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Preparing for the November Nine
With $9.6 million in career tournament earnings, including a World Series of Poker bracelet and two WPT titles, Michael Mizrachi will certainly be the most experienced player at the final table when play resumes in the 2010 WSOP Main Event a little over a week from now.
But he might not be the most prepared.
“What am I doing to prepare for the November Nine?” he said. “Pretty much nothing.”
Mizrachi, who has been spotted at more than one major live tournament since booking his seat in the November Nine this summer, does admits he's been watching ESPN's Main Event coverage, but hasn't been able to find much there.
“Most of its pretty much me,” he said. “I've been watching myself and maybe picked up a few things that I've done.”
With the Mizrachi brothers all running deep, ESPN coverage has been more focused on Michael than any other November Niner.
But while the rest of the group says they've been watching, further preperation has been less than exhausting.
“I really haven't done anything,” said John Dolan, who will come into the final nine second in chips.
“I've talked to friends about different scenarios and what they might do in different spots, but I haven't looked up old videos of anyone or anything like that.”
What Dolan has done, is play poker.
“I've probably been playing about the same amount online as I always have,” he said. “When I have a free day I have been playing online and traveling to a bunch of different live events.”
John Racener made a final table at WSOP Europe, Matt Jarvis won a $1k prelim at WPT Festa al Lago in Las Vegas and Soi Nguyen has had fairly deep runs in both the WPT Festa al Lago and Legends of Poker main events.
And with Jason Senti, Joseph Cheong, and Filippo Candio all seen at major tournaments over the past few months, it's clear this pack of November Niners feels like the best way to prepare for the final table is to keep playing poker.
“Poker is what I've done everyday for like the last ten years of my life so I'm not exactly going to change that,” said Racener.
The shortest stack, Senti said he was going to take some time off, spend a little of it with friends and family and do a little golfing.
But before the final nine resumes play at the Penn & Teller Theater inside the Rio All Suites Hotel in Las Vegas Nov. 6 he said he is definitely going to do a little research on the other players.
Considering he makes poker training videos for Phil Galfond's Bluefire Poker, anyone looking to do a little research on his game will certainly find it.
But he says he'll be ready for that.
“I'll be prepared for how they are going to perceive me,” he said. “I'm also going to sit down with my poker friends and strategize as to how I can play my best.”
But all the preperation in the world may not help at all with the size of chip leader Jonathan Duhamel's stack.
“I like my chances and I'm pretty confident about my game,” Duhamel said. “I'm just going to do my best and from there we will see what happens.”
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All nine finalists are guaranteed at least $811,823 with $8,944,138 reserved for first place.
Here's a look at how things stack up heading into the final:
1 Jonathan Duhamel 65,975,000
2 John Dolan 46,250,000
3 Joseph Cheong 23,525,000
4 John Racener 19,050,000
5 Matthew Jarvis 16,700,000
6 Filippo Candio 16,400,000
7 Michael Mizrachi 14,450,000
8 Soi Nguyen 9,650,000
9 Jason Senti 7,625,000