The 51-year-old poker pro leads the Main Event final table with 74,600,000 chips. Josephy has already won two gold bracelets, and he has a strong chance to win #3 when the final table reconvenes on October 30th.
Other players who’ll be in the hunt include Qui Nguyen (67,925,000 chips), Gordon Vayo (49,375,000), and Kenny Hallaert (43,325,000. Let’s discuss these players along with the rest of the 2016 Main Event final table below.
2016 WSOP November Nine
1. Cliff Josephy, 74.6 million chips – The Syosset, New York resident has $2,641,620 in live tournament winnings, highlighted by victories in 2005 WSOP $1.5k Seven Card Stud ($191.2k) and 2013 WSOP $3,000 NLHE ($299.5k) tournaments.
2. Qui Nguyen, 67.925 million chips – Qui Nguyen is the only Las Vegas player to make the Main Event final table. He has $52,986 in live tournament winnings.
3. Gordon Vayo, 49.375 million chips – Hailing from San Francisco, California, the 27-year-old Gordon Vayo has $974,714 in tournament winnings along with 21 WSOP cashes.
4. Kenny Hallaert, 43.325 million chips – Kenny Hallaert has earned $1,317,530 in live tournaments, including a fifth-place finish in last year’s WSOP Colossus tournament ($182.35k). The 34-year-old follows in the footsteps of countryman Pierre Neuville, who took seventh place last year ($1.29 million).
5. Michael Ruane, 31.6 million chips – With $44,962 in live tourney winnings, Michael Ruane probably never dreamed of making it this far. But the New Jersey native is on the final table, looking to give his career earnings a huge boost.
6. Vojtech Ruzicka, 27.3 million chips – Ruzicka created a buzz when he led the Main Event going into the final day. After an up-and-down day, Ruzicka survived the final round of eliminations to land on the final table in sixth place. The Prague native’s biggest cash came courtesy of winning the 2013 EPT Deauville High Roller ($426,097).
7. Griffin Benger, 26.175 million chips – As the winner of the 2014 Shark Cage ($1m), and the player with the most online poker tournament winnings in 2011, Griffin Benger is well known in poker. The Toronto resident has earned $2,395,406 in live tournaments along with almost $5.9 million in online events.
8. Jerry Wong, 10.175 million chips – Hailing from Brooklyn, Wong, along with Ruane and Josephy, is the third player from the New York City area on this final table. His biggest cash before the Main Event includes finishing third in the 2013 PCA Main Event ($725k).
9. Fernando Pons, 6.15 million chips – Pons won his $10k Main Event seat through an 888poker satellite, and he’s living the dream after making the final table. He only has $10,589 in tournament winnings, but he’ll increase this amount 100-fold thanks to a guaranteed $1 million prize.
Main Event Final Table Payouts