WSOP November Nine Set

november-nine-wsop-2015Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event started with 27 hopefuls trying to bag a place at this year’s “Novemeber Nine” final table. That final table has now been set, with Day 4’s chip leader, Joe McKeehen back on top with an enormous chip lead over the rest of the field. Perhaps the biggest news of the day, however, was the demise of the immensely popular Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu who agonisingly fell in 11th place – the same place he finished in 2001’s Main Event.

Negreanu started the day in 9th place, and quickly jumped a couple of places within the opening minutes of the day’s play. However, from then on, he struggled to gain any real traction. It looked like he was going out prior to the dinner break as he stack fell to around 2m but a pre-dinner double up and some opportunistic play post-dinner seemed to be elevating the Canadian 6 time bracelet winner towards safety as he rose to the 10m chip mark, and into the safety zone.

It wasn’t to be for the PokerStars Team Pro, however, as the increasing blinds and antes, combined with the runaway success of Joe McKeehen ended Negreanu’s dream in 11th spot as he got his last c.7m chips in good with A 4 on an Ad Kc 10d flop against McKeehen’s Jd 3d. The 3h gave McKeehen an additional out, but the Qh on the river gave the chip-leader a broadway straight, sending a devastated Negrenu to the rail.

The unfortunate November Nine “bubble boy” was Alexander Turyansky who bowed out in 10th when once again the unstoppable Joe McKeehen scooped a big pot after he called Turyansky’s 8.8m pre-flop shove. McKeehen’s QQ was ahead of his opponent’s AK and a dry board sent the German player packing with a nice consolation prize of over $750k for his 10th place finish.

The final table will now be postponed until November 8th and the line-up includes one WSOP bracelet winner in Max Steinberg, who sits in 5th place with 20.2m chips and the oldest ever November Niner in 72 year old Pierre Neuville who will start in 4th place on 21.1m chips.

However, they’ll all have a long way to go to catch McKeehen who, with 63.1m chips, has considerably more than double his nearest rival (Zvi Stern with 29.8m), In particular 9th placed Federico Butteroni (6.2m) and 8th placed Patrick Chan (6.225m) will have their work cut out to get much further. All nine, however, are guaranteed a minimum of $1m for reaching the final table.

WSOP 2015 Main Event November Nine – Chip Counts
1 Joseph McKeehen USA 63.1m
2 Zvi Stern Israel 29.8m
3 Neil Blumenfield USA 22m
4 Pierre Neuville Belgium 21.1m
5 Max Steinberg USA 20.2m
6 Thomas Cannuli USA 12.25m
7 Josh Beckley USA 11.8m
8 Patrick Chan USA 6.225m
9 Federico Butteroni Italy 6.2m

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