The World Series of Poker winnowed down to its final nine players Monday night, and they represent six countries: Brazil, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United States. The players will return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Nov. 10 to vie for the $10 million first prize.
None are from South Florida.
Matt Waxman of Parkland appeared to be the highest-finishing local, giong out 45th, and earning $186,388. Ryan Fair of Miami was 48th ($152,025), Steven Bennett of Deerfield Beach 67th ($103,025), Tony Ruberto of Davie 68th ($103,025), Kyle Bowker of Hollywood 71st ($103,025), Michael Aron of Palm Beach Gardens 80th ($85,812), Mukul Pahuka of Coconut Creek 101st ($52,141), Andrew Liporace, who plays often at Gulfstream, 159th ($52,141), Taylor von Kriegenbergh of Hollywood 196th ($44,728) and Raj Vohra of Lake Worth 225th ($44,728).
That's not bad poker, considering there were 6,683 players.
Here is the WSOP's info on each of the final nine, their analysis and the player's chip total:
Seat 1 - Billy Pappaconstantinou – 17,500,000
Perhaps the most unlikely final tablist this year is 29-year-old world foosball champion “Billy Pappas” Pappaconstantinou from Lowell, Massachusetts. He is a 29-year-old professional foosball player who is playing the WSOP Main Event for the first time. In fact, Billy has no previous WSOP experience. In total, he has earned $16,379 in live poker tournaments, mainly from a $500 buy-in event at the 2010 World Poker Finals where he took 8th place and won $15,341. But Pappaconstantinou is no stranger to long grueling hours of extreme tension and focus and credits his experience playing professional foosball as benefitting his deep run in the WSOP Main Event. The single Pappaconstantinou jetted into the WSOP Main Event from a European foosball tournament, and has plans to return back to Europe for another foosball event later this month. He is a five-time U.S. foosball champion and is a world-recognized champion in foosball hoping to add his name to the legendary list of poker world champions.
Seat 2 - Felix Stephensen – 32,775,000
Stephensen is a 23-year-old originally from Oslo, Norway now living in London, England. This is his second year in a row playing the WSOP Main Event, but he has no previous WSOP cashes or earnings. This is the only event he entered at the 2014 WSOP. He has only $22,118 in career live earnings, but the young poker pro finds himself at the biggest final table in poker. His highest previous finish was a 12th place finish at the 2009 Norwegian Championships in Nottingham, UK.
Seat 3 - Jorryt van Hoof – 38,375,000
Netherlands makes back-to-back WSOP Main Event final tables, with van Hoof’s deep run here following last year’s seventh place finish from Michiel Brummelhuis. van Hoof is a 31-year-old from Eindhoven with only three previous WSOP cashes and $27,956 in earnings. Worldwide, Jorryt has won $358,580 in live poker tournaments. van Hoof played only one other WSOP event this summer, failing to cash. He has never cashed in the WSOP Main Event but he will enter the final table as the chip leader with 38,375,000 – 19.1% of the chips in play.
Seat 4 - Mark Newhouse – 26,000,000
Newhouse has made history, becoming the first-ever November Niner to make back-to-back WSOP Main Event final tables. (The November Nine concept dates back to 2008, where the final table has been paused until November). Newhouse finished in 9th place in 2013, collecting $733,224. He has already guaranteed himself at least $730,725, but has positioned himself for a deeper run this year. Newhouse becomes the first player since Dan Harrington in 2003-2004 to make back-to-back Main Event final tables. The big difference is Newhouse has participated in field sizes of 6,352 in 2013 and 6,693 this year, where Harrington faced 839 in 2003 and 2,576 in 2004. Thus, Newhouse has outlasted 13,029 in the past two Main Events, while Harrington outlasted 3,410. The 29-year-old Las Vegas resident (originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina) has $906,093 in career WSOP earnings, with eight previous WSOP cashes. Newhouse has had a rough 2014 WSOP, entering 17 previous bracelet events without cashing before his deep run here in the Main Event. The former Appalachian State student is single, and has participated in the WSOP Main Event every year since 2006. His total live poker tournament winnings are $2,776,172.
Seat 5 - Andoni Larrabe – 22,550,000
Larrabe is a 22-year-old Spaniard poker professional from Basque, now living in London, England, and is the youngest player remaining in the field and the first Spaniard to make the WSOP Main Event final table since Carlos Mortensen won the event in 2001. The poker professional went to school at San Viato in Spain, but now calls London, England home. Andoni has $20,068 in career WSOP earnings via three WSOP cashes but has won a tournament in the Bahamas in 2013, good for $218,710. In total, Larrabe has $341,266 in career poker earnings, impressive for someone just 22 years old. The WSOP Main Event was the sixth event Larrabe entered this summer, and it will be the first one he cashes in. Last year marked the first time Larrabe participated in the WSOP Main Event.
Seat 6 - William Tonking – 15,050,000
Another inexperienced WSOP player is 27-year-old William Tonking, from Flemington, New Jersey, who came into this Main Event with $13,421 in career live poker earnings via three previous WSOP cashes. This is Tonking’s first time to cash in the WSOP Main Event, after playing it previously in 2008 and 2013. He played two WSOP events this summer, including the Main Event, and has now cashed in both. He finished 77th out of 1,475 entrants in Event #58 on July 1. Tonking has $93,306 in live poker tournament earnings. The former University of South Carolina student is single and makes his living as an online cash game player.
Seat 7 - Daniel Sindelar – 21,200,000
Sindelar is a 30-year-old poker professional originally from Columbus, Nebraska now living in Las Vegas, who has 17 previous WSOP cashes and more than $227,791 in earnings in WSOP events. He has career earnings of $527,779. The former University of Nebraska student is an avid golfer who played the WSOP Main Event the past six years, this year becoming his first time to cash. The single Sindelar played 19 WSOP events this summer, cashing in four of them.
Seat 8 - Martin Jacobson – 14,900,000
Jacobson enters this final table as the only one with more than $1 million in career WSOP earnings, with $1,224,706 in 15 previous cashes. The 27-year-old originally from Stockholm, Sweden now living in London, United Kingdom finished in 6th place during last year’s $111,111 One Drop High Roller event, collecting $807,427 in the process. This summer, Jacobson has played 27 events, with the Main Event his third cash. In total, the Swedish poker professional has $4,807,316 in worldwide tournament winnings – also the most of anyone remaining. This is the first time he has cashed in the WSOP Main Event. Jacobson becomes the first Swedish-born player at the WSOP Main Event final table since 2006, when Erik Friberg finished 8th and collected $1,979,189. So a seventh place or higher finish puts Jacobson in the Swedish record books at the WSOP, but he will need a fifth place or better finish to take home the largest amount for a Swedish-born player in the Main Event.
Seat 9 - Bruno Politano – 12,125,000
The first Brazilian ever to make the WSOP Main Event final table, Politano is from Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil and will start play as the shortest stack remaining. The 31-year-old single Administrator plays poker as a hobby with just three cashes on his WSOP resume entering the Main Event, totaling $25,404. He has now cashed in three of ten events entered in the 2014 WSOP. Originally from Sao Paolo, Politano has $110,054 in worldwide poker earnings. He has never cashed in the Main Event previously.
More info at WorldSeriesOfPoker.com.
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