Meet the WSOP November Nine

The final nine players of the 44th annual World Series of Poker have been selected from a total of 6,352 hopefuls that entered the competition in late May. By surviving all stages and winning considerable amounts of money along the way, the nine contestants look forward to the most thrilling and action-filled table of the entire series – the Final one, to be played on November 4 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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While for the other 6,343 players this year’s competition is well over, the “November Nine” pros look forward to its highest point. Any of them can end up the winner of $8,359,531 and a WSOP gold bracelet worth more than $500,000, but all of them will walk out with sizeable amounts of cash, as the prize pool is a whopping $59,708,800. Let’s take a look at the Final Table players’ seat assignments, chip counts and general info: Seat 1Sylvain Loosli with 19,600,000 chips Born and raised in Toulon, France, he proudly represents the country even though he resides in London, England. At 26 years of age and holding a business degree, he has little to brag about when it comes to live tournaments, with no career WSOP cashes and a minute sum of $3,198 recorded earnings worldwide. However, he is basically an expert in online poker, where he’s won more than $1,000,000 so far and that feat will serve him well at the Final Table, where he’ll have the chance to make the most out of his skills. In his spare time, Loosli enjoys snowboarding, surfing, playing tennis and travelling. Seat 2Michiel Brummelhuis with 11,275,000 chips The 32-year-old Dutchman from Amsterdam is one of the more experienced players, this being his fourth time of playing at the Main Event, first since 2008. Besides having already more than quadrupled his WSOP winnings and more than doubled his career ones by his performance at the 2013 Series, Michiel also improved his country’s overall stats, being the first Hollander to advance to the WSOP Final Table. He looks forward to improve them even further by becoming the fourth Dutchman to ever be awarded a WSOP gold bracelet. Seat 3Mark Newhouse with 7,350,000 chips Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the 28-year-old pro now resides in Los Angeles. His player experience is quite vast, as he has been in every Main Event since 2006, acquired $152,725 in WSOP winnings and previously cashed six times. Now he hopes to significantly add to his already impressive $2,004,277 in live tournament winnings. Seat 4Ryan Riess with 25,875,000 chips The youngest competitor among the November Nine, Riess is currently 23 years old and a resident of Las Vegas. Having graduated from the Michigan State University with a business degree, he is now focused on poker, already being a professional player with several WSOP cashes and $309,478 in live tournament winnings. Seat 5Amir Lehavot with 29,700,000 chips Amir is at the other end of the age spectrum, as he is the oldest competitor (38 years of age) to play at the Final Table this coming November, despite the fact that he is of the very average age of this year’s Main Event field. Born and raised in Israel, the nation he also represents at the tournament, he now lives in Weston, Florida. His poker professionalism is evinced by his twelve previous WSOP cashes totaling more than $800,000, a gold bracelet victory in the 2011 WSOP championship of $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha and total career tournament winnings of more than $1.5 million. Lehavot is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with an Engineering degree. Seat 6Marc-Etienne McLaughlin with 26,525,000 chips Coming from Brossard, Quebec, Marc-Etienne is the Canadian representative at the Final Table and hopes to become the second French Canadian to win the world title and bracelet. His chances are rather high as this is the fifth year in a row that sees him playing in the Main Event, along with the fact that he cashed six previous times and earned $639,168. Besides playing poker, McLaughlin, 25 is also a tattoo artist and enjoys playing ping pong and soccer. Seat 7JC Tran with 38,000,000 chips The 36-year-old pro of Sacramento, California sits comfortably in the chip lead and is looking forward to maintaining it when all is said and done in November. The odds are greatly in favor of that happening if one is to judge based on career stats – JC previously cashed 44 times, won two gold bracelets and a circuit ring and earned $1,843,946, all these at the WSOP. His total winnings stand at an impressive $8.3 million that is bound to become more than $9 million no matter what happens at the Final Table in November. It will also be his largest WSOP cash, guaranteed at a minimum of $733,224. Seat 8David Benefield with 6,375,000 chips David joins the Final Table in possession of the smallest chip stack but that will not deter the part-time professional from successfully vying for the first place. The 27-year-old Texan from Fort Worth now resides in New York City and is a part-time student of Chinese and Political Science at Columbia University. Having twelve WSOP cashes and live tournament winnings totaling $633,243, the experienced player will be looking strong at the Final Table. Seat 9Jay Farber with 25,975,000 chips The 28-year-old Pennsylvanian’s presence in the Final is perhaps one of contemporary poker’s biggest surprises – Farber plays as a hobby and only entered the WSOP Main Event last year. But the truly astonishing part is his lack of any previous cashes and total lifetime poker winnings of $2,155 (that’s correct, two thousand one hundred and fifty-five US dollars)! The November event will certainly catapult both Jay’s poker career and the earnings associated with it, the latter increasing by hundreds, if not thousands, of times.