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2014 WSOP Main Event: The Final Table Is Set! Players From Six Nations!

Tags: 2014 wsop, Felix Stephensen, Jorryt van Hoof, Martin Jacobson, november nine.
Posted on 15 July 2014 by "T".

The 45th annual World Series of Poker Main Event is set after 7 intensive days of play! Nine players is all that remains of a massive field of 6,883 players from 87 different nations. The final nine players come from six nations (Brazil, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United States.), including the first player ever (Bruno Politano ) from Brazil to reach a final table in a Main Event.

The finalists will return on Monday, November 10 and battle it out for a first-place prize of $10,000 from the tournament's massive $62,820,200 prize pool. The other eight players will receive a share of another $18,480,121!

Here's some information on all the finalists (from

Seat 1 - Billy Pappaconstantinou - 17,500,000

Perhaps the most unlikely final tablist this year is 29-year-old world foosball champion "Billy Pappas" Pappaconstantinou from Lowell, Massachusetts. He is a 29-year-old professional foosball player who is playing the WSOP Main Event for the first time. In fact, Billy has no previous WSOP experience. In total, he has earned $16,379 in live poker tournaments, mainly from a $500 buy-in event at the 2010 World Poker Finals where he took eighth place and won $15,341. But Pappaconstantinou is no stranger to long grueling hours of extreme tension and focus and credits his experience playing professional foosball as benefitting his deep run in the WSOP Main Event. The single Pappaconstantinou jetted into the WSOP Main Event from a European foosball tournament, and has plans to return back to Europe for another foosball event later this month. He is a five-time U.S. foosball champion and is a world-recognized champion in foosball hoping to add his name to the legendary list of poker World Champions.

Seat 2 - Felix Stephensen - 32,775,000

Stephensen is a 23-year-old originally from Oslo, Norway now living in London, England. This is his second year in a row playing the WSOP Main Event, but he has no previous WSOP cashes or earnings. This is the only event he entered at the 2014 WSOP. He has only $22,118 in career live earnings, but the young poker pro finds himself at the biggest final table in poker. His highest previous finish was a 12th place finish at the 2009 Norwegian Championships in Nottingham, UK.

Seat 3 - Jorryt van Hoof - 38,375,000

Netherlands makes back-to-back WSOP Main Event final tables, with van Hoof's deep run here following last year's seventh place finish from Michiel Brummelhuis. van Hoof is a 31-year-old from Eindhoven with only three previous WSOP cashes and $27,956 in earnings. Worldwide, Jorryt has won $358,580 in live poker tournaments. van Hoof played only one other WSOP event this summer, failing to cash. He has never cashed in the WSOP Main Event but he will enter the final table as the chip leader with 38,375,000 - 19.1% of the chips in play.

Seat 4 - Mark Newhouse - 26,000,000

Newhouse has made history, becoming the first-ever November Niner to make back-to-back WSOP Main Event final tables. (The November Nine concept dates back to 2008, where the final table has been paused until November). Newhouse finished in 9th place in 2013, collecting $733,224. He has already guaranteed himself at least $730,725, but has positioned himself for a deeper run this year. Newhouse becomes the first player since Dan Harrington in 2003-2004 to make back-to-back Main Event final tables. The big difference is Newhouse has participated in field sizes of 6,352 in 2013 and 6,693 this year, where Harrington faced 839 in 2003 and 2,576 in 2004. Thus, Newhouse has outlasted 13,029 in the past two Main Events, while Harrington outlasted 3,410. The 29-year-old Las Vegas resident (originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina) has $906,093 in career WSOP earnings, with eight previous WSOP cashes. Newhouse has had a rough 2014 WSOP, entering 17 previous bracelet events without cashing before his deep run here in the Main Event. The former Appalachian State student is single, and has participated in the WSOP Main Event every year since 2006. His total live poker tournament winnings are $2,776,172.

Seat 5 - Andoni Larrabe - 22,550,000

Larrabe is a 22-year-old Spaniard poker professional from Basque, now living in London, England, and is the youngest player remaining in the field and the first Spaniard to make the WSOP Main Event final table since Carlos Mortensen won the event in 2001. The poker professional went to school at San Viato in Spain, but now calls London, England home. Andoni has $20,068 in career WSOP earnings via three WSOP cashes but has won a tournament in the Bahamas in 2013, good for $218,710. In total, Larrabe has $341,266 in career poker earnings, impressive for someone just 22 years old. The WSOP Main Event was the sixth event Larrabe entered this summer, and it will be the first one he cashes in. Last year marked the first time Larrabe participated in the WSOP Main Event.

Seat 6 - William Tonking - 15,050,000

Another inexperienced WSOP player is 27-year-old William Tonking, from Flemington, New Jersey, who came into this Main Event with $13,421 in career live poker earnings via three previous WSOP cashes. This is Tonking's first time to cash in the WSOP Main Event, after playing it previously in 2008 and 2013. He played two WSOP events this summer, including the Main Event, and has now cashed in both. He finished 77th out of 1,475 entrants in Event #58 on July 1. Tonking has $93,306 in live poker tournament earnings. The former University of South Carolina student is single and makes his living as an online cash game player.

Seat 7 - Daniel Sindelar - 21,200,000

Sindelar is a 30-year-old poker professional originally from Columbus, Nebraska now living in Las Vegas, who has 17 previous WSOP cashes and more than $227,791 in earnings in WSOP events. He has career earnings of $527,779. The former University of Nebraska student is an avid golfer who played the WSOP Main Event the past six years, this year becoming his first time to cash. The single Sindelar played 19 WSOP events this summer, cashing in four of them.

Seat 8 - Martin Jacobson - 14,900,000

Jacobson enters this final table as the only one with more than $1 million in career WSOP earnings, with $1,224,706 in 15 previous cashes. The 27-year-old originally from Stockholm, Sweden now living in London, United Kingdom finished in 6th place during last year's $111,111 One Drop High Roller event, collecting $807,427 in the process. This summer, Jacobson has played 27 events, with the Main Event his third cash. In total, the Swedish poker professional has $4,807,316 in worldwide tournament winnings - also the most of anyone remaining. This is the first time he has cashed in the WSOP Main Event. Jacobson becomes the first Swedish-born player at the WSOP Main Event final table since 2006, when Erik Friberg finished 8th and collected $1,979,189. So a seventh place or higher finish puts Jacobson in the Swedish record books at the WSOP, but he will need a fifth place or better finish to take home the largest amount for a Swedish-born player in the Main Event.

Seat 9 - Bruno Politano - 12,125,000

The first Brazilian ever to make the WSOP Main Event final table, Politano is from Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil and will start play as the shortest stack remaining. The 31-year-old single Administrator plays poker as a hobby with just three cashes on his WSOP resume entering the Main Event, totaling $25,404. He has now cashed in three of ten events entered in the 2014 WSOP. Originally from Sao Paolo, Politano has $110,054 in worldwide poker earnings. He has never cashed in the Main Event previously.

51-year-old Luis Velador finished in 10th place, just one spot away from the November Nine. Velador, from Corona, California is a two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner and was the last remaining WSOP gold bracelet winner in the field. He went all-in with pocket fours preflop and was called by Newhouse with pocket fives. Velador got no help from the community cards and was our 2014 WSOP Main Event final table bubble boy, but he does collect tenth place prize money of $565,193


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8 comments on "2014 WSOP Main Event: The Final Table Is Set! Players From Six Nations!"

 klash2315/07/2014 17:09:35 GMT
Looks like an interesting final table with very different levels of experience and success between them,it's very difficult to predict the winner out of this lot.
Having to wait four months before you go to the final table must be both exciting and frustrating not knowing if you are going to win $750,000 or you are going to have $10 million dollars in your bank account.I would be happy with either amount!!
 teddybears7315/07/2014 23:23:24 GMT
Well it's a shame there is no big names at the final table,i'd have loved to see Negranuea orIvey or even better Helmuth Big Smile but it's not to be so i am going to pick Stephenson the Norwegian to win it.
 Mipetin16/07/2014 06:23:46 GMT
Mark Newhouse is just amazing ! b2b final tables.. just WOW !
 doubletop77716/07/2014 08:56:15 GMT
I still do not understand why they think it is a good idea that we have to wait nearly four months before we find out who the World Champion is, they should go back to the old way
 Macubaas16/07/2014 13:38:04 GMT
Too bad that Ivey did not made the final table this year, we would have been definately the favourite...

The funny thing is that none of the players have a stack advantage so it's very hard in this point to make a prediction.
It's good that Martin managed to hit the final table.
 Heskor16/07/2014 17:27:46 GMT
Holy shit the November nine, they gonna have a break and then resume play, for me it is a bad thing as this will alow people to adjust to other people strategy in the remaining months till November and it can be for better or for worse. But enough time to prepare is always a good thing and sad no popular players like Ivey and co , it would have been far better and more enjoyable. Anyway now we wait for November to start and watch the final tables!
 Willid8816/07/2014 17:51:00 GMT
Nice first prize winnings, exactly 10 millions to grab and what a poker player Mark Newhouse is with that back to back main event final table. It's a nassive accomplishment we all know it's not luck when you see things like this well I will sweat for him to win this so that he become the new superstar of the poker world...
 hulkborges17/07/2014 09:36:27 GMT
Let's go Brazil after the fiasco in the rest of world cup cheer for our athletes in other sports do cute, I hope this final table and comes soon be ours. Vamoooooooo Politano

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