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2009 WSOP November Nine

Final 9 Poker Players at 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event


2009 WSOP November Nine

2009 WSOP November Nine

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Learn about the final table players at the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, also known as the "November Nine" as they must wait months to play for the over $8.5 million first prize money in November, 2009.

The November Nine, in order of chips:

Darvin Moon is the chip leader of the final table. A 45-year-old logger from Oakland, Maryland, Moon learned to play poker with his friends. He has never been at the World Series of Poker before, and won his way in through a satellite. Read more about Darvin Moon

Eric Buchman is second in chips, and is a 28-year-old poker player from Valley Stream, New York. He's cashed in the WSOP nine times and even made another final table at this year's WSOP, finishing 6th in Event 25, a Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or better event. To date, his highest WSOP finish was in 2006 when he placed second in a Limit Hold'em event, winning nearly $175,000. Read more about Eric Buchman

Steven Begleiter is 47 years old and lives in Chappaqua, New York. He played in the 2008 WSOP Main Event but was unable "to dance between the raindrops" to make it deep into the tournament. He's married and has three children, and when he isn’t playing poker, he spends his time watching and coaching his kids' sports teams. Read more about Steven Begleiter

Jeff Shulman is the editor of the famous Card Player magazine, and is the son of Barry Shulman, CEO of the magazine. Jeff is the only player at the table to have made a WSOP Main Event final table before: In 2000, Shulman finished 7th, winning $146,700. The 34-year-old lives in Las Vegas and has more than $1 million in career winnings. Read more about Jeff Shulman

Joseph Cada is from Michigan and is the youngest player at the final table at 21. Despite his youth, he's already played in some 16 WSOP events and boasts nearly $500,000 in poker winnings. His hobbies include playing sports and spending time on the water. Read more about Joseph Cada

Kevin Schaffel is a 51-year-old from Coral Springs, Florida who has been playing poker since he was 11. He considers himself "semi-retired" after closing a printing company that he owned and operated for 30 years. Schaffel plans "to play a lot of golf" in the coming days and weeks. Read more about Kevin Schaffel

Phil Ivey may be 7th in chips but this 33-year-old is still a favorite to take down the title. In 2003 he almost made the final table of the WSOP main event but busted out 10th. Ivey is considered by many to be the world’s greatest poker player and has seven WSOP bracelets, two from 2009. Read more about Phil Ivey

Antoine Saout is a 25-year-old from France and won his seat into the tournament through an online satellite. Read more about Antoine Saout

James Akenhead is a 26-year-old from London, England. He's a former railroad conductor and current poker pro. He finished second in an event at the 2008 WSOP, winning $520,000. Read more about James Akenhead

The November Nine Seat Assignments and Chip Counts:

Seat 1: Darvin Moon - 58,930,000

Seat 2: James Akenhead - 6,800,000

Seat 3: Phil Ivey - 9,765,000

Seat 4: Kevin Schaffel - 12,390,000

Seat 5: Steven Begleiter - 29,885,000

Seat 6: Eric Buchman - 34,800,000

Seat 7: Joe Cada - 13,215,000

Seat 8: Antoine Saout - 9,500,000

Seat 9: Jeff Shulman - 19,580,000

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