2014 WSOP Final Table
July 15, 2014
By Jeremy Olson
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2014 WSOP November Nine set - Van Hoof leads, Newhouse back
When Mark Newhouse was the first player to bust out on last year's WSOP Main Event final table, he was extremely disappointed with his ninth-place finish and $733,224 payout. "That was very devastating, even though I didn't think it would be, going in, it ended up being," he said. And with the size of Main Event fields these days, it didn't seem very realistic to think that he'd get a second chance any time soon. Nevertheless, the improbable happened as Newhouse battled through a 6,683-player field to become the first-ever, two-time November Niner.
Newhouse will be joined by a poker melting pot of sorts as players from Brazil, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the US have made the 2014 WSOP Main Event final table. Jorryt van Hoof has the best chance of doing his country proud since the Dutch player is in the lead with 38,375,000 chips.
He's followed by another international player in Felix Stephensen, who has 32,775,000 chips. International is the perfect word to describe Stephensen because the online Pot-Limit Omaha specialist is originally from Oslo, Norway, but moved to London more recently.
If you're interested in finding out more about Stephensen, van Hoof and the rest of the 2014 November Nine, let's take a look their profiles along with the prizes that they'll be playing for. Also, keep in mind that the 2014 November Nine will meet again on Nov. 10th to compete for over $28 million worth of remaining prize money.
2014 WSOP Main Event Final Table Payouts
1st - $10,000,000
2nd - $5,145,968
3rd - $3,806,402
4th - $2,848,833
5th - $2,143,174
6th - $1,622,080
7th - $1,235,862
8th - $947,077
9th - $730,725
An In-depth Look at the 2014 November Nine
1. Jorryt van Hoof, 38,375,000 chips; Eindhoven, Netherlands - On a WSOP Main Event final table that's rather lacking on experience, Jorryt van Hoof is one of the few battle-tested players. A former Full Tilt Red pro, the poker instructor has had a very good online career. He's also done pretty well in the live poker arena, earning almost $340,000 in tournaments up to this point. It's worth adding that van Hoof's final table appearance is the second in as many years for the Dutch. Michiel Brummelhuis finished seventh in the 2013 Main Event, earning $1,225,356 in the process.
2. Felix Stephensen, 32,775,000 chips; London, England (via Norway) - Although they've turned out some very good players such as Annette Obrestad, Thor Hansen and Johnny Lodden, Norway has never had a player make the November Nine...until now that is. Stephensen is not only here, but also coming on to the final table with the second-biggest chip stack. He lays claim to just two small live cashes, but has been an online poker pro for the past five years.
3. Mark Newhouse, 26,000,000 chips; Los Angeles, California - Newhouse was having a pretty terrible 2014 WSOP up until now. He played in 17 events and failed to cash in a single one. However, all of that will be forgiven now that he's guaranteed to earn his second huge tournament score in as many years. The one weapon that Newhouse has that nobody else does is Main Event final experience, which will definitely prove valuable on Nov. 10th.
4. Andoni Larrabe, 22,550,000 chips; San Vlato, Spain - At just 22 years of age, Andoni Larrabe is definitely off to an impressive start with his poker career. He won a Caribbean Adventure side event along with $218,710 last year and is now looking at a minimum payout of $730,725 in November. An interesting tidbit about Larrabe is that he's the only Spaniard to make the November Nine, and first to grace the final table in any form since Carlos Mortensen. As some will remember, Mortensen won the 2001 Main Event along with $1.5 million.
5. Dan Sindelar, 21,200,000 chips; Las Vegas, Nevada - Originally from Columbus, Nebraska, Sindelar left the Cornhusker State for the bright lights of Vegas. Ever since then, he's been making a living as a professional cash game grinder. Sindelar has also generated some decent tournament results with 19 total WSOP cashes and just under $300,000 in winnings before his impending Main Event score.
6. William Pappaconstantinou, 17,500,000 chips; Dracut, Massachusetts - Billy Pappas has gained a cult following in the foosball world because he's a five-time US champion. In fact, he just flew over from a big foosball tournament in Europe to play in the Main Event. Interestingly enough, this was actually the first time that Pappas had ever played in a poker tournament with over a $500 buy-in. However, this isn't so say that he's totally void of experience, though, since he has 20 small tourney cashes.
7. William Tonking, 15,050,000 chips; Flemington, New Jersey - William Tonking is no doubt one of the more unheralded players entering the 2014 November Nine. He had less than $100k in tournament winnings before this summer and some mildly decent online results. However, Tonking has now stepped onto poker's center stage with his eyes on a multi-million dollar payout that could skyrocket his career winnings.
8. Martin Jacobson, 14,900,000 chips; Stockholm, Sweden - While this may be just his first Main Event cash, Martin Jacobson is definitely the most-accomplished player on the final table. He boasts over $4.8 million in live tournament earnings, which will increase even more when the ME is finished. Jacobson started his career in home games, then moved to online poker, where he won a 2008 EPT Budapest seat through a satellite. This ultimately resulted in a third-place EPT Budapest finish and €197,904 ($247,668). Over the past several years, the Swede has continued to pick up huge cashes while final tabling EPT, WSOP and WPT events.
9. Bruno Politano, 12,125,000 chips; Ceara, Brazil - Brazil's World Cup may have ended badly, but at least they can be proud of Bruno Politano, who's the first Brazilian to ever make the WSOP ME final table. The 31-year-old is yet another amateur among this year's final nine players as he works an Administrator job. Although a recreational player, he does have $110,054 in overall poker earnings.
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