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    Saturday, November 5th, 2011 by Ryan

The World Series of Poker Main Event is one of the most followed poker tournaments in the world. It is such a popular event, that there is a four month wait between the final ten players, and the final nine, or “November Nine”. The wait leaves a solid four months where each player plays in different events around the world (typically), and all players get time to better their games and get prepared for the biggest push in their poker careers. All players at the final table have outlasted over six or seven thousand other players, but will now be against 8 other players who are at the top of their poker games. The four month wait is finally nearly over though, and the next World Series of Poker Main Event champion will be crowned this upcoming week.

The November Nine kicks off on Sunday, and will finish up on Tuesday afternoon after a one day break. Most of the final nine players are already in Vegas and ready to go, or will be there soon, and features the likes of Ben Lamb, Phil Collins, Matt Giannetti, Martin Staszko, Eoghan O’Dea, Sam Holden, Pius Heinz, Badih Bou-Nahra, and Anton Makiievskyi. Most of these players have continued their play at different events, with the most popular ones being the World Series of Poker Europe.

The Main Event winner will receive an incredible first place prize of $8.7 million, and while none of these players have taken home a score anywhere near that big, quite a few of them had some success at the World Series of Poker Europe and other events on their four month break. Giannetti actually won the WPT Malta for $276k, O’Dea got to the final table of the WSOPE’s €5k Pot Limit Omaha Event and won €21,221, Makiievskyi finished 19th in a No Limit Hold’em Shootout Event at the WSOPE, and Lamb actually locked up the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year race, even without making a single cash at the WSOPE.

Out of all nine remaining players in the event, there are four who could actually become the first WSOP Champion for their countries. Staszko is from the Czech Republic, Makiievskyi is from Ukraine, Bou-Nahra is from Belize, and Heinz is from Germany. The final table kicks off on Sunday at 11:30am and the field will play until there are only three players remaining in the event, which could take quite a bit of time with how strong these players are. To make the coverage even more interesting, every hand of the final table will be televised live as well; with the hole cards being show on only a 15 minute delay. The same deal will be done on Tuesday when the final three players play down to a winner.

With nine players remaining, we’re going to take a look at the current standings heading into the first action of the November Nine.

Martin Staszko- 40,175,000 Eoghan O’Dea- 33,925,000 Matt Giannetti- 24,750,000 Phil Collins- 23,875,000 Ben Lamb- 20,875,000 Badih Bou-Nahra- 19,700,000 Pius Heinz- 16,425,000 Anton Makiievskyi- 13,825,000 Sam Holden- 12,375,000

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