Wed, Jul 17, 2:30am by Kevin Pitstock
The final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship is now determined. November’s final nine will feature five Americans, one Canadian, one Israeli, one Frenchman, and one Dutchman. No Australians made the final 9.
The final round of play will take place on November 4th and 5th at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas. The 9 players will begin the final table with the same number of chips they ended with on July 15th–or 16th, given the competition went so late. For those unfamiliar with how the November 9 works, here’s a quick description.
Since 2008, the final table is set in July, but does not finish play until November. This allows tournament organizers to learn more about the nine remaining poker players, while poker’s biggest event gets four more months of free publicity. Because of the influx of amateurs from 2003 to 2007, it was thought Texas holdem fans would want to know more about the relatively unknown players who tend to make the final table these days.
Despite the fact no Australian players made the final table this year, Aussies might be interested in knowing who the remaining competitors are. Here is a quick rundown of the nine players, going from those with the most chips to those with the least.
J.C. Tran, an American poker professional with 2 WSOP bracelets to his name, is the chip leader with $38,000,000 chips. Tran was the big stack at the table for much of the night, eliminating several fellow competitors along the way. He was up to $40 million at one point in the evening, but lost a full ten million dollars from that stack at one point. He recovered well to raise his chip level almost to its highest total.
The Sacramento, California native won a no limit holdem event #49 in 2008 to capture his first bracelet, then won a pot limit Omaha event in 2009 to collect the second one. In his WSOP career, this is the 29th time JC Tran has finished in the money. Tran also has 1 World Poker Tour title, 5 final tables, and 11 money finishes in his WPT career.
Amir Levahot is in 2nd place with nearly $29,700,000 in chips. Levahot is a 38 year old Israeli professional who lives in Florida in the United States. He has an engineering degree from the University of Texas and has one WSOP bracelet from a pot limit holdem event in 2011. Amir Levahot also has a 13 career WSOP cashes.
Marc McLaughlin is a Canadian player who sits in 3rd place at the championship with $26,525,000 in chips. McLaughlin is a 25 year old resident of Montreal. In his WSOP career, he has six cashes. His record in the main event is first rate, as he already has 3 cashes in Main Events at the age of 25, finishing 30th in 2009 and 86th in 2011. The young Marc McLaughlin should write a book on how to succeed in the WSOP Main Event.
Jay Farber is a nightclub host and resident of Las Vegas. Farber, who sits in 4th place with just over $25,975,000 in chips, is a native of Pennsylvania in the United States.
Just behind Farber is Ryan Riess, who has the 5th most chips with $25,875,000. Riess is a 23 native of East Lansing, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit). Ryan Reiss is the youngest player remaining. If he were to win the event, he would be the first player to win the Main Event who was born in the 1990’s. We’re sure that makes a lot of readers feel old. Riess studied business at the Michigan State, but is now a resident of Las Vegas. Over the past year, he’s travelled the WSOP Circuit and cashed 10 different times.
Sylvain Loosli is a 26 year old poker player from Toulon, France. Like Ryan Riess, Loosli attended a business school. He’s collected over $1 million in winnings as an online poker player. Sylvain Loosli was the chip leader for much of the day, but met with a downturn in fortune in the second half of the day and now sits in 6th place with $19,600,000.
Michiel Brummelhuis holds the 7th most chips at the table with $11,275,000. As a 32 poker professional, the Dutch player is a relative greybeard at the table. Brummelhuis lives in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. In a couple of prodigious years in 2008 and 2009, Michiel Brummelhuis collected 7 WSOP cashes, but has yet to cash since.
Mark Newhouse will go into the November Nine round with the 8th most chips, as he sits with $7,350,000 chips in his stack. Newhouse was in 10th place for much of the evening, so he’s shown the ability to survive the ever-increasing blinds under intense pressure at the Main Event. Newhouse is a 28 year old resident of Los Angeles who hails from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home of the North Carolina Tar Heels. Mark Newhouse is a poker professional. His biggest win to date is the WPT Borgata Poker Open held in Atlantic City in 2006.
David Benefield will be the short stack at the table going into the November Nine competition. He holds nearly a million dollars less than the next lowest competitor. His chip stack sits at $6,375,000. Benefield is a 27 year old native of Fort Worth, Texas who now lives in New York City.
Mr Benefield studies Political Science and Chinese at Columbia University, one of the famed Ivy League schools of the American East Coast. In his short career in poker, David “The Raptor” Benefield has 12 World Series of Poker cashes and over $600 thousand in winnings. Benefield has $6,725,000 in chips, which makes him 9th out of 10. He was one of the players in the greatest danger of missing the final table.
Carlos Mortensen was the last player to bust out before the November Nine, which was a surprise as he looked relatively safe much of the evening. Mortensen was the only player remaining who had won a WSOP Main Event. He collected his World Series of Poker Main Event Championship in 2001, two years before Chris Moneymaker made history as the first amateur online qualifier to win the championship. Since Mortensen’s victory came before the “Poker Boom”, he defeated an all-star final table which included Phil Hellmuth, Phil Gordon, and Mike Matusow. Carlos Mortensen was the oldest player remaining in the field at 41 years old. He also had a second WSOP bracelet from a limit hold’em event in 2003.
For his final hand, JC Tran moved Mortensen all-in and the former WSOP champion called. Mortensen held an Ac-9h offsuit and had paired his 9 on the river. The flop was 10c-6c-3s and the river card was 9c. Tran held the 8c-7s for a straight. Carlos Mortensen needed a club that wasn’t a 7 to fill a flush and double up his $3.5 million-plus all-in wager. The river card came up 2h and that was the end of the night for Mortensen.
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