River Poker Series Main Event Won by November Niner

The November Nine are the remaining nine players who will return to the felt this fall to finish out the World Series of Poker Main Event. Each player would be expected to currently be competing in big events to rev up their skills for the WSOP competition. Gordon Vayo is one such member of the November Nine who has been hitting the felt and recently used his skills to take down a big event.

Vayo was competing in The River Poker Series $2,500 Main Event which offered up $2.5 million in guaranteed prize money. Vayo was able to outlast the competition at the WinStar Casino to claim the first place prize of $587,120.

1,054 players competed in the event and after a five way deal was made between the five remaining players, Vayo would find himself earning the title. The win marked the first time this year that Vayo was able to earn a final table finish, apart from earning a seat in the Main Event of the WSOP. When the pro comes back to compete in the WSOP event, he will be third in chips.

It is interesting to note that the River Poker main event finished up with a final five deal, most likely due to the big top prize of $1 million. The difference between the first place finish and second place was over $700,000 if players had decided to keep in line with the official payout structure.

In the end, Vayo took a huge lead and had over half of the chips in play when he decided to strike a deal for the final payouts. He was eventually given more than 20% of the total prize money based on the amounts agreed upon by the final players.

Final Payouts:

First                       Gordon Vayo                     $587,120

Second                 Benjamin Ector                 $344,826

Third                      Dean Bobel                         $225,048

Fourth                  Layne Flack                         $225,190

Fifth                       Grant Hinkle                       $207,669

Sixth                      Long Nguyen                     $70,054

Seventh               Jeffrey Duvall                    $40,893

Eighth                   Daniel Fuhs                         $32,623


WSOP Down to Final Table; JC Tran in the Mix

The World Series of Poker 2013 has come to a pause as the final table of the Main Event has now been determined. Just over 6,300 players ponied up the $10,000 buy-in to compete in the event. Game play took seven days and thousands of eliminations for the final table to be determined. Carlos Mortensen was the last man to be eliminated before the final nine were named.

The final nine will return this November to compete in final table game play. The top prize is $8.3 million and every player wants to be the last man standing.

Below is a list of players who made the final table a well as their chip stacks:

JC Tran                                        38,000,000

Amir Lehavot                           29,700,000

Marc McLaughlin                    26,525,000

Jay Farber                                 25,975,000

Ryan Riess                                 25,875,000

Sylvain Loosli                          19,600,000

Michiel Brummelhuis           11,275,000

Mark Newhouse                        7,350,000

David Benefield                         6,375,000

Tran has a very nice chip lead and is the most accomplished player left in the event. If he wins the event, he will claim his third World Series of Poker bracelet. Tran has made it far before in the Main Event but never to the final table. Tran may be the most experienced but he will still face stiff competition.

Lehavot is a former WSOP bracelet winner back in 2011 and Newhouse has earned a World Poker Tour win. The others are also sure to give the event their best to try and be the winner of the 2013 Main Event, the most anticipated event of the series.

For now, we just have to sit back and wait the many months before the event will be back in action. There is no doubt that each November Niner will be playing as much as they can to be ready for game play when the Final Table returns to action.