After two weeks of continuous play at the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event, the November Nine has been reached.
The final day of action on Tuesday started with 27 players and included Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu.
Unfortunately Negreanu fell just shy of the final table in 11th place. Pennsylvania’s Joe McKeehen will go into the November Nine as chip leader with twice that of his next closest opponent.
Negreanu Rivered to Go Out 11th
Daniel Negreanu came into the final day with a top 10 chip stack but ran into a rough patch with 15 players left. This left him as one of the short stacks and struggling.
With 11 players left, Negreanu had crawled out of the cellar but still only had a 9th-place chip stack. He found a great spot to double but got unlucky at the hands of Joe McKeehen.
On a flop of Ad-Kc-10d, Negreanu was all-in again called against McKeehen. Negreanu held As-4d for to pair and McKeehen showed Jd-3d for straight and flush draws.
Negreanu faded the turn but the river Qh gave McKeehen his straight and Negreanu was knocked out in 11th.
McKeehen Leads, Stern Second, Beckley and Butteroni Short Stacks
Alexander Turyansky fell in 10th place as the final table bubble boy and the November Nine was set. Joe McKeehen is the chip leader heading into the November Nine with an impressive stack 63.1 million. Zvi Stern is second with 29.8.
While poker is supposed to be a young man’s game Neil Blumenfield and Pierre Neuville are proving otherwise. Blumenfield is 61 and Neuville is 72. Both made the November Nine in great chip position with 22 million and 21.07 million respectively.
Max Steinberg is the only bracelet winner at the final table. He won a $1,000 No-Limit Texas Hold’em Event in 2012 and has a pair of runner-up finishes in the past. He will start with 20.2 million.
Just 25,000 chips separate eighth and ninth. Patrick Chan and Federico Butteroni are the short stacks and will have to get something going early if they hope to move up the ladder and become competitive.
Play has been halted until November and will resume on November 8 at the Penn & Teller Theater inside the Rio. Over three days the final table will play down to a winner with that person walking away with the Main Event champion’s bracelet and 7.68 million.
Here’s how the final nine will be seated along with their starting chip stacks when play resumes in November:
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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