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A Look at the World Series of Poker November Nine

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With one exception, poker fans are probably wondering who the November Nine are, and what types of resumes these players will be bringing to the World Series of Poker Final Table in November.

In this article we’ll take a look at each November Nine player in an effort to get you acquainted with their poker skills, and what you might expect from them when the World Series of Poker Main Event resumes.

Jonathan Duhamel

The chip-leader heading into the Final Table will be the 23 year-old poker pro from Quebec Canada, Jonathan Duhamel. Duhamel is relatively fresh face on the poker scene, and has had a modicum of decent results in his short time on the poker scene. Overall he has collected $119,060 from live poker tournaments, with his biggest cash to date coming in the 2008 EPT Prague event where he finished 10th, collecting $54,904.

John Dolan

Dolan has been a force on the southern poker tournament scene, with numerous cashes all over the country, but mainly in the south. Overall he has pocketed $216,556 in tournament winnings including a final table appearance in one of the $1,000 buy-in No limit Holdem tournaments earlier in the 2010 WSOP, worth $82,804.

Joseph Cheong

Another young pro who will be trying to cement himself as a top level player is Saguhyon “Joseph” Cheong. Cheong has cashed in a number of live poker tournaments pocketing a total of $74,779 over the past year.

John Racener

One of the few November Nine members who has quite a bit of experience, Racener has been on the tournament scene since he turned 21 less than four years ago. With $1,180,506 in prize-money, 11 WSOP in the money finishes, and a WSOP Circuit Series win in Atlantic City in 2007, Racener will likely be near the top of the odds-makers betting lines.

Fillipo Candio

The Italian poker pro is one of the top ranked poker players in the country, and has been a force on the European poker scene –mainly in his home-base of Italy. As the only member of the November Nine from outside North America, Candio will likely have a lot of support from the whole of Europe.

Mike Mizrachi

Mizrachi is the one household name at the WSOP Final Table, and the 2006 Card Player Magazine Player of the Year, $50k Players Championship winner, two-time WPT Champion, will be looking to cement his name in the group of Phil Ivey’s, Daniel Negreanu’s, and Johnny Chan’s of the world. Mizrachi could also pick up the WSOP Player of the Year award should he win the Main Event.

Soi Nguyen

Nguyen is one of the two amateur poker players at the final table, and will be somewhat of a wildcard when the final table reconvenes. It will be interesting to see if he hires a coach, or goes the way of Darvin Moon and continues with what got him here.

Matthew Jarvis

The other amateur in the field is full-time student, Matthew Jarvis. The other Canadian field, Jarvis will have his work cut out for him as a short-stack.

Jason Senti

Senti is an accomplished online poker pro that goes by the handle PBJaxx. Senti also works as an instructor for BlueFire Poker –Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond’s online poker training site—and is one of the most respected posters on the 2+2 poker forums. As a newcomer to live poker tournaments his stats are not astounding, with just one cash for $17,987, but he will definitely go into the final table as one of the players to watch, despite his small stack of chips.

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Written by Gerry Poltorak on July 19th, 2010

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