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Poker Video of the Week: Four Guys, Three Hearts, One Cooler

30 July 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Poker Video of the Week: Four Guys, Three Hearts, One Cooler
Reigning World Champion Joe McKeehen – winner of $7.6 million in the 2015 WSOP Main Event – has since moved up into the realm of high stakes and done quite well. He came second in this year’s PCA High Roller and made the final table at this year's $111,111 Big One for One Drop in Las Vegas. Then he had the misfortune of running into this cooler against one of the hottest players in poker.

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Griffin Benger: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

19 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Griffin Benger: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
A legend in the video game world for his Counter Strike prowess. Former #1 ranked player in online poker tournaments. $1m winner of the first season of PokerStars' Shark Cage. It's safe to say Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger has racked up some impressive CV credentials in his career and they've just become even better. He's now a member of the 2016 WSOP November Nine with a chance to become the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event champion. 

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Michael Ruane: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

19 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Michael Ruane: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
Before tonight when Michael Ruane joined the elite halls of 2016 WSOP November Nine, his biggest claim to poker fame was getting arrested flying back from the PCA in the Bahamas. That's ancient history now as Ruane cemented his spot in poker history in a much more positive way by making the final nine of the World Series of Poker Main Event. 

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Kenny Hallaert: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

19 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Kenny Hallaert: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
With Belgium's burgeoning poker scene and a stellar track record at the WSOP for Belgian players, despite its tiny population, it's no surprise to have another Belgian member of the November Nine this year. After the exhilarating journey of 72-year-old Pierre Neuville last year, this year it's longtime poker industry pro Kenny Hallaert's turn.

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Vojtech Ruzicka: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

19 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Vojtech Ruzicka: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
There hasn't been a Czech player in the November Nine since Martin Staszko's runner-up run in 2011 but that changed tonight when Vojtech Ruzicka battled his way into the 2016 Main Event final table. A six-year veteran of the live scene in Europe and the WSOP and a six-figure winner online for the past 5 years Ruzicka is also one of the most talented players at the table. He's got the showy results to prove it, too, with a $1m+ year in 2011 that included a second-place finish in the WCOOP Main Event for $710,000. 

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Qui Nguyen: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

18 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Qui Nguyen: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
With just $52,986 in career live earnings and only one WSOP cash - for less than the $10k buy-in to the Main Event - Las Vegas resident Qui Nguyen doesn't immediately stand out as a threat at the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table. Given that those cashes date back to 2003, though, he might have a bit more up his sleeve than expected.

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Gordon Vayo: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

18 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Gordon Vayo: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
If there's a poker player who can say he's almost literally been working most of his life for this moment, it's Gordon Vayo. The now San Francisco-based Vayo, originally from Bloomington, Illinois, started his poker journey at 16, playing tournaments under the name "holla@yoboy" on PokerStars. Ten years later he's at the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event.

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Cliff Josephy: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

18 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Cliff Josephy: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
If there's a poker pro in the November Nine that has the support of the majority of the professional poker world, it's Cliff Josephy. A legendary backer along with Eric "Sheets" Haber," the man known as JohnnyBax literally put hundreds of poker players in the game thanks to the stable of horses they ran during the last half of the 2000s. Now, it's his turn to taste tournament glory.

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Fernando Pons: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker

18 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Fernando Pons: 2016 WSOP November Nine Bio | World Series of Poker
Spaniard Fernando Pons may be the shortest stack at the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table but he’s already earned one hell of a return on his investment. Pons qualified for the 2016 WSOP Main Event through a €30 satellite on 888poker. He’s already guaranteed at least $1m just for making the final table so it’s safe to say he’s happy with how things have gone in the tournament. Incredibly, the 2016 WSOP Main Event was the first time that Pons had ever played a WSOP event.

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Football Narrowly Edges Baseball as Most Popular Jersey at 2016 WSOP

12 July 2016, Created By: Arthur Crowson
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Football Narrowly Edges Baseball as Most Popular Jersey at 2016 WSOP
The World Series of Poker Main Event enjoys a unique relationship with professional sports. Famous athletes including Paul Pierce, Roberto Luongo and most recently Brad Lidge have all taken a turn at the felt. It makes it feel like a quasi-sporting event. Unlike other sports, however, players are allowed to wear whatever they want, which leads to a wide assortment of jerseys and sports paraphernalia in the gargantuan poker tournament. After covering the $10,000 buy-in tournament for over a decade and seeing hundreds of different jerseys we got curious as to which ones were the most popular. We decided to try to take note of every single jersey while reporting on the tournament this year.

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Poker Video of the Week: Jason Mercier Drops Quads on Mikhail Semin

2 July 2016, Created By: PokerListings.com
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Poker Video of the Week: Jason Mercier Drops Quads on Mikhail Semin
Up to this point at the 2016 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, the outstanding player is undoubtedly Jason Mercier. He’s won two Championship bracelets and been heads-up in a third, he's leading the Player of the Year race by a mile and he's undoubtedly proved he's a brilliant player. But even he gets lucky sometimes, too.

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Poker Video of the Week: A WSOP Vortex No Player Can Escape

25 June 2016, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog
Poker Video of the Week: A WSOP Vortex No Player Can Escape
The World Series of Poker is in the midst of another annual windfall and, as it does so often, incredible things are happening at the tables. Traditionally, the first tournament of the series is for the casino employees. At the final table of this one a hand both players involved will never forget killed one player’s tournament while paving the way to victory for the other.

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