WSOP Hit and Run: November 9 Is Set; JohnnyBax Chip Leader; Republican VP Pick Stance on Gambling

Steve Ruddock : July 19th, 2016


The November  Nine is set.  Mike Pence has an interesting history when it comes to gambling. Why JohnnyBax winning the Main Event would be good for poker. And more.

November Nine is set

After a grueling 10 days of poker, the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event is down to just nine players.  The November Nine, as they’ve come to be known, will now get a three month reprieve from the Rio poker tables, before reassembling on October 30 for three days of poker in order to crown the 2016 WSOP Main Event Champion.

Here’s a look at the chip counts of the remaining players:

  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

There are a lot of good storylines that could play out, including the 50 year old Cliff Josephy, whose story I’ll detail in just a moment.

Written recaps and  updates of yesterday’s action can be found here.

WSOP News & Notes

- The big news at the final table is the chip leader; online poker legend, staking legend, and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy. Josephy is a well liked personality in the poker world, and seems to be the early fan favorite. I’ll certainly be rooting for him.

- 888 Poker sent 148 players to the 2016 WSOP, and remarkably, two of those players, Griffin Benger and Fernando Pons, made the November Nine. Chad Holloway has more on this story here.

- With the elimination of Paul Volpe from the Main Event, Jason Mercier wrapped up the 2016 World Series of poker Player of the Year award.

Quick Hitters

- The political headlines of the day have to do with plagiarism, but that’s not the only news coming out of the Republican National Convention. Also of note is Donald Trump’s pick for the Vice President slot, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who has an interesting history when it comes to gambling issues.

- Speaking of politics, this year’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) will feature a focus on the politics of gaming, as the conference tries to capitalize on the November elections, which take place just five weeks after the conference wraps up. G2E will take place at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from September 27 through September 29.

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