Daniel Marton: From Pub Poker to the Big Leagues

Published on 15 April 2013 by Pokerlistings 1316

Australian Daniel Morton got his start in poker in the pub leagues playing for fun but now he's at the final table of the inaugural WSOP Asia Pacific main event with a shot at $1 million. Marton doesn't consider himself a poker pro but he also doesn't have a day job. Watch the video and decide for yourself.

Yeah, it's been really, really exciting. This is by far the furthest I've ever gone in a big tournament before. This is the second 10k event I've played. First was the Aussie Millions this year. So yeah, second chance and I've done pretty well.

Having a shot at a million, obviously there's a long way to go before that. It's been very slow, but you get very used to it after four days. So for the time being, I'm just taking it hand by hand.

I don't even really understand the perks of the bracelet and one night I just came in here for the tournament so.

I started playing poker about eight years ago just at like a pub poker, that sort of thing for free. And I did alright in that, made a bit of money here and there. I've had a couple of friends from high school and they sort of pushed me into it, got me a bit further and then slowly worked my way up into the cash games. Eventually, after doing pretty well, after about two years at a casino, I moved up to higher cash games and then from then it's been a pretty solid hobby ever since.

I don't have a day job at the moment but I wouldn't really consider myself a pro. This would be a nice boost to my bank roll, but yeah, for the time being it's just a hobby.

I play a lot in Sydney. I come down to Melbourne a fair bit. So I've probably been down to Melbourne about five or six times in the last couple of years. So I've met a lot of the players from Sydney and Melbourne and then a lot of international players. One of the things that I've really enjoyed was this Aussie Millions, and on this trip I got to play basketball with a few of the big name pros. I played basketball with Jason Mercier in my Aussie Million's trips a few months ago. So it's been really fun.

In Melbourne, there are quite a few pros that I've got to talk with. Actually, a good friend of mine is Andy Hun Wei Lee. He came second in the Six Max event and I was actually staying with him in the hotel, so I get to learn a bit off him. He's very good. I'm just trying to take it hand by hand. I don't really have a general strategy. I've gotten a lot more comfortable on the table now. But generally I try not to worry too much about an overall strategy, more just hand by hand.