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The November Nine – Just Who They Are

WSOP Main Event November Nine

The November 9

Well, we are now through 61 and ¾ events at the World Series of Poker, with there just being the lucky nine players who will be going to THAT final table later this year in November. With the table having just been reached within the past couple of hours, we thought we would try to bring you as much information as possible about the players that will be sat on it.

JC Tran 38,000,000 Chips

JC Tran who was born back in 1977 in Vietnam is by far the most successful of all the players left remaining in the World Series of Poker this year having won two bracelets in the past already and scoring 28 cashes at the world’s most popular tournament series.

He has career earnings of almost $8 million from poker tournaments that include winning a WCOOP Main Event, a WPT title, the World Poker Challenge and numerous final table finishes across the world.

Amir Lehavot 29,700,000 Chips

Amir Lehavot is an Israeli national that is now based in the United States. He may not be one of the most well known players in the world but it may surprise you that he has a World Series of Poker bracelet to his name already after winning the PLO Championship event in 2011 for a payout of $573,456.

He has also had a number of cashes at the tournament series over the years and has amassed career earnings of $1,543,116 to date, with that including a win in a side event at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star back in March this year.

Marc McLaughlin 26,525,000 Chips

No matter what happens on the final table of the WSOP Main Event, this is going to go down as the defining moment of Marc McLaughlin’s poker career thus far. The Canadian has only been a semi-pro for around four years and has already achieved six cashes at the WSOP in that time as well as a solitary cash in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event back in 2010.

This has brought him modest career earnings of $677,168 thus far; though those earnings are soon to be doubled at the very least when this event is completed.

Jay Farber 25,975,000 Chips

Though this is certainly going to change over the coming months, there really isn’t too much information about Jay Farber available; though we do know that he is predominantly a cash game player when he isn’t too busy doing his day job as a club promoter in Las Vegas.

He is sitting comfortably in fourth place currently and has every chance of walking away with the title despite not having any kind of history regarding success in tournaments before.


Ryan Reiss 25875,000 Chips

Ryan Reiss is another that is about to see his poker career move up a notch after the player that has never won a tournament and only made a handful of final tables now stands to at least more than treble his career earnings to date of $309,478.

He has only been involved in the tournament scene for about a year and a half though, so to achieve those earnings and a handful of final tables in that time shows that this American player is firmly on the up.

Sylvain Loosli 19,600,000 Chips

The beauty of the World Series of Poker is the stories that it throws up from time to time, with this one involving a Frenchman that has only ever had one cash in a poker tournament, back in 2011 for just $3,198 for a 24th place finish in the EPT Deauville.

We know very little else about him, whether he is primarily a cash game player or he is in fact just a recreational amateur that is here to take his chance.

Michiel Brummelhuis 11,275,000 Chips

Michiel Brummelhius hails from Holland and has been in and around the game for the last couple of years bringing in total career earnings of $610,518. He has achieved these earnings despite only winning one event of note back in the Master Classics Of Poker in 2012 for a payout of $67,135.

His biggest score just a couple of years earlier than that when he finished fourth in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller for $154,350.If any of you know Dutch, you may be able to translate his tweet, though we are sure it is along the lines of “Wow, Thank you everyone for the support, this is just bizarre”

Mark Newhouse 7,350,000 Chips

Mark Newhouse comes into the final table as one of the two short stacks but will feel more than capable of still being able to challenge for the title. The American has career earnings of $1,946,082 so far, with most of those coming for a win in the 2006 WPT NLHE Championship totalling $1,519,020.

Since then he has had five cashes in the World Series of Poker but is yet to get his hands on a bracelet. Could this be his year?

David Benefield 6,375,000 Chips

David Benefield will start on the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event with the shortest stack but he will be hoping that the poker gods that brought him this far will still have a few twists up their sleeve for him.

The American has thus far brought in career earnings of $648,177 throughout an on and off poker career that has seen him achieve 12 cashes in the WSOP stretching back to 2008. In fact his very best score came just last year in the World Series Of Poker Europe Majestic High Roller that brought him in $164,969 for an 8th place finish.

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