WSOP: Resetting the November Nine

Next week, one of these players will become poker's next World Champion. (Jay Newnum photo).

Next week, one of these players will become poker’s next World Champion.. (Jay Newnum photo).

Poker’s biggest tournament finally reaches its conclusion next week as the World Series of Poker Main Event returns with nine players remaining. Plenty has happened since the final table was established in July. Before the action resumes next week, a reset of the November Nine is needed for those who haven’t been focusing on what’s happened in the interim period.

Instead of returning to the Amazon Room at the Rio in Las Vegas, action moves a few hundred feet away to the Penn and Teller Theater. If you’re interested in watching, but weren’t fortunate enough to be a part of the “friends and family” allotment of tickets, you can start lining up in the general admission line starting at 1:00pm. Starting at 3:00pm, friends and family will enter the theater with seats available to the public starting around 4:30pm. The November Nine introductions are scheduled to start around 4:00pm with cards in the air scheduled for 4:45.

Here’s how the November Nine will be seated when play resumes Monday, November 4. There will be 42:25 remaining in level 35 as the blinds are 200,000/400,000 with an ante of 50,000 and Marc-Etienne McLaughlin on the button:

Seat 1: Sylvain Loosli – 19,600,000 (49 BBs)
Seat 2: Michiel Brummelhuis – 11,275,000 (28 BBs)
Seat 3: Mark Newhouse – 7,350,000 (18 BBs)
Seat 4: Ryan Riess – 25,875,000 (65 BBs)
Seat 5: Amir Lehavot – 29,700,000 (74 BBs)
Seat 6: Marc-Etienne McLaughlin – 26,525,000 (66 BBs)
Seat 7: JC Tran – 38,000,000 (95 BBs)
Seat 8: David Benefield – 6,375,000 (16 BBs)
Seat 9: Jay Farber – 25,975,000 (65 BBs)

At the conclusion of the level, there will be a 20-minute break with blinds climbing to 250,000/500,000 as the ante remains at 50,000. Unlike other tours, the length of the blind level stays the same at the final table – two hours.

Further blind levels:

Level 37 – 300,000/600,000 Ante – 75,000
Level 38 – 400,000/800,000 Ante – 100,000
Level 39 – 500,000/1,000,000 Ante – 150,000
Level 40 – 600,000/1,200,000 Ante – 200,000

The ESPN family of networks will cover the final table on Monday and Tuesday. Monday’s action takes place on ESPN2 starting at 8:00pm ET (5:00pm PT). Play will end for the night when they get down to two or three players, with the expectation five or six levels will be played on Monday. Lon McEachern, Norman Chad and Antonio Esfandiari will handle the announcing duties, while Kara Scott serves as the sideline reporter. Marianela Pererya and Phil Hellmuth will discuss the action between levels. ESPN takes over the coverage on Tuesday with action starting at 9:00pm ET (6:00 PT) until a winner is determined. If you have WatchESPN available through your cable provider, you can also watch there along with watching an archived version of the broadcast at a later date. International viewers will be able to watch the action at

All nine players received ninth place money – $733,325 – as the remaining $20,063,050 was put into a money market fund. Here are the updated payouts, including the $5,364 of interest added to the prize pool:

1st: $8,359,531 (+$2,039 added interest)
2nd: $5,173,170 (+$1,187 added interest)
3rd: $3,727,023 (+$800 added interest)
4th: $2,791,983 (+$550 added interest)
5th: $2,106,526 (+$367 added interest)
6th: $1,600,792 (+$232 added interest)
7th: $1,225,224 (+$132 added interest)
8th: $944,593 (+$57 added interest)
9th: $733,224 (zero added interest)

Here’s how the November Nine have done in tournaments since the break:

David Benefield – $589,618
Highlight: Cashes in EPT Super High Roller events in Barcelona and London)

JC Tran – $526,890
Highlight: 2nd place finish at debut WPT Alpha 8 event in Florida

Sylvain Loosli – $74,455
Highlight: 2nd place finish at Winamax Poker Open – Dublin

Amir Lehavot – $69,810
Highlight: 16th place finish at Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event

Mark Newhouse – $38,617
Highlight: 12th place finish at WSOP Europe Event 3, 54th place in EPT London Main Event

Jay Farber – $27,715
Highlight: 34th place finish at WSOP Europe Main Event

Marc-Etienne McLaughlin – $20,243
Highlight: 16th place finish at WSOP Europe Event 3, bubbled WSOP Europe High Roller

Ryan Riess – $8,828
Highlight: 68th place finish at WPT Borgata Poker Open

Michiel Brummelhuis – $0
Highlight: Birth of his son, Masters Classic of Poker postponing tournament series until after November Nine)

Finally, if you’re in the mood to place a bet, Caesars properties are taking wagers on the November Nine final table. Here’s the odds as of Nov. 1:

JC Tran – 11-5
Amir Lehavot – 3-1
Ryan Riess – 7-2
Marc-Etienne McLaughlin – 4-1
Jay Farber – 5-1
Sylvain Loosli – 11-2
Michiel Brummelhuis – 8-1
David Benefield – 12-1
Mark Newhouse 15-1

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