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World Series of Poker Main Event: The Making of the Second ‘November Nine’

Card Player Media President Jeff Shulman and Phil Ivey Headline the Final Table

by Ryan Lucchesi |  Published: Sep 04, 2009


The inaugural “November Nine” experiment for the World Series of Poker main event proved to be a success in 2008. Ratings were up 36 percent for the ESPN broadcast, and unknown players became stars. World Champion Peter Eastgate, runner-up Ivan Demidov, everyman Dennis Phillips, and the only established professional prior to the final table, Chino Rheem, all benefited immensely from the publicity machine that gathered momentum during the months of downtime. Thus, Harrah’s Entertainment kept the same format for the final table in 2009, which means that the final nine players in the 2009 main event will have to wait until Nov. 7 for final-table play to resume. However, that doesn’t mean that the second-ever November Nine is without a story to tell at this time; it’s just a tale that is waiting for the final chapter. Days 1A-1D: No Chip and No Chair The four first-day flights for the ...

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