Idiot from Northern Europe.
It’s one of Phil Hellmuth’s infamous poker brat moments that’s garnered thousands --yes, thousands-- of YouTube hits.
In was a geographically ambiguous burst of anger against a bad beat more than a generalization.
Norman Chad mentioned the outburst to start the broadcast which brought a wave of silence from a crowd that’s mostly from Northern Europe.
In fact, it could quite possibly be the largest gathering of Northern Europeans at the Penn and Teller theater in November since this is the first time the all three finalists have been European.
Since the November Nine began, there has always been at least one American in the top three and at times, they’ve occupied all three spots.
Traditional Norwegian attire.
That was the case last year with Ryan Riess, Jay Farber and Amir Levahot all claiming the US as home soil.
The most diverse final three were in the inaugural November Nine in 2008 and in 2011. In 2008, the final three countries represented were Denmark, Russia and the United States.
Then in 2011, Europe had its largest clout with the Czech Republic and Germany in the final three.
Both those years, a European took the title.
This year, the only thing preventing a European from winning the bracelet will be a crazy birth certificate/adoption scandal.
In the previous European victories of 2008 and 2011, the winning country also had the most cashes.
If we apply that broken logic to this final three, Martin Jacobson would emerge victorious from this three-handed bout.
Traditional Swedish face flags.
Not only that, but Jacobson also currently tops the all-time Swedish money list with $5.56 million in live tournament earnings.
That number is already guaranteed to go up and increase his lead.
With the guaranteed $3.8 million for third, both Stephensen and van Hoof are second in their countries all-time money list.
Van Hoof is currently about $100,000 behind Marcel Luske while Stephensen is about $80,000 behind Annette Obrestad.
All three players are also fighting to be the first player from their country to win the WSOP Main Event.
A Stephensen victory would also make Norway the third country to win both a WSOP and a WSOP-E Main Event.
The only other two countries are the United States and Spain.
We indeed live in a poker world.