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WSOP 2014 - November Nine Day 1
Last year's champ Ryan Riess gives the "Shuffle up and deal" order.

Big 10

This year's November nine consisted of players from six countries, including Brazil for the first time. It's a fairly young group, with all players 31 or under. And only two of them are amateurs.

But the number looming large over this year's final table is 10. As in 10 million US Dollars for the winner. The $10 million first place guarantee forces a steep ramp-up in prize money from 9th to 1st place. Winner gets almost 14 times the 9th place prize.

1st$10 million
2nd$5.15 million
3rd$3.8 million
4th$2.8 million
5th$2.1 million
6th$1.6 million
7th$1.2 million
8th$947 k
9th$731 k

Bruno Politano's Brazilian cheering section (the loudest by far)

Too many 9's

Mark Newhouse accomplished a nearly impossible feat: back-to-back November Nine appearances. He effectively beat over 13,000 other players to do that. Then he busted out first after starting the day with the 3rd largest chip stack. Back-to-back 9th place finishes, this year with a good stack at the start of play.

He took a few minutes to compose himself, smoked a cigarette outside, then walked up to the press podium and gave a brave and honest exit interview. He said the disappointing result "means nothing" and that he'll continue playing like he always does. The players had already received the 9th place payout of $731k, so Newhouse left the Rio with nothing.

Mark Newhouse has some kind of "9 curse": back-to-back November Nine 9th place bustouts.

8-handed play from the Mezzanine

Ordem e Progresso

Congratulations to Bruno Politano for becoming the first Brazilian to make the Main Event final table. And congratulations too for having the loudest cheering section, with seemingly hundreds of yellow-shirted Brazilians screaming soccer chants. They yelled long and loud, like they were starved for something - anything - to celebrate after their country's disastrous World Cup showing.

"Ordem e Progresso" means "Order and Progress," and it's on the Brazilian flag. Politano started on the short stack, and did little to get out of order. If Newhouse hadn't imploded, Politano surely would have finished 9th. Instead, Politano exited in 8th place, leaving only one amateur: Billy Pappas.

Politano was the first Brazilian Main Event final tablist. Out 8th.

Dan Sindelar sweats his last river card. It bricked, and Dan busted in 7th.

Andoni Larrabe does his 6th place exit interview en Español.

Billy Pappas, the last amateur November Niner, finished 5th. Plenty of fans in the crowd.

Stephensen's fans wore flashing-horn Viking helmets

Short-stacker to contender

Martin Jacobson was on the edge of disaster for much of the night's play. He started with the 2nd-shortest stack, folded his way up a few payoff ranks, then appeared ready to accept defeat. At one point he had only 3 or 4 orbits ("M") left, and the end looked near. But no, he won a few key races, build up his chips, and now he's more or less tied for 2nd place with Felix Stephensen.

Martin Jacobson checks everyone's stack on the real time display

Real-time data

This year's final table technological advance was a real-time display of the poker action. As recently as last year, the display only showed outdated chip counts and blinds + button. This year it showed live chip count updates, bet and raise amounts, pot size, who the action was currently on, to-call amounts, and even flashed all-in indicators. In other words, this is the first year that the display was actually useful to the players. They all looked up at the display, frequently, to check their relative chip counts.

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The Hoof. The Hoof. The Hoof is on fire!

Dutchman Jorryt Van Hoof seemed to be the man of destiny throughout the night's play. He got far more than his share of walks, he won many hands with no showdown, and he busted several players. All of which helped steadily build his stack, aside from a few fairly small losses. And when he did lose the chip lead, he quickly regained it by carefully controlled aggressive play.

Van Hoof's cheering section came up with many bizarre chants like "Hoof there it is! Hoof there it is!," "Who let the hoof out? Hoof hoof hoof-hoof," and "The hoof, the hoof, the hoof is on fire!" He's extremely tough, he can win pots without cards, and he's the man to beat on day 2. He has over 100 million chips out of the 200+ million in play, leaving Stephensen and Jacobson with the rest.

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