US Marine Takes Short Way to Big Cash at WSOP

Robert Shortway
Fresh from deployment in Afghanistan, Robert Shortway is cashing in big at the WSOP.

US Marine Captain Robert Shortway has just three weeks off after an eight-month deployment in Afghanistan he’s already managed to cash for over $268,000 at the World Series of Poker.

Part of the 1st Battalion, 10th Marines Shortway got his poker bankroll by staking close friend Justin Zaki in the WPT Main Event in Shortway’s home state of Florida.

Zaki finished third in that tournament and they split the $413,000 prize.

After spending his first week off at home with family in Florida, Shortway made the trip to Las Vegas to stay with Zaki and compete in a few major tournaments of his own.

So far that decision has proved to be a lucrative one.

Shortway has been here barely more than a week but has already cashed twice, the second being a self-described “miracle run” in a $1,500 No-Limit event. Shortway finished in third place for $263,655.

Shortway admits to being relatively inexperienced in PLO, and even received a penalty for mistakenly checking the nuts on the river in the first Omaha event he played here in Vegas.

His friend Zaki jokingly questioned whether Shortway was up to the $5,000 Six-Max PLO event he’s playing today but so far things are working out. At the time of publishing Shortway still had chips with just a few more spots to go before the money.

“I feel like I’m holding my own,” he told on a break.

“I’m accumulating chips and that’s all you can really do.”

Not having played poker during his entire eight months in Afghanistan, Shortway hit the ground running here at the WSOP.

“You can read all the books in the world but when it comes down to it you either have it or you don’t,” he said.

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