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Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | Francis Lee


The Penultimate day at the 2009 World Series of Poker main event would be played out until there was just nine players left to play the final table in early November.  The stakes were high as a final table appearance would guarantee each player at least $1 million dollars in prize money.

It was expected that play would be tight but it turned out to be the complete opposite as the short stacks got busy early on to try and have a chance of making the final nine.  The last lady left in the main event Leo Margets went out first (27th place $352,832) when she was dominated by Warren Zackey with :as :7h against :ah :10h Two other very early eliminations  came when both Jesse Haabak and Francois Balmigere went out in 26th and 25th place winning $352,832.

Antonio Esfandiari run in the main event came to an end in 24th place ($352,832) when he ran pocket Fives into Steven Begleiter who had flopped top pair with :kc :10c Another notable player Warren Zackey fell soon after in 22nd place and he was quickly followed by Jonathan Tamayo (21st place), George Caragiorgas (20th place) and Tommy Vedes (19th place) whop all won $352,832.  At this point the field was condensed down to two tables of nine.

The next two eliminations were very similar as both Andrew Lichenburger and Ian Tavelli lost out having a smaller pair up against pocket Kings against both chip leaders Darvin Moon and Steven Begleiter.  Both players picked up $500,557 finishing in 18th and 17th place.  Ludovic Lacay was next to fall in a race having pocket sevens against :as :ks A King came down on the flop to effectively end Lacays run in 16th place ($500,557).  The dinner break came about just after Nick Maimone moved in against Eric Buchman after Buchman had hit top pair on the Flop.  Maimone needed his over cards to come down to save his tournament life but they didn’t as Buchman went on to make a set.

After the dinner break the fourteen players quickly turned to nine as the final table was set very quickly.  Ben Lamb started things off when his :as :js was dominated by Jeff Shulman with :ad :ks Ben picked up a $633,022 payday finishing in 14th place.  James Calderaro claimed 13th place when moving all in with :kh :js He found some action as Kevin Schaffel called with pocket Tens which won the pot as the board blanked out for Calderaro.

The next elimination hand turned out to be very significant to the out look of the final table as the two chip leaders Darvin Moon and Billy Kopp clashed.  The hand started out as both players saw a :kd :9d :2d flop.  Kopp bet and Moon called to see the :2h fall on the Turn.  Moon checked, Kopp bet and Moon re-raised.  Kopp thought for a while before moving all his $20 million chip stack into the middle, Moon wasted no time making the call.  Kopp tabled :5d :3d for a made flush but found himself drawing dead as Moon tabled :qd :jd This win moved Moon onto around $50 million in chips and a dis-heartened Kopp went to the rail to collect $896,730 finishing in 12th place.

The field was reduced to just one table of 10 players when Phil Ivey picked up a few more chips by eliminating Jamie Robbins in 11th place.  Both players completely missed the board and Ivey’s Ace was enough to win the pot.

The final table bubble was upon us and it didn’t take long for the November nine to be set.  Jordan Smith’s exit in 10th place at the hands of Jeff Shulman when his pocket Aces were cracked by pocket Eights as an Eight fell on the flop.  The November nine has now been decided and here are the standings in which they will start.

The November Nine Chip Standings

  • 1st Darvin Moon 58,930,000
  • 2nd Eric Buchman 34,800,000
  • 3rd Steven Begleiter 29,885,000
  • 4th Jeff Shulman 19,580,000
  • 5th Joseph Cada 13,215,000
  • 6th Kevin Schaffel 12,390,000
  • 7th Phil Ivey 9,765,000
  • 8th Antoine Saout 9,500,000
  • 9th James Akenhead 6,800,000



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