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Maguire sets down Masters marker

PUBLISHED: 15:51 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 14:51 24 August 2010

By Ziad Chaudry WORLD number two Stephen Maguire advanced to the PokerStars.com Masters quarter-finals after ending the run of Whirlwind party spoiler Mark King at Wembley Arena. The 28-year-old Glaswegian earlier recorded a tournament high break of 121 b

By Ziad Chaudry

WORLD number two Stephen Maguire advanced to the PokerStars.com Masters quarter-finals after ending the run of Whirlwind party spoiler Mark King at Wembley Arena.

The 28-year-old Glaswegian earlier recorded a tournament high break of 121 before finishing strong for a 6-3 victory and will play the winner of Wednesday's first rounder between Ryan Day and Joe Perry.

"King's a tough player to play," said Maguire. "He likes to flick off balls and mess things up and that's hard to play against. I played him at the World Championship and you know it's going to be a hard game."

King had made headlines of his own 24 hours earlier by ending Jimmy White's ambitious Masters dream.

Despite being roared on by a huge Wembley audience - including Rolling Stones legend and close friend Ronnie Wood and a number of his fellow 'I'm A Celebrity' contestants - the 47-year-old Londoner tumbled to a 6-2 defeat.

Also featuring in the quarter-finals is 'Jester from Leicester' Mark Selby, who will either face reigning world champion and twice Masters winner John Higgins or Mark Allen.

The 27-year-old world number seven looks a good bet to repeat his 2008 success after thrashing China's UK Champion Ding Junhui 6-1 - and admitted the Wembley stage brings out a higher standard in him.

"Every time I play here I seem to produce my best," said Selby. "I like the one-table set-up because you know when you go out there that all eyes are on you."

Former world champion Peter Ebdon is also a last eight entrant after beating Hong Kong's Marco Fu 6-2 and faces defending Masters champion and current world number one 'Rocket' Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Tickets for the remaining sessions, through to Sunday's final, are available on 0844 815 0815.


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