With the second edition of the November Nine recently set, it's a good time to reminisce about the first crew that ever won that title.
We're talking about good buddies Peter Eastgate, Ivan Demidov, Ylon Schwartz, Dennis Phillips, Scott Montgomery, Craig Marquis, Kelly Kim, David "Chino" Rheem and Darus Suharto (who?) who all made the final table in 2008.
For nearly four long months they were the talk of the poker world as fans debated who would take down the biggest bracelet of the year.
They were also the first test subjects in one of the WSOP's biggest experiments and for the most part they performed admirably.
Peter Eastgate, although quiet, has been a suitable champion. Dennis Phillips is a middle-class poker hero. Ivan Demidov represents the growing Russian poker powerhouse. Chino Rheem redeemed himself for falling short in the WSOP by winning a WPT. Ylon Schwartz has shown he has the skills to hang with the best of them. The rest of the players have all had minor successes since making the final table.
They may not be BFF but they will be forever linked arm and arm as the first group of poker players to ever be known as the November Nine.
Their time as the Nine may finally be over but they've got a good group to replace them with Phil Ivey, Darvin Moon, Jeff Shulman, Joe Cada, Eric Buchman, Steve Begleiter, Kevin Schaffel, Antoine Saout, James Akenhead all preparing to take their shot at a WSOP Main Event final table.