Mavericks' Shawn Marion Ousted at World Series of Poker
Marion was dispatched around 11 p.m. PT Monday when his opponent landed a three-of-a-kind to his two aces.
"You're trying to get me out of here huh?" Marion chided before he was knocked out, according to the World Series of Poker's official website.
The tournament started with 1,125 players and 819 were left after the first day's action. The tournament has grown so large that the Day 1 events are spread across four days.
"Well it lasted til last 30min cash games and tournaments are completely different," Marion tweeted. "It was fun now I gotta [wait] 'til next year."
Marion was out the $10,000 entry fee, hardly a dent for a player who will pull in $7.3 million this upcoming season, and the man paying that salary offered up his condolences.
"Way to give it a go," Mavs owner Mark Cuban wrote on Twitter. "See you at summer league games!"
Expect Marion to be featured prominently as ESPN rolls out early round footage of the tournament in coming months. (The finals will be shown live in November.)
"I guess that's the end of our TV time," one of the players at Marion's table joked.
Former Dallas Cowboys Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith are registered and expected to compete in the tournament on Thursday, according to USA Today.