LAS VEGAS – The 44th annual World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship – commonly referred to as the Main Event – is down to its final nine players.
The “November Nine” – a diverse and international group – is all that remains of the field of 6,352 players from 83 nations who entered the iconic tournament seeking poker’s most coveted title and a top prize of more than $8.3 million.
The final nine players represent five countries – Canada, France, Israel, Netherlands and the United States. The players will return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Monday, Nov. 4, to vie for poker’s ultimate trophy – a WSOP gold bracelet – and the lion’s share of the Main Event’s $59,708,800 total prize pool.
The winner will receive a first-place prize of $8,359,531, with the other eight players sharing an additional $18,302,535.
The November Nine and their respective seat assignments and chip counts are as follows:
-- Sylvain Loosli (19,600,000), 26, a poker professional originally from Toulon, France, but now residing in London.
-- Michiel Brummelhuis (11,275,000), 32, a poker professional from Amsterdam, Netherlands.
-- Marc Newhouse (7,350,000), 28, a professional poker player who has played in the WSOP Main Event every year since 2006. Originally from Chapel Hill, N.C., he now resides in Los Angeles.
-- Ryan Riess (25,875,000), 23, a poker professional from East Lansing, Mich. who now resides in Las Vegas.
-- Amir Lehavot (29,700,000), 38, an Israeli now residing in Weston, Fla. Lehavot is a WSOP gold bracelet champion, by way of his victory in 2011 in the prestigious $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha championship.
-- Marc McLaughlin (26,525,000), 25, a tattoo artist from Brossard, Quebec.
-- JC Tran (38,000,000), 36, a poker professional from Sacramento, Calif., who will be the chip leader when play resumes.
-- David Benefield (6,375,000), 27, is a part-time student and part-time poker professional originally from Fort Worth, Texas, now residing in New York City.
-- Jay Farber (25,975,000), 28, is a Las Vegas VIP Host originally from Doylestown, Pa.
When play resumes Nov. 4, the players will pick up with 42 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in Level 35. The antes will be 50,000 and blinds will stand at 200,000 and 400,000.
-- From news release