After two days of play, the 2016 WSOP November Nine has become the November three. Qui Nguyen leads the final table with 197,600,000 chips, while Godon Vayo (89 million) and Cliff Josephy (50 million) are still alive.
Nguyen, who opened the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table in second place (67.925m), had an excellent first day and amassed 40% of the total chips.
He now has over half of the chips in play and looks poised to win tonight. This is quite a position for Nguyen to be in because, prior to the Main Event, he was grinding out a living in $1/$2 to $5/$10 games at the ARIA.
A self-described gambler, Nguyen was never afraid to push his stack advantage to steal pots. But he’s also played well enough to have the right cards when it does come to a showdown. He seems to have the right temperament on such a big stage too.
“I’m not nervous,” said Nguyen. “I’m never nervous. I’m so lucky to be here right now. Whatever happens, happens.”
A lot could happen, considering that Josephy and Vayo are skilled players. Josephy entered the final table with the chip lead (74.6m), while Vayo was third (49.375m).
Both players did what they needed to survive and reach the end, where an $8 million top prize awaits the winner.
Josephy can’t be happy about being the short stack at this point, but he’ll definitely take the opportunity to go for the largest poker prize of his life.
The two players who busted out on Day 2 include Michael Ruane (4th, $2.58m) and Vojtech Ruzicka (5th, $1.94m). They entered the final table fourth and fifth respectively in terms of chips.
With a dwindling stack Ruzicka shoved his remaining chips into the middle with A-7, while Nguyen called him with A-Q. The board blanked for both players, giving Nguyen the win and eliminating Ruzicka.
Ruane went all-in with K-Q suited, and Nguyen called with A-J unsuited. The latter won with ace-high when the board missed Ruane.
Action will resume tonight at 9pm EST, as Nguyen looks to close out the tournament and win $8 million.