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Cliff Josephy Leads 2016 November Nine


19 July, 2016 | 22:41 от Aleksandra


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Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy is already a legend as he found the most incredible way to top the November Nine

The 50-year-old pro is looking forward to coming back to the Rio.

“If I don’t bring back a better rail than I had here today – because my rail was non-existant – which is understandable. I have a bunch of 50-year-old friends in New York with jobs. Judging from the advanced or premature texts that I’ve gotten over the past few days, they’re all looking forward and threatening to come here. We won’t be the most raucous rail. We’re not British. We’re not drunks anymore,“ joked Josephy. “I was in the audience the first two years of the November Nine with Ylon Schwartz in 2008 and with Joe Cada in 2009 so I will know what to expect, and it will not intimidate me one iota.”

Josephy spent 74 straight weeks as the #1-ranked online poker player in the world from April 2005 to September 2006. But he is not the only one former #1 player who is going back to Rio. Griffin Benger was ranked #1 five times in his career. Benger was not planning to play the Main Event until winning an 888 poker satellite.

Right behind Josephy stays Qui Nguyen. He is a low stakes grinder and has just 28 live cashes, with only two of them with buy-in greater than $1,000. His previous win came in a $125 tournament at Aria in 2013.

Gordon Vayo made it to the final table after being nearly busted on Day 6. He risked his stack with Ac Ks against Jonas Lauck’s Ad As. The board ran out Qs Td 3d Jh 9s to keep Vayo alive.

“I was out of the tournament. In my head that was it, it was over, it was done, I was gone. There was no chance I was going to remain in this tournament,” said Vayo. “I was stunned. Obviously, I was thrilled, but I couldn’t believe it happened and even though it happened, I was looking at it, and my brain couldn’t process that it actually happened.”

Kenny Hallaert also made the November Nine.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling. I’ve never been at this stage and probably never will be again. Probably going to have a beer now and let everything sink in,” said Hallaert. “I have some friends made it to the November Nine, and I can ask what their experience was and if they have any tips for me.”

Michael Ruane is an online grinder from New Jersey, who has moved around the world with his brother to play online poker. Now they are playing on regulated sites in New Jersey.

The chip leader from Day 7, Czech poker pro Vojtech Ruzicka ended the day at sixth place, just ahead of Benger. The 34-year-old Jery Wong stand in eight.

Fernando Pons will be with the shortest stack when play resumes. He has just over 12 big blinds.

Due to the U.S Presidential Election in the first week of November, this year’s November Nine is actually spread over three days beginning on October 30. All three days will be broadcast live on ESPN.

November Nine Chip Counts

  1. Cliff Josephy – 74,600,000
  2. Qui Nguyen – 67,925,000
  3. Gordon Vayo – 49,375,000
  4. Kenny Hallaert – 43,325,000
  5. Michael Ruane – 31,600,000
  6. Vojtech Ruzicka – 27,300,000
  7. Griffin Benger – 26,175,000
  8. Jerry Wong – 10,175,000
  9. Fernando Pons – 6,150,000


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