On Tuesday, July 16, the 2013 WSOP Main Event November 9 was named when 2001 champion Carlos Mortensen was eliminated in 10th place. Over 6000 players showed up in Vegas this year to battle for the Main Event title and the $8.3 mIllion dollar first prize.
Our line up of finalists contain both well known and relatively unknown players, and today we break down the contestants and provide you with their Bodog odds, starting from lowest starting stack
9. David Benefield 15/1: $6,375,000
Starting with our lowest chip stack, the 27 year old American David Benefield. Originally from Texas, he found his calling while playing underground games while in college, and left to pursue online cash games. Just a year after becoming legal to gamble in the US, he made himself known by cashing in 3 events in the 2008 World Series of Poker, including the Main Event. This year he repeats that feat, and has already found himself with a finish that will more than double his lifetime casino earnings. David starts the final table with just over 15 big blinds. He won’t have long before he needs to make a move, or be left in the dust.
8. Mark Newhouse 15/1: $7,350,000
In what you’re probably now thinking is the sure-fire way to become a professional poker player, the young 27 year old American Mark Newhouse from North Carolina, also starting playing poker at a young age, dropping out of college after 18 months to pursue professional poker. Since, he has had great success all over the live tours, with a 2006 final table finish at the World Series, as well as 2006 WPT Title, earning himself just over $1.5 million. A regular to both online and live cash game scenes, he is no stranger to big swings and big paydays, and that experience could propel him into glory come November.
7. Michiel Brummelhuis 12/1: $11,275,000
One of only two Europeans to make this year’s Final Table is 32 year old Michiel Brummelhuis from Amsterdam – the first Dutch player to make a WSOP Main Event Final Table. Michiel started playing poker in 2004 and since has a handful of WSOP cashes to his name. More recently he has made a name for himself online, winning two major Pokerstars tournaments – the Super Tuesday and a WCOOP tournament – for over $200,000. This will be Michiel’s highest cash to-date, but starting at 7th in chips he will have to have a bit of luck if he plans on grasping that top prize.
6. Sylvain Loosli 8/1: $19,600,000
Our other European player, and perhaps the only player who would seem to be out of his “element” here at the World Series Main Event Final Table, Sylvain Loosli is exclusively a high stakes cash game player. In fact, Sylvain has only one recorded cash on the professional circuit – a 24th place finish at an EPT event in 2011. Sylvain, originally from France and now lives in London, discovered poker in 2006 and has only been a professional for two and half years. His cash game style definitely served him well on Day 7 where he maintained a chip lead for most of the day, and you can expect he received some coaching from his roommate, Pokerstars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. Sylvain starts in 6th place, but an experienced player would argue he has a reasonable amount of chips to play with. Will his lack of tournament experience cost him the top spot?
5. Ryan Riess 6/1: $25,875,000
The youngest of the finalists, Ryan Riess has already amassed 6-figures in live cashes, and already has a solid reputation on the World Series circuit with four cashes including a second place finish for $239k, losing after a 17 hour day of grinding. Graduating from Michigan State, Ryan follows Detroit sports religiously. Perhaps it was some of his classmates that made up his loyal fanbase nearing the bubble, and as chants of “Riess the Beast” filled the room, we can expect those chants to continue in November. At only 23 years old, Ryan could potentially become the first Main Event winner born in the 1990s.
4. Jay Farber 7/1: $25,975,000
American Jay Farber is perhaps the local favorite, hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada. He moved to Vegas in his mid twenties and started playing cash games at various poker rooms. Not stopping there, he spent much of his time honing his skills by studying online and participating in online forums. He soon became a VIP host in Vegas, and while his work takes up much of his time, he won a satellite entry to this year’s Main Event. According to him, much of the tournament was a blur up until day 6 when the reality of making the final table became more apparent. With only two small live cashes to his name, Jay’s performance has already changed his life and with only 3 players at the table with more chips than him, Jay has the chance to change history.
3. Marc-Etienne McLaughlin 5/1: $26,525,000
The only Canadian at the Final Table, and the first in three years, Marc-Etienne McLaughlin hopes to bring it home on behalf of Canadians everywhere for the first time since his good friend Jonathan Duhamel did it in 2010. One of the more experienced WSOP players, Marc has almost $700k in live tournament earnings and has made the final 100 of the Main Event in three of the past five years. His biggest cash game from 3rd place finish in a $1,500 side event in 2011 for almost $300k. Having fought alongside one of his good friends at that very same final table, Marc is certainly no stranger to competition and stress, and coming in at 3rd place in chips, he will be a force to be reckoned with.
2. Amir Lehavot 9/2: $29,700,000
It’s no coincidence that the two highest chip stacks at the Final Table possess a Gold Bracelet. Amir Lehavot proves that experience can overcome luck; having over $800k in tournament winnings, 2 WSOP Final Tables, and a Gold Bracelet. Amir is also the oldest player at the table, at only 38. Born in Israel, but having graduated and worked as an Engineer in the US, Amir has improved his impressive portfolio by also running an online poker training site. Coming in at 2nd place in chips, Amir has a very good chance of more than doubling his live earnings, and will be one of the most targeted players at the Final Table.
1. JC Tran 9/5: $38,000,000
Coming in at No.1 is without a doubt the most well known player at the Final Table, JC Tran. Tran’s impressive list of accomplishments includes 8 WPT Final Tables including one WPT Title, a World Championship of Online Poker Main Event Champion, and a two-time WSOP Bracelet Winner. Now living in Sacremento, California, JC was named the WPT player of the year in 2007, having made 3 Final Tables and over $2 million in cashes that year alone. JC will sit down as the chip leader in November, having nearly 100 big blinds, and over 20 big blinds more than the next closest player. JC has over $8 million in tournament cashes, but there is no doubt that he would be opposed to doubling that figure by winning the WSOP Main Event. Even without the impressive chip lead, he will surely be the favorite to win the Main Event.