WSOP 2016: Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy leads November Nine
There is no telling how many people famous backer Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy has put in the Main Event over the years. At this point, only one matters: himself.
Tonight in Las Vegas, the World Series of Poker reached the November Nine, that poker nonet that will head back here in a few months to determine the World Champion. At the top of the pack sits one of poker's favorite backers.
Here's how November Nine counts stand at this hour.
1. Cliff Josephy (United States) 74,600,000
2. Qui Nguyen (United States) 67,925,000
3. Gordon Vayo (United States) 49,375,000
4. Kenny Hallaert (Belgium) 43,325,000
5. Michael Ruane (United States) 31,600,000
6. Vojtech Ruzicka (Czech Republic) 27,300,000
7. Griffin Benger (Canada) 26,175,000
8. Jerry Wong (United States) 10,175,000
9. Fernando Pons (Spain) 6,150,000
If you've been reading our coverage throughout the tournament, you will certainly recognize another one of the November Niners. Kenny Hallaert runs the PokerStars-sponsored Belgian Poker Challenge when he's not busy making the November Nine. You can read more about him here: Kenny Hallaert riding, and boosting, the Belgian boom. With the next BPC also in November, Hallaert is going to have a very busy month.
To reach this point, the field had to thin itself from 27 to nine players. Along the way (recorded in part here), we had to say goodbye to a couple of players we'd featured here before, including James Obst and William Kassouf. The latter of those played in what will likely be one of the most talked about hands in the 2016 WSOP. You can read all about that here: Anatomy of an elimination: Kassouf is finally silenced.
While the WSOP champ is still a matter of question, the Player of the Year is not. Last night when Paul Volpe busted from the Main Event, Jason Mercier secured his first WSOP Player of the Year title. Mercier won two bracelets this year and finished runner-up in another event. In total, he won nearly $1 million in WSOP prizes (not to mention whatever he picked up in private bracelet bets).
As much as it pains us to say it, that will conclude our World Series of Poker coverage for the summer. We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have along the way. Thanks to every who shared our stories on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to look us up on Twitter and let us know who you're rooting for at the final table.
Congratulations once again to all the November Nine and the Player of the Year, Jason Mercier.
Goodnight and goodbye from Las Vegas.
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Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis. WSOP photos by PokerPhotoArchive.com.