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.
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