Craig Marquis, one of the last nine players left in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event, said that his underwhelming early appearances in the WSOP 2008 were because he was saving his luck.

Marquis started playing poker two years ago and at this year's WSOP, his luck and results were far from extraordinary, prompting him to tell friends he was building up to the big one, reports Poker Listings.

In 2007, the poker pro cashed in two events at the WSOP, earning an average of around $15,000 for each one.

However, before the main event at the 2008 WSOP, he managed to cash only once, pocketing just $5,596 in event 17.

"Everybody in my house did really, really well. I only had one cash. I told everybody I was saving my luck for the main event and it ends up that was the case," he said.

Marquis will sit at the felt with a stack of just of ten million chips, putting him in eight place, ahead of severely short stacked Kelly Kim and behind David Rheem.