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2014 WSOP November Nine Andoni Karrabe Fourth on Chip List T22,550,000

by Joseph Smith Sr.

Andoni Larrabe is the first Spaniard since Carlos Mortensen won the 2001 WSOP Main Event to earn a final table seat.  The 22-year-old poker professional from Basque, Spain now makes his home in London, England.

A first appearance at the WSOP was in 2013 when the young player cashed in three events.  Larrabe entered 5 events during the 2014 WSOP but failed to cash in any of them.  His deep run in the Main Event was his first 2014 cash and the $730,725 awarded to each of the November Nine pushed the Spaniard's career earnings of $341,288 over the one million mark.

Andoni Larrabe gained the attention of the professional poker world in January, 2013 at the PokerStars' Caribbean Adventure held at the Atlantis Resort and Casino when he went heads-up with poker superstar, Justin Bonomo, and won a $5,300 buy-in event.

Main Event play for Larrabe began on Day 1B.  He continued to end each of the following days in the upper percentile of players.  The only stumble came when the final table was looking for its bubble.  He went all-in heads-up holding A--A with Luis Velador holding A–K.  The flop paired Velador's King and the turn paired the board.  Only a King on the river could deny Larrabe a seat at the Main Event final table in November.  The river was a Six and Larrabe became the youngest member of the 2014 WSOP Main Event November Nine.

During the post interview Larrabe told ESPN he was going to approach the upcoming November Main Event finish as calmly as possible and spend the long break thinking about the game ahead and relaxing.

Andoni Larrabe will come to the November final table fourth on the chip leader board holding T22,550,000 in play money.  He will be sitting in the #5 seat with Mark Newhouse (T26,000,000) on his right and William Tonking (T15,050,000) on his left.

Considering the make-up of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event final table will the trend of having the youngest of the November Nine become the next World Poker Champion continue for 2014?  Andoni Larrabe has the chips, he has the experience and he has a seat for the party at the Rio.  A win for 2014's youngest player could be in the cards. 

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2014 WSOP November Nine - Chip Leader Jorryt van Hoof

by Joseph Smith Sr.

Another first at the 2014 WSOP.  For the second consecutive year we have a Dutchman at the WSOP final table and he's sitting in seat #3 behind almost 20% of the events total chips in play.  Holding 38,375,000 in play money is Jorryt van Hoof of Eindhoven, Netherlands.  The 31-year-old Dutch poker professional has 5,600,000 more chips than Felix Stephensen, second on the chip leader board.
 

Following the lead of fellow Dutchman, 2013 November Nine player and seventh place finisher, Michiel Brummelhuis, chip leader Jorryt van Hoof makes it two-in-a-row for the Netherlands.  Jorryt van Hoof arrived atop the Main Event chip leader board after a rocky start following Day 1B.  
 

On Day 2 he bagged less chips than he had at the start of the day.  Day 3 saw him add to his total play money but once again, Day 4 had him showing another loss and bagging less.  Day 5 showed a significant gain in chips.  Day 6 had van Hoof adding even more to his stacks and finishing the day among the chip leaders.  Day 7 belonged to Jorryt van Hoof when the WSOP Main Event starting field of 6685 runners was trimmed down to nine players.  They were assigned seats at the World's most famous poker table, the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table.  Jorryt van Hoof stands above the November Nine as the chip leader.
 

Like many of today's younger players Jorryt van Hoof  began his journey into gaming playing “Magic, the Gathering.”  Following the path of his peers he began playing poker.  Jorryt van Hoof found he had a knack for the game and in particular, Pot Limit Omaha.
 

Jorryt van Hoff is no stranger to the WSOP and has cashed three times for a total of $27,956.  He has career earnings of $358,580 which does not include the $730,725 ninth place money each of the November Nine have already received.
 

Jorryt van Hoof will lead the November Nine into the Penn & Teller Theater located in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on November 10, 2014.  They will play until only two remain.  The following day, November 11, the two will play heads-up until one is eliminated and a 2014 Poker Champion of the World is crowned.  The winner will receive $10,000,000, a very special gold and diamond bracelet and perpetuity in the history of poker.   

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Las Vegas Bellagio Resort Robbed

by Joseph Smith Sr.

Details are sketchy concerning an apparent robbery at the Bellagio Resort located on the Las Vegas strip.  Las Vegas Metro police are not releasing any details about the incident but a Bellagio spokesperson did confirm that a robbery did occur.

Bellagio employees are reporting that rumors around the property concerning the robbery say a man with what appeared to be a weapon was seen at the cashier cage early Friday evening.

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2014 WSOP November Nine Felix Stephensen Second on Chip List

by Joseph Smith Sr.

Sitting in the number two spot on the chip leader board we find Oslo, Norway native Felix Stephensen.  Now living in London, England Stephensen has no previous cashes in the World Series of Poker and shows lifetime live earnings to be $22,118.  With an almost non-existent live poker resume how did this 23-year-old end up with a seat and T32,775,000 in play money in the most famous final table in Poker?

Let us examine his path to his assigned Seat #2 for the November finale of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event.  The journey began when Stephensen developed an affinity for online poker and playing under the pseudonym “FallAtYourFeet” he has amassed more than $300,000 in earnings since 2001.

Next, we follow his journey to Las Vegas with a group of friends to the WSOP at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.  Stephensen apparently had a plan and it was to enter (and win, obviously) the Main Event because that's the only event he played during the 2014 WSOP.  He survived the inherent insanity of Main Event Day 1C to return on Day 2 with slightly more chips than his starting T30K.

Unlike the chip leader, Jorryt van Hoof, whom rode a roller coaster to his final table seat, Felix Stephensen spent the first five days of play making modest additions to his chip total.  Finally on Day 6 he got the momentum engine fired up and began his climb up the chip leader board.  Day 7 began with Stephensen in ninth place holding almost seven and three quarters of a million in chips.

Adding to his stacks throughout Day 7 he was sitting behind T14,640,000 when Tom Sarra Jr four-bet and Stephensen moved all-in only to be called by Sarra.  When the T25 million pot was pushed to Stephensen he was suddenly the chip leader with T27.86 in the WSOP Main Event.  The double up not only made him the chip leader but it guaranteed his claim to a seat at the final table and his rightful place among the November Nine.

Stephensen is a firm believer in the “Poker is a Game of Skill, “ philosophy.  Considering the young player's smooth style and more than a decade of solid experience to back up his play he could be the next World's Greatest Poker Player. 

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James Garner Dead at 86

by Joseph Smith Sr.

Los Angeles Police reported today that actor James Garner was found dead from natural causes in his  Los Angeles home Saturday evening. 

When I was growing up I knew one for-sure fact about poker, 'Don't play with Maverick because you  would not win'. Years later when I first saw the remake of the “Maverick” movie with James Garner as  the father of the next poker playing Maverick I thought it was a parody of the early WSOP. 

Poker greats from all over the globe gathered to trade chips,lies and bluffs while determining who  could do it the best. While photographing the 2006 WSOP Main Event at the Rio Resort in Las Vegas  I was thrilled to see Maverick himself sitting at one of the tables with a few stacks of chips playing in  the greatest poker game of them all. 

James Garner was no longer the dashing young man but he was definitely the older version. He was  most kind and easy going that day. No, he didn't win and was eliminated that day. I did win and I  wasn't even playing. Getting to meet James “Maverick” Garner sitting at a poker table was quite a  thrill and for a few moments I was again a kid in Texas watching the great Maverick take them all. 

Thanks for the entertaining memories Mr. Garner. R.I.P.

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2014 WSOP Event #65 $10,000 Main Event Championship

by Joseph Smith Sr.

Monday evening saw the 2014 World Series of Poker play down to the nine entrants that will return in November and take a seat at the final table.  For one of those November Nine this is his second journey to the fabled finish.  Mark Newhouse of Chapel Hill, North Carolina earned a seat at the 2013 final table.
 

Back-to-back Main Event final tables is something we've not seen since 1995 WSOP Champion Dan Harrington made a return trip to the 2004 Main Event final table after making the 2003 Main Event final table.
 

Newhouse was the final table short stack in his 2013 appearance where he finished in 9th place to collect $733,224.  His presence at the 2014 November final table will probably end with a higher place finish since he's third on the chip leader board with 26,000,000.  No one will be surprised if the 29-year-old player wins it all. 

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2014 WSOP Event #65 $10,000 Main Event Championship Day 7

by Joseph Smith Sr.

World Series of Poker Main Event played the final time this summer at the Rio Resort in Las Vegas.  Event #65 Day 7 stopped play when there were nine players remaining from the field of 6,683 entrants that began the event ten days ago.  The 2014 “November Nine” will be on break until November.

Come fall they will return to the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and continue playing over a two day period until a 2014 WSOP World Champion of Poker is determined.  The nine players will split the $28,480,121 reserved for the final table from the $62,820,200 prize pool.

Early Tuesday morning the nine players were determined when Luis Velador was eliminated by Mark Newhouse.  Velador went all-in with pocket fours and after spending a few minutes in the tank Newhouse called and turned over pocket fives.  The flop showed a of Aces, the turn was a third Ace and Newhouse's Aces full of fives beat Velador's Aces full of fours.  The room erupted in celebration of the setting of the November Nine.

The 2014 November Nine players are as follows listed by final table seat number.  Each players chip count follows their name:

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2014 WSOP Event #65 $10,000 Main Event Championship Day 6

by Joseph Smith Sr.

Day 6 of the World Series of Poker Main Event is now history.  This is the eve of the Day 7 which will produce the nine players making up the November Nine, an elite group of highly paid poker players.  Each will receive ninth place money amounting to $730,725 before leaving the Rio Pavilion on a nearly four month hiatus.

The November Nine group not only receive the cash but each has an invitation and golden ticket that includes a seat at the fabled Main Event Final Table in November.  Once again the conclusion of the 2014 WSOP will occur over a two day period in November at the Penn & Teller Theater located within the Rio Resort in Las Vegas.  

Seven of the November Nine will leave as a WSOP Millionaire.  Five of those seven players will be multi-millionaires and one, the winner, will be holding all the chips and that allows him to claim the $10,000,000 guaranteed first place prize money, the unique 2014 WSOP Championship bracelet and a place on poker's most exclusive list, WSOP Main Event World Champion of Poker.

Day 5's last two-hour level #30 began a few minutes after midnight with 34 players remaining.  WSOP official decided the level would be halted when 27 players remained or time expired.  Players eliminated 34th through 28th received $230,487 from the $62,820,200 prize pool.

The $10,000,000 smell wafting around the remaining poker tables tends to slow down the players abilities to subject their chip stacks to decisions that could remove them from the competition.  In turn, eliminations also tend to occur more slowly.  Another factor affecting the speed of eliminations is the massive chip stacks the remaining players are guarding.

End of Day 6 chip leader is Martin Jacobson of Stockholm, Sweden with 22,335,000 in play money followed by a distant 2nd place on the chip leader board Luis Velador from Corona, California with 16,600,000.  Third is Las Vegan Dan Sindelar holding 16,345,000, fourth finds Andoni Larrabe of Spain with 15,280,000 and William Pappaconstantinou from Dracut, Maine guarding his 14,640,000 rounds out the top five on the chip list.

Mark Newhouse, Day 6 starting chip leader and only 2013 November Nine player left in the action, finished Day 6 with 6,820,000 placing him 11th on the leader board.  Scott Palmer is the end of Day 6 short stack and the only player left with less than a million in chips when he starts Day 7 on Monday at High Noon with 760,000 checkers.

The final remaining woman in the event, Maria Ho, was eliminated in 77th place early into Day 6 and collected $86,812 for her efforts. 

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2014 WSOP Event #65 $10,000 Main Event Championship Day 5

by Joseph Smith Sr.

Mark NewhouseDay 5 of the World Series of Poker Main Event in now inscribed on the stone tablets of The Big Poker History Book.  A few millennium from now historians will dwell on the facts of what's taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  They will know that 86 poker players remained from the field of 6,683 starters.

Additional Day 5 points of interest show the field of 79 is without any big name poker superstars.  They have all been eliminated by this group of not so well known, but great poker players, including at least nine that will join the stars.

Ironically, perhaps the best known player remaining in the hunt,  Mark Newhouse, is also the Day 5 chip leader with 7,400,000 chips.  For those of us with a short memory we only need to recall the 2013 November Nine players.  Mark Newhouse was included in that elite group and collected $733,224 for his 9th place finish.  He came to the 2013 final table 8th on the chip leader board with 7,350,000 in play money.  He currently has almost a million more chips than the next player, Kyle Keranen holding 6,670,000 or Scott Palmer in 3rd place with 6,595,000.

Sunday's Day 6 starting short stack belongs to Maria Ho.  She's also the only woman remaining in the field and has only 435,000 chips separating her from the rail.  Ho will need to put some winning hands together quickly in order stay and play with the boys.  Don't be surprised if she does exactly that.

Day 6 promises to be another great day for the fan club lining the rails.  Although many of the players are complete unknowns this will certainly change as play progresses through the day's scheduled five  levels.       

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