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World Series of Poker Main Event -- November Nine Set!

The Grinder and John Racener Headline the Final Table Lineup that will Return to the Rio in November and Play for the Top Prize of $8,944,138 and Title of World Champion


November NineThe most anticipated final table of the year is set! The final nine players have emerged from the initial field of 7,319 at the 2010 World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event, which began all the way back on July 5.

Jonathan Duhamel ended the night/morning with the chip lead after eliminating the November Nine bubble boy Brandon Steven in 10th place just before 6 a.m. Duhamel holds 65,975,000, much of which he accumulated during the nearly six-hour period of play on the November Nine bubble that put an exclamation point on a 17-hour day of poker.

Michael Mizrachi has now provided drama and story lines at both ends of the 41st WSOP. He won the $50,000 Players Championship during the first week of June and now he has finished the summer by making the November Nine in seventh chip-position with 14,450,000.

It’s just an exciting feeling, wherever I finish I’m happy I made the November Nine, it’s an accomplishment. I can’t say it won’t happen for me again, but you’re a long shot to pass through this field. You have to get lucky and survive in this large of a field," said Mizrachi after the final table. “I just wanted to get to the final nine and take the pressure off of me, so now I can play some poker when we get back. It’s going to be a long way through and I’m going to make Frank Kassela sweat a little bit more [grins].”

The inclusion of the Grinder at the final table leaves the winner of the WSOP Player of the Year award in question for a few months. Mizrachi can tie for the title with 2010 double-bracelet winner Frank Kassela, but only if he becomes the first professional in the November Nine era to claim the main event victory.

Joining Mizrachi as a headliner at the final table in November will be John Racener, who holds 19,050,000.

In addition to the title of world champion there is also the $8,944,138 top prize to chase after, and that will be the ultimate goal for every man listed below. We will learn the stories for each of these contenders that have stormed into the poker spotlight in the months ahead.

November Nine Seating Chart with Chip Counts:

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

Main Event Final-Table Payout:

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

The final 27 players took their seats at noon on Saturday and began the tense march to the poker promised land. Moments of elation for some were balanced with moments of grief and shock as multiple main event journeys came to an end. The players that came so close but ultimately fell short included some big names in the game. Johnny Lodden (27th place) was the first elimination on the day and William Thorson (22nd place) also fell as three tables shrank to two.

It was when two tables remained in the Amazon Room that most of the professional talent in the field was decimated. Scott Clements fell in 18th and he was followed by David Baker in 17th place. Matt Affleck was then subjected to a final hand that can be described as excruciating at best (full hand below). The professional fallout continued when Hasan Habib took his leave in 14th place and then Adam Levy made his exit in 12th place.

Day 8 Cashes:

10: Brandon Steven — $635,011
11: Pascal LeFrancois — $635,011
12: Adam Levy — $635,011
13: Duy Le — $500,165
14: Hasan Habib — $500,165
15: Matt Affleck — $500,165
16: Benjamin Statz — $396,967
17: David Baker — $396,967
18: Scott Clements — $396,967
19: Michael Sijpkens — $317,161
20: Patrick Eskandar — $317,161
21: Redmond Lee — $317,161
22: William Thorson — $317,161
23: Robert Pisano — $317,161
24: Ronnie Bardah — $317,161
25: Mads Wissing — $317,161
26: Matthew Bucaric — $317,161
27: Johnny Lodden — $317,161

This concludes Card Player’s summer coverage of the WSOP. Check back in this November when we will be live at the Rio to bring you all of the action from the main event final table.

Here is a look at the notable elimination hands from the day, as featured in’s live updates:

Johnny LoddenJohnny Lodden Eliminated in 27th Place ($317,161)

Matt Affleck bet under the gun and Johnny Lodden moved all in for 1,470,000 from the button. Affleck called with the AClub Suit 10Heart Suit and Lodden was in a coinflip with his 8Diamond Suit 8Heart Suit. The flop was safe for Lodden as it came KSpade Suit QSpade Suit 2Spade Suit. However, Affleck picked up a gutshot straight draw. The 10Club Suit on the turn gave Affleck a pair of tens and put him way out in front. Lodden was in deep trouble. The 7Spade Suit on the river was no help and Lodden was gone.

Lodden’s main-event finish was his only cash at the 2010 World Series of Poker.

ThorsonWilliam Thorson Finishes in 22nd Place ($317,161)

John Dolan opened to 375,000 and was called by John Racener and Brandon Steven. William Thorson then moved all in for 5 million and Dolan and Steve folded, but Racener made the call. Their hands:

Thorson: JDiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit
Racener: KSpade Suit KDiamond Suit

The flop gave Thorson some more hope, running ADiamond Suit 6Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit. But it wasn’t to be, as the 2Spade Suit turn and 5Club Suit river finished the board, eliminating Thorson in 22nd place for $317,161.

Scott ClementsScott Clements Eliminated in 18th Place ($396,967)

Michael Mizrachi raised to 485,000 preflop and Scott Clements moved in for 4.9 million. Matthew Jarvis then reshoved from the big blind and Mizrachi mucked his hand.

Clements: ADiamond Suit QSpade Suit
Jarvis: ASpade Suit KClub Suit

Clements was in bad shape as his ace was dominated. The flop fell AClub Suit 7Heart Suit 5Club Suit, giving both a pair of aces but Jarvis was still ahead with his king kicker.

The board finished off 6Heart Suit and 8Spade Suit and Clements was the first casualty after the redraw.

David BakerDavid Baker Eliminated in 17th Place ($396,967)

Jonathan Duhamel raised to 500,000 and Matt Affleck made the call. David Baker also called from the big blind and the flop came down QSpade Suit 4Club Suit 2Spade Suit.

Duhamel bet 1.18 million and Affleck mucked. Baker then shoved for over 5 million and Duhamel made the call.

Baker: JSpade Suit 7Spade Suit
Duhamel: KHeart Suit KDiamond Suit

Duhamel was in front with the overpair but Baker had outs with his spade draw. The turn was a brick with the QHeart Suit and the river missed as well when the 4Heart Suit fell, sending Baker to the rail in 17th place.

Matt AffleckMatt Affleck Eliminated in 15th Place ($500,165)

Duhamel bet 550,000 from the cutoff position. Affleck raised to 1,550,000 from the button. Action was back to Duhamel. Duhamel four-bet to 3,925,000 and Affleck called. The flop came 10Diamond Suit 9Club Suit 7Heart Suit and Duhamel checked. Affleck bet 5,000,000. Duhamel called and the QDiamond Suit fell on the turn. Duhamel checked again. Affleck moved all in for 11,600,000. Duhamel tanked before finally calling to put Affleck all in.

Their cards:

Duhamel: JHeart Suit JClub Suit
Affleck: AClub Suit ASpade Suit

Affleck was in the lead for the pot worth 42,000,000. However, the river brought the dramatic 8Diamond Suit and Affleck was eliminated. Duhamel took the pot and was the overwhelming chip leader with 51,000,000 after the hand.

Hasan HabibHasan Habib Eliminated in 14th Place ($500,165)

Hasan Habib open-shoved for 1,805,000 and John Racener made the call, their cards:

Habib: ADiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit
Racener: AClub Suit KClub Suit

The flop was helpful for Habib as it came 10Club Suit 9Club Suit 3Spade Suit. However, Racener had plenty of outs. The 10Diamond Suit on the turn gave him more outs. One of them came when the ASpade Suit landed on the river. Habib was gone after riding the short stack for the past two days.

Adam LevyAdam Levy Eliminated in 12th Place ($635,011)

Adam Levy moved all in for just under 4 million from under the gun. Jonathan Duhamel was next to act and he made the call. Everyone else mucked and the cards were tabled.

Levy: KSpade Suit QHeart Suit
Duhamel: ADiamond Suit AClub Suit

Levy was a victim of bad timing as he moved in on the aces. The board ran out 10Heart Suit 6Club Suit 3Heart Suit KClub Suit 2Club Suit and Levy was eliminated.

Pascal LeFrancoisPascal LeFrancois Eliminated in 11th Place ($635,011)

Jonathan Duhamel opened to 750,000. Pascal LeFrancois called from the button. Joseph Cheong raised from the small blind to 2,550,000 million. Duhamel folded. LeFrancois moved all in. Cheong quickly called with the KHeart Suit KSpade Suit and was in great shape versus the QSpade Suit JSpade Suit of LeFrancois.

The board ran out JDiamond Suit 6Heart Suit 2Heart Suit KDiamond Suit 3Spade Suit and LeFrancois was gone in 11th place.

Brandon Steven Eliminated in 10th Place ($635,011)

Brandon StevenJonathan Duhamel opened the action for 1,225,000 preflop and Brandon Steven moved all in for 4,475,000. Matthew Jarvis made the call and Duhamel mucked. Their cards:

Jarvis: QSpade Suit QClub Suit
Steven: AClub Suit K Spade Suit

Board: 10Club Suit 4Heart Suit 3Diamond Suit 4Club Suit 5Heart Suit

The queens held for Jarvis and Steven was eliminated in 10th place, missing the November Nine by one spot. He does take home $635,011 for his efforts.



almost 12 years ago

He's The Grinder!! Big stacks- pffffff. My guess is that he goes top 3 easily. Cmon Grinder!!


almost 12 years ago

Anyone else feel for William Thorson? How many times is this guy going to fall just short at a major event? It's gotta be eating away at him. So close again, 22nd at the main event this time. Back in 2006 he finished 16th in the main event. He's also had multiple final tables in several EPT events - still no wins though, and no bracelets either.


almost 12 years ago

Very harsh on Thorson, he finished 13th in 2006, the 2 biggest fields ever and he got to the last 3 tables in both. Also gotta feel for Matt Affleck, 2 years in a row very very deep in the most valuable tourney there is and he goes out to a donk chasing an up and down draw, and then when he tries to get out of the place people shove cameras in his face. And you can bet that ESPN will have done the same, let the guy suffer on his own, his pain shouldn't be exploited like that, a great player who must surely be one of the top massive MTT players in the world.

Re: the article, both Eastgate and Cada were pros before they won surely? They were both online pros but still they made their living playing poker, if you said that Mizrachi had a chance to be the first live pro to win in the November Nine era that would be correct, but in this era of 2 November Nines they have both been won by pros.


almost 12 years ago

Think Matt Affeck misplayed his AA by flat-calling the 4 bet preflop. He should've five-bet shoved AA preflop. I would rather get my money all-in preflop with AA, then wait until turn on a board of QT97. He should have been thinking of this as a satellite tournament that awards 9 seats (Nov Nine), and just making the Final Table was the goal. No need for fancy play syndrome with AA and possibly getting outflopped/outdrawn which is what happened.


almost 12 years ago

prieure...wrong....cada was not a pro....ill say up front look how pros play and how he plays...hes a garbage lucky donk, which every year a donk or two will make the final table, a pro will make it because they all play tight and surely one or two will make it then a bunch of players we dont know about who are generally playing tight.

cada, at the time was having a bad run online and was not in great financial shape. also he had a backer he paid half of his winnings to. now 10k is quite a bit of money to most of us, but if you cant pay your way into a 10k event then you are no pro.

i will say eastgates results before his main event were much better and he was probably better off. just where exactly he was sitting with money i dont know.

my point is CADA WAS NOT A PRO! AND HES STILL NOT A PRO IN MY OPINION....although rule of thumb for me is if you win the main event you are a pro......but wow he was pretty horrible. lol.