Posts Tagged ‘November Nine’

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

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

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.

Mark Newhouse looking for Redemption at 2013 WSOP Main Event

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Eight years ago, Mark Newhouse was on the path to poker stardom. Three months after final tabling his first WSOP event, the 21-year-old went on to win the 2006 WPT Borgata Poker Open along with $1,519,020. With a bankroll worth well over a million dollars, Newhouse took his game to the L.A. Commerce Casino.

Newhouse’s plan was to spin his profits into an even larger bankroll through cash games at the Commerce. Unfortunately things didn’t work out quite as planned since the young grinder “lost his mind” and set his money “on fire.” As Newhouse attests to, he wasn’t very smart with his winnings and this cost him.

But the Chapel Hill, North Carolina native never gave up on poker. He’s continued to play professionally for the past decade through a mix of online games and traveling between L.A and Las Vegas. He’s sporadically played tournaments during this time as well and decided to enter the 2013 WSOP Main Event.

Throughout the 2013 ME, Newhouse looked like a determined man, never giving up on his bid for the final table. And Newhouse managed to do the unthinkable by battling through 6,358 players and into the November Nine. “I’m feeling great, it was a crazy day,” he said after making the final table. “Anyone who knows me and who plays poker with me on a regular basis knows I’m not a patient person, but there’s so much on the line, you just have to do it sometimes.”

With 7,350,000 chips, Newhouse’s odds of winning the 2013 Main Event aren’t the greatest. He’s miles away from chip leader J.C. Tran (38 million chips) and the second shortest overall stack at the final table. But win or lose, Newhouse has already accomplished quite a bit just by making it this far. And even if he busts out in ninth place, he’s still guaranteed a $733,224 payout.

WSOP November Nine Format Gone?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Since 2008, the World Series of Poker has been running their Main Event under the November Nine format, where the final nine players meet in November to decide the tournament results. Of course, since the first portion of the WSOP Main Event ends in July, this creates a four-month gap before the final table is decided.

It wasn’t always this way though since the WSOP used to run the Main Event and final table within the same two weeks. However, the change was made in 2008 to create more buildup for the tournament, and help ESPN earn higher TV ratings. But after four years with this experiment, WSOP officials are starting to wonder if the November Nine format is turning people off of the Main Event.

Seth Palansky, who is the WSOP Communications Director, spoke about this subject by telling reporters, “We’re committed to it but I think what we learned over the summer with the live and taped programming is that we’re going to have to revisit the concept after this November. If you’re doing something live do you really need to delay it four months and try to build this anticipation to get people to watch? It doesn’t quite work.”

The 2011 WSOP Main Event final table will meet this Sunday to determine who wins the $8.7 million top prize. So far, no drop-off is expected in the ESPN ratings since enthusiasm is high for the final segment of the tournament, but if the WSOP notices any drop at all, they could be going back to the regular format.

That said, most poker fans would probably welcome the change because that way, they wouldn’t have to wait four months just to see the tournament play out. But we’ll have to wait and see what the WSOP and ESPN end up determining in the end.

Who will win 2011 WSOP?

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Since there’s a long, boring wait until the November Nine meets to decide the 2011 WSOP Man Event champion, it’s worth taking some time to debate who will win the title. The first thing that sticks out about this year’s competition is how balanced the chip counts are heading into the final table (at least compared to previous years).

Martin Staszko leads all players with over 40 million chips, while Sam Holden is the short stack with just over 12 million. Now this might seem like quite a disparity, but considering how Jonathan Duhamel had 66 million chips compared to ninth place Jason Sentl’s 7.6 million chips in 2010, the 2011 gap isn’t so big. In any case, it looks like everybody has a shot at this point.

Getting into more details about the individual who will win, Bodog places 2011 November odds as follows:

Martin Staszko (40,175,000) – 4/1
Eoghan O’dea (33,925,000) – 9/2
Matt Giannetti (24,750,000) – 13/2
Phil Collins (23,875,000) – 13/2
Ben Lamb (20,875,000) – 7/1
Badih Bounahra (19,700,000) – 9/1
Pius Heinz (16,425,000) – 11/1
Anton Makievskyi (13,825,000) – 12/1
Samuel Holden (12,375,000) – 16/1

Basically, the odds don’t really predict much because they fall in line with each person’s chip count. However, you do have to consider that Staszko figures to hold the best chance since he’s got the chip lead, and has been a full-time pro for around a year now. Likewise, O’Dea is also a strong bet to win it all because he has plenty of live tournament experience, and isn’t far behind Staszko in chips.

The one wild card definitely has to be Ben Lamb because he’s running hotter than anybody in this year’s WSOP. In fact, Lamb is in the driver’s seat to win the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year, and has the most live tournament experience too. Both Phil Collins and Matt Giannetti are certainly strong bets to make a title run because they’ve won millions of dollars online, and are in the middle of the pack in terms of chips.

But even with all of this being said, it’s going to be extremely tough to pick a clear favorite from this group.


Meet The 2010 WSOP November Nine

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

After 78 strenuous hours over 8 days of poker sessions, the Final Table for the WSOP 2010 Main Event has finally been determined. The final nine players, known as the “November Nine”, are set to compete on ESPN on November 9 of this year. So who made it? Read on to find out.

Seat 1 – Jason Sentl is a 25-year old professional poker player from St. Louis Park, MN. This is Sentl’s first time to cash in a WSOP event.

Seat 2 – Joseph Cheong is a 24-year old professional poker player from La Mirada, CA. He won a WSOP Circuit gold ring three months ago.

Seat 3 – John Dolan is a 24-year old professional poker player from Bonita Springs, FL. He has a total of 6 WSOP cashes, including three this year.

Seat 4 – Jonathan Duhamel is a 22-year old professional poker player from Quebec. If Duhamel wins, it will be the 6th gold bracelet-win for Canada this year.

Seat 5 – Michael Mizrachi is a highly successful and well-known poker player. At 29-years old, he won his first WSOP bracelet in this year’s Poker Players Championship.

Seat 6 – Matthew Jarvis is a 25-year old professional poker players and student from Surrey, BC in Canada. He primarily plays online poker and this is his first time cashing in the WSOP.

Seat 7 – John Racener is a 24-year old professional poker player from Port Richey, FL. He is well known on the national WSOP Circuit, and won the Main Event championship victory in 2007 at Harrah’s Atlantic City.

Seat 8 – Filippo Candio is a 26-year old professional poker player from Cagliari, Sardinia in Italy. He is the first Italian to play at the WSOP Main Event final table.

Seat 9 – Cuong “Soi” Nguyen is a 37-year old medical supply salesman from Santa Ana, CA. He is the only amateur to make it to this year’s final table.