Because we just witnessed another stellar WSOP November Nine, we thought we’d commemorate the event by posting short bios of each players.
Joe McKeehan was born in North Wales, Pennsylvania where he still lives today and where you can find his mom putting his trophies in her china cabinet that had to expand to a trophy case. With 77 cashes, 12 of those being victories, it might be time for mom to start looking for a larger trophy case if her 24-year-old son continues his momentum.
When Joe watched Chris Moneymaker take down the World Series of Poker Main Event, he started to play online (illegally) in freerolls before building up a small bankroll throughout the years. Poker was not his everything, however. He went on to study mathematics at Arcadia University, which kept his parents happy, while travelling to live poker tournaments and playing online when he could.
The event that kick-started his bankroll was the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure where he came second in the $2,150 NLHE Turbo for $116,230. Alas, he returned to college. The 2014 WSOP was what Joe considered his breakout, though most people still wouldn’t recognize him. He’s not complaining, however.
At the 2014 WSOP, he finished second in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Monster Stack (Event #51), for $ 820,863, his first time playing with TV cameras filming. This came just weeks after a victory at the Venetian in the Deepstacks Extravaganza series where he took home $101,864.
Of his 13 victories to date, including a victory at the Wynn Falls Classic two weeks before the November Nine comes back together, five wins and seven final tables were in Atlantic City. It is the closest location, and unlike many of the younger generation Joe hasn’t gotten the travel bug to fly to far flung destinations to play poker.
With 89 cashes recorded on The Hendon Mob, you might think he is an ultra aggressive player. Many think he is. However, Joe doesn’t see his style of play being over the top, acknowledging he is happy to fold hour after hour if conditions necessitate. When it comes to shorthanded play, Joe believes he does have a larger skill edge thanks to his experience.
If Joe converts his chip lead into a victory, it will be his second world championship following his win in the Risk (the board game) World Title in 2010. Though he does admit, the WSOP Main Event title would be a much bigger achievement.
He spoke to PokerListings.com who admired his calm demeanor at the table deep in the Main Event, his response, “It’s pretty fun. I’m just trying to enjoy the ride and play my best. That’s pretty much all there is to it. I’m trying not to let the moment overtake me.”
2015 WSOP November Nine result:
Joe McKeehen won the event and earned $7.683 million for his efforts.