The 2010 WSOP Main Event November NineTM is set. Here’s a primer on the players in it and how 2010 stacks against previous years in the post-Moneymaker era.
2010 WSOP November Nine: Jonathan Duhamel, Matthew Jarvis, John Racener, Filippo Candio, John Dolan, Joe Cheong, Soi Nguyen, Jason Senti, and Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi.
Only one player at this year’s N9 is over 30 (Soi Nguyen). Only one is from Europe (Filippo Candio), and the rest are all North American (Duhamel and Jarvis are from Canada). There’s one big name pro, Grinder, and one grinder pro, Racener.
Coming in, this is one of the stronger ME final tables of the modern era. Every player has at least some previous tourney cashes under his belt. Two players, Grinder and Racener, have over a milli in earnings. While this doesn’t touch last year’s final table with Phil Ivey, Jeff Shulman, James Akenhead, Antoine Saout, and quality under-the-radar Eric Buchman, it definitely kicks the shit out of the 2007 Jerry Yang snoozefest and 2008 Eastgate-led final nine.
Below is a profile of each 2010 WSOP November Nine member in order of chip counts, as well as our temporary verdict on if they’re Good, Bad, or Meh for PokerTM.
Jonathan Duhamel (65,975,000): French Canadian Duhamel will probably not garner a ton of fan support, not just because he’s 1/2 French, but because of the brutal beat he inflicted on fan favorite Matt Affleck. Seems like a relatively entertaining guy. Before the final 10 started play, he was shadow boxing by the table. Always wears a hoodie. At just 22 years-old, he’s the youngest at the final table. Duhamel has over $122,000 in career tourney earnings, including two 2010 WSOP cashes. Verdict: Bad for Poker. Has personality, but may reinforce the thinking that only luckboxes win the Main Event. Plus, can’t see a Canadian really ushering in a new wave of players across the country/world.
John Dolan (46,250,000): The 24 year-old from Florida will probably end up being the one most “smart people” in the so-called media end up picking to win it. Dolan has $216,556 in career earnings, including two 2010 WSOP cashes. Verdict: Meh for Poker. Another white online kid wins the Main Event…shocking.
Joe “Subiime” Cheong (23,525,000): A friend of Donkdown, Subiime’s play has impressed many throughout the ME. He’s suffered some bad beats, but has kept his cool and continues to chip up. By all accounts, the 24 year-old is a real nice guy, well-liked. Subiime only has around $40,000 in career earnings, but his biggest score came at a $300 buy-in WSOP Circuit event, where he beat David Williams heads-up for the title. Verdict: Meh for Poker. No knocks against the guy and someone we’ll be pulling for, but we don’t see him necessarily bringing more people to the game or garnering mass media appeal.
John Racener (19,050,000): Known for his spikey hair, the 24 year-old has over $1.1M in career earnings, including a WSOP Circuit win where he defeated Eric Buchman heads-up for the title. Racener has been one of the more steady climbers throughout the Main Event, and is someone we were not surprised at all that he made the final table. Seemed to be on top of his game. Verdict: Meh for Poker. Most likely to be elevated to “Good,” but like that song from Asia, only time will tell.
Matthew Jarvis (16,700,000): Jarvis is a 25 year-old from Vancouver whose name we kept double-taking that it was PokerNews editor Matt Parvis. Jarvis has over $60,000 in career earnings, including back-to-back-to-back Venetian Deep Stack cashes this summer. So he obviously excels in the deep stack format, although he hasn’t closed one out yet. Expect a solid sixth from this guy. Verdict: Meh for Poker. Just another average white guy in the Main Event.
Filippo Candio (16,400,000): The 26 year-old Italian luckbox will not win many fans after his sure-to-be shown 7-5 suck-out against Subiime airs. He does have over $33,000 in career earnings, but really, who cares. The only guy of the final 12 we were actually kind of rooting against. Also, one of the online sites actually wouldn’t sponsor him, which is never a good sign. Verdict: Bad for Poker.
Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi (14,450,000): The clear crowd favorite is–without a doubt–the biggest story of not just the Main Event, but the 2010 WSOP in general. Grinder has a chance to do something we think will never be repeated: win the Player’s Championship (regardless of however this event morphs into the future) and the Main Event in the same year. It’s really staggering when you look at what the Grinder has done this WSOP. Plus, he’s almost assured to now move into the top 10 on the all-time money list. Grinder clearly wanted to make this final table, and really fought for it. Verdict: Good for Poker. This will be a huge story and ignite plenty of interest within the industry and from the masses.
Soi Nguyen (9,650,000): At 37, he’s the oldest member of the final table. He has over $150,000 in career earnings, but he’s basically this year’s Jerry Yang. Verdict: Bad for Poker.
Jason Senti (7,625,000): A 25 year-old white kid. Nice guy. One previous cash in any event (for $17,000 at last year’s WSOP). Couldn’t have been more under-the-radar throughout the final day, and tournament in general. If he was 12 years older, he’d be this year’s Dan Nassif. Verdict: Meh for Poker.