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Qui Nguyen Takes Gigandor Lead into Second Day of WSOP “November Nine” Main Even Final Table

After three and a half months of waiting, the final table of the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event – the November Nine, if you will – got underway Sunday night. Of course, Sunday night was October 30th, not November, which could be confusing, but that is because the U.S. Presidential Election is next Tuesday, the week the final table would normally take place, and thus the WSOP pushed the November Nine ahead a week. With the October shift plus having the final table broadcast opposite NFL’s Sunday Night Football and Major League Baseball’s historic World Series, it will be interesting to see if anyone actually watched. Those who did watch saw Qui Nguyen build a spectacular chip lead heading into the second day of final table action. Let’s first take a look at what the chip counts looked like before play started last night: 1.    Cliff Josephy

Previewing the 2016 WSOP Championship Event “November Nine,” Part Three: Who Will Be The “Last Man Standing?”

OK, we know how we got to this point and we know how the men will line up on the felt. When the cards hit the air this afternoon at the Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the 2016 World Series of Poker Championship Event will draw closer to a conclusion. For most of the United States and Europe, the final table play will take place after dark. Beginning at 8PM (Eastern time U. S.), the players will open action on the tournament. At 8:30PM, the cameras of ESPN will come to life to bring poker aficionados the play of the final table in a “plausibly live” setting (something that has been very popular with ESPN, WSOP officials and fans alike). The ESPN broadcast will last until 11PM, at which point it will switch over to ESPN2 until most likely the final

2016 EPT Malta Main Event Day 1B: Andras Nemeth Head of the Class

As expected, the second starting flight of the 2016 European Poker Tour (EPT) Malta Main Event was significantly larger than the first. 134 players competed in Sunday’s Day 1A, fewer than the number of players who survived Day 1B to make it to Day 2. Day 1B’s player total was 326, nearly two and a half times more than the first starting flight. Hungary’s Andras Nemeth emerged as the chip leader when all was said and done, carrying 192,700 chips into Tuesday’s play, the most of any player remaining in the tournament. According to, Nemeth has earned just shy of $ 1 million in his live tournament career. His biggest cash came back in 2009 – the second cash he has on record – when he finished fourth in the Master Classics of Poker 2009 in Amsterdam for €135,432 ($ 201,182). After Nemeth, the top of the leader board

Previewing the 2016 WSOP Championship Event “November Nine,” Part Two: How They’ll Line Up

Tomorrow afternoon the nine men who constitute the “November Nine” will reconvene at the Penn & Teller Theater inside the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to begin the work of determining poker’s next “World Champion.” The World Series of Poker Championship Event is the “holy grail” of anyone who has ever picked up two cards in Texas Hold’em and, as such, there is a great deal of attention (and will be from Sunday until a victor is crowned Tuesday) as to who will be the eventual champion. In the second part of this three-part series, we’ll look at how the players will line up and offer a bit of a scouting report on each player, giving perhaps some clues as to who will be the “last man standing.” When the tournament resumes on Sunday, there will be 35:50 left in Level 35, with the blinds at 250,000/500,000

Todd Brunson, Carlos Mortensen Inducted Into Poker Hall of Fame

In a lavish ceremony at the birthplace of the World Series of Poker, poker professionals Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen were enshrined as the 2016 inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame. The ceremony brought out many of the living Hall of Famers to welcome their new mates to poker’s Valhalla. In an especially memorable moment, the younger Brunson was joined by his father and now fellow Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson for a family photo of the occasion. The celebration was especially sweet in that it is the first time that a father and son have been enshrined in poker’s greatest lifetime achievement award. “This wasn’t quite what I expected,” Todd Brunson noted before his acceptance speech, “so I apologize for what’s about to come,” to the laughter of the audience. Brunson then went on to deliver a solid five-minute routine that would earn a stand-up comedian his living