26 year old recreational player Ben Hopkins of North Smithfield Rhode Island has is the last man standing after outlasting a small, but extremly talented field of some the worlds best. Hopkins has been playing poker for about ten years and qualified for the drawing to play in the special event held at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s World Poker Room by finishing 7th in an $80 turbo. His $374 dollar cash ended up giving him the chance to truely test his skills.
The $5000 first place prize money is his biggest win, but after defeating November Niner Matt Jarvis heads up at a final table that also included the 2010 WSOP World Champion Jonathan Duhamel and Mike “the Grinder” Mizarchi, Ben is left wondering just how far his game could take him. For now he is going to start by treating his buddies who sweated him from the rail to a nice supper.
Matt Jarvis was the last remaining of the 2010 WSOP November Niners, all of whom also played in the thirty player starting field. Jarvis collected $3000 from the 2nd place finish, but by the time the proposition bets placed with the other November Nine players were talied, he scored $28,800 for his finish. A win would have boosted the total considerably. The game took around 8 hours to completion, with players starting with a healthy 10,000 in tournament chips and 30 minute levels.
The group was happy to be back together once again and a few spent the evening before the event mixing it up at “High Rollers” a luxury…bowling alley. Yes, there is more than just poker. Jason Senti was said to be hands down the best bowler of the group and Jarvis reports getting “unstuck” $1100 he was down in the first “high stake” bowling matches, finishing the night +$300 after squeaking back for $1400. Fun stuff guys.
Jarvis and Duhamel were the last 2 remaining players of the November Nine during the reunion event , proving once again that winning play by our top Canadian players is more than just a flash in the pan.
Great game all!