Six WSOP November Nine PokerStars PlayersFriday, July 25th, 2008 by t2admin
Six Of WSOP ME’s “November Nine” PokerStars Players
An extraordinary story has brewed around the world’s largest online poker room, PokerStars, as it’s been confirmed that six of the 2008 World Series of Poker’s final tablists – the November Nine – are PokerStars players.
In order of WSOP Main Event final table chip leads, these six exceptionally skilled poker players and members of PokerStars.com are:
Dennis Phillips, with 26,295,000
A commercial truck dealer in Missouri, 53 year-old Dennis Phillips is elated to be in his current position in the 2008 WSOP. Holding the highest stack for the last several days of WSOP competition, the only person truly surprised that Phillips is entering the November final table with the lead is Dennis himself. A truly humble man, he did not even bother to tell his friends he had won a satellite seat in the WSOP Main Event until several weeks after the fact, and even then it took a few beers to loosen his modest lips.
Dennis Phillips has only been playing poker for about 4 years, taking up cards as a hobby. Phillips rejected numerous offers to wear online poker paraphernalia, but finally accepted an offer from PokerStars to wear a logo patch on his ST Louis Cardinals cap and tucking company shirt.
Ivan Demidov, with 24,400,000
Currently holding the second highest chip stack in the WSOP Main Event final table, Ivan is a 27 year old from Moscow. The WSOP Main Event is Demidov’s first live poker tournament, and what a kick-off career move it will be, guaranteeing at least $900,000 already. Should Ivan go on to win the 2008 WSOP Main Event bracelet, he will become the first ever Russian poker player to do so.
Peter Eastgate, with 18,375,000
22 year old Peter Eastgate from Europe has been playing poker for quite some time, having an extensive online poker career that includes membership at PokerStars. With a relatively low stack of 10 million chips (compared to the competition), Eastgate nearly doubled to 18 million, earning a spot in the November Nine when his Pocket Aces held true.
Ylon Schwarz, with 12,525,000
Ylon Schwarz is a professional poker player who’s earned 11 cashes in WSOP vents alone since 2005. At 38 years of age, the New York poker pro kept a low-key profile throughout the WSOP Main Event, claiming numerous small pots to keep himself alive for the Final Nine. When Ylon found himself under the lights of television cameras, he “went a little nuts”. Thankful for the dinner break, Schwarz regrouped himself and came back strong to end with the 5th highest chip stack going into the final table.
Darus Suharto, with 12,520,000
Darus Suharto, or “Dennis_TO” as he’s known at Poker Stars, is a 39 year old accountant from Canada. Darus is no stranger to the World Series of Poker, having won a seat in the 2006 WSOP Main Event through PokerStars, where he played well enough to finish in the money bubble. Suharto was instantly hooked, and is more than pleased to be awaiting the final table in November.
David Rheem, with 10,230,000
David “Chino” Rheem is a professional poker player out of California who earned himself 15 live tournament cashes worth $634,657; 5 in WSOP events, but none thus far in the WSOP Main Event. While he may seem out-stacked at the moment, one advantage Rheem takes into the final table is that he has actually taken down a live poker tournament in the history of his career, not something many of his fellow November Nine can claim.