Amateur Jay Farber has shot at $8.36m Top 2013 WSOP ME Prize

Out of the remaining nine players left in the 2013 WSOP Main Event, Jay Farber is by far the biggest amateur. The Las Vegas-based VIP host battled through a 6,358-player starting field to make the ballyhooed November Nine. When play resumes on November 4th, he’ll have a shot at the $8,359,531 first place prize.

It certainly wasn’t easy for Farber to get here though. He played 70 hours of poker in one week, including 16 hours on the day the Main Event final table was finalized. He also suffered a horrific bad beat at one point, making things seem grim for him and his entourage. He didn’t give up though and began winning back what he lost.

“I was just playing my style of poker and it seems to have been working out really well for me,” he said. Once the Main Event was whittled down to 10 players, he pushed even harder and picked up extra chips. Now he’s got the fourth largest chip stack out of the remaining nine grinders with 25,975,000.

After the win, Farber invited everyone to Rhinos (Spearmint Rhino), a gentlemen’s club that Farber works closely with during his full-time job as a VIP host. “When I moved out here, I didn’t have a gig lined up and all my friends were promoters and hosts,” Farber said. “I kind of asked them if they could get me a job and I fell into it.”

“Everybody that I’ve gotten to know from living here over the years came out to sweat me today,” Farber said. “It was so awesome. I’m so happy I can make it for them, even more than me.” Now Jay Farber will be hoping to parlay his great WSOP Main Event run into a multi-million dollar payout come November.