2011 WSOP Final Table Finally Set

The final moments leading up to the formation of the 2011 WSOP Main Event final Table were tense and long-winded. It seemed like none of the ten players wanted to be the one to miss out on a chance to achieve world-wide fame and acclaim by making it into the final table of the most prestigious tournament. In fact, it took a whole four hours before bubble play was concluded and the final nine players were determined. It’s one of these nine players who will be winning the grand prize of $8.7 million and declaring himself as the new world champion in poker. Even then, all these players have no cause for mourning because 8 out of 9 of them will already have a guaranteed prize of more than a million dollars.

10th Place: So close yet so far

The one who was eliminated in 10th place was John Hewitt. Hewitt had adopted a very passive and tight strategy throughout much of the game leading towards the final table. So when he did raise, all the other players knew that it would be wise for them to back out of the hand. Hewitt’s stack steadily dwindled until he couldn’t recover, leaving the game after four grueling hours of play. Still, Hewitt fought pretty resolutely, and he got a pretty hefty sum for his spectacular performance at the main event. After all, managing to outlast more than 6,000 people is no easy feat.

The November Niners

This year’s November Niners are mostly new names in the industry, with the exception of – of course – Ben Lamb and Phil Collins. But what’s interesting about this year’s table is that these players come from very different backgrounds and hail from several different countries. At ninth place is Samuel Holden, holding 12.3 million chips. Holden is from the UK and is 22 years old. Next, at eighth place, is Anton Makiievskyi, a 21 year old from Ukraine. Makiievskyi holds 13.9 million chips. At seventh place is Pius Heinz, a 22 year old from Germany. Heinz holds 16.4 million chips. Then, at sixth place is Badih Bounahra, a 49 year old from the US. He’s the oldest in this year’s November Niners, which happens to be composed mostly of players in their 20’s. At 5th place, and needing no introduction at all, is Ben Lamb, who is currently 26 years old. Lamb has 20.8 million chips at his disposal.

At fourth place is Phil Collins, also 26 years old, with 23.7 million chips. Then, at fourth place is Matt Giannetti – also 26, consider that – with 23.7 million chips. At second place is Matt Giannetti, a 26 year old from Ireland, with 33.9 million chips. Finally, sitting at the top is Martin Staszko, 35 years old, from the Czech Republic, with 40.1 million chips.

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