Three of a Kind Deuces Wins Million Dollar Tournament

Playing poker I often will fold a low pair like a two or three or actually anything less than seven or eight. Often a higher ranking King or Queen will come in a wipe out my hope for a flush. I did adjust the strategy for those potential three of a kind and full house combos. And I found a mixed bag of success. Sometimes, those low pairs might be a winner by themselves and could even lead to a fullhouse or four of a kind.
The strategy is to checkout the first three cards that come up and if it looks good hang in there. For example, I get dealt a pair of deuces. If an opponent raises, I often will call. The flop shows unsuited Ace, Three, Four. I have a potential straight and if an opponent raises I will hang in there for a five. If there is a re-raise and I don’t have anything by this time, I will often fold.
Another scenarios is with a pair of deuces and the flop shows Ace, King, Queen or a potential straight not with my hold cards, I will fold. After all, a three of kind isn’t much to a potential straight.
The other side of the equation is also true. If the flop gives you a three of kind, check out the cards around it. Potential straights not including your hole card might occur. Often flushes and straights don’t happen. Chasing a flush or straight really requires gut instinct . They do happen but less frequently than pairs or three of kinds.
Below is a video of the latter example. The board revealed a pair of twos and the winner had one deuce in his hand. There wasn’t much potential for straights in this hand so it was an instinct move on the winner. The winner in this tourney took home over $250,000 in the Americas Cardroom Million Dollar Tourney in December, 2016.
Three of a Kind Deuces Wins Million Dollar Tournament

WSOP Final Table Day One

Qui Nguyen has taken over the lead in day one of the final table and has a major chip lead. The action leading to the four bust outs are:
Fernando Pons went all-in with ace-six but lost when Cliff Josephy won with three of kind of kings. Jerry Wong was next with a pocket jacks being overruled by Vojtech Ruzicka’s pocket queens. Griffin Benger was next out when a pocket tens from Gordon Vayo won over Benger’s ace- nine combo.
The biggest hand of the night however went to Nguyen who took Kenny Hallert out with a pair of aces against Hallaert’s ace queen of clubs. Though that was the biggest hand of the night, Nguyen had been leading for most of the night. That hand was more or less the cap of a successful night at the table.
The remaining players are guaranteed at least $1.9 million.
There are five players remaining.
Chip counts for the remaining players are:
Nguyen 128,625,000
Josephy 63,850,000
Vojtech Ruzicka 62,250,000
Vayo 58,200,000
Ruane 23,700,000
All the players who busted out are guaranteed at least a million dollars . First place finish will take home $8 million dollars.

Finding Your Way Around America’s Cardroom Lobby

Finding Tournaments and Poker Games at Americas Cardroom

Navigating your way around a poker lobby can be daunting. Lots of links that you might overlook quickly and click somewhere you didn’t have in mind. So, I made a couple of images of the lobby of America’s Cardroom. The goal is to be able to find the various games available. From cash games to tournaments to PLO and more they’re covered in this easy to find graphic post.

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All Poker Tournaments
If you click all, you will find all of the tournaments available at any given time. It’s easier to focus on your favorite style game like Highstakes, Sit & Go and check out the available tournaments in that category
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Cash Games
After logging in, you’ll see the cash games screen. Some players swear by cash games. They make sense for a great reason – time management. If you don’t have 10 hours for some of larger tournaments and say 2 or 3, cash games can work to your advantage. Also, your concentration span might be within a few hour window. If so, cash games might be your best bet for poker games. Many professional poker players play only cash games and make a great living on them.
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Micro, Low, Medium, High stakes poker games
Look at the arrows in white and yellow and you’ll see the micro, low, medium and highstakes games available at Americas Cardroom. If you run your mouse over them they will highlight the color red and when you click them a new window will open showing all the games that are available.
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Jackpot Poker
Americas Cardroom introduced jackpot poker. It’s an exciting way to win a jackpot while playing. The buy-ins are from $3 to $40 and the jackpots go up to $100,000. There is no secret to winning the jackpots, just play poker which is a three at a table style game and you’re eligible for the jackpot. It’s a random jackpot winning game.
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Omaha and Stud Games
Look at the panel at the top of the screen and you’ll find Omaha and Stud games. Click it and a new window will open showing the various omaha and stud games available. Fewer people play these games but the action is there for those who do.
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Sit & Go Poker Schedule
Sit & Go Tournaments are featured here. Like above just click the panel Sit & Go and the tournaments will open with a new window. Sit & Go tournaments need a certain amount of players to start with and when that occurs the game begins. There are various stakes from freeroll to over $20. The most popular are the freerolls, the 0.50 cents and the dollar sit & go tournaments.

High Five Series Returns October 19th to October 23rd 2016 at Americas Cardroom

Americas Cardroom will be hosting the High Five Series from October 19th to October 23rd. The theme is 420 and everyday at 4:20 PM there will be a courtesy break for poker players to take a “breather”.
The highlight of this tournament is the $420,000 Main Event. But there will be many competitive poker tournaments for all ranges of players from small stakes to high stakes. Overall, there is almost one million dollars on the table of guaranteed prize money over the series.
In addition to the Big 10 and Turbo tournaments, each day will have 5 High Five Series Tournaments. And for the $420,000 Main Event, not only will the winner walk away with the prize money estimated at $125,000 but also get a sterling silver High Five bracelet as additional compensation.
It’s great time to play at Americas Cardroom. The tournament schedule is noted below. For new players, you can get up to $1000 in bonus money, a freeroll and 20 days of free jackpot poker as additional sign up bonus. And if you’re really good, you can walk away with over $100,000! Check out America’s Cardroom.
The High Five Series schedule is below:

High Five Series Schedule:

Here are all scheduled series events including dates, game types, start times and buy-ins. Note that satellites for the big tournament events will be running before and during the series, so you can secure your entries for pennies on the dollar!

Date Time (ET) Event # Guarantee Buy in Type
Wednesday, October 19th 3:30pm #1 $20,000 $20+$2 5 HR LR
Wednesday, October 19th 5:30pm #2 $10,000 $15+$1.50 Regular
Wednesday, October 19th 7:00pm #3 $20,000 $40+$4 Regular
Wednesday, October 19th 8:15pm #4 $50,000 $500+$30 Regular
Wednesday, October 19th 9:15pm #5 $2,000 $5+$0.25 Hyper Mega Stack
Thursday, October 20th 3:00pm #6 $3,000 $3+$0.30 Rebuys/Addon
Thursday, October 20th 5:00pm #7 $15,000 $80+$8 PLO
Thursday, October 20th 7:00pm #8 $60,000 $300+$20 Regular
Thursday, October 20th 8:00pm #9 $10,000 $10+$1 Rebuys/Addon 6 Max
Thursday, October 20th 9:30pm #10 $15,000 $60+$3 Mega Stack Hyper
Friday, October 21st 3:30pm #11 $30,000 $50+$5 6-Max 5 HR LR
Friday, October 21st 5:00pm #12 $20,000 $40+$4 Regular
Friday, October 21st 8:00pm #13 $40,000 $200+$15 Regular
Friday, October 21st 8:30pm #14 $7,500 $15+$1 Mega Stack Turbo
Friday, October 21st 9:00pm #15 $3,000 $7+$0.70 4 Max
Saturday, October 22nd 3:30pm #16 $5,000 $10+$0.50 Hyper Mega Stack
Saturday, October 22nd 5:00pm #17 $12,000 $60+$6 6 Max NLO8 KO $50 Buyin, 10 bounty
Saturday, October 22nd 7:00pm #18 $30,000 $150+$10 6-Max KO $110 Buyin, 40 Bounty
Saturday, October 22nd 8:00pm #19 $20,000 $30+$3 Regular
Saturday, October 22nd 9:00pm #20 $5,000 $10+$1 Regular
Sunday, October 23rd 1:30pm #21 $10,000 $5+$0.50 5 HR LR
Sunday, October 23rd 2:00pm #22 $100,000 $100+$9 5 HR LR
Sunday, October 23rd 4:00pm #23 $420,000 $420+$35 Main
Sunday, October 23rd 5:00pm #24 $30,000 $60+$6 6 Max
Sunday, October 23rd 8:00pm #25 $40,000 $100+$9 Megastack Turbo

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WSOP 2016 $1500 Millionaire Maker No Limit Holdem Event Won by Jason Dewitt

The $1500 buy-in Millionaire Maker No Limit Holdem Event was captured by Jason Dewitt. It was the first time the top two prizes guaranteed $1 million dollars. The event had 1,079 entries for a prize pool of $9,706,500. This tournament had players from age 21 to 92. The Millionaire Maker event takes place over five days. Dewitt who hales from San Diego and was a grocery bagger before turning poker pro bagged the $1,065,403 prize.
For Dewitt this marks his seventh WSOP final table appearance and brings his total WSOP earnings to $2,557,482. He also received his first gold bracelet for the victory.
Dewitt’s strategy throughout the tournament was to raise, re-raise and put the competition on the defensive. Raising and re-raising almost automatically puts fellow players into doubt about their cards strength since only a royal flush is guaranteed and every thing else is negotiable. Many will opt to fold. As a strategy over multiple hands, this is a very effective way to build a bankroll. It helps to have good strong hands as well.
The final hand was heads up against Garrett Greer a was won with a King high hand against Greer’s Queen high hand.
Other tournament highlights were schoolteacher from Washington scraped enough money to make the tournament and walked away with $500,000. This was her first WSOP and impressive that she won. She’s previously won the Pendelton OR tournament.
Alex Jacob, tv show Jeopardy’s most winning player finished in 52nd place.
The top finishers were:
Jason Dewitt $1,065,403
Garrett Greer $1,000,000
Lisa Meredith $500,000
Frank Rusnak $366,787
Luke Brereton $276,632
Arkadiy Tsinis $210,112
Mikhail Semin $160,725
Alessio Dicesare $123,828
Stanley Lee $96,091

WSOP $1500 No Limit Holdem Poker Tournament Won by Peter Eichhardt

Persistence pays off is the case of Peter Eichhardt, the winner of the $1500 No Limit Holdem Tournament at the 2016 WSOP. He’s entered the Main Event eight times without cashing. This is his first major cash with $438,417. At the age of 50 he’s older than most of the players at the WSOP. The runner up, Davis Aalvik is 69.
At the final hand, he held king jack hearts. His opponent, Davis Aalvik, had king nine unsuited. The flop showed three hearts giving Eichhardt his massive victory. Aalvik settled for second place and $270,842.
Eichhardt is also a part time writer and worked in a casino in St. Petersburg in the 90s. Scenarios from this period give him most of his stories that basically crime stories. The tournament ran one day longer than expected. There were 2,016 entries with a total prize pool of $2,7721,600.
The top nine finishers are:
Peter Eichhardt $439,255
Davis Aalvik $270,842
Michael Addamo $196,202
John Racener $143,563
Tim Farrelly $106,115
Bruno Borges $79,241
Raymond Phu $59,787
Anthony Zinno $45,582

WSOP Deuce Seven Draw Lowball Poker Tournament Won by Ryan D’Angelo

The WSOP has crowned another victor in the name of Ryan D’Angelo who won the Deuce Seven Draw Lowball Event. For his win, he will pocket $92,338. It’s a great return on the $1500 entry. This type of poker game is played usually only at high limit mixed cash games or at the WSOP
Deuce Seven Draw Lowball Poker
This variant of poker is inverted in that the lowest hand wins. Since it is is draw game, two cards can be discarded and replaced for a better hand. Aces are always high. In 2-7 Draw poker, the best hand is 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 . So it is challenging game for most players who are use to the high cards, pairs, three of kind combination wins games. At the WSOP this is the lowest prize of any game. The glory in playing this game demonstrates being an all around great poker player. Many of the players in this game are multiple WSOP bracelet winners and all around great poker players like Erik Siedel who finished 25th but has 94 WSOP cashes under his belt.
For Ryan D’Angelo this marks his fourth final table at the WSOP and brings his total WSOP earnings to $750,959.
Other top place finshers were:
John Monette $56,061
Tom Franklin $38,582
Dan Kelly $26,632
Konstantin Maslak $18,775
Todd Barlow $13,524
Alex Dovzhenko $9,959
Joao Vieira $7,501
Barry Greenstein $5,781

Poker Dealer Turned Poker Pro Lawrence Berg Wins Dealers Choice WSOP Tournament

Former poker dealer turned pro Lawrence Berg has won the Dealers Choice WSOP tournament. It was a six max event and featured 19 variants of poker. No limit holdem, H.O.R.S.E. and other poker games like Baduecey and Badugi were featured. The game played was the dealers choice or player on the button. It requires a lot of adaptability and flexibility of thinking to play this tournament well. For his win, he pockets $125,466. It’s the largest prize of his poker career for the 38 year old. He worked at the Bellagio before turning pro as a dealer.
Berg finished first among 389 players that included two previous gold bracelet winners Andrew Brown and Paul Volpe who finished third and fourth respectively. Chinese player, Yueqi Zhu, finished in second place for the $77,526 prize. Zhu has made 47 WSOP cashes to date. He learned how to play poker via the internet.
Some of the top finishers and their cashes were:
Lawrence Berg $125,466
Yueqi Zhu $77,466
Andrew Brown $50,250
Paul Volpe $33,393
Joey Couden $22,765
John Templeton $ 15,932
Daniel Habi $11,454

WSOP 2016 Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem Tournament Won By Kyle Julius

Kyle Julius wins his first bracelet and the $142,972 first place cash. He won over Belgium’s Bart Lybaert in the WSOP Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem Event. He triumped over a field of 667 players. This is the first bracelet of his professional poker career and at 29 is looking at the road ahead for his poker career.
The Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem structure was unusual in that players could double their chip stacks from sit n go tourneys at the Rio and online. They could also purchase additional chips for $1000. About half of the players elected for additional chips bringing the total pool to $681,000. Innovation has been key with use of online tournaments and entries. Most of the tournaments have online registration as well.
Ben Yu was knocked out for third place by Julius and this set the final heads up match between Julius and Belgium’s Bart Lybaert. It was a brief round though with Julius going all-in with a 4 pair against Lybaerts King of clubs, nine of hearts. Though the flop revealed a king, it also revealed a four of clubs, giving Julius a three of a kind and a victory. Lybaert won $88,328 for his runner up position.
The WSOP is off to an exciting start. The Colossus is set to resume today June 7 for the final matches.

The top place finishers were:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Kyle Julius $142,972
2 Bart Lybaert $88,328
3 Ben Yu $61,137
4 Karl Held $43,001
5 Hugo Perez $30,742
6 Christian Blech $22,345
7 Nitis Udornpim $16,518
8 George Dolofan $12,422
9 Vinny Pahuja $9,506

Texas Holdem Poker the Basics of the Poker Game

This page gets back to the basics about Texas Holdem Poker. Every now and then I get an email about various aspects of the game. So, I decided to go over the game from the beginning. And while this article isn’t all there is, it’s a step in the right direction, instead of hearing about poker superstars or the latest tournaments.
History of Texas holdem poker
Today’s top poker players have people like Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim and Jack Binion to thank for the game of Holdem Poker played today. Then professional card players were looked at like seedy people. Often games were held in out of the way locations and crime at these events occurred often. The game originally started in Texas and moved to Nevada. In hopes to attract wealthy clients, the game originally played at the Golden Nugget. It was moved to what was the Dunes hotel, a better environment. Interest in the game grew and exploded with television broadcasts. This really became the turning point. Suddenly millions of people would watch these players at round tables playing this game. Next, the internet made it so much easier.
In the early internet, porn and gambling were the two biggest money makers. One lucky player named Chris Moneymaker managed to win the WSOP and entered through an online casino operator for $50. He is cited by many players today as the reason they got into poker and this has been coined the “moneymaker effect”. Now, everyone had access to the big bucks that poker offered. It was a wide open field all you had to do was win. Online poker is making players millionaires and top operators billionaires. Pokerstars was recently sold for five billion dollars and several of their top players have annual earnings in the seven figures. This is one of several online poker sites. Poker today is truly hot. For all the money on the table, poker is a simple game to play.
Poker is a community card game. Players have cards in their hands called hole or pocket cards and there are community cards that are displayed face on the table. The combination of the two decides the winning hands.
The first round is pre-flop. This is when all members are dealt their two cards. Players then get to bet, raise or fold. After this the first of three card come out. This is the flop phase of the of the round. Players get to raise, check or fold. To check is to neither raise or fold but indicate you’re still in the game. If a player raises everyone has to raise or fold. The next round is the turn. A fourth card comes out followed by another round of raising, checking or folding. Then a fifth card comes out. This is the river where everyone can add it all up and decide again to raise, check or fold. Afterwards is the showdown where everyone shows what cards they have and the player with the highest card value wins.
As in most forms of poker the ranking of hands is royal flush. A royal flush are all the face cards of the same suit and a ten.
A straight flush is the next rank the hand rankings. A straight flush is the same suit in sequence as in the diagram. In case of two straight flushes in a hand, the higher of the flush will win. For example, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 of spades will beat Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5 of the same suit.
Four of a kind ranks next.
A full house is next. A full house is made three of kind and a pair. As in the straight flush the highest of the full houses will win if there are two full houses.
Next is a flush. A flush is five cards of the same suit. The highest card value will win if there are two flushes here as well.
A straight ranks next. Like a royal flush, a straight flush is all the same cards in sequence of mixed suits.
Three of a kind ranks next. This is self-explanatory. and finally a pair is the next ranking card.
Also, there is high card, in the event no one has any matching pair. An ace will trump a king, as an example.
Players are seated in a oval table. As a betting round finishes the dealer position rotates by one clockwise. The two players to the left of the dealer, right if you’re online, are called the blinds. There is the big blind and small bind. These are the first bettors with the big blind betting the round amount and the small bind betting half that.
There is much written on strategy in poker. There’s always someone who has a new way of strategy. For beginners, this is sometimes good. There’s often a tip or two that will help you win tournaments. One of the best I’ve found is Gripsed Poker. He has a massive amounts of free videos on Youtube and he has thousands of subscribers. It’s a free channel also and you can learn lots of things that will improve your game. Experienced players can also benefit especially if stuck in rut.
There is also software called huds, pokertracker, is an example. You use these as a companion while playing online . The computer will indicate whether it’s a good time to bet or not. The decision is up to you. Some swear by them other people don’t. By the way online poker is the way many of today’s poker players are working the poker scene today.
Online poker has many benefits. You can learn without distractions of a casino. You can create a comfortable atmosphere to work in and excel. One of my favorite sites for poker is Americas Cardroom.

So, here are the basics of Texas Holdem Poker. There’s so much out there in terms of abstracts of poker it’s amazing. Staying focused with a strategy of some sort often works out best even though poker is an ever changing sport with very little predictable. It’s an exciting sport and many will continue to play for a long time.

Joe McKeehen Wins WSOP Final Table – Takes Home $7.7 Million

The poker juggernaut continued for Joe McKeehen with this final table win over Joshua Beckley. Many people felt McKeehen wouldn’t last. It’s only the second time in WSOP history that the chip leader going into the final table has come out a winner. Jonathan Duhamel did it in 2008 but that’s all. Based on history, it was an unexpected win. But not for McKeehen. He compared the final table to a freeroll because of his chip stack but he cruised to the top with a nonchalant attitude.

McKeehen sent home six of the final table members in showdowns including Neil Blumenfield , 61, who took home $3.4 million for his efforts. He’s former software executive who sold his company to Intuit in 2013. He says the similiarities in poker and business are that the top 10% make any real money. In many ways this is true. These players have probably made more than 90% off all players during the entire poker playing career.

After knocking Blumenfield out his next victim was Joshua Beckley. Beckley held a pocket pair of 4s and as the flop came, a ten was all it took for McKeehen to claim with WSOP title. Beckley takes home $4.5 million for his work which is excellent.

The Final Results of the WSOP are:

1. Joseph McKeehen

2. Joshua Beckley

3. Neil Blumenfield

4. Max Steinberg

5. Ofer Zvi Stern

6. Thomas Cannuli

7. Pierre Neuville

8. Federico Butteroni

9. Patrick Chan


Zvi Stern and Max Steinberg Out at WSOP Final Table

His aggressive betting style didn’t aid him in getting more chips and now he goes back to Israel nearly $2,000,000 richer. Stern was up against Neil Blumenfield who had Ace King while Stern held Ace Jack. As the flop unfolded 7h, 5s, 3d, Blumenfield kept his lead. Then King of diamonds came on the turn giving Blumenfield the pair. The Queen completed the set. Stern bowed out at 5th place.

Max Steinberg is also out. He failed to get any great chip counts and a bluff left him in the dust against Neil Blumenfield. Steinberg had unsuited 2 and 3 against Blumenfield’s pair of Queens. He folded in a raise and left him with 18,250,000 chips. Finally Joe McKeehen stepped in with a raise holding Ace Queen, Steinberg who held Ace Jack went all in for 16,500,000 chips and was effectively out with Mckeehen’s Queen kicker. He’ll collect $2,600,000 for his work.

The remain three, Beckly, McKeehen, and Blumenfield meet Tuesday in the finale!!

Thomas Cannuli Finished WSOP Final Table in 6th Place

Thomas Cannuli of New Jersey was the 6rh man out at the WSOP. He came in as the short stack.He lost to Max Steinberg. He went in with a pair of Aces and Steinberg held a pair of tens. The flop revealed Jack, Ten and a Six giving Steinberg, a three of a kind win.

Cannuli won $1,400,000 for all his work. This was just the 2nd hand of the night. Cannuli thanked everyone like a good sportsman and afterall he’s in his mid twenties and $1,400,000 is a great deal of money to have at that age. Steinberg’s stack was raised to over 31,000,000 chips and second on the leaderboard

WSOP Update Day One Eliminations – Joe McKeehen Prevails

People were looking for a David vs Goliath setting for the WSOP, they didn’t get that last night. Joe McKeehen continues his poker juggernaut increasing his lead over the table.
Patrick Chan was first out after two hands. McKeehen’s Ace and Four held up over Chan’s King and Queen for the win. Chan makes $1,001,000 for his efforts. Not to bad. Next to go was Federico Butteroni.
Federico didn’t reraise often. He waited patiently for nice hands but didn’t find any. He had some chip gains with an all-in with a Queen and nine. It bumped up his stack but not enough when coming up against McKeehen. McKeehen scored with an Ace King high hand over Ace high held by Butteroni. The Italian took home $1,097,000. and finally Pierre Neuville.
His chances were dashed with a straight against a flush from Tom Cannuli. Neuville with in with two Queens and raised. While Cannuli called with King and nine of hearts. The flop was Ace hearts , Jack diamonds and Ten of hearts. The turn was a 4 of hearts and Cannuli had it shut down. But later on against Mckeehen, Neuville lost with McKeehen getting a flush against an Ace high card . He goes back to Belgium with $1,203,000.
For the losers , they are really winners. They beat field of over 6000 players to go home with at least a million dollars. For day two, McKeehen has almost half of tables’ chips . This puts him in a formidable position. The action starts at 8pm est on ESPN.

WSOP Final Table Update – Coverage on ESPN November 8, 2015

The WSOP Final Table begins November 8, 2015 at 8:30 pm est. It’s the culumination of the Main Event Poker Tourney that started over the summer. And it could be interesting full of surprises. If history holds up, the chip leader Joseph McKeehan won’t win. Rarely do chip leaders continue the climb to the final table at the WSOP . One exception was Jonathan Duhamel who went in chip leader and won the Main Event in 2010. McKeehan hasn’t been resting on his laurels. He won the Wynn Fall Classic in October taking over $90,000 in the $300,000 Guarantee Championship.So look for fireworks, possible upsets or the poker juggernaut continues with McKeehen . As chip leader, all eyes are on him.

As a shout out to you’re not getting older but better, two players Pierre Neuville and Neil Blumenfield are also at the table. Neuville is 72 and Blumenfield 61.

Zvi Stern, who almost didn’t play the Main Event is also 2nd in chip count. He only decided to play the Main Event after United Airlines posted a cheap flight. He booked it Friday morning and was en route to Vegas Friday night. Luck was in the cards , since even if he doesn’t win the Main Event , he will still go home with $1,000,000. He’s had subsequent cashes including the 2015 WSOP Europe festival and Europe Poker Tour.

The remaining players are your everday WSOP players. All under 30. Max Steinberg is the most successful of the group with earnings around $2,000,000. He also cashed at the Big Poker Oktober – CPPT 2015. Joshua Beckley, another November Niner, has cashed since making the Final Table including a WSOP Circuit cash for $2200 in September 2015. He’s also a spokesman for America’s Cardroom featured prominently in ads for their Million Dollar Sunday Tourneys. Patrick Chan from Brooklyn, NY is still cashing including the WPT – Borgata Open at Atlantic City. Rounding out the November Nine are Federico Butteroni and Thomas Cannuli.

It will be an exciting tourney to say the least with possible upsets or predictable outcomes. The coverage is as follows:

Sunday November 8, 2015 Final 9 8:30 pm est

Monday November 9. 2015 Final 6 8 pm est

Tuesday November 10, 2015 Heads Up. 9:30 pm est.

Federico Butteroni Italian WSOP Finalist Bio and the Final Table

Federico Butteroni is one of the November Nine WSOP finalist. He hails from Italy and speaks in a very thick Italian accent. At 25, he’s pretty much a vet in the poker world having recorded cashes from 2010. He thinks European players are more aggressive than Americans and more unpredictable as well. For the Final Table at the WSOP, he’s not sure of his strategy yet. He just wants to rest before the tournament. He’s the lowest stack of all players going into the Final Table with 6,200,000 chips. How will he do stay tuned for the November Nine Final Table.
Here’s a list of his recorded cashes:

05-Jul-2015 United States WSOP $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 1,001,020
29-Jun-2015 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #59) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 3,622
24-Jun-2015 United States $ 235 No Limit Hold’em 3PM Rio Daily Deepstacks 2015, Las Vegas won $ 31,756
12-Jun-2015 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em Monster Stack (Event #28) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 45,633
28-May-2015 Czech Republic € 199 No Limit Hold’em – IMOP Main Event IMOP – Italian Masters Of Poker, Rozvadov won $ 1,668
10-Jun-2014 Australia No Limit Hold’Em – Event #9 Sapphire Series Poker Challenge, Perth won $ 6,301
09-Jun-2014 Australia A$ 100 No Limit Hold’em – Monday Night Weekly Tournament – The Poker Scene Monday 2014 Crown Casino Perth Recurring Tournaments, Perth won $ 187
04-Jun-2014 Australia No Limit Hold’Em – Event #6 Sapphire Series Poker Challenge, Perth won $ 3,887
01-May-2014 Australia A$ 330 No Limit Hold’em Last Sunday of the Month 2014 Crown Casino Perth Recurring Tournaments, Perth won $ 3,246
09-Dec-2010 Italy IPT € 2,000 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event IPT – 2 – Sanremo III, Sanremo won $ 6,706

Here’s a video clip where he talks about being and Italian poker player and getting ready for the WSOP.

Patrick Chan – November Nine Poker Player for the WSOP 2015

Though he’s in 8th place going into the Final Table, you can’t count New Yorker Patrick Chan out from winning the WSOP 2015. In fact, don’t be surprised if he takes it down. He’s from Brooklyn!!! The same place as Vanessa Selbst. He’s been cashing for years after starting out online pre-Black Friday and his list of cashes is impressive with $500,000 in live cashes not including the huge WSOP pay day ahead. His favorite casino is the Borgata.

05-Jul-2015 United States WSOP $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 1,001,020
29-May-2015 United States WSOP $ 565 No Limit Hold’em The Colossus (Event #5) 46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 7,170
19-May-2015 United States $ 580 No Limit Hold’em (Event #8)WSOP Circuit – Foxwoods, Mashantucket won $ 12,964
21-Apr-2015 United States $ 100 + 20 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry (Event #27) Borgata Spring Poker Open/WPT World Championship, Atlantic City won $ 364
09-Apr-2015 United States $ 160 No Limit Hold’em #3Liz Flynt Spring Classis 2015, Gardena won $ 900
12-Feb-2015 United States $ 570 No Limit Hold’em 2015 L.A Poker Classic, Los Angeles won $ 23,890
08-Feb-2015 United States $ 350 No Limit Hold’em – Shootout 2015 L.A Poker Classic, Los Angeles won $ 2,650
28-Jan-2015 United States $ 2,350 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax Championship Parx Casino Big Stax X, Bensalem won $ 71,449
17-Sep-2014 United States $ 260 + 40 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WPT Borgata Open, Atlantic City won $ 2,465
31-Jul-2014 United States $ 300 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stax 300 Parx Casino Big Stax VII, Bensalem won $ 1,676
14-Jun-2014 United States $ 300 No Limit Hold’em – Encore Presentation Phamous Poker Series V, Las Vegas won $ 5,047
31-May-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Millionaire Maker (Event #8) 45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 100,689
05-Feb-2014 United States $ 580 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry WSOP Circuit – West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach won $ 1,936
12-Nov-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack- Re-Entry Borgata Fall Poker Open 2013, Atlantic City won $ 29,406
19-Aug-2013 United States $ 310 + 55 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo WSOP Circuit – Connecticut, Mashantucket won $ 1,182
11-Aug-2013 United States $ 520 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry WSOP Circuit – Connecticut, Mashantucket won $ 3,804
26-Jun-2013 United States $ 185 No Limit Hold’em II Rio Daily Deepstacks 2013, Las Vegas won $ 309
30-May-2013 United States WSOP $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #3) 44th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013, Las Vegas won $ 2,619
14-May-2013 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Six Max Mega Stack Challenge XXVIII, Mashantucket won $ 607
06-Apr-2013 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event WSOP Circuit – Foxwoods, Mashantucket won $ 3,329
15-Mar-2013 United States $ 2,325 + 175 No Limit Hold’em – Championship Event Foxwoods Poker Classic, Mashantucket won $ 6,754
10-Mar-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em Borgata Three-Play Deep Stack Poker Tournament, Atlantic City won $ 1,439
09-Mar-2013 United States [WSOPC] $ 1,675 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 1,055
01-Mar-2013 United States $ 365 No Limit Hold’em – Re-entry WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 716
27-Jan-2013 United States WPT $ 3,300 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Championship WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 28,207
25-Jan-2013 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Deepstack Re-Entry WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 783
15-Jan-2013 United States $ 500 + 60 No Limit Hold’em – Big Stack Re-Entry WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 1,120
01-Dec-2012 United States DSPT $ 2,300 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Championship Main Event DeepStacks Poker Tour Mohegan Sun National Championship, Uncasville won $ 33,599
18-Nov-2012 United States $ 2,500 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – Championship Borgata Fall Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 131,895
11-Aug-2012 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em Borgata $100,000 Guaranteed Saturday Series, Atlantic City won $ 28,279
22-Jul-2012 United States $ 1,000 + 90 No Limit Hold’em Borgata Deep Stack Double Play Open, Atlantic City won $ 3,212
01-Jul-2012 United States WSOP $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #54) 43rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2012, Las Vegas won $ 2,667
19-Jun-2012 United States $ 600 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 6,852
11-Sep-2011 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Re-Entry 2011 Borgata Poker Open, Atlantic City won $ 1,083
11-Jun-2011 United States $ 340 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas won $ 2,294
21-May-2011 United States $ 350 + 50 No Limit Hold’em Borgata $100,000 Guaranteed Saturday Series, Atlantic City won $ 689
16-Dec-2010 United States $ 570 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit – Atlantic City, Atlantic City won $ 1,163
Here’s a video clip with his foresight for the Final Table in November. He feels he could win with a good run of cards. Hello!! He also mentions where he grinds and mentions the Borgata Casino.

Max Steinberg Bio – 2015 November Nine WSOP Final Table Finalist

Max Steinberg is a 27 year old professional poker player who started cashing in tourneys in 2008. He has an impressive list of finishes and to date has nearly $2,000,000 in live tournament wins. He’s had 11 WSOP cashes. In 2013, he was in the Main Event when he knocked out Phil Ivey and went on to win $400,000 but this is his biggest cash to date . He’s guaranteed a million and potentially $7,600,000 in the November WSOP tournament.
Interesting to note, he won his seat this year with a Draft Kings satellite tournament for $27. Amazing! He’s also a spokesman for Draft Kings , the sport/poker site.
His recent cashes are below:
Aug 19, 2014 $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em 2014 10th Annual Arizona State Poker Championship $1,000 won $3,431
Jul 15, 2013 WSOP $10,000 Main Event 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $10,000 won $50,752
Jun 20, 2013 Event 32 – $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $5,000 won $23,791
Jun 16, 2013 Event 27 – $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Mixed Max 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $3,000 won $231,501
Jun 12, 2013 Event 20 – $1,500 Omaha 8/OB 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $1,500 won $8,377
Jun 05, 2013 Event 9 – $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker $3,000 won $39,756
May 24, 2013 No-Limit Hold’em 2013 WSOP National Championship $10,000 won $219,799
Feb 28, 2013 Event 4 – No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up (64 Player Max) 2013 Chicago Poker Classic $5,000 won $15,637
Aug 29, 2012 Main Event (WPT) 2012 WPT Legends of Poker $3,500 won $293,490
Jul 02, 2012 Event 53 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker $1,500 won $21,114
Jun 16, 2011 Event 20 – No-Limit Hold’em 2011 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza III $1,070 won $2,567
Mar 24, 2011 Main Event 2011 Wynn Classic $5,000 won $71,974
Oct 04, 2010 EPT London Main Event 2010 EPT London – Season VII $7,415 won $14,145
Jun 04, 2010 Event 8 – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker $1,500 won $352,916
May 24, 2008 No-Limit Hold’em Championship 2008 LAPT I – San Jose, Costa Rica $2,500 won $144,773
Here’s a recent video celebrating his November Nine victory;

Pierre Neuville – Belgian 2015 November Nine WSOP Final Table Finalist

He is the 2nd Final Table to also be an executive though retired. Pierre Neuville was a businessman who created a game, Eddy Merckx, named after a famous cyclist. He then went on to start a toy company that he later sold to Hasbro. Afterwards, he was vice president of Hasbro till he retired and from there went to start a personal consulting company with clients including Kevin Costner. At 72, he’s the oldest player in the Final Table, age is only a number!!
He started cashing in 2007 and hasn’t looked back! He’s been extremely successful in the European Poker Tour, EPT with over 15 final tables and has cashed in 39 events. Last year 2014, he had several WSOP cashes including taking home nearly $400,000 in the Six Handed Event. His most recent cash the million guarantee and potentially nearly $8,000,000 from the 2015 WSOP is his best cash to date. His total cashes are around $3,000,000. That’s a great way to retire!!
His recent live cashes history are below:
23-Aug-2015 Spain € 1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Hyper Turbo Bounty #27 EPT – 12 – ESPT – 6 – Barcelona, Barcelona won $ 968
05-Jul-2015 United States WSOP $ 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (Event #68)46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 1,001,020
05-Jun-2015 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker (Event #16)46th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015, Las Vegas won $ 6,973
08-May-2015 Monaco € 2,000 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo ‘8 Handed’ (Event #78)EPT – 11 – FPS – 5 – Grand Final, Monte Carlo won $ 4,980
02-May-2015 Monaco EPT € 10,000 + 600 No Limit Hold’em – EPT Main Event (Event #27)EPT – 11 – FPS – 5 – Grand Final, Monte Carlo won $ 33,552
21-Mar-2015 Malta € 2,000 + 200 #18 No Limit Hold’em – IPT High Roller EPT – 11 – IPT – 7 – Malta, Portomaso won $ 42,032
06-Feb-2015 France € 500 + 50 #39 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo Cash EPT – 11 – FPS – 4 – Deauville, Deauville won $ 968
05-Feb-2015 France € 1,000 + 100 #35 No Limit Hold’em – Cash – 6 Handed EPT – 11 – FPS – 4 – Deauville, Deauville 12th won $ 2,690
03-Feb-2015 France € 2,000 + 200 #24 No Limit Hold’em – Cash EPT – 11 – FPS – 4 – Deauville, Deauville won $ 4,200
17-Dec-2014 Czech Republic € 300 + 30 #57 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo Edition of EPT Main Event EPT – 11 – EUREKA – 4 – Prague, Prague won $ 2,933
14-Dec-2014 Czech Republic € 1,000 + 100 #36 No Limit Hold’em Holdem EPT – 11 – EUREKA – 4 – Prague, Prague won $ 2,852
07-Dec-2014 Czech Republic EKA € 1,000 + 100 #2 No Limit Hold’em EUREKA – Main Event EPT – 11 – EUREKA – 4 – Prague, Prague won $ 2,210
30-Nov-2014 Belgium € 1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Belgian Poker Challenge – Namur, Namur won $ 3,182
13-Oct-2014 England £ 2,000 + 150 #24 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo 8 Max EPT – 11 – UKIPT – 4 – London, London won $ 47,577
18-Sep-2014 Morocco 7,700 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Tanger Poker Festival VI, Tanger won $ 5,224
27-Aug-2014 Spain € 100 + 20 #43 No Limit Hold’em – Hyper Turbo EPT – 11 – ESPT – 5 – Barcelona, Barcelona won $ 356
16-Aug-2014 Spain ESTPT € 1,000 + 100 #2 No Limit Hold’em – Estrellas Main Event EPT – 11 – ESPT – 5 – Barcelona, Barcelona won $ 10,364
18-Jul-2014 Belgium WPTN € 675 + 75 WPTN Brussels Main Event WPT National Brussels Summer Poker Challenge 2014, Brussels won $ 15,691
11-Jul-2014 United States $ 235 No Limit Hold’em Rio Daily Deepstacks 2014, Las Vegas won $ 797
08-Jul-2014 United States $ 1,100 No Limit Hold’em #60 Deepstack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas $ 2,679
01-Jul-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #60)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 3,460
28-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #55)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 3,881
25-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #49)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 9,224
22-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #45)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 2,253
18-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 3,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #39)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 16,573
15-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #33)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 3,266
10-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em – Six Handed (Event #24)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas 2nd won $ 385,041
07-Jun-2014 United States WSOP $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #19)45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014, Las Vegas won $ 3,154
01-May-2014 Monaco € 1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo Bounty 8 MaxEPT – 10 – FPS – 4 – Grand Final, Monte Carlo won $ 3,665
25-Apr-2014 Monaco € 2,000 + 200 No Limit Hold’em – FPS High RollerEPT – 10 – FPS – 4 – Grand Final, Monte Carlo won $ 5,666
29-Mar-2014 Belgium € 900 + 99 High Roller Planet Poker Deepstack Series, Namur won $ 20,615
12-Mar-2014 Morocco 9,900 No Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event Tanger Millionaire Maker, Tanger won $ 2,457
06-Mar-2014 Belgium WPTN € 1,350 + 150 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event WPT National Brussels, Brussels won $ 5,630
27-Jan-2014 France € 800 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Random Bounty EPT – 10 – FPS – 3 – Deauville, Deauville won $ 2,803
Here’s a recent video clip:

Neil Blumenfield – 2015 November Nine WSOP Final Table Finalist

What is a CEO doing at the WSOP? Ask Neil Blumenfield, president and COO of Elastic Intelligence. This company is at the forefront of accessing and sharing data that is in a cloud. Not clouds in the sky , computer clouds where information and data is kept. Their application is a breakthrough in the industry and was bought buy Intuit. The prez is Neil Blumenfield who also is a finalist in the WSOP 2015. It’s amazing that someone with his background is also a poker champ. He’s had modest cashes of around $150,000, but the million dollar payday and potentially more is his greatest. He’s also one of the oldest players at age 61 but not the oldest.
His cash history is scattered across the years. In 2008, he won over $15,000 in the Nevada State Poker Championship. In 2014, he place 286th in the WSOP Main Event. He’s also scored well in the Heartland Poker. He also placed in the WSOP Seniors Event.
His top live cashes history are below:
Jul 16, 2012 $10,000 WSOP Main Event 2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker won $38,453
Jan 27, 2014 $1,650 No-Limit Hold’em 2014 HPT – California – Thunder Valley won $37,749
Aug 18, 2015 $5,250 No-Limit Hold’em $5 Million GTD 2015 SHR Poker Open won $25,000
Oct 05, 2008 No-Limit Hold’em State Championship – Event 28 2008 1st Annual State of Nevada Championship Poker Tournament won $15,930
Jun 17, 2015 $600 No-Limit Hold’em Seniors $50K GTD 2015 Wynn Summer Classic won $4,641
Here’s a video clip of an interview.