The most famous final table in poker was reached a few days back as the nine players fortunate enough to take part in the World Series of Poker Main Event final table were established. Called the ‘November Nine’ due to that final table taking place later this year in November, the players will now know that they have each locked up a payday of at least the 9th place finish of $730,725 and could possibly go on to win the $10 million 1st place payout.
We are going to tell you a little bit about each of those players that made the final table across three articles. This is the first of them and we will start with the three biggest stacks onthe table.
Jorryt van Hoof – 38,375,000
There is no better place to be on the WSOP Main Event final table than the one that Jorryt van Hoof finds himself. Top of the chip counts and certainly one of the favourites for the title. The 31 year old Dutch professional player may only have career earnings of $358,580 from tournaments but has ten years experience playing the game where he has primarily made his living from cash games.
The player is also the founder of Dutch poker training site, so obviously knows how to navigate a poker table successfully. He has been to the WSOP on a number of occasions throughout the years, with his previous best score being that of the $24,260 that he took down for a 30th place finish in the $5k NLHE event back in 2008.
Felix Stephensen – 32,775,000
Felix Stephensen has already just secured the biggest score of his career by making this final table and locking up at least $730,725 for a 9th place finish. The 23 year old Norwegian professional players biggest score before this event was just $22,118 from live tournaments, though he primarily plays cash games online.
This is the second occasion he has taken part in the WSOP Main Event after only managing to get as far as Day 3 last year. Can Stephensen be the big story this time around?
Mark Newhouse – 26,000,000
Making two consecutive World Series of Poker Main Event final tables really has to go down as one of the biggest achievements in modern poker. This sort of achievement would have been easy in the early days of the series but with regular fields of thousands in the modern game, this achievement is practically impossible.
Mark Newhouse came into the 2013 WSOP final table with the shortest stack and was the first to be eliminated, this year however, he has the third biggest stack and will be looking to improve on the $733,224 he won last year.
The 29 year old professional player from Las Vegas has $2,773,673 in career earnings and a major title to his name after winning the 2006 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open for around $1.5 million.