As we move closer to November 7th, 2009, and the final table of the 2009 World Series Of Poker Main Event. nine poker players are getting ready for their shot at history. They are “The November

Nine”. They will play until two remain, and then the final two will play for the glory, fame and the title of “World Poker Champion”. This event will air on ESPN on November 11, 2009.

When Chris Moneymaker beat Sam Farha for the championship it started the poker boom that we have today, since the name “Moneymaker” was so marketable. Today, due to highly televised events we have genuine poker stars, some of whom have become huge celebrities. Sponsorship too has contributed to general awareness, and this has led to a glut of mainstream poker shows such as NBC’s Poker After Dark and the new Face The Ace. Arguably the biggest stars are Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth. If any of those names could make it to the final table, through the 6,494 who entered, then another poker surge could take place. Miraculously it has happened.

Phil Ivey has beaten the odds and sits in the November Nine. While he is not the chip leader he is certainly the most dominating force in poker and if he wins it would propel poker further into the mainstream. In fact, it could have a revolutionary effect since currently the USA still has a ban on internet poker. If Phil Ivey wins, then there will be a solid argument that poker is a game of skill rather than luck, and that may help legalize the game on the internet.

Another notable in the final 9 is Jeff Shulman. Jeff is one of the publishers of Card Player Magazine, and someone who has actually been very vocal against the WSOP. Some say that this is because

Card Player lost out in a deal covering the World Series. The remainder of the nine consists of Kevin Schaffel, a businessman from Florida and pro poker player for the past year – James Akenhead who is from London and currently the short stack, a professional poker player of 3 years – Joe Cada, 21, from Michigan, a college-drop-out turned professional poker player of 4 years – Steven

Begleiter, former head of corporate strategy for Bear Stearns – Chip leader Darvin Moon, a logger who has lived in Oakland, Maryland his whole life. Darvin currently has a huge chip lead and hopes to surpass the success of last year’s November 9 chip leader Dennis Phillips (He ended up ultimately third in 2008). Then there is 29 year old Eric Buchman from New York – Kevin Schaffel who came 324th in the 2008 Main Event: and rounding out the November 9 is Antoine Saout who has no WSOP results.

This November, The November Nine will clash and only one will be victorious. If Ivey wins – poker will be reborn.

About The Author

Erik Allaire is a master poker player who has won many professional poker events, wishes to represent his country at the world level.

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