Joe McKeehen isn’t the type of poker player who’s going to bring attention himself through wild antics or excessive table banter. In fact, he prefers to keep a low profile and just play the game. But given that McKeehen is now the chip leader of the 2015 November Nine, he’s going to be getting a lot of attention in the coming weeks.
The Pennsylvania native first made his mark at the WSOP last year after taking second in the 2014 Monster Stack event ($820,863). But given that McKeehen has more than double the amount of chips (63,100,000) as second-place Zvi Stern (29,800,000) right now, he has an opportunity to do something much bigger.
The first-place prize for the 2015 WSOP Main Event is $7.68 million and McKeehen is definitely in the driver’s seat to win it. Nobody since Jamie Gold in 2006 has held this large of a lead, and Gold essentially dominated the final table en route to $12 million.
All of this bodes well for the 24-year-old, who has some championship experience already in the game of Risk. McKeehen proved his superior skills in the global domination board game by taking down the 2010 Annual Risk Classic. Of course, Risk isn’t quite at the magnitude of what McKeehen is poised to do if he wins the 2015 Main Event along with millions of dollars.
For now, though, he doesn’t really seem overly focused on the money or winning. “It’s pretty fun. I’m just trying to enjoy the ride and play my best,” McKeehen said of his Main Event run. “That’s pretty much all there is to it. I’m trying to not let the moment overtake me.”
McKeehen will get an opportunity to continue the fun on Nov. 8th, when the November Nine meets again to play for a vast fortune.