Gone are the days when almost every player at the WSOP Main Event final table was a top professional. Now, even amateurs can make deep runs in the Main Event. All it takes is a weeklong heater and decent play. Or just a crazy weeklong heater (right Jerry Yang?). In the past decade, players such as Jamie Gold, Darvin Moon and Jerry Yang have finished in the top 2 of the Main Event despite, well….quite frankly, these guys aren’t very talented poker players.
But what those guys have shown the rest of us is if you have some stamina and a bit of skill, making the final table isn’t impossible. As we approach the first Tuesday of November, it’s time to take a look at the 9 poker players that went on a weeklong heater in July and are ready to join Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson and others as world champions.
Poker’s “November Nine” of the 2014 WSOP
This group of nine is different in many ways than final tables of years past. There are no big name poker pros. There are players from six different countries, including the first ever Brazilian at the final table. When ESPN begins covering the 2014 November Nine live action at the final table, many poker fans won’t know much about these competitors.
Some will assume they aren’t legit and will refrain from watching the TV coverage because they don’t know anything about the competitors. But I can assure you this is going to be a very exciting final table. So let’s get to know this diverse group and what to expect from what is sure to be an epic conclusion to the 2014 World Series of Poker.
Mark Newhouse is One of Poker’s Top Rising Stars
Chapel Hill, North Carolina native Mark Newhouse was a member of the 2013 November Nine. He’s back. His back-to-back final table run is one of the most impressive accomplishments in poker history. If you didn’t get to know Newhouse last year due to him busting out first at the final table, now is the time to become aware of one of poker’s rising stars.
Not only has Newhouse made consecutive trips to the final table, he has cashed in 3 of the last 4 WSOP Main Event’s. Newhouse also scored a big win in 2010 in FTOPS series on Full Tilt Poker back in 2010 – winning $140,000. Unlike in 2013 when he entered the November Nine with a small stack, Newhouse will come back to the Rio in Las Vegas with a hefty stack of 26,000,000 chips, good for 3rd largest. If Newhouse – the odds on favorite – claims the gold bracelet, he will become an instant legend…and insanely wealthy.
First Brazilian Player’s Appearance at Final Table is No Fluke
If you’re looking for another potential rising star, look no further than 31-year old Bruno Politano. His poker resume isn’t much to brag about. He has just 3 cashes in WSOP events prior to the Main Event, which have netted him just over $25,000. But he’s only competed in just 10 lifetime events. Poker is merely an occupation to this Brazilian player, but I have a hunch that is about to change. Politano can play. This is no fluke. He has the smallest stack at the final table, but he’s capable of competing for the $10,000,000 first prize.
Final Table Chip Stacks
When play resumes on November 4, the players will have the following amount of chips:
- Jorryt van Hoof (Netherlands) – Chips: 38,375,000
- Felix Stephensen (Norway) – Chips: 32,775,000
- Mark Newhouse (USA) – Chips: 26,000,000
- Andoni Larrabe (Spain) – Chips: 22,550,000
- Daniel Sindelar (USA) – Chips: 21,200,000
- Billy Pappaconstantinou (USA) – Chips: 17,500,000
- William Tonking (USA) – Chips: 15,050,000
- Martin Jacobson (England) – Chips: 14,900,000
- Bruno Politano (Brazil) – Chips: 12,125,000
Make sure you watch ESPN’s coverage of the World Series of Poker final table in November. And read through our online poker room reviews to find the perfect online poker site.