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  1. Mark Newhouse (pictured), who finished ninth in last year's World Series of Poker Main Event as a member of the November Nine, leads entering Day 6 this year, when 79 remain. The Main Event cash will likely push Newhouse over $1 million in career WSOP earnings and his ninth place finish last year was worth nearly three-quarters of a million bucks. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- What records is Newhouse chasing? He could become the first person since Dan Harrington to make back-to-back WSOP Main Event final tables; Harrington did so in 2003 and 2004. And, according to WSOP.com, "Newhouse has already lived the reality of being a November Niner and is trying to become the first player in history to become a November Niner for a second time." As WSOP.com outlined, Newhouse had a rock solid Saturday in Las Vegas: "He started the day 27th in chips and rocketed up the leaderboard quickly throughout the day. Late into the day, Newhouse took a hold of the chip lead and was able to hold it all the way until the end. Newhouse will be returning for Day 6 with 7,400,000 chips, almost a million more than his nearest competitor." In second place behind Newhouse is Kyle Keranen (pictured), who took 38th in the Main Event in 2012. He has 6.6 million in chips and will look to crack the top 40 for the second year out of three. The title of Last Woman Standing in this year's Main Event belongs to Maria Ho, who was the Last Woman Standing five years ago as well. She earned the honors this time around after the elimination of Mikiyo Aoki, who also finished as the runner-up in this year's Ladies Event. Aoki ran tens into Eddie Sabat's kings on her final hand and no help came when the board rolled out J-3-2-3-6. Ho will have her work cut out for her, though, as she's the tournament's short stack. Brian Stinger885Hastings (pictured) is still alive in the Main Event and has the 29th largest stack at 2.9 million. Hastings drew out on A-Q with A-J late on Day 5 to eliminate Thomas Applegate after making jacks-up on the flop. That hand boosted Hastings' stack by 600,000; he has already made two final tables at this year's WSOP. Here are the top 10 chip stacks in the 2014 WSOP Main Event right now: 1. Mark Newhouse - 7,400,000 2. Kyle Keranen - 6,670,000 3. Scott Palmer - 6,595,000 4. Bruno Politano - 5,475,000 5. Andoni Larrabe - 5,470,000 6. Dan KingDan Smith - 5,360,000 7. Dan Sindelar - 5,240,000 8. Tony Ruberto - 5,235,000 9. Iaron Lightbourne - 4,975,000 10. Leif Force - 4,745,000 Other PocketFivers remaining include, but are not limited to: 11. Craig mcc3991 McCorkell - 4,355,000 16. Bryan badbeatninjaDevonshire - 3,830,000 21. Ryan toetaguFair - 3,500,000 28. Isaac mr. menlo Baron - 3,000,000 29. Brian Stinger885Hastings - 2,945,000 38. Clayton NinemilHamm - 2,250,000 41. Chad evechadEveslage - 2,115,000 57. Paul SenterpiedSenter - 1,350,000 69. Kyle kwob20Bowker - 920,000 Sunday will likely see the field trimmed from 79 to 27. Then, on Monday, the group will play down to its November Nine. Keep it dialed to PocketFives for the latest WSOP news, sponsored by Real Gaming. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. We're three months away from the resumption of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Eventfrom the Rio in Las Vegas. The final nine features players from six countries including, for the first time ever, Brazil, whose representative, Bruno Politano, recently signed with 888 Poker. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- The 2014 WSOP November Nine also features Mark Newhouse (pictured), who became the first two-time November Niner and the first player to make back-to-back Main Event final tables since Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004. At stake is a $10 million first place prize, with every person remaining guaranteed $730,000. In a thread that popped upin recent weeks on PocketFives, posters talked about who their pick is to win poker's most prestigious tournament. Despite being in eighth place, Sweden's Martin Jacobsonwas a popular choice. As PocketFiver JDougfrom the UK put it, "Have to fancy Jacobson if he can manage to double early. Dangerous player with chips!" PocketFives' New Jersey pokercommunity was largely pulling for William Tonking (pictured), who calls Flemington, New Jersey home and formerly attended the University of South Carolina. New Jersey player mikewebb68 wrote in the thread, "Rooting interest is Tonking since he is from NJ and plays on the regulated NJ online sites, but have to think Newhouse is the player to beat." Newhouse finished ninth in the Main Event last year and won the 2006 Borgata Poker Open. This article's author wrote in the same thread that Newhouse was the man to beat come November: "I like Newhouse to win it this year. I'm still blown away by someone making back-to-back November Nines." In case you're wondering what sports books think could happen, here are the latest odds to win from Ladbrokes: Jorryt van Hoof: 3/1 Felix Stephensen: 4/1 Mark Newhouse: 9/2 Martin Jacobson: 6/1 Dan Sindelar: 8/1 Andoni Larrabe: 8/1 William Pappaconstantinou: 11/1 William Tonking: 16/1 Bruno Politano: 18/1 Here are the chip stacks and home countries: 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) Who do you think will win the 2014 WSOP Main Event? Comment here and let us know. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. 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. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- 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. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. When Mark Newhouse (pictured) overcame staggering odds to secure a seat at his second WSOP Main Event final table in a row this year, hopes were high that the Chapel Hill native would take home a larger chunk of the prize pool than he did for his ninth place finish in 2013. But, after his all-in river bluff was called by William Tonking, Newhouse was once again the first November Niner to be knocked out of the tournament. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- As the action went down, cameras from All In were on hand to film the second part of an episode of the magazine's "Off the Felt" documentary series and got an inside look at the pro's reaction immediately following the devastating hand. Watch the video. Before the start of the final table, the All In crew spent time with Newhouse while he relaxed in his hotel room with friends. "When I hopefully buy a house in the next month or so, this will be hanging up for sure," he said, holding a magazine featuring himself on the cover. "I feel great," he told the interviewer. "I'm not nervous, I'm not excited. Ready to play poker tomorrow, that's about it." In the first part of the series, Newhouse revealed that he planned to do little in preparation for the final table and hadn't played any poker since winning his seat back in July. When asked what he had been doing since the first episode was filmed, the Chapel Hill native responded, "a couple of more weeks of nothing," and added that he had spent a week in Hawaii. "I'm cool, I'm ready to play," he said. During the Main Event, the film crew was on stage to capture all of the action. But, after Newhouse dragged a big pot, the crew decided to take a break. It was then that someone told them that Newhouse had unexpectedly been knocked out of the tournament. "We're like, you've got to be kidding me," the interviewer had responded, before running back to the Penn and Teller Theater to film the aftermath. Fielding questions from the press, Newhouse rocked back and forth and gave short, one-word answers. "What does this mean for you and poker," he was asked. "Nothing," he responded. "We don't need to talk about it anymore." Back in the hotel room, the camera continued to roll as a dejected Newhouse came to grips with his second ninth place Main Event finish in a row. "Not going to be much interesting conversation; not really in the mood for that," he said. After discussing the hand, he was asked if there was any physical feeling from being knocked out. "No, I'm okay. I just want to start getting stuff done right now," he replied. In previous interviews, Newhouse had made it clear that he would not be making any grand plans for his future until the final table had been played out. "I need to finish up some tax stuff and figure out where I'm going to live. All that stuff was waiting on this." In contrast to the solemn scene inside the hotel room, the video cut to an interview with WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla, who added some words of encouragement: "He's a great player and he should take a lot of pride in what happened here. I think time will remind him about how special this was. The challenge is on you to become the first to make three consecutive final tables. We're all rooting for you Mark." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. A huge pot was shipped to Jorryt Van Hoof (pictured) on the 48th hand of final table play in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. On a board of K-K-10-5, according to WSOP coverage, "The river completed the board with the Ah and Felix Stephensen checked for a third time as Van Hoof bet out 3.4 million to make this pot bigger than three players' stacks - Martin Jacobson, Billy Pappas, and Bruno Politano. Stephensen deliberated for a few moments and then mucked while slipping to 24 million as Van Hoof climbed to over 46.5 million." A flush was possible by the river. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- Stephensen check-called the flop of K-K-10 and check-called when the turn was a 5. When the cards were revealed on TV, Van Hoof had Q-Q for the nut flush, while Stephensen held A-10 with no heart. Van Hoof, who reclaimed the chip lead just before the first break, shot out in front by 20 million over the second place stack: Jorryt van Hoof - 46,525,000 Dan Sindelar - 25,450,000 Felix Stephensen - 24,325,000 William Tonking - 24,150,000 Andoni Larrabe - 24,150,000 Mark Newhouse - 16,200,000 Bruno Politano - 14,600,000 Billy Pappas - 14,200,000 Martin Jacobson - 10,875,000 A wild hand between Van Hoof and Andoni Larrabe (pictured) just before the first 15-minute break of the day saw Van Hoof shove the river of a 10-J-9-K-7 board with K-10 for two pair. Meanwhile, Larrabe, who had 9-8 for a straight, folded. Van Hoff reclaimed the chip lead from Stephensen as a result and Lex Veldhuis posted on Twitter, "If you're watching @WSOP Main Event right now, how good is @Jorryt_van_Hoof turning KT into a bluff. One of the illest live at work!" Scott Seiver, who is reportedly coaching Stephensen, said on Twitter of the hand, "IMO no way Larrabe is actually capped here. KT beats almost every hand that might fold." Antonio Esfandiari added when play resumed, "That was something else. I did not see that coming." Daniel Negreanu commented on what he expected to happen following the break: "What we'll see is chip dispersion… I think you'll see play pick up." Martin Jacobson was getting low on chips at the break, leading Phil Hellmuth remark, "I think he'll make a move soon." Jacobson was at 25 big blinds following the break, the first time anyone at the final table had slipped below 30. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. On Sunday, as the Green Bay Packers were eviscerating the Chicago Bears on NBC, the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event was playing down to its November Nine on ESPN. The final two prepackaged episodes aired before Monday's near-live final table begins at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- There were 16 players left when the action began on Sunday, meaning we only needed seven bust-outs for our November Nine to be determined. The first player to bite the dust was Eddy Sabat, who called all-in on the river with J-10 of hearts on a three-heart board against Jorryt Van Hoof (pictured), who had the nut flush. Sabat called Van Hoof's exact hand while tanking and told ESPN, "I had a blast every day… I learned a lot. I'm definitely a better player coming out of this." The critical pots shown for Mark Newhouse, who made the November Nine last year, pretty much all involved hitting sets. He flopped three deuces against Bruno Politanoto scoop a pot of 10 million. Later, Newhouse raked in 14.9 million in chips after flopping another set against Politano, who paid Newhouse off with second pair. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad correctly discerned, "That pot might carry Mark Newhouse to another November Nine." Felix Stephensen(pictured) 4bet pre-flop to put Thomas Sarra all-in. Stephensen had A-K and Sarra curiously called all-in with K-Q despite starting the hand with a comfortable stack of 50 big blinds. Sarra told his tablemates that he "spewed" and the group watched as he was drawing dead by the turn. Stephensen nearly doubled up as a result and raked in a pot of 24.2 million. To start the second one-hour episode on Sunday, Oscar Kempsran K-J into Van Hoof's aces to end his Main Event run, pushing Van Hoof into the chip lead. Then, Christopher Greaveswas crippled after doubling up Billy Pappas with A-Q against K-K. Pappas pushed his chip stack to 18 million and Greaves was gone shortly thereafter. Also exiting short of the November Nine was PocketFiver Craig McCorkell, who was all-in with K-5 of clubs pre-flop against Newhouse, who had A-9. Neither player improved and McCorkell exited stage right. Maximilian Senft lost a race with K-Q against Newhouse's threes to end his Main Event run. Newhouse hit another set in that hand to seal Senft's fate and the 10 remaining players circled around the feature table for one final elimination. New Jersey poker player William Tonking(pictured) doubled with J-9 after drawing out on Martin Jacobson's A-J. Tonking flopped a straight, but had to duck a club on the river. With the entire crowd chanting for the November Nine, Dan Sindelar told Tonking, "You had to fade the entire room." Luis Veladorwas crippled after calling the all-in of Andoni Larrabe with A-K. Larrabe had aces and Chad commented, "Ten-handed on the November Nine bubble, you have to lay that down." Velador was eliminated shortly thereafter with 4-4 against Newhouse's 5-5. Politano folded 10-10 in the hand and Velador became the November Nine Bubble Boy. According to Chad, the odds of one person making back-to-back November Nines like Newhouse did in 2013 and 2014 were 1 in 524,000. Check out our exclusive interview with Mark Newhouse in which he talks about what might be the greatest feat in poker history. The November Nine begins on Monday at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2 on a 30-minute delay and will continue until three players are left standing. On Tuesday, three-handed play begins at 9:00pm ET on ESPN and will continue until the 2014 Main Event champion is crowned. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. Holding the sixth largest stack in the World Series of Poker Main Event when play resumes on Monday will be William Pappaconstantinou, better known as Billy Pappas (pictured). The Massachusetts poker player has 17.5 million in chips and told us, "I'm feeling pretty good. I'm quite nervous too. Some people are starting to recognize me. When that stuff happens, it starts to set in." Special thanks to 888 Poker for setting up our interview. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- On Pappas' rail at the Rio will be none other than PocketFiver Steve MrSmokey1 Billirakis, whom Pappas has known since he was 10 years old. "His stepdad and mom are two of the best all-time foosball players in their categories," Pappas said. Who knew? Back to poker now. When asked what his plan of attack is with a middle-of-the-road chip stack, Pappas told PocketFives, "I'm going to play poker as best I can. I don't know exactly what I should be doing. I haven't done much strategy-wise. I was planning on doing more during the WSOP itself and I'll have people there helping me along." One of Pappas' defining hands to this point occurred on Day 5, when he quadrupled up with 4-4 against A-K, A-J, and J-J. Pappas spiked a four and set himself up for a deep run in poker's most prestigious tournament. "It was a big boost for my tournament," Pappas commented. "It was a big momentum change. Up until Day 7, I ran that thing. At the time, I was at 110th place, so it was a huge payday already. I was pretty satisfied. I didn't want to go out, but I was okay going out in that spot." It can be difficult to believe that people can actually make money playing foosball, but that's exactly what Pappas did. "I started playing foosball (Pappas is pictured without facial hair) because my mom and her boyfriend taught me how to play when I was seven," he recalled. "We got a table when I was eight and played all the time. I still play. Right after the WSOP, I went to Germany for a foosball tournament. I went to Luxembourg and England during the break as well." If you're trying to hit it big in foosball, one of the keys is passing from your five-bar, or the bar with five players on it, to your three-bar. And, in case you think spinning the bars frantically is the way to go, Pappas said that foosball is actually a pretty slow game when played professionally. Again, who knew? At the final table, Pappas expects chip leader Jorryt van Hoofto give him the most trouble. "He's in position and we have played the most together," Pappas said. "He probably knows me better than he knows anyone else. He is an awesome player too. It's a horrible combination for me." The final prepackaged episodes of the 2014 WSOP will air on ESPN on Sunday night before Monday's restart on ESPN2. Pappas said he has seen every episode that has aired thus far and noted, "They haven't shown too much on anyone except for Mark Newhouse (pictured) because his story is amazing, so it's hard to get too much information from them on anyone else." Speaking of Newhouse, the first two-time November Niner has been the talk of the town in our industry, and rightfully so, having barreled through fields of over 6,000 entrants in 2013 and 2014. "It is, by far, the best feat ever in poker," Pappas said of what Newhouse has accomplished. "I'm a huge Dan Harrington fan too. I think it's amazing." Finally, we wanted to send a shout out to 888 Poker. Pappas will be donning a badge from the site during the November Nine and said, "They seemed interested in sponsoring me and I was interested as well. We have been talking for a while. Thank you to 888 for helping me with this great opportunity since this opportunity probably won't happen again, unless you're Mark Newhouse." Catch all of the action from this year's November Nine right here on PocketFives. If you don't have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get an enhanced 100% up to $600 deposit bonus (regularly 100% up to $400), $88 free in most locations, and a free PocketFives t-shirtdelivered to your doorstep. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. On Monday, Mark Newhouse(pictured) will be one of nine players vying for a $10 million top prize in the World Series of Poker Main Event. Newhouse, as you probably know by now, made history as the first ever two-time November Niner and is the first person to make back-to-back Main Event final tables since Dan Harrington in 2003 and 2004. Newhouse, however, navigated fields of over 6,000 entrants in order to make it. Special thanks to 888 Poker for setting up this interview. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- Many would argue that Newhouse reaching back-to-back November Nines constitutes one of the greatest feats in poker history. Newhouse, however, is a bit humbler. He told PocketFives, "I don't feel that it's my place to comment on my own achievements or accomplishments. I let people say whatever they want to say about it. It's cool and it's something I'm proud of, but I can't say it's a great achievement. I'll let everyone else talk about it." "The first time, making the November Nine was such a big deal," Newhouse said of his 2013 accolade. "This time, the reality is the stakes are even higher. People are rating this accomplishment as whatever they are rating it as. There should be more pressure on me, but that's not the way I've felt. I have been relaxed. Last year, I was nervous. This year, I have felt more comfortable." We heard rumors that Newhouse checked out of the poker industry last year after his ninth place finish. Essentially devastated at the time, he said, "I disappeared for a few weeks. I didn't want to talk to anybody. The first time I made an appearance at Commerce Casino, I got dealers, food runners, and servers telling me congrats. I was like, 'It was a disaster. Why are you congratulating me?' It wasn't what I wanted to hear. After finishing ninth, the WSOP was the last thing I wanted to talk about." He added, "I went into last year telling myself whatever happens, happens and I wouldn't be affected by it. I was short-stacked, but didn't financially prepare myself to finish ninth. They pay you in July and if you go out first in November, you don't get anything else. It didn't hit me right away, but over time, I was somewhat devastated. I didn't win at poker for a few months after that. I got into a demoralized mode. It took me a while to mentally recover from that." WSOP officials gave Newhouse 120 tickets to distribute for Monday's action in the Penn and Teller Theater. His rail will consist of the likes of former November Niners Chino Rheem and Michael Mizrachi (pictured) along with former Main Event winner Huck Seed. As such, he'll be surrounded by a ton of brain power. Mizrachi finished fifth in the Main Event in 2010. When asked if Newhouse had sought out any advice from the three-time bracelet winner, Newhouse said, "I haven't talked to him about it. A lot of people get coaching, but I am trying not to think about it. I don't feel pressure at all. I'm not putting much thought into it. I feel that works to my advantage." This year marks the seventh installment of the November Nine. "Last year, I didn't mind the four-month break," Newhouse told us of the format. "It was a time to celebrate. I traveled to Europe for two months. Now that I'm doing it again, it's getting old. The sponsorship money isn't what it used to be and the four-month break is brutal. Your life is literally on hold for two months. So much can change between winning $700,000 and winning $10 million, so you have to wait. Maybe they could air the One Drop after the Main Event and condense this period a bit." Catch all of the action from this year's November Nine right here on PocketFives. Newhouse will be promoting 888 Poker. If you don't have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get an enhanced 100% up to $600 deposit bonus (regularly 100% up to $400), $88 free in most locations, and a free PocketFives t-shirt delivered to your doorstep. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. With the final table of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event set to kick off in less than three weeks, gambling sites have started to post betting odds on which of the November Nine will go the distance to win the coveted gold bracelet and a cool $10 million for first place. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the safest and largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- Players are handicapped roughly according to chip stack, with a bet on chip leader Jorryt van Hoof (pictured) offering the lowest payday of 2.85/1, according to Bovada. The Dutchman has been playing poker professionally for 10 years and will go into the final stretch with 38,375,000 chips. On the heels of van Hoof is Norwegian pro Felix Stephensen, who will return to the final table with 32,775,000 chips. The 23-year-old is an online Pot Limit Omaha cash game specialist and is fixed at 4/1 to win the eight-figure first-place payday. Stephenson admits he ran incredibly well to reach the #2 spot and has stated a distaste for tournament play. American Mark Newhouse has already beat incredible odds to make back-to-back final table appearances. The Chapel Hill native had a disappointing ninth place finish in the 2013 Main Event for just over $700,000, but is better equipped this year with a starting stack of 26,000,000. With his experience at the final table, Newhouse will undoubtedly be more comfortable than his opponents and is handicapped at 5/1. Spanish pro Andoni Larrabe(pictured) and American WSOP veteran Dan Sindelar round out fourth and fifth place, respectively, and will head into the final table nearly even in chips. The 22-year-old Larrabe holds a slight lead with a 22,550,000 stack and will benefit from his experience grinding the live tournament circuit. Sindelar is a Las Vegas regular with 18 WSOP cashes and holds 21,200,000 in chips. A bet on Larrabe would bring a 7/1 payday, with Sindelar garnering slightly more at 7.5/1. With a stack of just 14,900,000, odds makers believe Swedish tournament pro Martin Jacobson's experience gives him an edge large enough to bump him two spots ahead of his chip rank. The 27-year-old can frequently be found in high roller tournaments around the world and boasts $5.5 million in recorded winnings. Jacobson's skill playing poker at the highest level has him set at 8/1 and will certainly give him an edge against his opponents on November 10. William Pappaconstantinou is the sole amateur at the table and will sit down with a 17,500,000-chip stack. "Billy Pappas" ranks among the world's best foosball players and is hoping to add the title of Main Event Champion to his resume. A wager on the 29-year-old will pay out at 10/1. New Jersey native Will Tonkingcomes in next-to-last and will try to make do with his 15,050,000-chip stack. Tonking plays live and online and recently pocketed a $50,000 score on the newly launched WSOP.com. A bet on the 27-year-old will bring a 12/1 payday. Starting with just 12,125,000 chips, Brazilian Bruno Politano (pictured) holds the smallest stack of the November Nine. Politano, 31, is the first Brazilian to make the Main Event final table and has $110,000 in tournament cashes to his name. Even though he is running low on chips, Politano will undoubtedly have the loudest fan club. While making his way toward the final table, his rail cheered and sang with gusto every time he was involved in a hand. With poker experiencing a major boom in Brazil, Politano will surely be watched with excitement by poker fans back home. The odds are long, but if the 31-year-old can take the top spot, his backers will enjoy a 16/1 payout. Players return to the final table of the Main Event to battle for $28,000,000 in prize money on November 10. You can check out the odds of the November Nine below: Jorryt van Hoof (38,375,000 Chips) 57/20 Felix Stephensen (32,775,000 Chips) 4/1 Mark Newhouse (26,000,000 Chips) 5/1 Andoni Larrabe (22,550,000 Chips) 7/1 Dan Sindelar (21,200,000 Chips) 15/2 Martin Jacobson (14,900,000 Chips) 8/1 Will Pappaconstantinou (17,500,000 Chips) 10/1 William Tonking (15,050,000 Chips) 12/1 Bruno Politano (12,125,000 Chips) 16/1 Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. In November, Joseph McKeehen (pictured), known on PocketFives as dude904, will hold the chip lead in the World Series of Poker Main Event as part of the 2015 WSOP November Nine. McKeehen has more chips than the second and third place players combined, so we caught up with the Pennsylvania native to get his thoughts just three months out. PocketFives: Tell us how you are feeling to have made the November Nine. Joseph McKeehen: It feels good. I don't think of it a lot, or at least I try not to, but it gets brought up quite a bit. I'm still the same old kid, just maybe a little more confident. PocketFives: Do you feel, or do you think there is, any added pressure being a pretty overwhelming chip leader? Joseph McKeehen: The media keeps trying to put added pressure on me, but I don't care really. I've been in this spot before; I'm not worried about it. All I can do is go and play. PocketFives: What were your emotions, and what was going through your head, on that final bustout hand to determine the November Nine? Joseph McKeehen: I felt like I was going to be there for a long time already, so I braced myself when the river card came. I was happy obviously, but I was in a mode where I was pretty focused, so I knew it wasn't over. PocketFives: What did you think about having Daniel Negreanu(pictured) around until he busted in 11th? Joseph McKeehen: He was just a player. I've never been in a situation like the Thunderdome before, especially where most of the people were rooting for him, but it surprisingly didn't bother me at all. It probably even helped me a little because it was easier to stay focused. If I get intimidated, I play worse, so I tried not to get intimidated. I got put in a good spot, so I took advantage of it. PocketFives: What has life been like since July? Joseph McKeehen: I've done a few interviews and played a couple of poker tournaments. I think I'm good at balancing my time for this stuff, but in reality not much has changed yet. PocketFives: What are your thoughts on the regulated New Jersey online poker sites? You're from Pennsylvania, but you're a regular in our New Jersey pokercommunity. Joseph McKeehen: They are what they are: not big or anything, but when I'm at Borgata playing, they're there if I get bored. They could likely do a better job. I would assume they are sustainable in the long-run, even if it's the same people passing all the money around. People have jobs and like to play, so the money pool probably won't ever die. PocketFives: What do you think of the November Nine concept? Joseph McKeehen: I'm undecided. I could have probably woken up and played the final table the next day, but it makes me feel a little bit more like a celebrity because the obvious reason they do this is to build the tournament up during the off-time. All the chip leaders in the past said the break hurt their momentum, but I don't know if that really matters. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  11. After a grueling 10 days, the World Series of Poker Main Event November Nine has been determined. Much to everyone's chagrin, the group does not include six-time bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu, who busted in 11th place. However, the November Nine does have six Americans, two Europeans, and one Israeli. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Joseph McKeehen (pictured), known as dude904on PocketFives, has a commanding chip lead entering the final nine with a stack of 63.1 million. He has more than twice as many chips as Zvi Stern, who is in second place at 29.8 million. McKeehen delivered several knockouts down the stretch, including Negreanu and Alex Turyansky in 11th place and 10th place, respectively. In the final hand of July's play in the Main Event, Turyansky 4bet all-in for 8.8 million and McKeehen, who had 3bet, insta-called. Turyansky showed Big Slick and McKeehen turned over pocket queens for a classic race situation, which ended with a jack-high board and the November Nine being determined. It took 22 hands after the elimination of Negreanu to reach the November Nine around Midnight in Las Vegas. Speaking of Negreanu (pictured), he fell in 11th place after moving all-in over the top of a bet from McKeehen on a flop of Ad-K-10d. Negreanu showed A-4 for top pair, while McKeehen flipped over Jd-3d for straight and flush draws. McKeehen picked up even more help when a three came on the turn and hit Broadway on the river to send the fan favorite away in 11th place. The number of re-Tweets and Favorites of anything Negreanu put up on Twitter was fairly amazing. Here's a sample: 276 re-Tweets, 1,200 Favorites for one Tweet and 510 re-Tweets, 1,500 Favorites for another. Negreanu's presence likely would have exploded interest in the November Nine similar to Phil Ivey's appearance six years ago. Nevertheless, McKeehen leads the November Nine this time around. He has $1.1 million in career online tournament winnings to go along with almost $3 million in live cashes not counting the Main Event. He's #8 on the all-time money list for his home state of Pennsylvania, according to the Hendon Mob, and finished in second place in last year's WSOP Monster Stack: 1. Joseph dude904McKeehen - 63,100,000 2. Zvi Stern - 29,800,000 3. Neil Blumenfield - 22,000,000 4. Pierre Neuville - 21,075,000 5. Max Steinberg - 20,200,000 6. Thomas Cannuli - 12,250,000 7. Joshua asdf26 Beckley - 11,800,000 8. Patrick Chan - 6,225,000 9. Federico Butteroni - 6,200,000 When play resumes, the final nine will pick up with 57 minutes and 36 seconds remaining in Level 35. The antes will be 50,000 and blinds will be 200,000-400,000. McKeehen has one-third of the chips in play. McKeehen is one of two PocketFivers in the November Nine. He's joined by New Jersey pokerplayer Beckley (pictured), who joined our site last November. In a thread on PocketFives, posters were calling for one of the regulated New Jersey online poker sites like PartyPokeror 888 Poker to sponsor McKeehen in the November Nine. This year's Main Event had 6,420 entrants, making it the seventh largest Main Event ever. With a prize pool of $60.3 million, here's how the final nine will get paid: 1st Place: $7,680,021 2nd Place: $4,469,171 3rd Place: $3,397,103 4th Place: $2,614,558 5th Place: $1,910,971 6th Place: $1,426,072 7th Place: $1,203,193 8th Place: $1,097,009 9th Place: $1,001,020 Everyone has already received the ninth place prize and will return to the Rio in November to jockey for the $7.6 million payday. There are three days of play in November this year beginning on Sunday, November 8. According to WSOP officials, television coverage of the event will start in two months: "Comprehensive WSOP Main Event television coverage will begin airing Monday, September 14 at 8pm Eastern on ESPN2. Coverage will continue in two-hour blocks each Monday at 8pm until October 4, when it moves to Sunday nights at 8:30pm with 2 ½ hour blocks and continues in that regular Sunday slot culminating with expanded three-night primetime Main Event Final Table live coverage on November 8-10, 2015." Special thanks to Tournament Poker Edge, one of the top poker training sites around, for sponsoring our WSOP coverage this year. Please check them out and support one of our close partners. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  12. Friday evening in Berlin, Jonathan Duhamel put himself into elite territory when he beat David Kitai heads-up to win the €25,600 High Roller event at WSOP Europe to win €554,395 ($609,934 US) and his third WSOP bracelet. With the win Duhamel, who won the WSOP Main Event in 2010, became the first Main Event champion of the November Nine era to win a third bracelet. Duhamel's second bracelet came in July when he won the High Roller for One Drop. “It feels even better than the second one,” Duhamel said. “I felt like this tournament was really tough. It’s one of the toughest I’ve played in my life. To be able to win it, it means everything.” The last WSOP Main Event champion to win more than two bracelets was Chris Ferguson. The six-handed final table, which will be broadcast on ESPN later this year, took just over 6 1/2 hours to complete. When play began Italian poker pro Mustapha Kanit had an overwhelming chip lead but it was Duhamel who made the first move. Just after two hours into the day Duhamel eliminated Fedor Holz in sixth place. Holz, shortstacked for most of the day, raised to 170,000 and Duhamel moved all-in. Holz called and table Ts 9h while Duhamel was ahead with Ad 7s. The flop came Jh 7d 2d adding a gutshot straight draw to Holz's possibilities. The turne was the 7c leaving only the straight draw for Holz. The 5h missed and the young German out in sixth place. Kanit then put his big stack to work. He eliminated the only other German player at the final table, Christoph Vogelsong, in fifth and then Sam Chartier in fourth. With just three players remaining, Kanit had a slight chip lead over Kitai and Duhamel and it all went downhill from there for the Belgian pro. Kanit lost over half of his stack to Kitai on a board showing 9h 7h 3d Qd Jc when he couldn't best Kitai's 9d 8s. And then Duhamel finished the job when he called Kanit's preflop shove. Kanit, with Qh 5s, had live cards against Duhamel's Ac Jd. The flop, turn and river all missed Kanit, leaving Duhamel and Kitai to play heads-up. Duhamel had a slight chip lead over Kitai when heads-up play began and applied pressure throughout the early stages of heads-up play. Down to just over Kitai did double-up at one point but it was nothing more than a momentary blip for Duhamel. On the final hand of the night Kitai moved all-in from the button with Jh 7s and Duhamel called with 7c 7h. The As Ks 2s flop gave Kitai some outs but the 8h turn and 7d river weren't amongst them to give Duhamel the pot, the bracelet and the fourth biggest score of his career. Final Table Payouts Jonathan Duhamel - €554,395 Davidi Kitai - €342,620 Mustapha Kanit - €227,145 Sam Chartier - €160,775 Christoph Vogelsang - €121,020 Fedor Holz - €96,625 Timothy Adams - €81,420
  13. It's hard to believe that we'll have a winner in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event in just two short months. New Jersey's Joshua asdf26Beckley (pictured) holds the seventh largest stack in the tournament. His total lifetime live winnings heading into the Main Event were just north of $200,000 and he's making his first WSOP final table. He has been a staple of our New Jersey poker community. PocketFives: We understand you're in Florida. Tell us what you're doing there. Josh Beckley: I am not playing poker, really. I'm taking a little break. I'm eating right and working out, trying to prep my mind and body for the Main Event. I'll have better endurance at the tables and will be sharper. I'm eating cleaner too, so I won't be fatigued. PocketFives: How much do you think playing regularly online in New Jersey has helped you with this deep run? Josh Beckley: Online poker doesn't help that much because the structure is different. What have helped are the Parx Casino live tournaments. I would go up there for the deep stacks tournaments; they have the best structures. I played $5/$10 PLO cash a few times a week as well. PocketFives: What is the biggest adversity you have faced recently in your poker career? Josh Beckley: I'm growing every time I play. This year's WSOP was my first time in Las Vegas, so that whole experience brought my game to the next level. I played almost every day, took a week break, and then came back for the Main Event. I was rested and had learned so much. PocketFives: What did you think of Las Vegas? Josh Beckley: I loved it. I felt alive with all of the poker going on. I liked the really hot weather too. I liked laying at the pool. I'll try to go back out more often in the future. I'll definitely be there for next year's WSOP. PocketFives: How have you spent the time between July and now? Have you played a lot of poker? Josh Beckley: No, not much poker. I have been relaxing and doing whatever. I came down to Florida for the Hollywood Poker Open and that might have been it tournament-wise so far. I can carry all of the summer knowledge over to November. It's always there in my mind, but I needed a break after July. I'm beginning to want to play again and there will be a WSOP Circuit Event down here soon, so I'll go test how I'm doing. I'm playing a little bit online too. PocketFives: We understand you're starting to stream on Twitch. Josh Beckley: Twitch allows me to get out to the fans and it's a good platform. I've been playing online with shorter blind structures and it's really different than the Main Event, so I'm not worried about exposing any strategies by playing on Twitch. I play both games totally differently. The Main Event final table will be unlike any other poker tournament. You can't compare it because of the pressure and I'll be using live reads too. Online poker is mostly odds and shoving and hoping your hand holds up. It won't be like that in the Main Event. I think people there will be tighter. PocketFives: Have you been playing a lot of sit and gos? Josh Beckley: I wish there were sit and gos online. None of them fill up. For some reason, there's not enough traffic. PocketFives: Have you hired any consultants, psychological, strategical, or otherwise, to prep you for the tournament? Josh Beckley: Not yet, but no matter how good you are, having a coach helps you. Asking questions and going over things would benefit me. I can go over hand histories and certain situations that come up. PocketFives: What are your thoughts on the November Nine format? Josh Beckley: I like the waiting period because it's needed for filming and showing the Main Event on television. It's good for the sport for it to be filmed and edited correctly. I benefit because I can relax and prepare really hard for it. I can also get sponsored. I would have been really tired if we played it out in July, but would have done okay. I was playing optimally the whole time. PocketFives: What do you think it'll be like playing in front of several thousand people in the Penn and Teller Theater? Josh Beckley: I was at the featured table for a couple of days. I was also on "Poker Night in America," so I am used to the cameras. The cheering will be something new, however, but I'll have friends and family there. I will have my parents in the front row to help me. PocketFives: What was the November Nine bubble like? Josh Beckley: It was pretty incredible. It was so crazy. I didn't really realize what happened at first. I desensitized myself as to what was going on because the pay jumps were so big. I was focusing on playing regular poker and not considering anything else. I was in shock for sure, but it felt good because I knew I made it. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the Main Event money? Josh Beckley: I bought a new car: a 2015 BMW 328. I have a place in Florida for a couple of months too. I was living with my parents before and will move out. Maybe I'll take a vacation, but a house and a car are fine with me. PocketFives: How do you feel you'd be as an ambassador for poker if you won the Main Event? Is this needed from a Main Event winner? Josh Beckley: I don't think the winner has to be a good ambassador, but it's good for the game if they are and I think I would be a good one. I think I could promote the game well and put out a good image for it. It's about not doing anything negative and trying to get more people out to poker games. PocketFives: Talk about Joe dude904McKeehen (pictured), who is another East Coast PocketFiver and has a commanding chip lead in the Main Event entering the November Nine. Josh Beckley: His play was pretty good. He doubled up through me on Day 6 for his tournament life with AQ versus my AK. I'm still in the tournament, so that was okay I guess. I think he'll be aggressive and he's on my left, so I'll have to notice how aggressive he's being and find out what his range is. We hung out a little at Hard Rock Hollywood and did "Poker Night in America" together.
  14. On Sunday, November 8, the final nine of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Eventwill reconvene at the Rio's Penn and Teller Theater in Las Vegas. Two days later, we'll have our newest World Champion of Poker. In case you're wondering, yes, you can bet on the Main Event at live casinos like Caesars properties in Las Vegas as well as a host of sites online. Before we dive into the odds, let's recap what the stacks are as the 2015 WSOP November Nine resumes: 1. Joseph dude904 McKeehen - 63,100,000 2. Zvi Stern - 29,800,000 3. Neil Blumenfield - 22,000,000 4. Pierre Neuville - 21,075,000 5. Max Steinberg - 20,200,000 6. Thomas Cannuli - 12,250,000 7. Joshua asdf26 Beckley - 11,800,000 8. Patrick Chan - 6,225,000 9. Federico Butteroni - 6,200,000 By percentage of total chips in play, the field looks like this: 1. Joseph McKeehen – 33% 2. Zvi Stern – 16% 3. Neil Blumenfield – 12% 4. Pierre Neuville – 11% 5. Max Steinberg – 10% 6. Thomas Cannuli – 6% 7. Joshua Beckley – 6% 8. Patrick Chan – 3% 9. Federico Butteroni – 3% And now for the moment you've been waiting for: the Main Event betting odds from Caesars. These were the opening lines: 1. Joseph McKeehen – 7:5 2. Zvi Stern – 4:1 3. Neil Blumenfield – 6:1 4. Pierre Neuville – 6:1 5. Max Steinberg – 7:1 6. Thomas Cannuli – 12:1 7. Joshua Beckley – 12:1 8. Patrick Chan – 25:1 9. Federico Butteroni – 25:1 On Coral, the odds are slightly different, so we thought we'd highlight those as well. If you're from outside of the US, you can bet on the Main Event on Coral: 1. Joseph McKeehen – 5:4 2. Zvi Stern – 5:1 3. Neil Blumenfield – 8:1 4. Pierre Neuville – 15:2 5. Max Steinberg – 11:2 6. Thomas Cannuli – 12:1 7. Joshua Beckley – 12:1 8. Patrick Chan – 33:1 9. Federico Butteroni – 33:1 Ladbrokes is offering a few prop bets as well, so if picking a winner isn't your cup of tea, you can instead put money on the following bets, just to name a few: Color of Last Flop: Two Red, One Black – 31:20 Two Black, One Red – 31:20 All Red – 7:1 All Black – 7:1 Winning Hand: One Pair or Lower – 6:5 Two Pair or Higher – 8:13 Winning Hole Cards: Any Pocket Pair – 6:1 Any Two Suited Cards – 9:4 Any Two Unsuited, Unpaired Cards – 1:2 Who do you have winning the Main Event this year? Let us know by commenting below. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. Image courtesy CardPlayer
  15. [caption width="640"] Poker fans can bid on a chance to play an important role on poker's biggest stage.[/caption] For poker fans and players alike, making it to the WSOP Main Event final table is a dream come true and, for most, completely unrealistic. Now, thanks to Charity Buzz, a site that puts once-in-a-lifetime experiences up for auction in the name of charity, some lucky soul is going to get a chance to get exclusive access to the 2016 November Nine. Dubbed “Shuffle up and Deal,” the package promises the winner front row seats to the taping of the WSOP final table plus a behind-the-scenes tour of the WSOP production facilities. Also included is a private poker lesson with pro Frank Kassela, a former WSOP Player of the Year. But maybe best of all is that the auction's winner will be the one giving the "Shuffle Up and Deal" command prior to the start of poker's most prestigious final table, and the moment will be part of the ESPN broadcast. All proceeds from the auction benefit the One Drop organization. The winner will spend three nights in a deluxe room at The Cromwell, “Las Vegas’ newest boutique hotel,” and dine at Giada, an exclusive restaurant opened by famed chef Giada De Laurentiis. Finally, the highest bidder will get the chance to have his photo snapped holding the coveted Main Event gold bracelet. According to Charity Buzz, the package has an estimated value of $10,000. At the moment, viewers have made seven bids, bumping the price up to $2,502. On March 18, the auction will go offline and conclude at a live event called “One Night with One Drop.” The One Drop charity was founded by the billionaire creator of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberté, and strives to provide clean drinking water to communities in need. It views water as a “transformative force to improve living conditions,” which also helps give the vulnerable the ability to better care for themselves. Those who attend the annual One Night for One Drop event will be treated to a one-night-only exclusive Cirque du Soleil performance and hobnob with celebrity sponsors like Michael Phelps, John Legend, Shania Twain and Pamela Anderson. "We’ve worked with One Drop since 2012 and have seen first-hand that the cause they are working hard to address has a real meaningful impact," said Seth Palansky, Caesars VP of Corporate Communications. "So for us, when One Drop asks us to support their silent auction, it really was an easy decision." One Drop and the WSOP have worked together for years to raise money for the nonprofit. Leveraging his connections in the high-stakes poker world, Laliberté partnered with Caesars to create the Big One for One Drop, a $1 million buy-in WSOP tournament which set aside a portion of players’ buy-ins for charity. The event debuted in 2012 and quickly sold out, creating a massive top prize of $18.3 million, with $5.33 million going to One Drop. Poker pro Antonio Esfandiari bested the tough field that night and walked away from the inaugural event with the eight-figure first place payday. The WSOP VIP package is just one of many which Caesars has graciously donated. "We’re happy to help, and as you will see on Charity Buzz, Caesars as a whole has offered several different experiential packages for this cause," continued Palansky. "We are fortunate that we have some very unique and engaging entertainment options and we are sure bidders will enjoy the opportunity to get up close with the WSOP and our other unique options." Poker legend Phil Hellmuth raised money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation on a similar website in 2014. The package included five different levels of experiences with the 14-time bracelet winner. Prices ranged from $16,700 to $42,900, with the high level giving you the chance to set up a two-hour private game with the pro and your closest friends.
  16. Daniel Negreanucalled what Joe 'dude904' McKeehen did the past three days the most lopsided performance at a Main Event final table since Stu Ungar won his third title in 1997. And it's easy to understand why. McKeehen was personally responsible for six of the eight eliminations at the final table on his way to winning the 2015 WSOP Main Event, $7,683,346, and the first WSOP bracelet of his career. "I was just focused and I didn’t want to get ahead of myself, I have been that way the whole tournament because it was working," said McKeehen. "I feel pretty good now of course." With over two-thirds of the chips in play when action resumed on Tuesday, McKeehen made quick work of the third and final day of play, needing only 41 hands to eliminate Neil Blumenfield in third and Joshua Beckley in second. Blumenfield fell on the 28th hand of the night when he ran his pocket twos in McKeehen's pocket queens. The final hand of the night was just 12 hands later when Buckley, facing an 8-1 chip deficit, pushed all-in with pocket fours. McKeehen called with Ah Td and watched the dealer spread out a Qs Tc 5s flop, giving McKeehen middle pair. The 5d turn and Jc river were both blanks and McKeehen's impressive run to the title was complete. The only two final table players that McKeehen didn't eliminate were Tom Cannuli and Zvi Stern. Max Steinberg, who was busted by McKeehen in fourth place, eliminated Cannuli in sixth and Blumenfield busted Stern in fifth. Before those two eliminations, McKeehen eliminated Patrick Chan in ninth, Federico Butteroni in eighth, and Pierre Neuville in seventh. If you want to trace his run back even further, he eliminated Alexander Turyansky in tenth and famously ended the run of Negreanu in 11th. WSOP Main Event Final Table Payouts Joe McKeehen- USA - $7,683,346 Joshua Beckley - USA - $4,470,896 Neil Blumenfield - USA - $3,398,298 Max Steinberg - USA - $2,615,361 Ofer Zvi Stern - Israel - $1,911,423 Tom Cannuli - USA - $1,426,283 Pierre Neuville - Belgium - $1,203,293 Federico Butteroni - Italy - $1,097,056 Patrick Chan - USA - $1,001,020
  17. Coming into Sunday night, all eyes were on the short stacks. The shortest of those stacks, Patrick Chan, had his work cut out for him if he were going to make a final table run. After over three months of waiting, Chan's World Series of Poker Main Event final table run lasted just two hands, as he was quickly dispatched by chip leader Joe McKeehen. On the second hand of the night, the table folded around to the big stack, who moved all-in from the button. Chan and Federico Butteroni, the two shortest stacks at the table, were in the blinds and after the former called to put himself at risk from the small blind, while Butteroni folded in the big. McKeehen held Ad 4h to Chan's Ks Qc and the short stack had to hit to stay alive. He didn't, as McKeehen’s ace-high held through the 10c 6h 5s 3h 9c runout, confirming Chan's 9th place elimination and extending his chip lead on this Main Event final table. Chan makes $1,001,020 and his elimination means the eliminations from here on out will initiate individual pay jumps. The next player eliminated earns $1,097,056.
  18. Early in Sunday's opening session of the 2015 WSOP Main Event final table, Pierre Neuville, who was eliminated in 7th place, folded pocket tens pre-flop after Neil Blumenfield put in a sizable three-bet while holding pocket aces. Those two hands ran into each other early in Monday's session of the World Series of Poker Main Eventfinal table, with Tom Cannuli going from a big favorite to double, to out in the matter of one untimely flop. After a slightly uneventful first night of November Nine play, Cannuli returned for Monday's restart as the shortest stack with just over 17 big blinds to his name. On the second hand of the night, Cannuli got that short stack in the middle after he opened from UTG to 1,400,000. The table folded around to the big blind, where Max Steinberg moved all-in. He had Cannuli well covered and the New Jersey native wasted no time getting his chips in the middle before he turned over As Ac. Steinberg, who started the night with 16,000,000 chips, was drawing to just two outs, as he held Td Th. One of those two outs arrived when a Jc Ts 6c flop fell, turning the tables on the short stack, as he was then left drawing to two outs to save his tournament life. The Qd brought some additional equity for Cannuli on the turn, but after the 8s completed the board, he was eliminated in 6th place. Cannuli earned $1,426,283 for his finish and, for the second session in a row, a player was eliminated from the final table on just the second hand of the night. After the knockout, the first of the final table that wasn’t scored by chip leader Joe McKeehen, Steinberg was sitting behind over 31,000,000, good for an over 50 big blind stack and neck-and-neck for second place on the final table leaderboard.
  19. After the nearly immediate elimination of final table short stack Patrick Chan, the torch was passed to Federico Butteroni. While seemingly everyone else played some pretty sizable pots, with big stacks mixing in three-bets, four-bets, and even some all-in shoves, Butteroni remained quiet and patient, looking for opportunities to get his short stack in the middle. The Italian couldn't find any of those opportunities through the rest of Level 35, but a few hands into Level 36, he did. The table folded to Butteroni, who moved all-in for 3,200,000 from the cutoff with Qc 9c. With the big blind being worth 500,000, the shove was for just over six big blinds, but despite the relatively small all-in amount, Pierre Neuville, who was in the big blind, eventually folded Ah 7h. That gave Butteroni a pass and a much needed bump to his short stack. That pass helped, but after another full orbit of folds, Butteroni found himself even shorter than he was at the start of the level. Midway through Level 36, Joe McKeehen added to his final table kill list. McKeehen opened to 1,000,000 from the button and, with just 2,400,000 left in front of him in the small blind, Butteroni moved all-in. The big blind folded and McKeehen called, having the Italian dominated with As Ks to Ah Jc. McKeehen scored the first final table elimination with ace-high and ace-king-high was good enough for the second knockout as well, with McKeehen’s kicker sealing Butteroni’s eighth place finish on a runout of 10c 6d 3d 9s 7d. The Italian took home $1,097,056 and McKeehen is now up and over the 70,000,000 chip mark, hovering near 150 big blinds.
  20. The first day of play at the 2015 WSOP Main Event is in the books and Joe 'dude904' McKeehen continues to lead. While his chip count - over 90,000,000 - is the probably the most important number heading into Monday night's action, there are a number of other stats from Day 1 that are worth taking a deeper look at. The hottest topic of conversation on Sunday night was the seemingly slow pace of play. Most people were focusing on just how much time Zvi Stern seemed to be taking with every decision. Here's how the numbers look for the hands played on Sunday night. Total Hands Played: 72 Total Time Played: 4:10:10 Average Time/Hand: 3:28 Not surprisingly, the majority of the hands were decided pre-flop. Here is how hands were won on Sunday night: Hands won preflop: 45 (62.5%) Hands won on flop: 10 (13.9%) Hands won on turn: 3 (4.2%) Hands won on river: 3 (4.2%) Hands won at showdown: 11 (15.3%) Joe McKeehen To the surprise of nobody, the chip leader of the WSOP Main Event with six players remaining had himself a very good first day back at the tables. McKeehen, who came into the final table with the biggest chip lead in November Nine history, never once got close to losing the lead and added nearly 50% to his stack in just over four hours. Chip Count 91,450,000 Increase 28,350,000 (44.93%) Hands Won Preflop 10 Flop 3 Turn 1 River 1 Showdown 6* Total 21 (29.2%) Zvi Stern The man who seems to have developed a strong dislike among the home viewers and on social media still managed to win the second most hands on Sunday night (13) but didn't add too much to his stack. Most of Stern's work came in pots he took down before even seeing a flop. Chip Count 32,400,000 Increase 2,600,000 (8.72%) Hands Won Preflop 5 Flop 5 Turn 2 River 0 Showdown 1 Total 13 (18.1%) Neil Blumenfield At 61 years old it's safe to assume that a number of people never even considered Blumenfield, an amateur, to be any sort of threat. The self-described "hipster uncle" put that to rest early though and outside of McKeehen, he easily had the best night out of any of the remaining six players and now finds himself with a much bigger stack as a result. Chip Count 31,500,000 Increase 9,500,000 (43.18%) Hands Won Preflop 12 Flop 0 Turn 0 River 0 Showdown 1 Total 13 (18.1%) Max Steinberg There were a number of people who expected Steinberg to vastly improve his position on Sunday night. Having been in the ESPN spotlight before, being the only WSOP bracelet winner amongst the November Nine and being the only Las Vegas resident, many though Steinberg would position himself as a threat to McKeehen. That's not quite what happened though as Steinberg won just seven hands on Sunday night. Chip Count 16,000,000 Increase -4,200,000 (-20.79%) Hands Won Preflop 5 Flop 0 Turn 0 River 1 Showdown 1 Total 7 (9.7%) Josh Beckley Beckley was the third shortest stack when play resumed and while Chan and Butteroni, the only two players who started with less than him, both busted, Beckley managed to hang around and at the very least, moved himself up one pay spot with the elimination of Neuville in seventh. Beckley won more hands than Steinberg, but still wasn't able to keep his stack above what he started the day with. Chip Count 10,875,000 Increase -925,000 (-7.84%) Hands Won Preflop 6 Flop 1 Turn 0 River 1 Showdown 0 Total 8 (11.1%) Thomas Cannuli Cannuli might have won himself some fans during the Sunday night broadcast with this ESPN interview where the 23-year-old spoke about being able to live out a dream of his by being at the final table but if he wants that to come true, he's going to have to get to work. Cannuli dropped almost 15% of his stack and won the least number of hands (six) on Sunday night. Chip Count 10,425,000 Increase -1,825,000 (-14.9%) Hands Won Preflop 5 Flop 0 Turn 0 River 0 Showdown 1 Total 6 (8.3%) *denotes chopped pot.
  21. When the World Series of Poker Main Event final table reconvened on Sunday night, the buzz around nine-handed play was a new Neil Blumenfield. The amateur from San Fransisco, California came out firing, putting in multiple preflop raises, three-bets and four-bets, easily announcing himself as the most aggressive member of the November Nine. That aggression kept Blumenfield near the top of the leaderboard heading into Monday’s six-handed restart and while he returned Tuesday second in chips, a few early hands left him handcuffed throughout the next few orbits. The first of those hands involved Blumenfield’s first mis-timed act at this final table, as he bluffed off nearly half his stack, increasing Joe McKeehen’s chip lead in the process. With the blinds at 500,000/1,000,000/150,000, McKeehen completed the small blind and then called after Blumenfield raised to 3,000,000 from the big blind. McKeehen then check-called a bet of 2,200,000 after the Td 6c 3c flop fell, with McKeehen checking for a second time after the 7d came on the turn. Blumenfield didn’t slow down, as he continued for 3,500,000. McKeehen called again to see the 5c complete the board. A third check brought a trip to the tank from Blumenfield, who returned to bet 7,000,000. It was then McKeehen’s turn to go into the tank and when he emerged, he did with a call. It was the correct decision, as he caught Blumenfield in the act, bluffing with Qh8d. McKeehen turned over Kc 10s for top pair, good enough to win the pot and knock Blumenfield down to just a 20 big blind stack. He then hovered as the short stack for a few orbits but he did manage to claw some chips back from McKeehen. On a board of 4s 3s 2c Tc Qc, McKeehen rivered a pair with Qd 8d but Blumenfield held a king-high flush, picking up a small pot after his river raise forced a fold from the big stack and moved Blumenfield up near the 30 big blind mark. Blumenfield and McKeehen have had a bit of a dynamic at this final table but Blumenfield and Josh Beckley hand’t gotten involved over the last two nights. That all changed just a few hands later, as Beckley’s four-bet shove with KsJc dropped Blumenfield back down to a 20 big blind stack. That action was picked up with Beckley opening the button to 2,300,000 and Blumenfield, from the big blind, three-betting to 6,000,000. Almost immediately, Beckley announced himself “all-in” and almost just as quickly, Blumenfield folded, electing to not call off for his Main Event life with Ah 7h. A 20 big blind stack is short but anything lower can be considered the danger zone and after another encounter with chip leader Joe McKeehen, Blumenfield found himself in that danger zone. After McKeehen completed the small blind and Blumenfield checked his option in the big, McKeehen bet 1,000,000 on the Ad 8s 4s flop. Blumenfield called and then both players checked the Js turn card. The 3c fell on the river and McKeehen quickly bet 1,800,000. Blumenfield called with 9d 4c but his pair was no good, as McKeehen held Ac 5s for top pair. Blumenfield was more or less in fit or fold mode after getting dropped down to a 15 big blind stack and after more big stack bully play from McKeehen, the short stack finally found a hand to get his 12,000,000 chips in. Unfortunately, that big stack was waiting with a better hand, as Joe McKeehen notched another final table knockout. Antonio Esfandiari called Blumenfield ‘The Legend’ throughout the ESPN final table telecast and his legend came to an end in the 172nd hand, after Josh Beckley opened to 2,000,000 from the button and McKeehen three-bet to 5,400,000 from the small blind. Blumenfield four-bet shoved for 12,000,000 from the big and after Beckley folded, McKeehen snap called. He tabled Qh Qs and Blumenfield was drawing to just two outs with 2d 2h. There was no live saving deuce for Blumenfield, as the board ran out Th 7h 4c 4s Ks, scoring McKeehen another knockout and officially elimination Neil Blumenfield in 3rd place. He’ll make $3,398,298 for his podium finish and Joe McKeehen and Josh Beckley are now heads up for the 2015 WSOP Main Event title, with McKeehen holding a nearly 5:1 chip advantage.
  22. On Sunday, Joe McKeehen played textbook chip leader poker in eliminating three more players at theWSOP Main Event final table. On Monday, he was still the clear chip leader at the table, but he let some of the other players handle the eliminations - but not all of them. Max Steinberg eliminated Tom Cannuli on the second hand of the night. Cannuli, the short stack when play began on Monday, got exactly what he needed, getting his stack all-in with pocket aces and finding a caller in Steinberg, who held pocket tens. Unfortunately for Cannuli, the flop included a ten and when the turn and river bricked, Cannuli was out in sixth. Almost three hours later, Neil Blumenfield, the amateur that Antonio Esfandiari has taken to calling "Legend," eliminated Zvi Stern in fifth place. Stern, who was once as high as second in chips, was short-stacked, called a pre-flop all-in from Blumenfield, and found himself in a world of hurt. Stern held Ac Jh, but was trailing Blumenfield's As Kc. The flop missed Stern, but the turn paired Blumenfield's king, ending Stern's chances with a fifth place finish. That's when McKeehen got the opportunity to play executioner once more, sending Steinberg home in fourth place. After moving as high as third in chips earlier in the night, Steinberg found himself as the shortest stack with four players left. Just like Stern, Steinberg got the last of his chips in with Ah Jd against a bigger ace, as McKeehen held Ad Qc. The board ran out 9d 7c 5s 8c 3d, Steinberg was out in fourth, and play was done for the night. McKeehen finished the night with over two-thirds of the chips in play and will be an overwhelming favorite to win the bracelet and the $7.6 million first place money on Tuesday night. Blumenfield sits second with Josh Beckley playing the role of short stack. Action gets underway on ESPN Tuesday at 9:30 pm ET and will play down to a winner. Official Chip Counts Joe McKeehen – 128,825,000 Neil Blumenfield – 40,125,000 Josh Beckley – 23,700,000
  23. Max Steinberg came into the 2015 WSOP Main Event final table with the fourth biggest stack, but struggled on Sunday night and with just six players left on Monday, he was still fourth, but actually had fewer chips than when he started play. Steinberg's Monday roller-coaster got off to a bit of a rocky start, but was saved by a fortunate flop. Thomas Cannuli raised to 1,400,000 from UTG with Ac As and Steinberg moved all-in over the top with Td Th. Cannuli called and then watched in horror as the flop came Jc Ts 6c to give Steinberg a set. The Qd turn and 8s river kept Steinberg in front, eliminated Cannuli, and propelled Steinberg to 31,225,000. Not long after that hand, Steinberg tangled with chip leader Joe McKeehen and came out on the winning end. Steinberg raised to 1,600,000 with Ac Ks and McKeehen called with Kh Qh. The flop came 6c 6s 4d, Steinberg bet 1,900,000, and McKeehen folded. The first decent size pot that didn't go Steinberg's way on Monday came in a hand with Josh Beckley. The action folded to Beckley in the small blind and he raised to 1,900,000 with Js 6d. Steinberg called from the big blind with 4d 2d and then called Beckley's 2,100,000 bet after the Qd Jd 6s flop. The Ts turn produced a 3,800,000 bet from Beckley and a call from Steinberg. The Jh river missed Steinberg's flush draw and filled Beckley's full house. Beckley bet 10,100,000, forcing Steinberg to fold, leaving him with 23,250,000. Steinberg failed to get any real traction and a failed bluff against Neil Blumenfield spelled the beginning of his demise. Holding Qd Qh, Blumenfield raised to 1,900,000 from UTG and Steinberg re-raised to 5,000,000 from the big blind with 3s 2c. Blumenfield called to see a flop of Th 8d 3d. Steinberg checked, Blumenfield bet 4,000,000, and after a long time to consider his options, Steinberg folded and was left with 18,250,000. A few minutes later, Steinberg's run was over and it was none other than chip leader McKeehen who did the honors. McKeehen raised to 2,000,000 from UTG with Ad Qc and Steinberg moved all-in for 16,500,000 with Ah Jd. McKeehen called and the board ran out 9d 7c 5s 8c 3d to eliminate Steinberg in fourth place and end play for the night.
  24. [caption width="640"] Gordon Vayo's journey to the November Nine is a familiar tale (WSOP photo / Joe Giron)[/caption] There have been plenty of documented cases of poker players lying about their age to play in cardrooms before they turned 21. Gordon Vayo, however, was lying about his age so that he could play online before he turned 18. At just 27 years old, the Illinois native cut his teeth on the virtual felt and has been playing poker professionally for over a decade. After earning over $1.4 million in online tournament earnings under the screen name “holla@yoboy,” Vayo comes into this year’s November Nine third in chips and has a chance to etch his name into live poker’s history books. Vayo found his love for the game during his time in high school. He was only 15 years old when the Moneymaker boom happened, but his core group of friends were a few years older and they got him involved. It started with a group of around 30 students from the three local high schools playing a regular game at rotating homes, but soon, Vayo found himself taking it much more seriously and putting in a ton of time honing his craft online. “I had another friend who started taking it seriously,” said Vayo. “He was playing online and everybody would go through that phase when you start playing poker that you think online poker is rigged or whatever. Then I saw him play and I was like ‘Okay, maybe it’s not rigged.’” After Vayo took down one of the home games, he gave one of his friends some cash to have it transferred online. Vayo took the deposit and ran up the stakes online. He was hooked and never looked back. As a 15 and 16-year-old playing online poker, Vayo met some resistance from his family when they found out what he was doing in his spare time. “I was hiding it as much as possible from my family,” said Vayo. “But I mean, when I started to actually have success at it, it was impossible to hide. I didn’t really try to hide it from people besides my parents, but once it kind of got out, there was no putting it back.” Despite his parents’ objection to his online poker playing, Vayo found ways to play and continue his success. From online winnings alone, Vayo was able to buy a car and rent an apartment before he was out of high school. “At that time, I was not going to not do It,” said Vayo. “I was too motivated to do so and it wasn’t that difficult for me to find places to play. It just wasn’t that difficult.” Like many young players at the time with little financial responsibility, Vayo’s main goals were to continue to play higher and higher and be the best he could be. The money and the gambling aspect of poker were not what was attractive to him. It was the strategy behind the game and the drive to get better. “For me, it was never about running up a bunch of money,” said Vayo. “When I was younger, I was barely cashing out. I was just trying to see how high my account could go. It was like a high score or something. “I was really active on PocketFives and stuff when I was really really young. The ratings and getting the respect of my peers and the people on the forums and the people that I was playing tournaments with, that was my motivation.” At one point during the early stages of his poker career, variance got the better of Vayo and he went on a prolonged downswing. One of his first poker friends, Jared Hamby, convinced him to reach out to a backer. Hamby suggested Vayo get in contact with the current chip leader of this year’s November Nine, Cliff Josephy. Josephy, better known as 'JohnnyBax' online, was well-known for his stable of successful tournament grinders. "I reached out to him on PocketFives and he gave me an email address,” said Vayo. “I sent him a hand history and he was very enthusiastic about wanting to back me. He said that this was the fastest he’s ever wanted to back someone. But I was like 16 at the time and he was like a king to me. That meant a lot and it boosted my confidence for sure." Vayo contends that Josephy had no idea he was underage and he told everybody that he was 18 and in college. After about a year of being backed by Josephy, Vayo went back out on his own and continued to crush online tournaments. Now, more than a decade later, they will be sitting across from each other playing for poker’s biggest prize. Even with some history between the two, Vayo tends to laugh the situation off, almost chalking it up to variance. “I don’t think there is going to be huge implications or anything emotionally,” said Vayo. “Cliff and I were always friendly and when he was backing me, we would like chat and stuff on a much more personal level. “We’ve been friendly ever since, but it’s not like this deep student meets master or anything. We almost never talk poker strategy really. I mean this endearingly, but he’s almost like a poker dad to me. Especially for me because I met him at a really young age. It was never really like a student-teacher relationship. It was more like a friendly relationship.” Like almost all online players of that era, Vayo was heavily affected by Black Friday. Vayo opted to stay in the country and start playing more live poker. Initially after Black Friday, Vayo, in his own words, was not very good at live poker. He left Illinois the following winter after Black Friday and headed out to the San Francisco area. He was able to play more live poker in both Northern and Southern California, which helped his growth as a live pro, eventually leading him to the 2016 November Nine. With over $2.5 million in live tournament earnings following a successful online career, Vayo has just as much poker experience as anybody else at the table. But dealing with emotions while playing for $8 million is the one question mark he has when cards get in the air. “I think that’s the thing I’m most anxious about because that is the one thing you can’t prepare for,” said Vayo. “At the end of the day, the one thing you can’t prepare for is the moment. I think it’s something I’m going to have to live and adapt to in the moment. You’re going to have to experience it and do your best to not let it be overwhelming.”
  25. [caption width="640"] 2016 WSOP Main Event champion Qui Nguyen is the last November Niner (WSOP photo)[/caption] Poker fans used to have to wait until August to start watching World Series of Poker coverage on ESPN and for the last nine years have had to wait until November to see a new world champion crowned. That's not the case anymore. As part of a groundbreaking announcement made Monday morning, PokerCentral has become the owner of the global television and digital media rights for the WSOP and has partnered with ESPN to bring the WSOP broadcasts into a more modern era. ESPN will broadcast roughly 40 hours of coverage of the WSOP Main Event on a 30-minute delay, including full coverage of the final table from July 20 - 22. The shows will be split between ESPN and ESPN2. “We are thrilled to add the preeminent poker brand, the World Series of Poker, to our growing portfolio of poker-related content,” said JR McCabe, chief digital officer, Poker Central. “We have major plans to reinvent the WSOP offering to greatly expand how, when and where fans of the game of poker can watch and engage with the game.” PokerCentral will also produce 130 hours of original programming each year. Plans to stream coverage of other events will be revealed closer to the start of the 2017 WSOP. In recent years the live streaming of preliminary event final tables was available on WSOP.com. The agreement also extends the WSOP on ESPN partnership through 2020, a move that WSOP executives, including the man responsible for creating the November Nine concept in 2008, are quite happy with. "ESPN has been our home since 2002, and we’re delighted to extend the relationship into the next decade," said Ty Stewart, executive director, WSOP. "Having every day live coverage of the WSOP Main Event is truly a huge commitment on behalf of ESPN and Poker Central, and we look forward to delivering to our faithful audience wall-to-wall action from the outset for the very first time." WSOP on ESPN broadcast schedule DATEDAYTIME July 81a4pm-8pm July 91b2pm - 6pm July 112a/2b8pm-11pm July 122c8pm-10pm July 1448pm-11pm July 1552pm-4pm July 1662pm-6pm July 1777pm-9pm July 19Final table preview10pm-11pm July 209 down to 69pm-TBD July 216 down to 39pm-TBD July 223 down to 19pm-TBD Days not broadcast on ESPN will be made available via PokerCentral's online platforms. The 2017 WSOP begins May 31.
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