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WSOP 2010 November Nine Ready For Historic Showdown
Nine men have etched their names into the annals of poker history as the latest to claim coveted November Nine status at the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event.
With 27 players returning to start the day, Day 8 promised intrigue, excitement and drama ... and it more than delivered on this promise.
All 8 days of the Main Event 2010 have played out in supercharged, aggressive fashion - mirroring the change in poker over the last few years - and the playdown from 27 players to the November Nine was no exception.
The watching rail enjoyed every moment and cheers and whoops backdropped the frenetic action in the Rio as the momentous moment grew closer.
Only once the field had been cut to 10 players did caution begin to prevail, with none of the remaining 10 willing to surrender their November Nine chances easily.
Finally, though, a protracted battle saw Brandon Steven eliminated in 10th spot, losing a key flip with ace-king versus the queens of Matthew Jarvis to crush his hopes of a Main Event final-table spot.
We were left with nine men who will return to Las Vegas in November to contend for the title and the $8,944,138 Main Event first prize.
Here are those players and their chip stacks:
Jonathan Duhamel - 65,975,000
At just 22 years old Jonathan Duhamel is the youngest player at this final table but will return as the dominant chip leader with nearly 66 million.
Duhamel cut his teeth on the EPT where he's had a few close calls but making the November Nine is by far and away the biggest thing that's ever happened to the young French-Canadian.
"I played a lot this summer," said Duhamel. "When I play I just want to think about the game - that is all. I'm going to play more tournaments - like EPTs. I will play much more now."
John Dolan - 46,250,000
Floridian John Dolan has had several decent results previously including a win in the Harrah's New Orleans Bayou Challenge for $31,874 and another for $32,956 in the Gulf Coast Poker Championship.
His Main Event result however will be the biggest notch in his poker career and he will return in a great position - 2nd in chips with over 46 million.
“This is my third year coming out to the WSOP for the whole summer,” said Dolan. “The first summer I bricked everything and then the 2nd I cashed a couple and this year I finally broke through and final tabled a 1k. Really solid players at the final table, will have to adjust my play accordingly.”
Joseph Cheong - 23,525,000
U.S. resident Joseph Cheong was originally born in South Korea, but moved to the U.S. when he was six years old.
He will return to the final table in 3rd place with 23.5 million in chips.
Known as subiime on Full Tilt Poker, Cheong won a Mini-FTOPS event in 2009 for $55,000, although he will blitz that score come November when he lines up to take his shot at the Main Event.
“I was very surprised the bubble took as long as it did," said Cheong. "I was missing a lot of hands there for a while. You c-bet once and you lose 2.5 million, so you’ve got to pick your spots. My opponents were showing me or telling me about their hands and they had me beat, but it’s tough to fold big hands.”
John Racener - 19,050,000
Although John Racener is only 25, he's coming to the 2010 WSOP Main Event final table as the second-most experienced and decorated player of the nine behind Michael Mizrachi.
Racener's accolades include winning the World Series of Poker Circuit Atlantic City event for $379,392 as well as over $1 million in online results, but this Main Event berth will be his crowning achievement in poker.
Racener will return to the final table in fourth place with just over 19 million in chips.
"“I’ll be studying these players online [in the months to come]” said Racener. "I’d like to see the Grinder do well, we’re friends and he’s a good kid.”
Matt Jarvis - 16,700,000
Matt Jarvis is a 26-year-old poker pro from Surrey, British Columbia, who will enter the November Nine with over 16.5 million in chips.
Jarvis has been playing poker for six years and plays primarily online. Making the Main Event final table has been his dream since he began playing poker and this year he'll get his chance.
"This is amazing," said Jarvis. "It's crazy it all worked out. It's a tough table - there's a ton of really good players, they just pound, pound, pound."
Filippo Candio - 16,400,000
Italian Filippo Candio will return to the final table in November with over 16 million in chips. Candio has been a force on the Italian Poker Tour over the last few years where he has picked up over $200k in winnings but will eclipse his biggest win come November - wherever he finishes.
"I tried very hard to play the best I know how," said Candio. "I am the first Italian in history to make the November Nine - I'm very proud. It's amazing.
Michael Mizrachi - 14,450,000
Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi is by far and away the biggest name at the 2010 November Nine. A pro’s pro, Grinder brings almost 15 million in chips to the final table.
Having already made a huge splash at this year’s WSOP by winning the $50,000 Mixed Game Player’s Championship for $1.5 million, Mizrachi is in contention to tie up the Player of the Year title with Frank Kassela - but only if he can win the Main Event.
"I feel I'm like Phil Ivey last year," said Mizrachi. "With these blinds anybody could win it. I like my chances. I want to make Frank Kassela sweat a little more."
Soi Nguyen - 9,650,000
One of the only amateurs to make the November Nine, Soi Nguyen enters the final table with over 9.5 million in chips.
In his professional life Nguyen is an operations manager for a medical supply company in California. Having played just three live poker tournaments prior to this Main Event, Nguyen is looking to bone up on his poker skills in a big way before November.
Nguyen is close friends with top pros like Nam Le and Steve Sung and he'll be looking for a few tips before returning to the final table.
"The bubble was tough because everyone’s strategy changes," said Nguyen. "It’s like an NFL player winning the super bowl."
Jason Senti - 7,625,000
A poker instructor and professional online player, Jason Senti will return as the short-stack come November with just over 7.5 million in chips.
Senti plays online as PBJaxx and routinely crushes cash games as high as $50/$100.
"I dont think anybody expected to make it this far," said Senti. "I played to win all the way, then when it got close, I played for a November Nine spot. The skill gap between professionals and amateurs widens with so many hands."
PokerListings will have comprehensive coverage of the November Nine on our Live Tournaments page beginning November and there will be news, blogs, videos and more across the site in the months leading up to the final.
(With files from Jason Phillips, Matthew Showell and Arthur Crowson.)