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Your ‘November Nine’ – who will take the WSOP main event?

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2016 WSOP Final Table The 'November Nine'

2016 WSOP Final Table
The ‘November Nine’

Meet Your 2016 November Nine
Cliff Josephy, known online as ‘JohnnyBaxPoker,’ has the chip lead heading into the world championship final table. November Niners, representing five nations, will return to the Rio’s Penn & Teller theatre October 30th to play for poker bragging rights worldwide, the $8 million dollar first prize and of course that very expensive bracelet.
The main event attracted 6,737 players from around the globe. Close to seven thousand high rollers, low rollers, amateurs, pros, sharks & fish ponied up the 10-grand to play, some just to say they were there, some for the thrill of it all and many with full intention on winning. Now, just nine remain. Each has already received ninth place money of $1 million but there is still a staggering $25 million to play for. 
It’s a final table featuring five nations, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Spain and the United States. Canada, Spain and the US have all produced world champions before. Belgium and the Czech Republic are hoping for their first. And, by all accounts, the media reports and the updates on WSOP.com, this seems to be one of the more talkative and animated final tables in years.
Alright, let’s meet your players…
In Seat 1, we have the short-stacked Jerry Wong, with slightly more tun 10 million. He is one of two New Yorkers at the table, Josephy being the other, he’s 34, a poker pro with 19 previous WSOP cashes, more than a million dollars in live tournament earnings and his previous biggest score, more than 700k, came in 2013 when he finished 3rd at the PCA in the Bahamas.
Seat 2, Griffin Benger, a previous guest of the show and our favourite to win, despite being 7th in chips with 26 million. Benger, of course, a Canadian who does play-by-play for the newly formed Global Poker League. He’s a bonafied big league poker star, $2.4 million in lifetime live tourneys, more than $5 million won online under the banner of ‘Flush_Entity,’ winner of a couple major titles, including his $1 million payday for taking down Shark Cage. This guy is good, be sure to visit www.highrollerradio.net for our dynamite chat with Griffin Benger.
On his left, Seat 3, is the Czech Republic’s Vojtech Ruzicka, who is ranked 6th in chips with 27.3 million. Good player, a professional with 17 WSOP cashes and $1.5 million won on the live circuit. The closest the Czech Republic has ever come to a poker world champ? Martin Staszko, who finished 2nd in 2011. 
Beside him, Seat 4, is Fernando Pons of Palma, Spain. A guy with much work to do! He is last in chips with only 6 million. His biggest live cash before this main event? $4,000 from a limit hold’em event a few years ago. He is an account executive for a retail chain, so you have to believe he knows the numbers. Will he be the first one all-in? Will he make a push for the title? Or, will he sit back hoping to move up a few spots to pocket some more cash? We’ll see.
Qui Nguyen occupies Seat 5, second in chips with 68 million. This39 year old Vegas resident calls himself a professional gambler. Poker is not his main game, so expect those chips to be active.
Seat 6, the man to beat Cliff Josephy, a 51 year old long time professional shark and the oldest November Niner this year. Josephy has two WSOP bracelets, a 3k No Limit Hold’em title and a $1,500 Seven Card Stud title, and more than $2.6 million in live winnings. He was a main backer of 2009 world champ Joe Cada, so the main event has been very good to him. Can he cap a terrific poker career with a world championship? Can he take JohnnyBax to the max? He’s very good and he’s got the chips to play with.
Good spot to be, directly on Josephy’s left…and that’s where you’ll find Michael Ruane perched with his 31.6 million chips in Seat 7. His previous best cash? $17,000, so this is a massive payday for the New Jersey native. He is a poker pro, cash games, and you have to believe he’s riding high with a ton of confidence.
Next to him, Seat 8, San Fransisco’s Gordon Vayo with 49 million in chips. He’s 27 years old and has come close to WSOP gold, finishing 2nd in a $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event two years ago for $314k. This is his first main event cash but he’s had a great summer, 21 events, 8 cashes and, yes, this million dollar payday, how much more will it be, $7 million? We’ll see.
and in Seat 9, Kenny Hallaert, who is 4th in chips with 43 million. Will he be Belgium’s first ever World Series of Poker main event champion? He is an accomplished tournament director and player, 22 previous WSOP cashes and in last year’s Colossus, with 22,374 entries, he finished 5th, turning his 565 bucks into more than $180,000. Is he your sleeper?
October 30th play resumes to a packed and boisterous crowd at the Rio. It’s poker’s marquis event, the showcase, and the winner will forever be immortalized in poker lore. A gold bracelet, a title and bragging rights are on the line. Can’t wait!
By the way, your ‘bubble boy’ was California’s Josh Weiss who will receive a free entry into next year’s main event for his troubles.
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