2016 WSOP November Nine Determined, Now the Wait Begins
Perhaps you have heard, but this big tournament called the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event is down to only nine players. After a week and a half slog with more than 6,700 players falling by the wayside, the final table – the November Nine, as it is now known – is set. Those remaining players must now wait until the end of October* to resume play, but they should be quite content knowing they have already banked at least a million dollars.
Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy leads the final table with 74.6 million chips, not all that far ahead of Qui Nguyen, who has 67.925 million. At age 51, Josephy is the oldest player at the final table. And though he is the oldest, don’t think that he is just some fogey brick-and-mortar player who doesn’t understand these young kids and their internets. Josephy is actually one of the biggest names in online poker history.
In the early years of the poker boom, Josephy was not only one of the top online tournament players in the world, he was the top online tournament player in the world. He reached PocketFives’ number one spot in the site’s worldwide internet tournament rankings in April 2005 and stayed on top for more than a year. And remember, he is 51-years old now, so he was around 40 back then. Even a decade ago, he was much older than most of his online competition.
While this is Josephy’s first Main Event final table, he did profit handsomely from the 2009 November Nine, as he and online pro Eric “Sheets” Haber combined to have half of champion Joe Cada’s action. Josephy and Haber were pioneers in the staking game; while staking has been around the poker world forever, the two men were so prolific that staking became a business unto itself.
So now Josephy, Nguyen, and the remaining cast of seven must wait three and a half months to try to claim the title of champion of the poker world. As mentioned, they are all guaranteed at least a cool million, though each will likely want to keep moving up the pay table, as there are sizable jumps at every elimination. Though the difference of $100,000 from ninth to eighth isn’t THAT much when compared to the $8 million for first place, it is still $100,000, almost enough pay off the rest of my house.
The November Nine will run from October 30th through November 1st and will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, and WatchESPN. The Main Event television coverage in general will begin on September 11th.
2016 World Series of Poker Main Event – Final Table Chip Counts
1. Cliff Josephy – 74,600,000
2. Qui Nguyen – 67,925,000
3. Gordon Vayo – 49,375,000
4. Kenny Hallaert – 43,325,000
5. Michael Ruane – 31,600,000
6. Vojtech Ruzicka – 27,300,000
7. Griffin Benger – 26,175,000
8. Jerry Wong – 10,175,000
9. Fernando Pons – 6,150,000
*Though the November Nine traditionally compete in November, the start of the Main Event final table was moved up to October 30th because the U.S. presidential election is on November 8th, one of the days during which the final table would normally be held.
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