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July 18, 2013
The 2013 WSOP Main Event has certainly been an eventful one. With a starting field of 6,352 players, everyone fought for their chance at the final table. After a week of play, the November Nine final table has been cemented. Here is a look at each of the November Nine, their previous poke successes, and their current chip stacks.
1. JC Tran (38,000,000)
Boasting over $9 million in live tournament winnings, two WSOP bracelets, a WPT victory, and much more, JC Tran has established himself as a live tournament pro. He also won the 2006 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event and took home $670,000 for the victory. He enters the final table with an impressive chip stack, which puts him more than 8 million chips ahead of second place.
2. Amir Lehavot (29,700,000)
With over $2 million in live tournament winnings and a WSOP bracelet from a $10K event, Amir Lehavot is one of the many up-and-coming pros with a decent amount of success under his belt. With a second place position, he is very comfortable and definitely ready to get things started once November comes rolling around.
3. Marc McLaughlin (26,525,000)
With nearly $1.5 million in live tournament winnings, Marc McLaughlin is one of the newer and growing live tournament poker pros. Currently sitting in third place, he is positioned to be in contention with the first place prize and is certainly going to receive a bankroll boost once the tournament comes to an end.
4. Jay Farber (25,975,000)
With no recorded live tournament cash finishes, Jay Farber is definitely the underdog going into this year’s November Nine. His actual lifetime poker winnings total slightly more than $2,000, which is the least of any November Nine player since 2008.
5. Ryan Riess (25,875,000)
With a total live tournament winnings just pushing over $1 million, Ryan Riess is another up-and-coming poker pro. He has also earned just a little over $300K in online poker tournaments, which is impressive but nothing to write home about.
6. Sylvain Loosli (19,600,000)
Prior to his placement in the WSOP Main Event this year, Sylvain Loosli managed to record only a little over $3,000 in live tournament winnings. This makes him another top underdog, earning just a little over $1,000 more than Jay Farber. Seeing that he is further back in chips after holding the chip lead close to the final table, he is even more poised to tell an underdog comeback story.
7. Michiel Brummelhuis (11,275,000)
With nearly $1.5 million in live tournament winnings, Michael Brummelhuis is still a relatively unknown commodity in the live poker scene. However, he has seen an additional near $700K in online tournament earnings in his career.
8. Mark Newhouse (7,350,000)
With nearly $3 million in live tournament winnings, Mark Newhouse has cemented himself as one of the up-and-coming poker pros. However, entering with such a small chip stack will force him to stack up or bust out early into the final table.
9. David Benefield (6,375,000)
After scraping along the bottom of the field from the start of the last day of action, David Benefield has managed to hold on right to the bottom of the final table. He now records over $1.3 million in live tournament winnings, but receives most of his recognition for being an online poker pro. With the smallest chip stack, fans are closely watching him in hopes of another run from behind once the November Nine final table is finally underway.