The World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table will be on 10th November 2014 and the nine players who will compete against each other are already getting ready for the big game.
The most awaited poker event of the year will bring back the November Nine to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, where they will compete for the precious bracelet and the impressive $10 million first-place prize.
The 2014 WSOP attracted 6,683 players from 87 countries, therefore the last nine not only worked hard to get to the end, but are also from all over the world – US, the Netherlands, Brazil, Norway, Sweden and Spain.
Jorryt van Hoof, Felix Stephensen and Mark Newhouse
The finalists of the WSOP Main Event Final Table are already known and getting ready for the big game in November
• They are: Jorryt van Hoof, Felix Stephensen and Mark Newhouse
• Andoni Larrabe, Daniel Sindelar and William Pappaconstantinou
• And William Tonking, Martin Jacobson, Bruno Politano
The chip leader before the start of the WSOP Main Event Final Table is Jorryt van Hoof (Eindhoven), with 38,375,000 in chips. He is the second super talented Dutch player, who made it into the final table in the last two years, following the example of Michiel Brummelhuis, who finished seventh last year.
He is a true fan of Dutch online poker rooms and also owns very popular poker training site. His total tournament earnings so far are $188,000 and he’s definitely aiming higher.
Van Hoof commented: “It’s been amazing. I ran hot and there were a few bubbles that I could make (use out of). When we were down to 18, I wasn’t happy with my table draw, but I won some good hands, got some chips and things went really well from there.”
Felix Stephensen (Oslo) is just 23 years old, but is already at his second WSOP main event with 32,775,000 in chips. Despite the fact that so far he only has $22,118 in live tournament earnings, this WSOP is definitely proving he is not to be misjudged.
He commented: “I’m feeling pretty good. This is pretty exciting. I don’t think I’ve ever been part of something this major. When it’s so much up top and its life-changing money, you kind of get tempted to (play in a tournament). If it works out, it’s worth it.”
Next in line comes Mark Newhouse (North Carolina) with 26,000,000 in chips, who became the first player since Dan Harrington who made back-to-back main event final tables. He earned a total of $2.7 million from tournaments, and the biggest portion of it came from the 2006 WPT Borgata Open($1.5 million.) He definitely has the most experience at this year’s final table.
Newhouse said for Bluff magazine: “It’s a great accomplishment, but I can’t comment on greatest anything or stuff like that. I know it’s amazing, but I’m never going to say anything like ‘greatest’ with my name in it. That’s all I have to say about that.”
Andoni Larrabe, Daniel Sindelar and William Pappaconstantinou
Andoni Larrabe (Basque) is the youngest player this year (22 years old) and he has 22,550,000 in chips. He is also the first Spanish player who made it to the final table after Carlos Mortensen, who won the main event in 2001. So far he has $98,000 in tournament earnings.
He said for the gambling news: “I feel pretty excited. It’s a sensation between confusion, because I think I don’t realize what I have just done, and excitement and happiness. It’s a lot of sensation all at the same time.”
Another player who reached the final stage of 2014 WSOP is Daniel Sindelar (Nebraska) with 21,200,000 in chips. He has $527,000 in career tournament earnings so far and is also the only Vegas regular at the final table.
Sindelar commented: “It’s nothing that I’ve ever felt before. I’m going to cherish this moment for a very long time. This is just going to be a lot of fun.”
Then comes William Pappaconstantinou (Massachusetts) with 17,500,000 in chips. His popular name is Billy Pappas and he is the only amateur at the final table. He doesn’t have a lot of poker tournament experience, winning only $81,000 from tournaments, however he is a world foosball champion.
He commented with excitement: “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.”
William Tonking, Martin Jacobson and Bruno Politano
Next is William Tonking (New Jersey) with 15,050,000 in chips, who have $92,000 in tournament earnings. He enjoys poker both online and live and this is his first main event cash.
He said: “The whole time during it, I was trying to think about not being in this moment and playing poker. I kept on making myself refer back to the scene in ‘Hoosiers’ when Gene Hackman took them into the big stadium, the small-town team, put the tape measure up to the rim and down to the floor and said: ‘Still 10 feet, gentlemen.’”
Martin Jacobson (Stockholm) follows with 14,900,000 in chips and he has the most live tournament experience at the table with more than $4.6 million in career tournament earnings.
He commented: “It hasn’t sunk in yet. It feels surreal right now. It’s a dream come true to make to the final nine. Once in your lifetime, it’s a huge achievement. To still have the dream of becoming the world champion.”
Last but not least is Bruno Politano (Fortaleza) with 12,125,000 in chips, who is the first ever Brazilian to make the WSOP main event final table. He doesn’t really have any previous tournament experience and his total career tournament earnings are $110,054.
It is not a surprise that his fans are extremely emotional, singing and dancing the whole night when he qualified, making sure he feels supported and appreciated.
He commented on the devotion of his fans: “My rail is very, very important to me. Without this, I wouldn’t be there. For me, it’s everything. It gives me support in that moment. I promise more than 200 people (in November).”