The WSOP 2010 November Nine
Jonathan Duhamel leads the pack as the WSOP 2010 Main Event heads towards it's winter climax
|by German Virgin||July, 18th 2010||
Above: November Nine: The WSOP 2010 Main Event final table players
THIS is the November Nine – the players who will fight it out for the World Series of Poker 2010 Main Event title later this year.
With 7,310, or 99.9 per cent, of the 7,319 entrants in this year's big one now eliminated, Jonathan Duhamel leads the way in the fight for the world title and $8.94million first prize.
The 22-year-old, from Montreal, Canada, bullied his way through Day 8 in Las Vegas to finish clear chip leader with a staggering 65,975,000.
Duhamel, who has been making a living from online poker for the last 18 months and finished 10th in the EPT Prague said: “I mostly play cash, so I don't have a lot of notable finishes.
“This is the biggest final table of the biggest tournament of the year and being there is nice, but at the same time, I'm about winning. I won't be happy just to be there.”
The other eight players returning to the Rio on November 6, each now guaranteed a minimum of $811,823 are John Dolan (46,250,000 chips), Joseph Cheong (23,520,000), John Racener (19,050,000), Matthew Jarvis (16,700,000), Filippo Candio (16,400,000), Michael Mizrachi (14,450,000) ,Soi Nguyen (9,650,000) and Jason Senti (7,625,000).
The clear stand-out from the chasing pack is Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi who is chasing his second gold bracelet at this year's WSOP.
The 29-year-old from Hollywood pocketed $1,559,046 when he won the $50k Player's Championship a few months ago and it would complete a unique double if he could take the Main event title.
Mizrachi already boasts career prize money of $8.6m and is by far the best-known pro left in the field.
He said: “I'm kind of washed up right now, but at least I'll have four months to recover!”
"I took down all the pros in the Players' Championship they were players that I haven't played with before.
“I pretty much know how everyone plays here, but with the blinds so high, it's not the same game.
“I look forward to representing the pros in November."
The remainder of the November Nine are little-known online or part-time pros, with the notable exception of Soi Nguyen.
The Vietnam-born medical supplies manager is playing only his fifth live event and claims he “doesn't really play poker”.
Nguyen, ?3?7?????????,? ??????????said of reaching the final table: “Being the amateur doesn't bother me at all.
??“Last night, I played against a named player I didn't know at all.
???“It let me just play poker against him instead of fearing him. I think that works to my advantage."
??The WSOP Main Event now takes a 110-day break before resuming for the final table on Saturday, November 6 - the third ?year of a “delayed” final table.?
?Aft?????er ??playing down to the final two, there will be a day off, followed by heads-up play on Monday, November 8th and the crown?ing of the 2010 World Champion.
??For the third consecutive year, but for the last time, the final table will be played inside the Penn and Teller Theatre at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
WSOP MAIN EVENT 2010 – THE NOVEMBER NINE/CHIP COUNT
?Jonathan Duhamel ?- 65,975,000?
John Dolan - 46,250,000
Joseph Cheong - 23,520,000
John Racener - 19,050,000
Matthew Jarvis - 16,700,000
Filippo Candio - 16,400,000
Michael Mizrachi - 14,450,000
Soi Nguyen - 9,650,000
Jason Senti - 7,625,000
WSOP MAIN EVENT 2010 – PRIZE MONEY
1st place $8,944,138
2nd place – $5,545,855
3rd place – $4,129,979
4th place – $3,092,497
5th place – $2,442,960
6th place – $1,772,939
7th place – $1,356,708
8th place – $1,045,738
9th place – $811,823