In Preparation for the 2010 World Series of Poker Final Table

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It is only two days now until the start of the 2010 World Series of Poker Final Table, nicknamed the ‘November Nine’. There are nine of the finest poker players around who have survived play since July to make it to this final table. Over 7,300 players began on this epic journey with a $10,000 buy in and now we are left with just the elite.

The 2010 World Series of Poker final table will see Filippo Candio, Joseph Cheong, John Dolan, Jonathan Duhamel, Matthew Jarvis, Michael Mizrachi, Soi Nguyen, John Racener and Jason Senti come together to battle for the right to be crowned the 2010 World Series of Poker Champion.

Jonathan Duhamel is the chip leader with 65,975,000 chips to his name. He is also the favorite to win. John Dolan is just behind him with 46,250,000 chips. Amazingly, despite being in 7th place with 14,450,000 chips, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi is the third favourite to win. Many believe his victory in the $50,000 Players’ Championship has set him up as the man to look out for. This position will play into his strategy.

Set to begin on 6th November, 2010, the main event has been in the making for 4 months now and each player will be preparing themselves for arguably the most emotionally and mentally challenging few days of their lives. The prize pool for the entire event was in excess of $68m. The winner will walk away with an $8.94m prize. Even the man who is eliminated first from this final table will carry $811,823 with them. This is as big as it gets.

Between them, the November Nine participants have 44 WSOP cashes. Interesingly enough, Only Michael Mizrachi has a WSOP Golden Bracelet. Matthew Jarvis and Soi Nguyen are the rookies of the table with no WSOP Golden Bracelets or cashes to their name. Neither have any WSOP earnings either. Italian Filippo Candio is the only non-North American at the final table.

It looks destined that the spotlight will be on Michael Mizrachi. Despite Jonathan Duhamel and John Dolan having the largest chip counts, Mizrachi’s WSOP earnings of $2.2m eclipses any of his final table rivals. Only John Racener and John Dolan have earned in excess of $100,000 in WSOP earnings. There is only one real big fish at the final table and Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi is the name everyone at the table will want to see eliminated first.

It is set to be one of the most hotly anticipated November Nine’s in recent history. Even though big names like Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker or Phil Ivey are absent, there is still a wonderful mix of seasoned professionals and new talent battling to become the next big name in poker.

Nothing is guaranteed come 6th November, 2010 but what can be certain is that whoever prevails as the 2010 WSOP Champion will have deserved it.