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Five Questions with November Niner Kenny Hallaert


Get to know Kenny Hallaert a little bit better (WSOP photo / Joe Giron)

Before the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table begins, PocketFives is providing extensive coverage of the 2016 November Nine including player features, interviews, previews, and statistics. In this edition of Five Questions we introduce you to Kenny Hallaert.

PocketFives: You were paid $1,000,000 for finishing ninth back in July. If you were forced to bet that money on one player other than yourself to win the Main Event, who would you bet on and why?

November Niner Vojtech Ruzicka Hoping to Make Czech Poker History


Vojtech Ruzicka could become the first Czech winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event (WSOP photo/Joe Giron)

You get the impression from 2016 November Niner Vojtech Ruzicka that he really loves poker. He’s already promised that he won’t be retiring if he wins the Main Event and that he would continue to play high buy-in tournaments all around the world.

But since the end of this year’s World Series of Poker, and the final table eventually getting underway, Ruzicka has been spotted playing in a variety of different destinations. The Czech pro has certainly been honing his game ahead of the most important final table of his life, not only in tournaments!

Five Questions with November Niner Vojtech Ruzicka


Vojtech Ruzicka has concerns about the after party should he win the 2016 WSOP Main Event (WSOP photo/Joe Giron)

Before the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table begins, PocketFives is providing extensive coverage of the 2016 November Nine including player features, interviews, previews, and statistics. In this edition of Five Questions we introduce you to Vojtech Ruzicka.

Vojtech Ruzicka finds himself sixth in chips going into the November Nine, but one of the biggest things on his mind is how he is going to control his gang of rowdy Czech railbirds. In this Q&A he gave to PocketFives he explores all that and more as the countdown to the final table gets underway.

Kenny Hallaert’s Passion for Poker Extends Beyond Playing the Game


Kenny Hallaert has a career in poker – just not as a player (WSOP photo / Joe Giron)

Tournament director Kenny Hallaert wants to make something clear. Poker is not a job to him. Instead, it is a passion. The fact that the November Niner honoured commitments to work as a tournament director at two tournaments following the conclusion of this year’s World Series of Poker shows that it is his passion for poker which is the driving force behind a lot of what he does.

But with the additional label of being a November Niner, did that add anything extra to his work?

Brazilian Footballer Denilson Makes Natural Transition to Poker


Brazilian football legend Denilson found a new place to call home: 888 poker

Earlier this year, former international footballer Denilson was signed by a different club. No, he wasn’t making a comeback in the world of professional football, but he was announced as a brand ambassador for 888poker.

The highly decorated Brazilian footballer, who played 61 times for his country between 1996 and 2003 said that he hoped that the move would develop his own poker skills, as well as encourage new players to get involved in the game.

New Son, Another COOP Title: A Crazy Day in the Life of Shaun Deeb


Shaun Deeb keeps adding to his family and to his collection of COOP titles (PokerStars/Neil Stoddart photo)

Shaun Deeb had more than one reason to celebrate earlier this month, after clinching his second PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title in two years, and almost simultaneously welcoming his second child into the world. While Deeb was hard at work maintaining his position as one of the top online players, his wife Ashley was in a completely different country giving birth to a baby boy, Chance.

GPL: Randy Lew Earns Week 2 Summer Series Sweep


Randy Lew earned a full nine points for the Hong Kong Stars this week.

It was a week of sweeps in Heat II of the cross conference Global Poker League Summer Series from the Cube in Las Vegas. Players are seemingly getting used to the feel of playing in the venue, and fans are warming to the concept of standing play inside of the Cube.

GPL Debuts for Aaron Paul, The Cube and the Summer Series


Former Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul made his LA Sunset debut this week

There were three big debuts in the Global Poker League this past week. The first was the Summer Series set of matchups that see inter-conference play for the first time, the second was the highly anticipated “Cube” that players play live heads-up matches in and the third was the debut of former Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul.

Jason Lavallee Leads Montreal Nationals Past 100 Point Mark

The Montreal Nationals broke the 100-point barrier this week thanks to a record setting performance by Jason Lavallee.

In the final week before the Global Poker League heads to Las Vegas for the ‘Summer Series’, there were teams moving in both Conferences with the Montreal Nationals becoming the first team to hit triple digits in points thanks to an outstanding performance from Jason Lavallee.

GPL: Montreal Nationals Make Big Moves in Week 7


Alexandre Luneau had a strong Week 7 for the Paris Aviators.

In the week that it was announced that the Global Poker League playoff are going to take place at TwitchCon in San Diego, there were a whole host of talking points from Week 7 of the Global Poker League. This week marked the halfway point of the Six Max competitions and is also the penultimate week before the ‘Summer Series’ portion of the competition in Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker.

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