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November Nine Final Table – Joe McKeehan Dominates!

Hey High Rollers, did you watch the final table? Did you like it? The 2015 WSOP Main Event has concluded and it’s the 25 year old from North Wales, Pennsylvania who claims the $7.7 million first place prize, richest prize in sports, and bragging rights as poker’s new world champ. Now, he has two world titles, he also won the world Risk title in 2010.  Joshua Beckley finished 2nd, Neil Blumenfield 3rd.

Poker's New King!

Poker’s New King!

Things Learned Watching the November Nine:

  • The Italian, Frederico Butteroni, once worked on a watermelon farm in Australia.
  • Frederico Butteroni and Joshua Beckley made the final table in their first ever WSOP main event.
  • Patrick Chan was eliminated on just the 2nd hand of the final table, a November Nine record.
  • #WSOP started to trend on twitter, as did #WSOPMainEvent
  • Israeli Zvi Stern’s slow play and ‘tanking’ on night one prompted Daniel Negreanu, poker’s all-time winningest player, to take to twitter calling for rule changes i.e. shot clock.
  • The $7.7 million McKeehan won is more than Johnny Chan made after three straight WSOP main event final tables, in which two of them he won.
  • The 2015 WSOP gold bracelet is big enough to fit the two winning cards in it for posterity and is worth $250,000.
  • There were 192 million chips in play in the 2015 main event.
  • This is the 8th straight year a 20-something won the event.

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Final Hand

 Ace 10 versus 44

McKeehan ran well to say the least! Played well too. It was the most dominating win since 2006 when Jamie Gold went crazy.

Shot Clock?

The November Nine saw some slow play, especially from the Israeli Zvi Stern and twister attacked. Daniel Negreanu, poker’s winningest all-time money leader and the game’s bets ambassador took to social media calling for a shot clock. WSOP TD Jack Eiffel had this to say to Card Player magazine:

“[Stern] was super cool when I talked to him about it. He was like, ‘Man, I didn’t realize I was taking too much time.’ He got it. I think sometimes players just have to be told. As officials, it’s our job to talk to guys and try to explain that to them and explain it from the other players’ perspective. The first thing that scares me when I think about the shot clock is that if you put someone on a shot clock, and everybody is on that same shot clock, then everybody is going to use that same amount of time before they act every single hand. So that guy who may have folded in five or 10 seconds are now taking 30, and that might pose a problem. I don’t know how it would play out naturally. It would need some more R and D and some trial to see whether or not it would be good.”

  • Jack Effel

Note: We did great interview with Bart Hanson of Crush Live Poker a few years ago and he commented on a shot clock in poker. www.highrollerradio.net INTERVIEWS tab.

Fun Fact

The 2015 World Series of Poker final table finished this week in Las Vegas, with the final nine playing for a combined $24.8 million. According to analysis of tax liabilities of the November Nine by taxabletalk.com the IRS collected nearly $8.5 million of the prize money.

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WSOP Main Event Final Table – Tonight! Betting Odds.

Hey High Rollers, biggest night in poker as the November Nine resumes, fans will be watching with bated breath, one of the biggest spectacles and richest prizes in sport. Is poker a sport? We’ll save that for another day, but it is the World Series Of Poker final table, nine players vying for the world championship – and the money doesn’t lie, a whopping $7.7 million to the winner.

Nine players left for the world championship and $7.7 million

Nine players left for the world championship and $7.7 million

These nine have outlasted more than 6400 others, each have already been paid ninth place money, more than a million dollars. The cards fly in just a few hours, 8pm at the Penn and Teller theatre at the RIO in Las Vegas. And yes, you can wager on it! Chip leader Joseph McKeehan is the overwhelming 7-5 favourite, massive chip lead with  more than 63 million to play with. His chip count, more than double that of 2nd place Zvi Stern, from isreal, who’s listed at 7-2. McKeehen, by the way, a native of North Wales, Pa, is a two-time WSOP circuit winner, he almost captured a bracelet last year finishing runner-up in the inaugural Monster Stack event. Tidbit: McKeehan won the world Risk championship in 2010. Third in chips, is San Fransisco’s Neil Blumenfield, 61, who has 22 million chips and is pegged at 6-to-1. Same odds for the oldest player left, 72 year old Belgian Pierre Neuville and what a story that would be. Neuville will unbag 21 million chips in 4th Place. And then there’s Max Steinberg, a little more than 20 million, listed at 7-to-1, and this is our betting favourite. Great story too; he won his $10,000 seat into the main event through an NBA satellite on DraftKings. Yes, this guy used to play poker for a living, he owns a WSOP bracelet already, and what a parlay! He tturned that $27 satellite, into a $10,000 entry fee, now has a $1 million and a chance at the whole enchilada. This guy’s good, he’s underrated and you know he’s riding high, so watch out – Max J Steinberg at 7-to-1…that’s where our money’s going. The remaining 4 players, all between the tender ages of 23 and 25, are long shots. Young gun’s Thomas Cannuli and Joshua Beckley, both from New Jersey, and both listed at (12/1).  Brooklyn’s Patrick Chan and Italy’s Federico Butteroni are (25/1) dogs. Chan and Butteroni have less than 1/10 the amount of chips as McKeehen, the leader. Watch for it folks, live ESPN tonight, when they’ll play down from 9 players to 4, then tomorrow November 9th, from four players down to 2, and poker’s world champ will be crowned Tuesday November 10th.

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Did you know? The $7.7 million first place prize money is more than Wimbledon, The Masters, and the Indianapolis 500 awards to its winners – combined! The largest ever prize at the WSOP ME was 2006 when Jamie Gold collected $12 million for winning the main event. The richest first place prize in poker history was the Big One for One Drop – $18 million – won by Antonio Esfandiari.

Have fun watching tonight…good luck to all…let’s hope for drama folks.

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46th Annual World Series of Poker Highlights, Bracelet Winners, Poker History

Hey High Rollers, sorry it’s been a while….busy summer with the World Series of Poker, watching the WSOP Live Streams. Congrats to David Tuchman and all of his co-hosts, another fantastic offering of poker variety, thrills and spills, great action with bad beats and remarkable feats. Below you’ll find all the bracelet winners and some highlights from the 46th annual WSOP.

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Mississippi Grind Trailer

Be sure to check out the new trailer for the gambling road movie Mississippi Grind, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendohlson…looks great, and got awesome reviews at the film festivals. The greatest since Rounders? We’ll see.

Dogs Playing Poker


A Bold Bluff

This is just one of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s 16 pieces in his famous American Classic painting series. Did you know they were originally painted to sell cigars?

Dogs Playing Poker

John Reading Interview

This Minnesota Native cashed 7 times at the WSOP, made two final tables and won a bracelet in the first ever Hyper Hold’em event that saw 20 minute blind levels. It took just 11 hours to reach a final table.

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46th Annual WSOP

– The first ever WSOP.com online bracelet event drew 909 runners. Players had to be competing from an IP address in Nevada. Once the final table of six was reached play was suspended for a day so that the contestants could meet at the Rio and battle it out live for the bracelet. One of our former guests, Hunter Cichy finished runner-up. Another former guest Dutch Boyd cashed.

– Event #60, the 25k High Roller, won by former lawyer turned poker pro Anthony Zinno, was the richest PLO tournameny in history, generating a prize pool of more than $4 million.

2010 World Champion Jonathan Duhamel topped a stacked field in the $111,111 buy-in Big One for One Drop. He defeated businessman Bill Klein heads-up for the title and his 2nd bracelet. Bill Klein donated his entre 2nd place winnings, $2,465,522, to charity.

Trivia: Who finished 6th in the main event and plays on the same dodgeball team as Jonathan Duhamel?
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– Christian Pham, a Minnesota poker pro, accidentally signed up for the wrong event ($1,500 No Limit Deuce-to-7) and ended up winning it. Pham previously won a the WSOP circuit main event at Caesars Palace in 2013. Thinking he was signing up for the next day’s NLHE event, Pham was stunned to learn he was playing Kansas City Lowball, a form of poker he had never played before:

“They had started dealing already, so I couldn’t do anything. If they had not started dealing, I would have told the floorman and asked to be unregistered.”
– Christian Pham

– Jeffrey Tomlinson, a 51 year old football coach from Florida, upset a stacked field in Event #25.
“I don’t have any fear. I mean, I’m here to play my game. It doesn’t mean I’ll win ten gold bracelets, but from the moment I sat down I knew I could win.”

– Seven years after his first gold bracelet, Phil Galfond picked up his 2nd in the world championship of Kansas City lowball single draw defeating Nick Schulman, a two-time winner of this very event, heads-up. It was his 15th career cash, bringing is WSOP earnings above the $2 million mark.

– Max Pescatori became the first Italian to win three gold bracelets, taking down the $1,500 Razz for $156,000.

– Keith Lehr needed just 24 hands to beat Paul Volpe in the final of the $10k heads-up world championship. It’s his 2nd bracelet. His first? Twelve years ago in pot limit hold’em.

– After min-cashing in the Colossus, Germany’s Paul Michaelis took down Event #8 for his first bracelet and close to $200,000.

“I was running insane basically. I had a straight flush against a nut flush, I had a couple sets. My bluffs worked out. Everything worked perfectly actually,”
– Paul Michaelis

– The Colossus was exactly that! It broke the record for the biggest live poker tournament ever by more than 150%! The prize pool? More than $11 million, more than double the advertised guarantee. Nolan Dalla, longtime poker writer and unofficial WSOP historian, compared it to Cal Ripken breaking Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games, Barry Bonds eclipsing Hank Aaron for career home runs, and Joe DiMaggio setting the record for consecutive games with a hit.

WSOP Bracelet Winners 2015
Event #1: Casino Employees Championship, Brandon Barnette ($74,704)
Event #2: $5,000 NLHE, Michael Wang ($466,120)
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better, Robert Mizrachi ($251,022)
Event #4: $3,000 NLHE Shootout, Nick Petrangelo ($201,812)
Event #5: The Colossus, Cord Garcia ($638,880)
Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Turbo, John Reading ($252,028)
Event #7: Deuce to 7 World Championship, Taun Le ($322,756)
Event #8: $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em, Paul Michaelis ($189,818)
Event #9: $1,500 Razz, Max Pescatori ($155,947)
Event #10: Heads-Up World Championship, Keith Lehr ($334,430)
Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold’em, William Kakon ($196,055)
Event #12: $1,500 6-Handed NLHE, Idan Raviv ($455,057)
Event #13: $2,500 7-Card Stud/Omaha 8 or Better, Konstanin Maslak ($269,612)
Event #14: $1,500 NLHE Shootout, Barry Hutter ($283,546)
Event #15: Pot Limit Hold’em World Championship, Shaun Deeb ($318,857)
Event #16: Millionaire Maker
Event #17: Razz World Championship, Phil Hellmuth ($271,105)
Event #18: $1,000 Turbo NLHE, John Gale ($298,290)
Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, Matt Elsby ($230,799)
Event #20: $1,500 NLHE, Benjamin Zamani ($460,640)
Event #21: $10,000 World Championship of Omaha 8 or Better, Daniel Alaei ($391,037)
Event #22: $1,000 NLHE, Sam Greenwood ($318,977)
Event #23: $1,500 No Limit Deuce-to-7 Lowball, Christian Pham ($81,314)
Event #24: $1,500 HORSE, Arash Ghaneian ($239,750)
Event #25: $5,000 8-Handed NLHE, Jeffrey Tomlinson ($567,724)
Event #26: $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha, Aaron Wallace ($226,985)
Event #27: $10k World Championship 7-Card Stud, Brian Hastings ($239,518)
Event #28: Monster Stack,
Event #29: $10k World Championship Deuce-to-7 Single Draw, Phil Galfond ($224,383)
Event #30: $1,000 NLHE, Franco Ivan Luca ($353,391)
Event #31: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better, Jeff Madsen ($301,314)
Event #32: $5,000 NLHE 6-Handed, Jason Mercier ($633,357)
Event #33: $1,500 Limit Deuce-to-7 Lowball, Benny Glaser ($136,215)
Event #34: $1,500 Split Format Hold’em, Andre Boyer ($250,243)
Event #35: $3,000 HORSE, Dan Idema ($261,774)
Event #36: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, Corrie Wunstel ($266,874)
Event #37: $10,000 World Championship 6-Handed NLHE, Byron Kaverman ($657,331)
Event #38: $3,000 NLHE, Thiago Nishijima ($546,843)
Event #39: $1,500 10-Game Mix, Brian Hastings ($133,403)
Event #40: $1,000 Seniors Championship, Travis Baker ($613,466)
Event #41: $10,000 World Championship 7-Card Stud Hi Lo, Max Pescatori ($292,158)
Event #42: $1,500 Extended Play NLHE, Adrian Apmann ($478,102)
Event #43: Super Seniors Championship, Jon Andlovic ($262,220)
Event #44: The Poker Players Championship, Mie Gorodinsky ($1,270,086)
Event #45: $1,500 NLHE, Upeshka De Silva ($424,577)
Event #46: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha, Vasili Firsau ($437,575)
Event #47: $2,500 NLHE, Matt O’Donnell (551,941)
Event #48: $1,500 7-Card Stud, Eli Elezra ($112,591)
Event #49: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better, Young Ji ($231,102)
Event #50: $10,000 World Championship Limit Holdem, Ben Yu ($291,456)
Event #51: $3,000 NLHE 6-Handed, Justin Liberto (640,711)
Event #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice, Carol Fuchs ($127,735)
Event #53: Ladies Championship, Jacquelyn Scott ($153,876)
Event #54: $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha, Alexander Petersen ($927,655)
Event #55: $1,500 Draft Kings, Brandon Wittmeyer ($200,618)
Event #56: $5,000 Turbo, Kevin MacPhee ($490,800)
Event %57: $1,000 NLHE, Takahiro Nakai ($399,039)
Event #58: $111,1111 Big One for One Drop, Jonathan Duhamel ($3,989,985)
Event #59: $1,500 NLHE, Alex Lindop ($531,037)
Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha, Anthony Zinno ($1,122,196)
Event #61: $1,111 Little One for One Drop, Paul Hoefer ($645,969)
Event #62: $1,500 Bounty, Jack Duong ($333,351)
Event #63: $10,000 World Championship of HORSE, Andrew Barber ($517,566)
Event #64: Online Bracelet Event, Anthony Spinella ($197,743)
Event #65: $1,500 7-Card Stud 8 or Better, Gerald Ringe ($180,943)
Event #66: Lucky 7’s NLHE, Connor Berkowitz ($487,784)
Event #67: $10,000 World Championship Dealers Choice, Quin Do ($319,792)
Event #68: World Championshp Main Event????

Who’s your November 9?

Seat 1:  Zvi Stern — 29,800,000
Seat 2:  Pierre Neuville — 21,075,000
Seat 3:  Joshua Beckley — 11,800,000
Seat 4:  Max Steinberg — 20,200,000
Seat 5:  Thomas Cannuli — 12,250,000
Seat 6:  Joe McKeehen — 63,100,000
Seat 7:  Patrick Chan — 6,225,000
Seat 8:  Federico Butteroni — 6,200,000
Seat 9:  Neil Blumenfield — 22,000,000

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