The Rio Quiets Down as the November 9 is Set

By: Harper Whitefield

The first portion of the 2010 World Series of Poker has finally come to a close. All is quite once again at the Rio All Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, for now at least. Sure there are some stragglers, and the whir of the slots is still audible, there are cash poker games galore, and much to-do at the craps tables, however, the majority of the World Series of Poker hooplah has died down.

More importantly, the November nine has fought it”s way to the top of the pack. Nine men will face each other again in November, for the World Series of Poker Main Event Title.

The leader of the pack at the end of the day was Jonathan Duhamel. Duhamel will begin play in November as the chip leader with 65.975 million in WSOP tournament chips. Other members of the 2010 November nine include John Dolan who will sit down in November with 46.25 million in poker chios, Joseph Cheong who has 23.525 million poker chips, John Racener with just over 19 million remaining poker chips, Matthew Jarvis will be meeting up with the others at the Rio casino with 16.7 million)in chips.

One of the smaller stacks belongs to Filippo Candio with 16.4 millionin chips to take to the final table with him.

Michael Mizrachi will sit down with just 14.45 million and Soi Nguyen Holds just under 10m with 9.65 million in tournament chips.

In last place Jason Senti owns the shortstack with 7.625 million in remaining chips.

Each of the final nine players is guaranteed $811,823 in prize money. The Main Event winner will earn $8,944,138.

“I”m about to die right now,” a smiling Duhamel said after play ended at 5:40 a.m.– nearly 18 hours after play began on Saturday. “I”m very, very tired.”

“I”m just going to go off with my family and friends and relax a little bit and be focused and ready to come back in November,” the online poker pro from Canada added.

Mizrachi, who is attempting to add a Main Event bracelet to his win in this year”s $50,000 Poker Players Championship, said success for him started on Day 1A of the tournament.

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