Though Negreanu has won six smaller tournaments at the series and amassed $30.6 million in poker tournaments to lead the all-time ranking, the fun-loving pro nicknamed “Kid Poker” has never reached the final table of poker’s marquee event.
Now, 2015 November Nine is set with nine competitors to finish poker’s richest tournament.
The 40-year-old poker star wagered the last of his chips after an ace in his hand paired the board. Joe McKeehen called with several draws, the odds of winning the hand against him but plenty of chips to absorb a loss. The 24-year-old Pennsylvanian won over Negreanu when the queen delivered a straight on the final community card.
Eight players are chasing McKeehen who will go into the final table with a dominant chip lead more than twice his nearest competitor. This guy really looks wise on the table; no doubt, he’s already the betting favorite in some bookmakers.
McKeehen, a native of North Wales, is a two-time WSOP circuit ring winner and finished as the runner-up in the $1,500 buy-in “Monster Stack” No-limit Hold’em event last year.
Aside from McKeehen, here are the eager competitors in the November Nine event: Zvi Stern of Israel with 29,800,000 chips left; Neil Blumenfield of San Francisco with 22,000,000; Pierre Neuville of Belgium with 21,075,000; Max Steinberg of Oakland with 20,200,000.
The other four players are Thomas Cannuli, (New Jersey) Joshua Beckley (New Jersey), Patrick Chan (Brooklyn) and Federico Butteroni (Italy).
The WSOP’s Main Event will pick up again on November 8 at the Penn & Teller Theater in Las Vegas after the original field of 6,420 entrants was cut down to just nine, with each member of the final table guaranteed more than $1 million apiece. Then, the champion will take home $7.68 million. This sounds really great and exciting! Millions of dollars are up for grabs and the winner will surely be ecstatic after November Nine. Could it really be McKeehen or another entrant will surprise the fans with his victory?
I know that poker fans can’t really wait for the result, but they have to wait for a few months until the event kicks off. As for Negreanu, well, this year might not be his time to win the most-coveted title. He needs to patiently wait until the right time comes for him to reach the final table. Perhaps next year? Let’s wait and see.