Qui Nguyen Wins the WSOP 2016 Main Event

Starting the final table of the WSOP 2016 Main Event has paid off well for Qui Nguyen. He won the event and the $8 million dollar first place prize. Though it wasn’t always smooth sailing, he pulled out a win which has become expected for those who play aggressively.
He came into the final table winning small to medium and several large pots against Gordon Vayo who was second in chip count and Gordon Josephy who was third. Josephy came out early moving up but his rise was crimped by Vayo who was dealt some strong hands as Josephy doubled up. He was left short stacked. He rallied for a bit till being eliminated by Vayo. Josephy took home $3.5 million for his work. This set the stage for Nguyen and Vayo.
The heads up match was long at 8 hours with many twists and turns. Vayo had gotten the chip lead briefly but that was changed after half an hour. The two battled back and forth till Nguyen took control. He went all-in on the river and Vayo folded with 80,000,000 chips on the table. Later Nguyen took another chunk of chips leaving Vayo weakened.
Nguyen continued to build on his lead eventually winning with a pair of kings against Vayo’s jack – ten spades combination.
Highlights of the tournament are in the video below.

Nguyen’s win highlights the effects of aggression in poker. If you sit at a table, you see it all the time. Players who raise often, even with questionable hands, often come out ahead.
The results were:
Qui Nguyen $8,005,310
Gordon Vayo $4,661,228
Cliff Josephy $3,453,035
Michael Ruane $2,576,003
Vojtech Ruzicka $1,935,288
Kenny Hallaert $1,464,258
Griffin Benger $1,250,190
Jerry Wong $1,100,076
Fernando Pons $1,000,000
For most of the players, this is a high point of the poker career. Nguyen had his largest cash at this event. His previous top finish was $9000 and he earned his first bracelet. It’s rare to have repeat winners who place tops in the Main Event over and over.

The WSOP 2016 November Nine Main Event Players Bio

Cliff Josephy is the chip leader going into the final table of the 2016 Main Event. Pocketfives.com has ranked him number one at various times with his online poker winnings. He’s made several poker training videos and he’s won two bracelets at other WSOP events. Previously, he’s also been in the money at the WSOP 17 times. This is his largest cash to date with the guaranteed million dollar payday for the final table plus whatever else he earns through his finish. His chip stack is 74,600,000.
Qui Nguyen has some WSOP experience with one previous cash for less than $10,000. He entered three tourneys this WSOP and cashed just this one time. But he is an experienced WSOP player with history so you can’t count him out. His chip stack is 67,925,000.
Gordon Vayo is ranked third in chip stack. At 27, he’s had an impressive 26 WSOP cashes worth over $600,000. This year, he cashed in eight events. He’s one to watch not only now but in the future as well. One of his previous largest cashes was in 2014 in the NHL 6 handed event for $314,535. His chip stack is 49,375,000.
Kenny Hallaert is a poker pro from Belgium. He has an impressive background with 22 WSOP cashes and nearly $400,000 in winnings. At the first Colossus tournament, he won $182,348. His largest cash, however, was $210,962 in 2011. His chip stack is 43,325,000.
Michael Ruane is the Jersey Boy Made to the Final Table. He is a poker pro but this is his largest cash to date. He’s only had three previous cashes for total of $24,438. His live poker cashes are less than $50,000. But as we all know in poker. Every year brings a new winner. It’s all in the cards. His chip stack is 31,600,000.
Vojtech Ruzicka is the first Czech to make the final table since 2011. Ruzicka has 17 previous WSOP cashes and won over $1.1 million on the live poker circuit. He cashed in 18 tourneys at this years’ WSOP. He also won the 2013 EPT Deuville High Roller event for $426,907. The million dollar guarantee will be his largest cash to date. His chip stack is 27,300,000.
Griffin Benger is a 31 year old Canadian player with over $2 million in career cashes including $1 million in the Shark Tank session in London. He’s had 13 previous WSOP cashes. This was the only event he entered at this year’s WSOP. The one million dollar guarantee will make this one of his largest cashes. His chip stack is 26,175,000.
Jerry Wong is the 2nd New Yorker to make the final table. He had the lead at some point through the Main Event. He’s ranked eighth in chip stack. He is a poker pro with over 1.3 million in live poker earnings. He’s had 19 previous WSOP cashes. His chip stack is 10,175,000.
Fernando Pons is ranked last in chips. He comes from Spain. This is by far his largest cash ever. His live poker event totals are just over $10,000. He’s the first Spanish man to make the final table since 2014. In 2001 Carlos Mortensen won the Main Event for $1.5 million. Look at the difference in the dollars from then to now. It’s amazing!! His chip stack is 6,150,000.
This is a wrap of the WSOP November Nine. See you in October at the conclusion of the 2016 WSOP Main Event.

2016 Main Event at the WSOP

The Main Event at the 2016 is where the action is. It’s the most widely covered event at the series. The structure of the event is a multiple day type tourney in two parts. The first part is in July and the final part in October. The July part of the tournament is spread out over several days:July 9 through July 18. The October part from October 30 to November 1, 2016. The days are broken down into sections. Day 1A, 1B, 1C, Day2 and so on.
There were 6737 entries at $10000 a pop for a total prize pool of $63,327,800. 1st place will take home $8 million, 2nd place $4,658,349, 3rd place $3,451,175. The top 1011 finishers will be in the money.
As of this writing the top players are fluctuating in chip counts. One day Valentin Vornicu was in the lead, the next day Maria Ho has the tops in chip counts. It’s really too early to give even a potential winner. The chips counts of the leaders are not dramatically different.
Some top names in poker are still in and some are out. This article will be updated to keep a running tally of the changes.

Day 6 of the 2016 WSOP Main Event Starts July 16, 2016 with New Chip Leaders
As noted in the previous post, there are many ups and downs still happening at the WSOP Main Event. Former chip leader Maria Ho is out. There are no women left in tournament. Brooklyn New York’s Jerry Wong increased his chip lead the most. He got over 11 million chips and is chip leader as I write.
Dan Colman, winner of the One Drop for $15 million, saw gains. He was chip leader on another day. But his gains were not as substantial as Jerry Wong’s. He’s now in 18th place.
Valentin Vornicu is still in it at 11th place. He was previous chip leader.
All players still in it after tonight, Sunday July 18th will take home at least $80,000. The November Nine finalists will be determined Monday.

Conclusion of Day 6 at the 2016 WSOP Vojtech Ruzicka Chip Leader

Continuing the post as noted, Vojtech Ruzicka, a Czech poker pro, has moved into the lead at the 2016 WSOP. He’s an experienced poker pro with 18 in the money cashes at previous WSOP events. He will be the chip leader going into the final day that decides the November Nine players.
Michael Ruane is in second play and Cliff Josephy in third place. There is very little difference in chip stacks among these top three, around 25,000,000. Players who are still in it include Valentin Vornicu, Jerry Wong, and James Obst.
Players who busted out include Paul Volpe, and Dan Colman, One Drop Tournament winner. Monday’s game will be the deciding game.

First Part of the 2016 WSOP Main Event Complete November Nine Players Are Set

The first part of the 2016 WSOP Main Event is complete. The players, called the November Nine, are set. As with previous updates, leaders changed hands at this part of the tournament as well. In first place is Cliff Josephy from Syosset, New York . He is one of two New Yorkers in the November Nine, the other is Jerry Wong, who is from Brooklyn.
Valentin Vornicu didn’t reach the exclusive field as with some other players.
Here is the November Nine with their chip counts going into the next part of the tournament. All players at this point will collect at least $1,000,000 plus whatever they make if they move up in the final table.
Cliff Josephy 74,600,000
Qui Nguyen 67,925,000
Gordon Vayo 43,325,000
Kenny Hallaert 43,325,000
Michael Ruane 31,600,000
Vojtech Ruzicka 27,300,000
Griffin Benger 26,175,000
Jerry Wong 10,175,000
Fernando Pons 6,150,000
I will be covering the backgrounds of each player in a seperate November Nine post.