The WSOP 2014 has to come to a close for the summer with the Main Event final table set and ready for the players return in November. The November Nine as they are known have battled their way through 10 days of intense competition and a field of 6,683 players to get to pokers highest table and perhaps the story of the 9 is that of Mark Newhouse of North Carolina who has made the grade for the second year in a row, the first player to do so since Dan Harrington back in 2003/2004 however the main difference between these two achievements is that the field size beaten by Newhouse is so much larger than the 839 players Harrington beat in 2003 and the 2,576 in 2004. No matter what happens when the players return to Vegas in November, Newhouse is simply hoping that he beats last years 9th place finish stating that, "I'm looking forward to not finishing ninth, ninth is brutal, man. Coming back four months later and getting no money. I told myself I wouldn't be disappointed, and whatever happens happens, but it was very, very disappointing. ... Anything but ninth." The big difference this year is that Newhouse will not be going back with the short stack like last year, and this time round he’ll return in 3rd place.
Jorryt van Hoof will be leading the way in November with over 38 million in chips and although the Dutchman is a cash game specialist he sure does know how to navigate a huge tournament field. Jorryt plays a whole lot of online poker and has been a pro player for 10 years and also runs his own poker training site, and he’s only here due to a last minute whim and arrived just a few days before the Main Event...turns out that it was a good idea.
Felix Stephensen is a 23 year old Norwegian player and he’ll be returning with a large stack too, over 32 million in chips, and again he is an online poker player, with his game of choice being pot limit Omaha cash games. He doesn’t play many live tournaments, and his live tourney earning of just $22,118 is about to be blown out of the water. Next up is the Spanish pro Andoni Larrabe who won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2013, and yet again, Larabe is predominantly an online player, learning his game playing sit n go tourneys and multi table tournaments. Dan Sindelar is also returning in November and is the only Vegas regular, and with 18 WSOP cashes under his belt the Nebraskan born player says that he’ll be coming back to cherish the moment. Billy Pappas is the only amatuer player remaining and is a world champion foosball player and after making the final table he said, "I'm in shock, I never thought I'd play in this event. It's been my dream, and I've been saying 'this year' or 'next year' for like 10 years, just to play in an event, period. Now I get to play this, and I've never expected this at all."
Will Tonking from New Jersey also made the cut and just about managed to get through due to a late double up and he will be joined by Martin Jacobson, the Swedish pro who already has $5.5 Million career earnings to his name. Lastly we have Bruno Politano the very first Brazilian to have made the final table and will be followed by a massive crowd from back home in Brazil. The players now take a well deserved break, as well as probably having a few sleepless nights, thinking about that $10 Million first placed prize.