Back in July, nine players made it to the final table of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. For poker fans, the agonising wait is nearly over as November 9 fast approaches when these nine will reconvene to compete for the title in Las Vegas. The remaining players managed to battle through a field of 6,352 entrants to have a shot at winning the $8.3 million prize money. That being said, not all of them are full-time poker professionals. So who are they exactly? Let’s meet the so-called ‘November Nine’.
Loosli is a French poker professional from Toulon, France, and this year marks his first ever cash at any poker event outside his home country. Now living in London, the Frenchman considers himself an online poker specialist, having amassed around $1,000,000 in career winnings. In contrast, he has only $3,198 recorded winnings in real-world tournaments.
Brummelhuis is a 32-year-old poker pro from Amsterdam, Netherlands. This year sees his fourth appearance at the WSOP main event and the first time a Dutch player had made the final table (the previous highest finisher was Marcel Luske who finished 10th in 2004). He has over $670,000 in career poker winnings, with roughly $174,000 coming from WSOP cashes.
The first American on our list, Newhouse has competed in the Main Event every year since 2006. The Los-Angeles resident has managed to earn $152,725 at the WSOP, having cashed six times and finishing as high as 207th in the 2011 tournament.
Farber is a Las Vegas VIP Host turned poker player and the dark horse of the final nine. He has played in the Main Event only once before and has no previous cashes in WSOP with career earnings of just $2,155. If you want to check out the odds on his winning, take a look at livebets on Betsafe.
The youngest player of the ‘November Nine’, Riess is a 23-year-old business graduate from Michigan who entered the WSOP Main Event for the first time this year. His ending up on the final table has been foreshadowed by three cashes at other WSOP events this summer and his 2012 second-place finish at the Circuit Main Event.
A 38-year-old Israeli, Lehavot is the oldest player at the final table and brings his fair share of experience. With 12 previous cashes at the WSOP, he has managed to earn $800,000, giving him career winnings of around $1.5 million.
McLaughlin is a 25-year-old poker player from Quebec, Canada. This is his fifth consecutive year at the Main Event and he has already finished in the top 100 twice, coming 30th in 2009 and 86th in 2011. If he were to win, he would become the second French Canadian to win the event after Jonathan Duhamel became champion in 2010.
The current chip-leader, Tran goes into the final table with 8 million more chips than his nearest rival. He is the most experienced player left, with a history of 44 previous WSOP cashes and career earnings in the region of $9 million. Even if eliminated first, this will still be his biggest WSOP cash so far.
Benefield is a part-time poker player with only 6,375,000 chips going into the event (compared to Tran’s 38,000,000). He has one previous cash from a 73rd place finish in 2008. He is also still a student at Columbia and studies Political Science and Chinese.