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  • We Have Our November Nine at the 2013 WSOP Main Event

    Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 by Ryan

The 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event was massively followed yet again, as expected. Also as expected though, it drew in a very strong amount of players, and it created a prize pool that is set to pay out the eventual winner more than $8 million. It’s one of the biggest grinds in all of poker, and through seven days of poker, each player has the same exact goal, which is to not only make it to the November Nine, but to take down the biggest poker tournament in the world. Day 7 of the Main Event this year kicked off at noon Pacific time on Monday, and there were 27 players left in the action. It took until 2:30am before we had finally narrowed it down to the final nine, but the November Nine was officially set, and now we have to go ahead and take a look at the players, and also a bit of the play as well.

This final table of the Main Event may not feature a name like Phil Ivey or Phil Helmuth, but it does feature some excellent players, and obviously players who have played great to get to this point. Even though it doesn’t have the big names, this final table could actually be one of the toughest in many years. Right off the bat when you look at who is remaining, you’ll see a name at the top that players know in JC Tran. Tran has been a big part of the live poker tournament game for years now, and he’s pulled in a total of $9 million in lifetime earnings to this point, when you include the minimum cash that he’s pulling in here for 9th place at the least. On top of the $9 million, he has two World Series of Poker gold bracelets in his name, a World Poker Tour title, and also has eight top ten finishes at the World Poker Tour as well. He’s got a very nice lead as well to start out the final table, as Tran is sitting with 38 million chips, and the closest to him is Amir Lehavot, who is sitting with 29.7 million chips. Tran made a huge comeback to get to this point though, as he was the third shortest stack to start the day of 27 players.

Tran isn’t the only player who has a gold bracelet, and while Lehavot is just a few million chips behind, he has his own gold bracelet. From there, you see Mark Newhouse who many fans and players know, as Newhouse is a big time online poker player. When he jumped into the live poker tournament series’ scene though, he grabbed a $1.5 million pay day back in the 2006 World Poker Tour’s Borgata Poker Open. He’s had many deep runs in big time poker tournaments since then, but obviously none was nearly as big as the one that he’s in the middle of making right now.

Tran wasn’t the only player who started Day 7 low in chips who made it to the final table though, as David Benefield had only 1.84 million chips to start Day 7, and even though he is the short stack to start the day, it’s safe to say that this was one heck of a grind session for Benefield to make it to the November Nine. Benefield needs to make a move obviously, as the blinds are currently 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante, but he’s a major grinder. Benefield is actually an instructor at CardRunners.com, so I’m willing to bet that he’s prepared to play the role of the short stack.

Of the other players, you’ll see Ryan Reiss who has grinded out the World Series of Poker Circuit for years now, and has cashed four times at the current World Series of Poker. Michiel Brummelhuis is another final tablist, and he is a Dutch pro, who actually had taken some time away from the World Series of Poker before this year. He hadn’t played since 2009, and he wasn’t even positive if he was going to get back into it this year, but it was one heck of a good decision to do so.

So now comes the time off from the Main Event, as the players get three and a half months to think about the action. They can do anything they’d like until November 4th, and some will play in other tournaments. When the first day of action starts the players will play down to only three, and then they come back the next day to decide who our Main Event champion is. As usual, you can find the action on ESPN and ESPN2 with a 15 minute delay, making it almost live action.

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