Because we just witnessed another stellar WSOP November Nine, we thought we’d commemorate the event by posting short bios of each players.
Neil Blumenfield is a 61-year-old San Francisco resident who has never considered moving away from the Bay Area since arriving 40 years ago to study political science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Neil is one of the least heralded players of the November Nine, but does have his claim to poker fame as the first State of Nevada Poker Champion in 2008. Defeating 70 players to take home $15,930 from the $1,000 event in Reno.
Neil has spent his career in the software industry where he is currently President and COO of Elastic Intelligence. Naturally he has a large interest in technology.
Homebrew is often associated with a manual process with equipment strewn throughout the house. For Neil, home brew involves technology and even the Internet where he can track the progress of his home brew online. When it comes to the names of his beer, you know he is a passionate poker player with beer names including Four Queens, Nut Flush and Trip Nines.
Before 2015, the oldest November Niner was Steve Gee (57), but this year Neil isn’t the oldest with Pierre Neuville eclipsing Neil’s 61 years with a modest age of 72.
Neil had posted three WSOP cashes before the 2015 Main Event, with his largest cash ever coming in the 2012 Main Event. His 285th finish was good enough for a $38,453 prize. Neil is more at home on the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT), where he will play at the Reno stop regularly and other stops when his schedule permits.
His total live tournament earnings before the Main Event is $130,468. He hasn’t won a live tournament but put up a strong 5th place finish in the HPT’s $1650 NLHE Main Event at Lincoln in 2014 for $37,749.
Despite his previous largest cash totaling just over $38,000, Neil wasn’t afraid of playing for large sums of money. He struggled for much of day 7, dropping to fewer than 3,000,000 chips before getting a nice double up with KK against the AK of John Hinds. He got a further double courtesy of Hinds with AA versus TT. He continued to play aggressive after the dinner break and worked his way up to 22,000,000 when they got down to nine remaining, good for fourth in chips.
Regardless of whether Neil improves on his current fourth place or not, he will continue to ride his bikes around San Francisco, brew beer, and enjoy life with his partner of two years, Pascale.
2015 WSOP November Nine result:
Blumenfield finished 3rd for $3,397,103.