Just to bring closure to yesterday’s poker blog entry, I’m sure you’re all wondering who won when the 2010 November Nine reconvened to play in the $15,000 freeroll at Foxwoods. Well, before I reveal the winner and spoil the fun, let me share what other fun facts I learned about the event since yesterday.
First off, instead of being a 27-player poker tournament comprised of the November Nine and 18 randomly selected Foxwoods poker regulars, as planned, 30 players sat down at the felt. Among the 3 extra participants were Lon McEachern, better known to poker fans as the play-by-play man of ESPN’s World Series of Poker broadcasts, and poker pro Bernard Lee, who happens to be the official spokesman for Foxwoods’ poker room.
Picked to win by many, 2010 WSOP Main Event 3rd place finisher Joseph Cheong was actually the first November Niner to be eliminated. As a matter of fact, only 3 members of the November Nine even made it to the final table: Matt Jarvis, Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi, and the reigning Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel. None of these 3 superb poker players were able to win the event though; the distinction (and $5,000) going to unknown Ben Hopkins.
Without a “name” headliner, the bigger story was actually the prop bets some of the November Niners made among themselves. Jarvis, who finished second, ironically ended up with the biggest payday, winning an additional $45,000 in last-longer bets. Moreover, Jarvis also won his bet with fellow Canadian Jonathan Duhamel, meaning the defending champion, from Montreal, will be seen wearing a Vancouver Canucks jersey when the 2011 World Series of Poker rolls around.