WSOP Main Event: The 2011 November Nine is Set

Ladies and gentlemen, meet your 2011 November Nine.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet your 2011 November Nine.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, following a gruelling day of playing in the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event, 22 players went to bed dreaming of their shot to make the November Nine. Just 24 hours later only nine can say their dream came true while another 13 will have to settle for a six-figure score and an early exit.

The 2011 November Nine includes an Irishman, an Englishman, a Ukrainian, a Costa Rican, a Belizian, a Czech and three Americans. It’s the most international November Nine field in the four-year history of the concept. The chipleader is Martin Staszko, from Trinec, Czech, bagged up 40,175,000 when play wrapped up. That’s good for nearly 20% of the chips in play and a lead of 6,000,000 over his nearest competitor.

“I was up and down in this tournament,” said Staszko. “My first day was good, second and third were not, and I was totally card dead. I doubled up twice after the bubble, and from there it was all great. Now I’m on top.”

Right behind Staskzo is the Irishmen, Eoghan O’Dea, the second generation Main Event final tablist. O’Dea’s father, Donnacha, made the final table in 1983 and 1989. O’Dea finished with 33,925,000.

The next three players make up the entire American contingent of the November Nine. Matt Giannetti ( 24,750,000), Phil Collins (23,875,000) and Ben Lamb (20,875,000) will be the three players responsible for fighting off the international group of players looking to make sure the bracelet isn’t won by an American for the second year in a row.

Badih Bounahra sits sixth. The cardroom owner from Belize has 19,700,000 in chips. Right behind him is Germany’s Pius Heinz. The online tournament specialist finished with 16,425,000 and will be the first German player to make the Main Event final table.

The player in eighth place might become the player who makes this the year of the Ukrainian. After fellow countrymen Eugene Katchalov, Oleksii Kovalchuk, Arkadiy Tsinis and Leonard Martin won bracelets this year, Anton Makiievskyi could become the fifth WSOP bracelet winner from his country and that would tie them with Canada for second-most behind the United States. Makiievskyi is also the first player from the Ukriane to make the Main event final table.

The shortest remaining stack is Samuel Holden, the lone British player to make the final table. Holden will return in November with 12,375,000.

Those are the fortunate few who survived but there was 13 players who will have to watch the November Nine on TV. None could possibly be more frustrated though than November Nine bubble boy John Hewitt. As you can see from our hand-for-hand recap of the ten-handed play, the Costa Rican citizen didn’t play his first hand until the 50th hand.

At the end of the night he moved all-in with pocket threes and was called by the king-jack of O’Dea. The Irishman ended up turning a broadway straight to eliminated Hewitt and put the tournament clock on pause until November 5-7, 2011. He did earn $607,882 for finishing 10th.

Other players who were eliminated on Day 8 include Bryan Devonshire (12th), Sam Barnhart ( 17th), Chris Moore (21st) and Lars Bonding (22nd).

November Nine Chip Counts

Seat 1:  Matt Giannetti (Las Vegas, NV) – 24,750,000 in chips
Seat 2:  Badih Bounahra (Belize City, Belize) – 19,700,000 in chips
Seat 3:  Eoghan O’Dea (Dublin, Ireland) – 33,925,000 in chips
Seat 4:  Phil Collins (Las Vegas, NV) – 23,875,000 in chips
Seat 5:  Anton Makiievskyi (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) – 13,825,000 in chips
Seat 6:  Sam Holden (Sussex, UK) – 12,375,000 in chips
Seat 7:  Pius Heinz (Cologne, Germany) – 16,425,000 in chips
Seat 8:  Ben Lamb (Tulsa, OK) – 20,875,000 in chips
Seat 9: Martin Staszko (Trinec, Czech Republic) – 40,175,000 in chips

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Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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