Tran and Benefield Headline Main Event Final Table
The 2013 World Series of Poker has worked its way from the money bubble all the way to the November Nine with JC Tran, David Benefield and Mark Newhouse the marquee names at the final table.
During that time we said goodbye to Texas Dolly, Greg Merson (last year's World Champion), and found out who would be the last woman standing.
In the end Tran will take the chip lead into what promises to be one of the strongest November Nines to date.
JC Tran and David Benefield Highlight November Nine
This year's November Nine is among the strongest since the inception of the concept and one of the strongest Main Event final tables since the poker boom.
Former Main Event champion Carlos Mortensen looked in good shape to make the final table when the unofficial final table of 10 was reached. However, he steadily slid in chips and ultimately fell to JC Tran and became this year's final table bubble boy.
Two-time bracelet winner JC Tran takes the chip lead into the November Nine final table and is joined by bracelet winner Amir Lehavot who just happens to be second in chips.
French-Canadian Marc McLaughlin is 3rd in chips and this is his second mega-deep run in the Main Event. He finished 30th in the 2009 WSOP Main Event.
Coming in with the short stack is David Benefield. Benefield has had a solid record in WSOP events and this is his third WSOP final table. He will start the final table with 6.37 million, or just over 15 big blinds.
Below are the 2013 WSOP November Nine and their chip counts:
- JC Tran 38,000,000
- Amir Lehavot 29,700,000
- Marc McLaughlin 26,525,000
- Jay Farber 25,975,000
- Ryan Riess 25,875,000
- Sylvain Loosli 19,600,000
- Michiel Brummelhuis 11,275,000
- Mark Newhouse 7,350,000
- David Benefield 6,375,000
Brunson's Run Comes to an End
The story for the first half of the Main Event was the deep run of Doyle Brunson. Texas Dolly only played in two events at this year's WSOP and found himself in strong contention through the first three days.
Brunson would make the money on Day 4 but would fail to grow his stack to make a run for the final table. Ultimately he would find himself at risk with Kd-10s against the pocket tens of Sergei Stazhkov.
The tens held and Brunson exited to an ovation from the entire Amazon Room.
Jackie Glazier Finishes 31st, is Last Woman Standing
While most of the media were watching the deep runs of Annette Obrestad and Melanie Weisner, Australian Jackie Glazier quietly navigated her way through the field and eventually found herself this year's "Last Woman Standing."
Glazier would ultimately fall on Day 6 when she shoved her stack with A-Q and ran into the pocket tens of Sergio Castelluccio. Castelluccio flopped a full house and it held to send Glazier home in 31st place.
The $229,281 she earned in the Main Event is the 2nd largest score of her poker career. She finished runner up in the $3,000 NL Hold'em Event in last year's WSOP.
The Aussie now has over $1.18 million in career earnings.
Greg Merson and Steve Gee Fall Short
Last year Steven Gee was the first player eliminated at the Main Event final table while Greg Merson went on to win it all.
A year later, both again made deep runs. Merson stayed in contention for most of the first four days but started to falter around the end of Day 4. With just 481k left in his stack on Day 5 he shoved with A-2 and ran into the A-K of Brett Richey. Both hit their kickers and Merson would fall in 167th.
Gee fared much better and was still alive going into the last day of play. However, after starting Day 7 with just over 3 million in chips, he was one of the short stacks of the final 27 players. He would be one of the early bustouts on the final day, finishing the event in 24th place.
Gee's 9th- and 24th-place finishes are one of the most impressive back-to-back Main Event runs since Dan Harrington's back-to-back final table runs in 2003 and 2004.