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Busted With the A♣ A♠

World Series of Poker main event

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Sep 04, 2009


In the World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in main event this year, there were 6,494 entrants, and 648 made the money. In order to make the money, you had to make it to late in the day on day three. In order to make the final table, or the “November Nine” (the final nine players who will play it out in November), you had to play eight full days of poker. I want to congratulate the November Nine, as outlasting more than 6,400 players is quite a feat: Phil Ivey, Jeff Shulman, Eric Buchman, Darvin Moon, Joseph Cada, Kevin Schaffel, James Akenhead, Antoine Saout, and Steven Begleiter. By the way, the winner will bank $8.5 million, and even ninth place pays $1.2 million! I was still in the hunt late on day three — with about 450 players left in the tournament — when the following hand came up. With ...

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