The November Nine is Set
By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
Late Tuesday night John Hewitt made a mistake that cost him a seat at the 2011 WSOP final table in November. Bubbling the November Nine is probably one of the most bittersweet things that can happen to a poker player these days. On one hand Hewitt made over $600K for his 10th place finish, but on the other hand he’ll miss out on being known as a “November Niner” and all of the fame and money that can result from running that deep in the most prestigious poker tournament on the planet.
Hewitt’s response when interviewed by ESPN’s Kara Scott, ”Shit happens.” Maybe Hewitt didn’t realize the magnitude of this bubble, or perhaps he was simply putting on a show to mask his disappointment. Either way it was refreshing to see him sporting a “hey…I still did good smile” as he answered the obligatory post-bustout questions from Scott.
It was a curious hand that led up to Hewitt’s elimination. He faced an all-in from Badih Bounahra after raising before the flop. Hewitt tanked for a few minutes and called off nearly three quarters of his stack with K-Q offsuit. Bounahra’s pocket kings held up leaving Hewitt crippled with just over 4 million in chips.
A few hands later Hewitt was eliminated and the November Nine was set.
Leading the field is Martin Staszko with over $40 million in chips. Staszko isn’t a runaway leader though, and the field is bunched up pretty tightly behind him. Irishman Eoghan O’Dea led for much of the latter part of Tuesday’s action and has nearly 34 million in second place.
Phil Collins and Ben Lamb are in the hunt and have been playing excellent poker, not only throughout the Main Event but through the entire World Series this summer.
Samuel Holden is the short stack with just over 12 million in chips, but don’t count him out just yet. Much of the time when the table was ten handed Matt Giannetti and Bounahra were in the last two positions and it seemed that either of them would be the most likely to be the bubble boy.
As the chips were bagged and tagged at the end of the night, Giannetti found himself third in chips and Bounahra in sixth, proving that you’re never completely out of the tournament if you can catch the right cards at the right times.
We’ll have more on the November Nine as it draws closer. In the meantime we give a hearty congratulations to not only the final nine, but to everyone who cashed in the 2011 WSOP Main Event.
2011 WSOP Main Event Numbers
- Total Entrants: 6,865
- Players Remaining: 9
- Prize Pool: $64,531,000
1 – 40,175,000 – Martin Staszko
2 – 33,925,,000 – Eoghan O’Dea
3 – 24,750,000 – Matt Giannetti
4 – 23,875,000 – Phil Collins
5 – 20,875,000 – Ben Lamb
6 – 19,700,000 – Badih Bounahra
7 – 16,425,000 – Pius Heinz
8 – 13,825,000 – Anton Makievskyi
9 – 12,375,000 – Samuel Holden
Final Table Payouts
1st – $8,711,956
2nd – $5,430,928
3rd – $4,019,635
4th – $3,011,661
5th – $2,268,909
6th – $1,720,396
7th – $1,313,851
8th – $1,009,910
9th – $782,115