November 9 Gather Once Again, 2011 WSOP Final Table Begins Sunday

2011 WSOP November Nine

The time has come once again to crown this year’s newest “Poker Champion of the World”, AKA the last man standing of the “November 9” and future winner of the 2011 World Series of Poker $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship.

While it’s going to be hard to pick a favorite after the epic results of 2010, when that very title came home with Canadian Jonathan Duhamel, this “November 9” may still prove to be one of the most exciting for poker fans around the globe. Dubbed the “most international final table” in WSOP Main Event history, a total of 7 countries are represented, with 4 of those seats being filled by players whom are the first of their nation to ever take a shot at this final table. Thanks to a slightly delayed live stream by ESPN, fans of the game will be able to watch it all go down; beginning at 3:30 ET on Sunday, November 6th. Play will begin 9 handed and play down to 3, then resuming to completion on Tuesday, November 8th at 9:00PM ET.

We’ll definitely be watching, but who is your pick or favorite to win this?

Ben Lamb has had one incredible year, but his opponents have also been keeping sharp on both the world and Internet felts. There are a few “underdogs” in the pack, either through chip count or live experience; however it has been pointed out that, especially in poker, that really doesn’t seal the deal for anyone. These young guns having nothing to lose and know what they need to do and just one double up by the smallest stack will vault that player into the top 3 counts.

We’ve put together a few quick facts on each and we’ll leave it up to you to puck your horse. Feel free to leave your predictions here or in our forums, either way it’s time for poker’s most prestigious title to be awarded once again; along with that “small perk” of the mountains of cash!

Player Name Home Town Chip Count Seat
Martin Staszko Trinec, Czech Republic 40,175,000 9
Eoghan O’Dea Dublin, Ireland 33,925,000 3
Matt Giannetti Las Vegas, Nevada 24,750,000 1
Phil Collins Las Vegas, Nevada 23,875,000 4
Ben Lamb Tulsa, Oklahoma 20,875,000 8
Badih Bounahra Belize City, Belize 19,700,000 2
Pius Heinz Cologne, Germany 16,425,000 7
Anton Makiievskyi Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine 13,825,000 5
Sam Holden Sussex, Great Britain 12,375,000 6
Blind Level 36 250/500k Ante 50k Chips in Play: 205,925,000 Average:~22,880,555  

Pay-outs remaining:

1st: $8,711,956

4th: $3,011,665 7th: $1,313,851

2nd: $5,430,928

5th: $2,268,909 8th: $1,009,910
3rd: $4,019,635 6th: $1,720,396

9th: $782,115

Total Entries: 6865 Spots Paid: 693

Prize Pool: $64,531,000


Best Finish by a Canadian in 2011 WSOP Main Event:  Khoa Nguyen

This Year’s “November Nine”:

  • Seat 1: Matt Giannetti

– Plays online as “hazards21”, several hundred thousand in online MTT.

– About $800,000 in career live winnings prior to making November 9.

– Matt won a €3,000 No Limit Hold’em Event at the WPT Malta in September, for the equivalent of more than $275,000


  • Seat 2: Badih Bounahra

– First player ever from Belize to make the WSOP Main Event Final Table

– Largest prior cash was about $30,000; for winning a Latin American Poker Tour Event in 2009.



  • Seat 3: Eoghan O’Dea

– Plays online as “intruder23”, ECOOP III (European Championship of Online Poker) Main Event Winner

– carrying the family torch, as his father Donnacha O’Dea owns a WSOP bracelet in PLO.

– At least $700,000 in online winnings.

– Largest prior cash was nearly $390,000 for a 2nd place finish in a €4,500 at WPT Marrakech, back in 2009. So far since the 2011 WSOP, Eoghan has followed up with a 9th place finish at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe; in the €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha.

– O’Dea has about $860,000 in live tournament career cashes before this.


  • Seat 4: Phil Collins

– More than $3,000,000 in online winnings as “USCphildo” that includes more than 50 first place finishes.

– Despite his impressive online record, Collins only had about $130,000 in live cashes prior to making the Main Event final table


  • Seat 5: Anton Makiievskyi

– Has done well in live events in Russia, though he has not broken the $100,000 mark with all cashes combined, (prior to WSOP).

– He followed up this summer with a 19th place finish in the WSOPE €3,000 Shoot-out worth about $9,200.

– If Anton wins, he will be the youngest WSOP Main Event winner in history.


  • Seat 6: Sam Holden

– Prior live cashes combined total the main event buy-in at just over $10,000.

– Holden has made some bank however; with nearly $300,000 in online MTT cashes playing as “SamDMND”


  • Seat 7: Pius Heinz

-“MastaP89” over $700,000 in online MTT winnings and was signed to Team PokerStars in an announcement made this week.

 – Just over $100,000 in prior live cashes, partially made up of winning a €1,000 event at EPT Barcelona

– Second WSOP final table, with a 7th place finish in a $1,500 WSOP Event this past summer.


  • Seat 8: Ben Lamb

– More than $1.1 million in MTT winnings online as “benba”, including an FTOPS win.

– In excess of $2,600,000 in prior live tournament winnings (not including this final table).

– Ben made 4 final tables over the 2011 WSOP, winning a bracelet in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, just after narrowly missing  another with a 2nd place finish in the $3,000 PLO.

– The 2011 WSOP Player Of The Year. Lamb will walk away with more than $2,000,000 in the worst case scenario, though it could be very close to $10,000,000 with a win here.


  • Seat 9: Martin Staszko

– In addition to being chip leader, “filfedra” is the first player from Czech Republic to make this final table.

– Less than 100k in prior live tournament cashes but he does have nearly $500,000 in MTT winnings on PokerStars

– won a SCOOP bracelet in the “Medium” Event #5 this past spring, then followed up with a 4th place finish in another large field WCOOP in September.


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Jon Harnish
35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.


  1. It’s almost to close to call, a bunch of these guys could get it done.
    I am going to get on the Benba band wagon, kids on a mission!


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