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WSOP: This Is 2015 November Nine

Tags: 2015 November Nine, Federico Butteroni, Joe McKeehen, Josh Beckley, Max Steinberg, Neil Blumenfield, Patrick Chan, Pierre Neuville, Thomas Cannuli, Zvi Stern.
Posted on 15 July 2015 by "T".

From July 5 to July 15 a field of 6,240 players has been reduced to a final table of nine players, who will return to Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on November 8 and battle it out for the world champion title, a gold bracelet and the top prize of $7,680,021! The 2015 November Nine will be broadcasted live on ESPN.

Below you'll find seating assignments and chip counts, the final table payout structure, and some information on all finalists (biggest stack to smallest stack)

Seat 1: Zvi Stern - 29,800,000 (74 bb)
Seat 2: Pierre Neuville - 21,075,000 (52 bb)
Seat 3: Joshua Beckley - 11,800,000 (27 bb)
Seat 4: Max Steinberg - 20,200,000 (50 bb)
Seat 5: Thomas Cannuli - 12,250,000 (30 bb)
Seat 6: Joe McKeehen - 63,100,000 (160 bb)
Seat 7: Patrick Chan - 6,225,000 (15 bb)
Seat 8: Federico Butteroni - 6,200,000 (15 bb)
Seat 9: Neil Blumenfield - 22,000,000 (55 bb)


Joe McKeehen - 63,100,000 chips

Age: 24
Country: USA
Previous WSOP cashes: 8
Previous WSOP bracelets: 0

McKeehen is a 24-year-old poker pro from Pennylvania who learned to play poker around 2003 watching poker on TV. He has come very close to a gold bracelet in the past. The fact is that he finished second in last year's premier of the Monster Stack event, earning $820k in prize money. He's already guaranteed to take home more than that on the Main Event final table, given that the next player to hit the rail will receive more than 1 million dollars.

Zvi Stern - 29,800,000 chips

Age: 36
Country: Israel
Previous WSOP cashes: 1
Previous WSOP bracelets: 0

Zvi Stern is the second November Niner from Israel in the past two years (the first one was Amir Lehavot who finished 3rd in 2013). Aside from this guaranteed cash, Stern only had one previous in-the-money finish at the WSOP, a 63rd place in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout in 2008. He's currently 85th on the Israel all-time money list with $49,595, but no matter what happens on this final table he's guaranteed to make it into sixth place (ahead of Rafi Amit with $956,293) on that list. 

Neil Blumenfield - 22,000,000

Age: 61
Country: USA
Previous WSOP cashes: 2
Previous WSOP bracelets: 0

Neil Blumenfield, from San Francisco, has two cashes on his WSOP resume, including a 285th finish in the 2012 Main Event for $38,453 (his best live tournament score prior to this tournament).

Aside from poker, Blumenfield has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He's currently the President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Elastic Intelligence, Inc.

Pierre Neuville - 21,075,000 Chips

Age: 72
Country: Belgium
Previous WSOP cashes: 19
Previous WSOP bracelets: 0

At the age of 72, Pierre Neuville is the oldest November Niner in history (previous record holder was Steve Gee, 57, when he made the final table in 2012. In addition, he's the first Belgian to make the November Nine since the concept was introduced in 2008.

Neuville has 19 WSOP cashes under his belt and also several cashes on the European Poker Tour dating back to 2008. In total, he had $2,174,187 in live tournament earnings before making this final table.

Max Steinberg - 20,200,000 Chips

Age: 27
Country: USA
Previous WSOP cashes: 11
Previous WSOP bracelets: 1

Max Steinberg is the only player in the November Nine with a gold bracelet to his name. It was back in 2012 that he topped a field of 2,705 entries in Event #33 $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em to claim his first bracelet and $440,238.

Besides his 11 cashes at the WSOP, Steinberg finished runner-up in the 2012 Poker Tour Legend of Poker Main Event ($293k) and in the 2013 Southern Comfort 100 WSOP National Championship ($219k).

Thomas Cannuli - 12,250,000 Chips

Age: 23
Country: USA
Previous WSOP cashes: 2
Previous WSOP bracelets: 0

New Jersey native Thomas Cannuli, 23, is the youngest finalist of this year's final table. Cannuli, who mainly plays cash games, finished fourth in chips after Day 2 in last year's main event (Phil Ivey was the chip leader) and ultimately finished in 691st place for $18,406, which was his largest tournament before making the 2015 November Nine.

Josh Beckley - 11,800,000 Chips

Age: 24
Country: USA
Previous WSOP cashes: 4
Previous WSOP bracelets: 0

Josh Beckley, from Marlton, New Jersey has four WSOP cashes on his resume - all coming from this summer's World Series of Poker. This will be his fifth cash and the biggest since he's guaranteed to take home over a million dollars. Before the Main Event, he had $219,526 in career earnings, which includes his best cash of $98,348 for winning the 2014 Parx Casino Big Stax VII $1,500 Event.

Patrick Chan - 6,225,000

Age: 26
Country: USA
Previous WSOP cashes: 4
Previous WSOP bracelets: 0

Patrick Chan began his poker career online playing multi-table tourneys, but he made a transition to live tournament after Black Friday. He has just over half a million dollars in live tournament earnings to date - and now he's guarantee to double that amount regardless of how things goes on the final table in November.

Federico Butteroni - 6,200,000

Age: 25
Country: Italy
Previous WSOP cashes: 2
Previous WSOP bracelets: 0

25-year-old Italian Federico Butteroni had two WSOP cashes prior to this tournament (both of which came this summer), including a 20th place finish in the Monster Stack Event for $45,633. His only other five-figure scored occurred two weeks later when he won a Rio Daily Deepstack for $31,756.

UPDATE 16/7/2015: ESPN Broadcast of the 2015 WSOP and November Nine

This year's final table (November Nine) broadcast will expand from two to there days. Coverage starts on Sunday, November 8th at 5:30 pm PST and continues until four players remain. Then, second day coverage starts on Monday, November 9th at 5 pm PST and continues until heads-up play. Finally, on Tuesday, November 10th at 6 pm PST, the heads-up match for poker's world champion title will air until a winner has been crowned.

However, coverage of the 2015 WSOP will already begin airing on September 14th and continue into the beginning of November. The show will air on Mondays the first three weeks, then change to Sunday nights on October 4th.


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5 comments on "WSOP: This Is 2015 November Nine"

 doubletop77717/07/2015 07:57:31 GMT
All these players must be mega excited about the chance of becoming World Champion. They have all won at least a Million dollars so they all should be able to play freely and not worry about the money
 klash2317/07/2015 14:25:48 GMT
If these players have got any sense they could probably make as much by just doing promotional work and gaining sponsorship in the months before Nov 9.
The money jumps are not that great until the top 4/5 so the 2 short stacks have quite an easy strategy but if I was 2nd/3rd in chips I would not want to be risking much to begin with. Smile
 bowie198420/07/2015 23:32:28 GMT
Just as in all decent tourneys: top3 or top5 pays best. But you are probably right about the promotional dough. They will have four months to milk this cow, after that everybody's focus will shift towrad the winner only.
 klash2321/07/2015 14:36:14 GMT
I don't know if it is just me but I feel that the winner of the main event is very quickly forgotten these days.I can remember the names like Stu Ungar,Scotty Nguyen,Doyle Brunson,Jamie Gold,Joe Hachem,Peter Eastgate and obviously Chris Moneymaker but players from the last few years I would have to look up.
 bowie198421/07/2015 23:40:40 GMT
In my opinion the playerpool is way too diluted for recognizing every major player there beyond their achievements so I don't think this is a problem. And if he does nothing for the rest of his carrier but only win a Main Event then why would you want to remember him anyway?

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