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2014 WSOP November Nine William Tonking Seventh on Chip List T15,050,000

by Joseph Smith Sr.

Sitting in the November Main Event final table seat #6 is 27-year-old William Tonking holding 15,050,000 in tournament chips.  Coming to the Big Poker Show from Flemington, New Jersey Mr. Tonking is another November Nine player with no cash experience in any WSOP Main Event even though he played in the 2008 and 2013 WSOP $10K Championship.  He began the 2014 Main Event with a little WSOP prize money in his jeans from his cash in event #58 for $13,421 when he finished 77th out of 1,417 entrants.

Tonking is single and a former economics major at the University of South Carolina whom now makes his living grinding the legal online cash games in New Jersey.  His career live tournament earnings are $93,306.  Of course, we expect a number of changes in his current status after receiving the $730,725 each of the November Nine collected at the end of Day 7 for ninth place.  Tonking may also add up to $10,000,000 to his bankroll depending on his finish in November.

William Tonking's resume is short on tournament experience and not much information is easily obtainable in the public domain.  He spends his time playing cash games and most poker media believes the bulk of readers are not interested in the mundane of the daily grind so doesn't provide much coverage.  As a result we have highly skilled players such as Tonking that arrive at final tables without a virtual portfolio of facts.  Most strategist would consider this an advantage for the relatively unknown player.

This journey to the November Nine and a seat at the final table began on Day 1C.  Tonking, along with the other 3,768 seated players, had one objective in mind, end the day with chips and return to play Day 2.  That's exactly what he did finishing the first day with 45,275 in chips.  Day 2 was another grind with the chip stacks slowly going to 158,200 by day's end and Day 3 saw a modest increase to 179,000 in play money.  Day 4 completed with a comfortable 740,000 and then the million mark was topped on Day 5 at 1.295 million.  Day 6 followed with another nice increase to 5.87 million and Day 7 ended with a final table seat and 15,050,000 in chips.  An interesting fact, William Tonking along with the chip leader, Jorryt van Hoof, were the only two players of the November Nine to not finish any day before the final day in the top ten on the leader board.

William Tonking could be the little known sleeper in this field.  A few more chips would certainly help his cause but he comes with enough ammo to do well in the battle and could even win the war.  He has demonstrated the ability to put it all in even though failure means a final walk to the parking lot.  When the Day 7 ten-handed final table was looking for the bubble he went all in with a J – 9o and never broke a sweat.  We're looking for this player to move up the board before the 2014 WSOP November dealing is done.   

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