2011 WSOP Main Event Day 8 - The November Nine is Set
The 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event has finally reached the November Nine.
I stayed with the coverage until we got to 10 players, but I had to get some sleep so I missed John Hewitt's bustout in 10th place.
Regardless, here are your November Nine:
Martin Staszko - Chip Leader - 40.17 Million:Â Stasko is one of the unknowns at this final table.Â He lists himself as a poker pro, but not much can be found on his game.
What we do know is that so far this year he has five cashes including the Main Event.Â This is his first final table and easily his largest live cash.
Eoghan O'Dea - 33.92 Million:Â Son of pro player Donnacha O'Dea, he and his father become the first father and son to make the Vegas Main Event final table.Â His largest score before this event was a 2nd in the WPT Main Event in Marrakech. He took $388k for that one. This is his first WSOP final table.
Matt Giannetti - 24.75 Million:Â Giannetti is a professional player from Las Vegas. This is his 11th WSOP cash and 2nd WSOP final table.Â He took 4th in the $1,500 PLO Event in 2009.
This is also his 2nd cash in the Main Event. He had a min-cash in the 2006 Main Event. This will easily be his biggest live poker score regardless of finish and his first live score of at least six figures or more.
Phil Collins - 23.87 Million: Primarily known as an online pro, this is his 9th WSOP cash and first final table. Known as USCphildo online, he has over $2.5 Million in online winnings. This is easily Collins' biggest live score to date.
Ben Lamb - 20.87 Million: Lamb has the most success of all the players at this table. He has live cashes totaling $2.5 million.
This is his 4th final table of the 2011 WSOP and he has won the bracelet in the $10k Omaha World Championship. He was also one of my picks for the November Nine.
Badih Bounahra - 19.7 Million: Bounahra is one of the true amateur players left in the field. In his normal life, he runs a card room in Belize, which probably gives him a foot up on your average "amateur" player.
He has some live tournament experience but only about $70k in live earnings. He has already earned 10 times that much here and looks to become the first true amateur to win this event in several years.
Pius Heinz - 16.42 Million: Pius Heinz is a 22 year-old student and online poker player from Germany. This is his first WSOP, but he already has two final tables including this one.
He finished 7th in the $1,500 NL Event won by Athanasios Polychronopoulos. He now at least his first six-figure cash locked up but needs some help to win the bracelet.
Anton Makievskyi - 13.82 Million: Makievskyi is in position to become the youngest ever WSOP Main Event winner should he come back from the second short stack to take the bracelet. The 21 year-old student is playing in his first ever WSOP and this is his first cash.
Samuel Holden - 12.37 Million: Holden comes in as the short stack and needs some quick help to have a shot at taking the bracelet. He is an online pro from the U.K. and has limited live experience. He learned the game while attending college at Kent University by primarily playing home games.
Now that the Main Event is on break until the November Nine, it is time to go back to my normal mix of blogs and commentary. I hope you have enjoyed my coverage as much as I have enjoyed bringing it to you.
Of course, I will be back in November to bring you coverage during the November Nine. Hope to see you there.