With the November Nine right around the corner, this is a great time to familiarize yourself with the event as well as who will be competing this year. Simply put the November Nine are the nine players who remain to play the final table of the World Series of Poker each year. Before 2008, all of the tables were played during the competition. However, beginning in 2008 the final table has been delayed in order to raise hype about who will become the ultimate poker champion each year. This delay gives major broadcasters and news reporters time to run bios on each of the players, and it gives those following the series a chance to stand behind their chosen contestants.
Many people even enjoy making friendly bets on who will become the ultimate poker champion. This final table is the $10,000 no-limit hold’em “main event”. Each of the players who reach this table will walk away with a multi-million dollar cash prize as well as a World Series of Poker Event bracelet. This bracelet is considered to be the highest non-cash award that a poker player can win. A huge amount of money can be won by the top-placing contestant in the November Nine. One of the biggest winners was Martin Jacobson in 2014 who won a ten million dollar prize. In the past five years the lowest prize awarded was still $730,725 to Mark Newhouse (also 2014). So it would be safe to say that if you make it to the November Nine you are guaranteed to win a decent amount of money.
This year the total amount of money that is being competed for is $60,348,000. The minimum prize is set at $1,001,020 with the maximum as $7,680,021. The nine contestants will be Ofer Zvi Stern, Pierre Neuville, Josh Beckley, Max Steinberg, Thomas Cannuli, Joseph McKeehen, Patrick Chan, Federico Butteroni, and Neil Blumenfield. Next month these nine players will compete for the top prize and the name of this year’s ultimate poker champion (more information on player background to come). As we gear up for another exciting November Nine, it looks like the show will be a spectacular one yet again. The ages in this group of players varies by nearly 50 years, with the oldest at 72 and the youngest at 23. They also come from across the world, with players from Israel, Belgium, Italy, and the United States of America.
As we move forward into the November Nine for this year, it will be exciting to see who walks away as the biggest winner. Only one of the current contestants has ever won a bracelet before (Max Steinburg). It’s bound to be a big moment for all of the players no matter what happens. Since each of the nine is already guaranteed at least $1,001,020 everybody is going to walk away as a millionaire. Check back soon for more detailed information including some information on each contestant as well as who the winners from previous years were. We will be providing constant coverage to keep you updated as we come closer to the final date for this year’s November Nine.
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