For months, Ivan Demidov has been alleged to be a member of the so-called "November Nine," a shadowy group of largely unknown poker professionals who will battle for over $9 million during the final table of the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas in just over a month.
Demidov, along with fellow finalists Scott Montgomery, Chino Rheem, Kelly Kim and Peter Eastgate (as well as, to a lesser extent, their four colleagues) has not been content to rest on the laurels he earned for himself on the evening of July 15, instead putting his new reputation as poker royalty on the line in a number of high-profile tournaments, most notably this one.
The youngster from Moscow entered Day 4 action at the WSOPE's Main Event with an excellent chance to become the first player in the admittedly brief history of the European Series to final-table both the Las Vegas Main Event and its London-based equivalent.
To make matters even more impressive, a berth in Thursday's final table at the Empire would put Demidov in a Tom Dwan impression, getting all-in with 7-3 offsuit against Soren Kongsgaard's pocket aces. The board brought no help for the big guy, ending his tournament with a 19th-place finish.
Juanda was cruising, building his stack above the $1 million mark before anyone else had cracked $700k. His fellow FTP pros wouldn't be so lucky - Matusow went broke at the hands of Johnny Lodden in 18th place and Brandon Adams found himself consigned to the rail in 17th place, the victim of Team Ivan Demidov