The 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) November Nine is set and coverage of the tournament series will begin airing on ESPN on July 20th. The biggest tournament of the year and one of the largest in history is officially on hiatus and will return in November to crown a champion.
A huge field of 7,319 players entered the 41st annual WSOP Main Event. The field now stands with the prestigious November Nine, the final nine players left in the tournament. They will return to the Rio in Las Vegas in November to see who will win the top prize of $8.94 million and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
The Main Event was the 57th event during the 2010 season and began with the second largest playing field in history, only eclipsed by the 2006 Main Event, which had 8,773 players. Those who made this final table have guaranteed themselves at least $811,823, not to mention lucrative sponsorship and endorsement deals that go along with becoming one of poker’s elite.
Our chip leader is 22 year old poker pro Jonathan Duhamel, who hails from Quebec, Canada. He is a former finance student who has posted multiple top 20 finishes in big tournaments. His 65.97 million in chips puts him head and shoulders above the competition.
In second place is John Dolan, a 24 year old pro from Bonita Springs, Florida. He came into the final day with 22 million in chips and used relentless aggression against other players’ fears of not making the November Nine. He sits with 42.25 million in chips going into play in November.
Third place belongs to 24 year old poker pro Joseph “subiime” Cheong, another Southern California native. He already has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology as well as a joint degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of California at San Diego. He won a WSOP Circuit tournament at Harrah’s Rincon prior to the Main Event and enters the final table with 23.52 million.
John “$JMONEY$” Racener is yet another 24 year old poker pro from Florida and is a self-taught poker player. His career includes multiple WSOP final table finishes as well as a Circuit Main Event win at Harrah’s Atlantic City. He comes in as the fourth largest chip stack at 19 million.
Matthew Jarvis is a well known online poker pro who has been playing for six years. He hails from Surrey, British Columbia and ranks fifth in chips with 16.7 million.
The only European left in the field is Italian Filippo Candio. The 26 year old started playing four years ago and has multiple deep runs in non-U.S. events. His 16.4 million in chips ranks as the sixth largest.
The most well known player at the table is popular pro Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, who comes in with 14.45 million in chips, good enough for seventh place. Mizrachi is the story of the 2010 WSOP, as he came into the Series amid rumors he was busto, but immediately won the $50,000 Player’s Championship. He has 18 total titles on his resume and his tournament winnings exceed $8 million.
The only true amateur left is also the oldest player remaining, 37 year old Cuong “Soi” Nguyen. He works full-time as a medical supply salesman from Southern California. His previous best finish was a cash at the 2009 L.A. Poker Classic and he comes into the final table with 9.65 million in chips, good enough for eighth place.
The final member of the November Nine is online poker pro Jason “PBJaxx” Senti, who is a poker instructor at BlueFirePoker.com. The former engineer learned to play online poker in 2004 and is normally known for his heads-up Pot Limit Omaha skills.
Here are the payouts for the members of the 2010 WSOP November Nine:
1st Place: $8,944,138
2nd Place: $5,545,855
3rd Place: $4,129,979
4th Place: $3,092,497
5th Place: $2,332,960
6th Place: $1,772,939
7th Place: $1,356,708
8th Place: $1,045,738
9th Place: $811,823