Griffin Benger Headlines WSOP November Nine; Final Table Kicks Off Today



Game on, the November Nine is upon us. More like the October Nine this year as play will kick off at 5:00 p.m. local time this afternoon, October 30th. Canadian online poker legend and former video game World Champion, Griffin Benger will take a seat on the most prestigious final table in poker.

No stranger to the spotlight of a world championship, Benger is a champion of online video game, Counter-Strike. Benger also won the inaugural season of the Pokerstars invitational television series, Shark Cage, capturing the title for a cool $1,000,000.

Benger has already locked up another million dollars, by making the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 Main Event, but his sights, and the rest of his tablemates, clearly lies on the $8,000,000 first-place prize. Each of the nine players received ninth-place money ($1,000,000) in July when the final table was set. Therefore, the first player eliminated at the final table will leave empty-handed.

Final Table Seat Draw:

Seat Player Name Age Town Chip Count
1 Jerry Wong 34 Brooklyn, New York (USA) 10,175,000
2 Griffin Benger 31 Toronto, Ontario (Canada) 26,175,000
3 Vojtech Ruzicka 30 Prague, Czech Republic 27,300,000
4 Fernando Pons 37 Palma, Spain 6,150,000
5 Qui Nguyen 39 Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) 67,925,000
6 Cliff Josephy 50 Muttontown, New York (USA) 74,600,000
7 Michael Ruane 28 Hoboken, New Jersey (USA) 31,600,000
8 Gordon Vayo 27 San Francisco, CA (USA) 49,375,000
9 Kenny Hallaert 34 Hansbeke, Belgium 43,325,000


The payouts for the final table are as follows:

1st – $8,000,000

2nd – $4,658,452

3rd – $3,451,175

4th – $2,574,808

5th – $1,934,579

6th – $1, 463,906

7th – $1,250,000

8th – $1,100,000

9th – $1,000,000

ESPN will be providing final table coverage and TSN will have the coverage available in Canada. Canadians will have to sign-in to the TSN Go app starting at 8:30 p.m. ET. The coverage will then switch over to TSN 2 at 11:30 p.m. ET with the conclusion of the MLS playoff game.

Sunday’s action will play down to three players, picking back up on October 31st, and returning for heads-up action on November 1st.

CanadaPoker wishes Griffin Benger all of the luck and rungood in the biggest moment of his poker career. Stay tuned to Canada Poker for up-to-date WSOP news and events. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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