It has been a long haul getting to this highly-anticipated moment. The World Series of Poker Main Event began on July 5, and after 10 days of poker action at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the final table of nine players has finally been reached.
These final nine players have bagged up their chips for the last time this summer and will all collect the minimum ninth-place money of $730,725. They will return to the big stage in November to compete for the top prize of $10 million, the gleaming WSOP bracelet, and the unmatched prestige of becoming only the 45th person in poker history to claim the title of WSOP Champion.
The last of the Canadians were eliminated before the final day — Day 7 — even began. The final player to represent our country was Chanracy Khun who was eliminated on Day 6. One Canadian lasted a little longer on the same day, but Dong Guo is a dual citizen and was representing China instead of his part-time home of our nation.
The headline for the November Nine has to be that Mark Newhouse has made the lineup for the second year in a row. The last player to do this was Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004 when the fields were considerably smaller (839 and 2,576, respectively). It has been a decade since Harrington’s achievement, and the WSOP Main Event is attracting well over 6,000 players these days. Newhouse’s back-to-back final table achievement is nothing short of astounding.
Without any further delay, here are the final players making up the 2014 November Nine:
|1||Jorryt van Hoof||Netherlands||38,375,000|
It’s a fairly close race on the final table. There is no enormous chip lead or tiny short stack. It’s a tight pack and there should be plenty of maneuverability for all of these players, making any early predictions pretty difficult.
The Dutch chip leader has a little over $350,000 in live tournament winnings prior to the Main Event. The biggest prize he has ever claimed was a seventh-place finish in a tournament in Amsterdam in 2006 for $67,790. Jorryt van Hoof hasn’t cashed at the WSOP since 2008, but a long history of success in European events suggest that he is certainly capable of taking his chip lead all the way to a victory.
The young Norwegian with second-place chips has more experience with online cash games. Felix Stephensen's previous live tournament winnings are probably less than most of our readers’ with just $22,000, but he has shown that being new to this experience has done nothing to slow him down.
Mark Newhouse is happy to be carrying a third-place stack to the final table rather than the shorty he came to the 2013 final table with. He was the first eliminated of last year’s November Nine and he has to be excited to be better positioned this time around. He began this Main Event with just under $2.8 million in live tournament winnings, the largest of which was a win at the Borgata Poker Open for $1,519,020 in 2006.
Andoni Larrabe, from Spain, is a dual-arena pro with a record of success both online and live. His largest live tournament cash came last year when he won a $5,300 event at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and earned $218,710. He also has two Spring Championship of Online Poker titles to prove that he knows how to close a final table.
Dan Sindelar is a local from Las Vegas where he plays regularly. The Main Event is his fourth cash of this year’s WSOP. Sindelar’s prior live tournament earnings are over $300,000, easily eclipsed by this final table appearance.
“Billy Pappas”, or William Pappaconstantinou, has been on the world stage as a champion of a game before, but not for poker. He became a foosball pro when he was 12 years old and holds nine world titles. His previous poker success amounts to just over $100,000 in live tournament winnings, the best of them being a final-table result in a WSOP Circuit event last year.
The fourth and final American in the November Nine is William Tonking. This is his first WSOP Main Event cash and his fourth WSOP cash. With under $100,000 in live tournament winnings, Tonking is one of the less experienced players in this intense situation.
The Swedish pro comes in with the second-shortest stack after claiming the honour of chip leader at the end of both Day 1a and Day 6. With $4.8 million in live tournament winnings prior to this Main Event, Martin Jacobson knows his way around a final table. He also final-tabled Event #32: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship at this summer’s WSOP, finishing seventh for $66,382. Last year he final-tabled the One Drop High Roller at the WSOP and earned the largest tournament prize of his career — $807,427 for sixth place.
South American representation comes in the form of Bruno Politano from Brazil. Politano brings a very enthusiastic group of supporters to the rail as he becomes the first Brazilian to make the WSOP Main Event final table. His countrymen are sure to come out in full force in November to celebrate the historic achievement. His previous live tournament cashes total a little over $100,000, and all but one of them come from South American events; he had a small cash at the WSOP in 2011.
Thanks for following along through this summer’s WSOP, and we are all looking forward to finishing our Main Event coverage when the November Nine return later this year to determine a champion.