The 2013 WSOP November Nine Is Set The 2013 WSOP November Nine Is Set
Joe Giron
Key Takeaways
  • Nine players will return in November to play for WSOP Main Event champion.
  • Chip leader is 2006 WCOOP Main Event winner, JC Tran.
  • Also returning is WSOP bracelet winner Amir Lehavot, WPT winner Mark Newhouse and known online pro David “Raptor” benefield.

The 2013 World Series of Poker summer series has drawn to a close, and with it the November Nine has been set.

On Day 7 of the Main Event we saw the final 27 battle down to the final table of nine who will return, in nearly four months, to play for one of the richest and most coveted prizes in all of poker, the $8.3 million in cash and the title of WSOP Main Event Champion.

Leading the way is the two-time WSOP bracelet winner, World Poker Tour Champion and 2006 WCOOP Main Event winner, J.C. Tran. Tran, the most well-known of the final table participants is also one of the most dangerous, and he is fortunate enough to return with the chip lead. With 38 million in chips, Tran will have 95 big blinds to work with when play resumes.

Joining Tran in November will be WSOP bracelet winner Amir Lehavot, Marc McLaughlin, Jay Farber, Ryan Riess, Sylvain Loosli, Michiel Brummelhuis, WPT Winner Mark Newhouse and David “Raptor” Benefield, who started Day 7 as the short stack and will assume that same role at the final table, returning with just under 16 big blinds.

While the stories of these nine players have yet to be written, we saw the final chapter in the Main Event run of 2012 Octo-Niner Steve Gee, as he was looking to make back-to-back Main Event final tables. Nevertheless, Gee’s 24th place finish netted him over $285,000 and a massive amount of respect for his consecutive deep runs.

2001 WSOP Main Event Champion Carlos Mortensen’s amazing tournament ended as well, as his stack took some late hits and he finished in 10th place, bubbling the November Nine and settling for a $573,204 prize.

The 2013 World Series of Poker final table is set to resume on Monday November 10 where they will play down to a final 3 and again on Tuesday November 11 to play for the bracelet. The finale is held at the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio and will be shown live, on 15-minute delay, on ESPN starting at 8PM EST on November 10.