2014 WSOP November Nine Set


We’ve reached the 2014 World Series of Poker November Nine. The Main Event played down to its final nine players on Monday night and six countries are represented, including, for the first time ever, Brazil. The other five nations that will be part of the 2014 WSOP Main Event November Nine festivities are the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

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One of the main storylines of the night involved Mark Newhouse, who became the first person ever to make multiple November Nines and the first person to make back-to-back Main Event final tables since Dan Harrington did so in 2003 and 2004. Harrington battled through a combined Main Event field of 3,415 players, while Newhouse had to contend with a combined Main Event field of 13,045.

Newhouse (pictured) finished ninth last year and, according to WSOP.com, “In order to earn more money than Harrington did in those two years, Newhouse will have to finish in sixth place or higher.”

The unofficial final table of 10 in the Main Event lasted all of 24 hands and ended with Luis Velador 3betting all-in before the flop and getting a call from Newhouse. When the cards were turned over, it was pocket fours against pocket fives and, perhaps fittingly for this website, the better starting hand held. Velador took 10th place for $565,000 and, as a result, each player remaining is guaranteed $730,000. The winner, as has been trumpeted all year long, will win $10 million.

On the 17th hand of 10-handed play, Velador served a double up to Andoni Larrabe, who 3bet all-in before the flop from the hijack. Velador called after some deliberation and rolled over A-K only to see he was up against aces. No help came for Velador and Larrabe doubled to 21.7 million, shrinking Velador’s stack and helping lead to the eventual all-in.

In addition to busting Velador, Newhouse sent Maximilian Senft to the rail in 11th place. Senft sent his chips into the middle before the flop and Newhouse came along with pocket threes against K-Q of diamonds. Newhouse hit a set on the flop and Senft was drawing dead by the river.

For much of the waning stages of the Main Event, Sweden’s Martin Jacobson(pictured) was perched somewhere atop the chip counts. He sent Christopher Greaves to the rail in 12th place with A-3 suited against K-5. The money went in before the flop and an ace immediately hit to keep Jacobson in the lead with top pair. Greaves was drawing dead by the river and Jacobson made the November nine with the second shortest stack.

Shortly before Greaves’ elimination, he doubled up William Pappaconstantinou with A-Q against kings. Pappaconstantinou finished the evening in sixth place with 17.5 million.

Netherlands poker player Jorryt van Hoof, who busted two players in the latter stages of Monday’s play, is your November Nine chip leader at 38.3 million. He has six million, or 17%, more in chips than Felix Stephensen, who calls Norway home and is in second place. The blinds ended at 200,000-400,000-50,000:

1. Jorryt van Hoof – 38,375,000 (Netherlands)
2. Felix Stephensen – 32,775,000 (Norway)
3. Mark Newhouse – 26,000,000 (USA)
4. Andoni Larrabe – 22,550,000 (Spain)
5. Dan Sindelar – 21,200,000 (USA)
6. William Pappaconstantinou – 17,500,000 (USA)
7. William Tonking – 15,050,000 (USA)
8. Martin Jacobson – 14,900,000 (Sweden)
9. Bruno Politano – 12,125,000 (Brazil)

The November Nine will return to the Rio on November 10 and 11 to determine a winner. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada.

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