Hit and Run: McKeehen Runs Good; Tanking a Major Issue on WSOP Live Stream; Value of Supernova Elites


It’s a November Nine kind of H&R today, with everything from Joe McKeehen’s never-ending run good to the emergence of a new and improved Neil Blumenfield to tanking on the agenda.

November Nine: The rise of the legend, Neil Blumenfield

On last night’s telecast, Antonio Esfandiari called Neil Blumenfield “The Legend,” following the 61 year-old amateur poker player’s bold moves. Blumenfield was one of only three people to end the night with more chips than they started with, but as PTP’s Alex Weldon details in this column, Blumenfield’s play of one specific hand may have cost him some chips.

November Nine: Joe McKeehen’s world, the rest of us just live in it

The running joke all summer has been that Joe McKeehen hasn’t missed a flop since July, and last night McKeehen made sure that the joke still worked – at least for one more day. McKeehen eliminated all three players last night (Patrick Chan, Federico Butteroni, and Pierre Neuville) and ended the night with 91 million chips – McKeehen started the day with 63 million, which was 33% of the chips in play.

November Nine: Tanks for nothing

The biggest story of the night was the slow pace of play, as Pierre Neuville and Ofer Zvi Stern slogged down the game by taking an inordinate amount of time to make their pre-flop decisions. Here’s my take on what this excessive tanking means for poker.

Quick Hitters

What’s a Supernova Elite worth to PokerStars, Robert DellaFave and myself dug into the numbers to try to answer that question. Conclusion: SNE’s are worth a lot, but not as much as some might think.

– New Jersey held a hearing on daily fantasy sports on Monday and Meadowland Matters John Brennan boiled it down to two key takeaways:

– Check out our latest edition of the Forum Files, where topics include the November Nine, sexism in poker, and more.

– partypoker has signed a former boxing champion Carl Froch as a brand ambassador.

– The November Nine Six will return to the Rio this evening to play down to three players, you can watch live on ESPN2 starting at 9PM.

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