November Nine: 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table
Every year legions of seasoned poker pros, rising stars, and wannabe poker studs flock to Las Vegas to take down the World Series of Poker Main Event. As of July 17, 2010, there are just nine poker players left to battle it out in November for nearly $9 million for first place and the distinction of winning a World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet.
The November Nine and Their Chip Levels Going into the Final Table
The 2010 WSOP Main Event took 12 days in total to get the November Nine out of 7,319 players who started the tournament. The total prize pool was one of the largest in history at nearly $68.8 million that started being handed out at 747th place. As of right now, the current chip counts of the nine remaining players are:
- Jonathan Duhamel – 65,975,000
- John Dolan – 46,250,000
- Joseph Cheong – 23,525,000
- John Racener – 19,050,000
- Matthew Jarvis – 16,700,000
- Filippo Candio – 16,400,000
- Michael Mizrachi – 14,450,000
- Soi Nguyen – 9,650,000
- Jason Senti – 7,625,000
Of the nine players, six players are American, two Canadian, and one Italian. Jonathan Duhamel of Boucherville, Quebec is the current chip leader who was able to win two huge pots on Day 8 of the WSOP Main Event that knocked out two players and left him with nearly a 20 million chip lead over the next closest player, John Dolan. While it is astounding that there are 2 Canadians still in the running in comparison to Americans who greatly outnumber every country for players entered, the biggest story is the continued success of Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi.
Mizrachi, currently in 7th place, is the only player left who has won a bracelet as he won the $50,000 Player’s Championship this year and had an overwhelming edge in live tournament experience over the rest of the November Nine. Michael and all three of his brothers have cashed in this year’s WSOP Main Event and has continued to be one of the biggest storylines during any WSOP Main Event.
Michael “The Grinder” Mizachi: The Lone WSOP Bracelet Winner at the Table
The main reason for all of the focus on Mizrachi is that he showed in the 2010 WSOP that he has what it takes to play with the best and beat them. The $50,000 Player’s Championship brings out a certain type of poker pro given the very high buy-in cost. Michael proved not only that he could contend with the best, but be willing to throw down an enormous amount of money to show that he is one of the best. Regardless if he wins or not, Michael Mizrachi has displayed to everyone that he is a force that should not be underestimated. Even though Mizrachi is far behind the table leader in chips he is the one that every poker fan will be watching come November. Don’t be fooled, all eight of his competitors will be watching him closely.
The thing to remember come November is that anything could happen. It took 5 hours for the 10th place player to be busted as play became more conservative, but it is unlikely that the nine remaining players will stay as reserved. The players have already reached the top of the poker world; now they want to show they deserve to get on top of the 2010 WSOP Main Event payout structure. The problem is the poker world will have to wait until November to crown a champion.