Five Questions with November Niner Michael Ruane

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Michael Ruane sits fifth in chips as the 2016 WSOP Main Event gets underway, but there’s more to the New Jersey native than just poker (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 Michael Ruane.

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?

I don’t really gamble or bet outside of poker so I’d probably make the fish bet and just bet on whoever has the most ridiculous odds, who happens to be Fernando – so I’d probably throw a 20 ball on Fernando to win. *

PocketFives: If you knew you were going to be stranded on a deserted island for one year and could only bring three non-living things with you, what would you bring and why?

This is a good one that I’ve put a lot of thought into and tried to come at from a very practical angle.*So growing up the first show I was absolutely obsessed with was LOST.*It was the first show that I (and I think a lot of people) totally immersed myself in 100%.*This is a bit of a spoiler alert, but if you haven’t watched LOST at this point, you’ve probably missed the boat – but in later seasons Locke’s mortality is sort of up in the air, so technically I think he’d qualify as non-living.*So my first “thing” I’d bring to this island is the character of John Locke.*I honestly don’t think I’d need anything else after that to survive, but to round out my three I’d probably bring a knife (for practical purposes) and an iPod (for when Locke gets too annoying rambling on about said deserted island’s meaning).

PocketFives: If you win the Main Event and the $8 million, what is the first extravagant purchase you will make?

I don’t think it would be one extravagant single purchase.*I’m a pretty big music nut and try to go to as many concerts and music festivals as possible.*I also really love to travel.*I think I would try to combine these two passions and plot a really awesome (and expensive) trip that included different places I’ve been wanting to visit that had a cool music festival or band playing at the same time. *

PocketFives: If a major Hollywood movie studio were to make a movie about your life, who would you cast in the lead role?

I’ve been told that I resemble anywhere from Michael Shannon to Robert Pattinson to Leo, himself.*To answer the question, if a Hollywood studio was serious about this idea, I’d embark on a global journey to find this mystical creature who looks like a combination of all three of these actors.*I’d then offer this person an exorbitant amount of money (so this actually might be my most extravagant purchase) to portray me in a major motion picture. *

PocketFives: If you and your brother Sean (also a professional poker player) had to play heads-up against each other in a winner-take-all scenario, who wins and why?

Depends when this match takes place. If it takes place before the Final Table, Sean would for sure let me win to give me a nice confidence boost. If it’s after the Final Table, it’s a real toss up.*Sean is huge lightweight though, so my strategy would be to act as if this heads-up match was a fun, light-hearted brotherly match where we’d have a few beers and have a good time.* I’d then get Sean absolutely bombed, rendering him incapable of defeating me.*In theory, I think it’d be virtually impossible for the poor guy to win.

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