World Series of Poker 2011: November Nine confirmed
The World Series of Poker Main Event has reached the November Nine.
A total of 6,865 players bought in for $10,000 for their chance to take a shot at the big one, and now just one table of hopefuls remain.
The tournament now takes a break until November, when it will return for the final chapter in this year’s event. The top eight finishers will all become instant millionaires, while the overall Main Event winner will scoop $8.7 million.
The November Nine are: Martin Staszko (40.1 million chips) – A 35-year-old Czech professional and the first player from the country to reach the November Nine.
Eoghan O'Dea (33.9 million) – A 26-year-old Irish professional and the son of World Series bracelet holder Donnacha O'Dea.
Matt Giannetti (24.7 million) – A 26-year-old American professional known as more of a cash game player.
Phil Collins (23.8 million) – A 26-year-old American professional known online as ‘USCphildo’.
Ben Lamb (20.8 million) – A 26-year-old American professional who already has a bracelet and two other final table appearances at this year’s World Series.
Badih Bounahra (19.7 million) – A 49-year-old amateur from Belize who has made a career as a successful businessman.
Pius Heinz (16.4 million) – A 22-year-old German professional and the first player from the country to reach the November Nine.
Anton Makiievskyi (13.8 million) – A 21-year-old Ukrainian professional and the youngest player in the November Nine.
Sam Holden (12.3 million) – A 22-year-old British professional and the shortest stack at the table.