2013 WSOP Final Table
July 17, 2013
By Jeremy Olson
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2013 WSOP Main Event November Nine is set
12 years ago, Carlos “The Matador” Mortensen put himself on the poker map by winning the 2001 WSOP Main Event along with $1.5 million. The Spaniard was hoping to pull off the same feat again this year after navigating through a 6,358-player 2013 Main Event field. But he busted out just short of the final table in 10th place ($573,204). Mortensen’s notable elimination not only marked the end of his Main Event run, but it also finalized the 2013 WSOP November Nine.
There are both some famous poker pros and complete amateurs left amongst the 9-player final table. J.C. Tran is the biggest name that stands out, both in terms of his accomplishments and chip count. The 36-year-old has 38,000,000 chips, which is over 8 million more than the next closest competitor, Amir Lehavot (29,700,000).
Speaking of Lehavot, he’s another big name left in this field, as is online poker legend David “The Raptor” Benefield. Let’s discuss these grinders more in-depth and cover how much money they’ll be playing for on November 4th.
2013 WSOP Main Event Final Table Payouts
A Closer Look at the November Nine
1) J.C. Tran (38,000,000 chips); Sacramento, California (via Vietnam) – While there are some fine poker players at this table, none come with the credentials that J.C. Tran does. He’s won two WSOP gold bracelets in his career, having captured both 2008 $1,500 NL Hold’em ($631,170) and 2009 WSOP $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha ($235,685) victories. Counting the $733,224 Main Event payout that he’s guaranteed, Tran has $9,041,483 in live tournament winnings, which ranks 24th all-time. If he’s able to win the $8,359,531 top prize, the current chip leader would shoot up to $16,667,790 in earnings.
2) Amir Lehavot (29,700,000 chips); Pembroke Pines, Florida (via Israel) – Tran is certainly no lock to win, especially with guys like Amir Lehavot in the mix. Lehavot proved his all-around poker skills by winning the 2011 WSOP $10k Pot-Limit Omaha Championship and $573,456. He’s had plenty of other strong tournament finishes and has $2,274,867 in career winnings.
3) Marc McLaughlin (26,525,000 chips); Montreal, Quebec – Canadians have had their best year ever at the WSOP with 10 gold bracelets in 2013. And a Main Event victory by Quebec native Marc McLaughlin would really cap off an outstanding year by the Great White North. McLaughlin has $1,410,392 in tourney earnings, which includes a third place finish in a 2011 WSOP $1,500 NL Hold’em tournament ($292,634) as well as a 30th place effort in the 2009 Main Event ($253,941).
4) Jay Farber (25,975,000 chips); Santa Barbara, California – Heavily-tattooed VIP host Jay Farber doesn’t have an impressive poker pedigree, but that didn’t stop him from rolling through the 6,358 starting Main Event field. Now Farber will be taking a break from lining up nightlife excursions for the wealthy so he can concentrate on becoming rich himself.
5) Ryan Riess (25,875,000 chips); East Lansing, Michigan – 23-year-old Riess is the youngest player at this year’s final table. He first put himself on the poker map by finishing second in a 2012 WSOP Circuit Chicago Horseshoe tournament ($239,063). Since that time, Riess has been relatively quiet but is ready to bust out in the Main Event. When he receives his big payout in November, Riess wants everybody to know that he’ll be the same person. “Not only is it a ton of money, which is obviously life-changing, but I feel like so many people know of me that did not know me. I’ll still be the same person,” he said.
6) Sylvain Loosli (19,600,000 chips); London, U.K. (via France) – This 26-year-old only has one small live tournament cash, but does make a living through online poker cash games. Loosli plays cash stakes up to $25/$50 on various poker sites and decided to take a stab at the Main Event this year. It’s certainly paid off as he’s the first Frenchman to make a Main Event final table since Antoine Saout did so in 2009.
7) Michiel Brummelhuis (11,275,000 chips); Amsterdam, Netherlands – Since starting out playing small stakes Limit Hold’em several years ago, Brummelhuis carved out a nice poker career for himself. He won the Summer Classics Utrecht Main Event in 2008 ($101,014) and placed fourth in the 2010 PCA $25k High Roller ($154,350). The Amsterdam native now has $1,404,930 in live tourney winnings.
8) Mark Newhouse (7,350,000 chips); Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Back in 2006, Mark Newhouse seemed destined for poker stardom. The then-20-year-old had just won the Borgata Poker Open along with $1,519,020. Unfortunately, he made some terrible bankroll management decisions in L.A. Commerce Casino cash games and lost most of his fortune. Newhouse has continued to make a living with the game though and he’s got a second chance for a huge score.
9) David Benefield (6,375,000 chips); Arlington, Texas – Benefield is arguably the second most famous player at this table besides Tran. He’s earned over $5 million in online tournaments and an additional $1.3 million in live tourneys. For a short while, he quit poker to study Chinese and Political Studies. But the Texan recently found himself back in poker at just the right time after making the Main Event final table.