WSOP November Nine Set to Resume this Saturday

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Matt Jarvis Jonathan Duhamel WSOP 2010After a wait that has stretched more than 100 days since the November Nine final table was set, the much anticipated WSOP Main Event final table showdown is set to resume this Saturday November 6th at the Penn & Teller Theatre at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas.

Canada is proud to have two hopefuls at the final table: Matt Jarvis from Surrey, British Columbia and Jonathan Duhamel from Boucherville, Quebec. A victory by either one would make the history books as Canada seeks to have its first WSOP Main Event Champion.

Matt Jarvis

Matt Jarvis WSOP 2010Matt Jarvis enters the final table 5th in overall chips. Prior to making the November Nine, Jarvis hadn’t yet committed to a full-time career in poker. However, after making the final table, Jarvis has begun to seriously consider poker as his future profession. During the four-month break, Jarvis has added two impressive wins under his belt including the Canadian Heads-Up Championship in August and the $1,000 Rebuy No-limit Hold ’em at the WPT Festa Al Lago at Bellagio in October.

These two victories earned Matt over $170,000 and also additional momentum and confidence heading into the final table showdown. Joining Matt Jarvis on that all important night will be his biggest supporters, his family.

Jarvis is in an interesting spot at the table in Seat 6. To his immediate right are Michael Mizrachi (seat 5) and Jonathan Duhamel (Seat 4), the most accomplished player and the chip leader, respectively. You can bet that both will be looking to establish themselves early, so Jarvis can use that to his advantage. On his left are John Racener (Seat 7) and Filippo Candio (Seat 8), both aggressive and capable players with similar chip counts to his own. Raising in front of them will be no walk in the park.

It will be crucial for Jarvis to get off to a good start as one mistake could limit his options to shoving or folding. On the other hand, if Jarvis can collect chips early on, he can make things uncomfortable for his aggressive neighbours.

Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel WSOP 2010Jonathan Duhamel enters the final table as the chip leader with 65,965,000, almost 20 million more than his next closest rival. He is the odds-on favorite and bookmakers are paying about 3-1 odds for a Duhamel victory. Duhamel started poker at a young age and after a while he started making a lot of money playing online. Against the advice of his family and friends, Duhamel took the plunge and pursued poker full-time. This chance has obviously paid off.

Not including the WSOP Final Table, Duhamel has made 2 other cashes at this summer’s WSOP. Since the summer, Jonathan has played several tournaments in North America and Europe and has made one 3rd place cash finish in Montreal.

Duhamel will be seated in Seat 4, which brings with it both good and bad news. The good news is that the other big stack at the table, John Dolan (46,250,000) will be seated to his immediate right. This will give Duhamel the power of position throughout the final table and allow him to push Dolan around. On the flip side, the most established and feared player at the table, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, will be seated to Duhamel’s left. Every advantage he will have over Dolan, Mizrachi will have over him. If Mizrachi can grind his short stack up, Duhamel will have to fight an uphill battle. Duhamel also has a giant target on his back as the chip leader. As the Main Event field went from 10 players down to nine, Duhamel demonstrated that he knew how to play big stack poker. Many players tightened up but Duhamel stayed aggressive and built up an impressive chip stack and if he keeps playing big stack poker this way, he could very well take the title of WSOP Main Event champion.

Joining Jonathan Duhamel will be his family and about 50 of his closest friends and poker buddies.

Play will last on Saturday until just two remain. Heads-up play will then resume on Monday at 8:00 PM PT. For anyone planning on attending, there will be a line-up for seating opening up two hours before the tournament but expect the line-up to be very long.

Also taking place around 7:30 PM PT on Monday is the induction ceremony for the Poker Hall of Fame, which will honour Class of 2010 inductees Dan Harrington and Erik Seidel.

Good Luck Jonathan and Matt!!! We will be cheering for you.

Stay tuned to CanadaPoker.com for updates on the WSOP Main Event Final Table.

Here is some other useful info about the WSOP Main Event and November Nine players.

World Series of Poker Main Event Chip Counts and Seat Positions:

WSOP 2010 November 9Seat 1: Jason Senti (7,625,000)
Seat 2: Joseph Cheong (23,525,000)
Seat 3: John Dolan (46,250,000)
Seat 4: Jonathan Duhamel (65,975,000)
Seat 5: Michael Mizrachi (14,450,000)
Seat 6: Matthew Jarvis (16,700,000)
Seat 7: John Racener (19,050,000)
Seat 8: Filippo Candio (16,400,000)
Seat 9: Soi Nguyen (9,650,000)

World Series of Poker Main Event Payouts:

1st place –     $8,944,138
2nd place –    $5,545,855
3rd place –    $4,129,979
4th place –    $3,092,497
5th place –    $2,442,960
6th place –    $1,772,939
7th place –    $1,356,708
8th place –    $1,045,738
9th place –     $811,823

World Series of Poker Main Event Seat Positions:

SEAT 1:  Jason Senti
Hometown:  St. Louis Park, MN (USA)
Age:  26
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  This is Senti’s first time to ever cash in a WSOP event.  He picked the right tournament and the right year to achieve a poker breakout.

Chip Count:  7,625,000

SEAT 2:  Joseph Cheong
Hometown:  La Mirada, CA (USA)
Age:  24
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  Cheong won a WSOP Circuit gold ring and earned a degree in psychology from UC-San Diego.  When Cheong won his victory three months ago, he promised himself he would play in the Main Event.  Here he is, competing on poker’s grandest stage.
Chip Count:  23,525,000

SEAT 3:  John Dolan
Hometown:  Bonita Springs, FL (USA)
Age:  24
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  Dolan has six WSOP cashes, including three at this year’s series.  He has been one of the more consistent performers on this tournament, hanging around the leader board much of the way.
Chip Count:  46,250,000

SEAT 4:  Jonathan Duhamel
Hometown:  Boucherville, Quebec (Canada)
Age:  23
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  This is Duhamel’s third time to cash at this year’s WSOP.  This has been a big year for Canada, with five gold bracelet winners.  Duhamel hopes to become the sixth.
Chip Count:  65,975,000

SEAT 5:  Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi
Hometown:  Miami, FL (USA)
Age:  29
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  “The Grinder” is among the most successful tournament performers since the poker boom began.  He won his first WSOP gold bracelet and $1,559,046 in this year’s Poker Players Championship.
Chip Count:  14,450,000

SEAT 6:  Matthew Jarvis
Hometown:  Surrey, BC (Canada)
Age:  26
Profession:  Poker Pro/Student
Note:  Jarvis is primarily an online player.  This marks his first time to cash in a WSOP tournament.  Jarvis would become the first Canadian world champion should he win the Main Event.
Chip Count:  16,700,000

SEAT 7:  John Racener
Hometown:  Port Richey, FL (USA)
Age:  24
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  Racener is one of the stars of the national WSOP Circuit, with more than $500,000 in earnings, including the 2007 Main Event championship victory at Harrah’s Atlantic City.
Chip Count:  19,050,000

SEAT 8:  Filippo Candio
Hometown:  Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy)
Age:  26
Profession:  Poker Pro
Note:  Candio is the first Italian player ever to make it to the Main Event final table.  He has a number of cashes at major tournaments held in Europe.
Chip Count:  16,400,000

SEAT 9:  Cuong “Soi” Nguyen
Hometown:  Santa Ana, CA (USA)
Age:  37
Profession:  Sales (Medical Supplies)
Note:  Nguyen is the senior player at this final table, at the advanced age of 36.  He is also the only amateur sitting among the final nine.  Nguyen has been near the chip lead during the past three days of competition.  He cashed in the 2008 Main Event (614th place).
Chip Count:  9,650,000

* All Remaining Players Guaranteed at Least $811,823
* Will Duhamel or Jarvis Become the First Canadian WSOP Main Event Champion?
* 110-Day Recess Begins – Final Table Begins November 6th
* Canada, Italy, and the United States Represented Among Final Nine
* Out of the nine players, 8 of them are in the twenties.

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