A Closer Look at the Final 9 for the WSOP 2013 Main Event this November


A Closer Look at the Final 9 for the WSOP 2013 Main Event this November

Despite the ever-increasing popularity of online casinos and the eagerness to play video poker online, the charm of traditional brick-and-mortar casinos hasn’t reduced a bit. The immense fan-following and participation seen at the World Series of Poker event tends to endorse the point. Started in the year 2005 by Caesars Entertainment, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is held every year in Las Vegas and receives a huge support from poker enthusiasts living in different parts of the world. 

Ever since the WSOP event got televised on ESPN and Travel Channel, a lot more poker fanatics from all around the globe are showing their interest in this massive poker tournament. For novel poker devotees, learning how to play video poker is the basic thing necessary for making their way to WSOP. It would help one get acquainted with the basic rules and strategies of the game, and master them online.  There are several sites such as slots.com that offer lucky players a free video poker bonus in order to make them feel special, and which also serves as another chance to test their luck.

However, for the pro-handers, best video poker games aren’t of any worth. They can straight away put their professional skills to test at the World Series of Poker, the way the top-niners did in this year’s event. With the active participation of more than 6000 poker players, what is left at the end could be one of the most interesting groups gathered for the main WSOP event ever. Here is a closer look at the top nine players who will be heading back to the tables for the main event, which is slated to be held on November 4th and 5th.

JC Tran

This US-based poker pro is probably one of the biggest names left for this year’s main event. The holder of 2 Bracelets, one WPT title and the title of PartyPoker Premier League III, Tran will start as the chip leader of November Nine. As for now, JC Tran is the odds-on favourite this year. Poker enthusiasts can just stop worrying about their online jackpots or free bonuses, and get ready to experience the most iconic card-war ever in November Nine 2013.

Amir Lehavot

Amir Lehavot is yet another pro who has managed to gather his fair share of runs in the 10k buy-in events, including the 10K Pot-Limit Omaha Championship and a WSOP bracelet victory in the year 2011. His most recent wins include the WPT Bay 101 shooting star, which had a $140k payout.

Marc Etienne McLaughlin

The youngest of all, this French Canadian pro holds as much capability of winning the WSOP 2013 Main Event as any one of the November Nine 2013. This isn’t his first attempt to the WSOP main event. At an age of 21, he ended up at the 30th spot while playing his first WSOP in the year 2009.

Jay Farber

Jay Farber is another US professional making it to the November Nine, with earnings of $733,224. He earned his first cash through a live tournament circuit and has made to several events in the WSOP 2013. This could be his first chance to hit a home run and walk home as the WSOP king!

Ryan Riess

Popular as the WSOP circuit grinder, Ryan has set his eyes high on the biggest win of his young poker career. Earlier, in 2012, he finished second in the WSOP Circuit stop main event.

Sylvain Loosli

French poker star, Sylvain Loosli, appears to be the loose cannon on the final table, as much isn’t heard about him in the world of poker. However, he should not be underestimated as he is capable of playing some high stake games at the virtual casinos, which have some of the best online video poker reviews to their credit. The fact that he played as a mystery player, as the final table neared, does make him a legend.

Michiel Brummelhuis

The Dutch pro is the first ever player from Netherlands to win the WSOP. He has had some good performances in the Master Classics of Poker and PCA events, which makes him a highly motivated competitor this year.

Mark Newhouse

Eighth on the table is Mark Newhouse, a poker star famous for his iconic win at WPT Borgata Poker Open 2006. However, he needs to pick up more chips to go any nearer to the chance at snagging the poker world’s biggest title.

David Benefield aka Raptor

Raptor has been one of the most feared names in the world of casino gaming. He is still seen as one of the best high stakes cash game players in the world. Had he not left poker behind and returned to school, he would have been a hot favourite now.

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