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WSOP November 9 – Meet the Players Part 1

By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Staff Reporter

WSOP LogoWith the final table of the WSOP Main Event happening Saturday we though we would give you a little refresher course on the players. Over the next three days we will give you some background information so you will be all caught up and ready to watch the live streaming final table on ESPN3.

With 74 minutes left in level 36 the ante will be 50k with blinds at 250k/500k. Here are the starting chip counts and seating assignments:

Seat 1: Jason Senti (7,625,000)
Seat 2: Joseph Cheong (23,525,000)
Seat 3: John Dolan (46,250,000)
Seat 4: Jonathan Duhamel (65,975,000)
Seat 5: Michael Mizrachi (14,450,000)
Seat 6: Matthew Jarvis (16,700,000)
Seat 7: John Racener (19,050,000)
Seat 8: Filippo Candio (16,400,000)
Seat 9: Soi Nguyen (9,650,000)

The payouts:

1st Place - $8,944,138
2nd Place: - $5,545,855
3rd Place: - $4,129,979
4th Place: - $3,092,497
5th Place: - $2,332,960
6th Place: - $1,772,939
7th Place: - $1,356,708
8th Place: - $1,045,738
9th Place - $811,823

The Players:

Seat 1 -  Jason Senti

Jason SentiStarting Chip Count – 7,625,000 (15 bb)
Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN
Occupation: Professional Poker Player
Final Table Sponsorship: PokerStars
Career Tournament Earnings: $829,810
Bodog Odds of Winning: 18/1

The short stack at the final table will have his work cut out for him. With the three biggest starting stacks at the final table in the 2-4 seats he will have to pick up a hand pretty quick to have a chance. If he gets the double he would be in the middle of the pack. This is Senti's second career cash. He finished 32nd in the 2009 $10k WSOP Heads-Up NLHE event earning him $17,897.

Seat 2 -  Joseph 'subiime' Cheong

Joseph Cheong November 9Starting Chip Count – 23,525,000 (47 bb)
Hometown: La Mirada, CA
Occupation: Professional Poker Player
Final Table Sponsorship: Full Tilt
Career Tournament Earnings: $1,283,838
Bodog Odds of Winning: 13/2

Cheong enters the final table 3rd in chips. He has terrible position as the two big stacks at the table are both sitting to his immediate right in seats 3 and 4. Cheong has been on a bit of a tear since making the November 9. He finished 2nd in the EPT London High Rollers event for $253,951 and won a $5k preliminary event at the WPT Festa al Lago for $142,635. Cheong is also an accomplished online player having earned nearly $1.37 million in online tournaments. If he is able to make it to three or four handed with a reasonable stack he could do some serious damage.

Seat 3 -  John Dolan

John Dolan November 9Starting Chip Count – 46,250,000 (93 bb)
Hometown: Bonita Springs, FL
Occupation: Professional Poker Player
Final Table Sponsorship: Full Tilt
Career Tournament Earnings: $1,085,116
Bodog Odds of Winning: 15/4

Dolan enters the final table second in chips. One bad thing is that the chip leader is sitting to his immediate right. It will be interesting to see how the two players react to one another. Dolan has cashed twice since the main event break. He earned a small cash in the EPT London main event and finised 2nd in a $1375 preliminary event at the recently concluded WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals for $45,000. Dolan also plays online on numerous sites under the handle 'JRD312'. He has over $970,000 in career online tournament winnings.

Don't forget to check back with us tomorrow where we will break down seats 4-6 for you.

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