for one of the world’s best online players. In 2006 however, he started focusing on live games, with much success. 2006 was the breakout year for Vos, winning not only a WSOP bracelet, but over $1,000,000 in tournaments.
After Vos winning his first bracelet, he demonstrated great shortstack play at the final table. He talks about his win in one of his Full Tilt articles:
The key to my short-stack survival was that I was able to steal enough pots to stay alive. There was only one play I could use; move in, and hope everyone folded. It worked out for me, despite the fact I was card dead most of the day.
There were a couple of reasons my steals were effective. First was that I was careful not to let my stack fall below seven or eight big blinds. In No-Limit tournaments, it's very important to do your stealing when you have at least eight to 10 big blinds. If the average stack is between 20 and 25 big blinds, which is common in the later stages of tournaments, and you move all-in for eight or more big blinds, only very strong hands are going to call you. Your opponents won't want to risk becoming a short stack by losing a confrontation, so there's a tremendous amount of fold equity.
[From Mark Vos - Managing the Short Stack/]
Mark Vos is one of the younger up and coming poker stars and has over $1,000,000 in tournament winnings. He says he would like to play live poker around the world for the next 5 years, then just relax and find his next calling.
Common Misspellings: Marc Vos, Mark Vas, Mark Voise, Mark Vois
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