Meet the 2015 November Nine

Find out who will be playing for $7,680,021 in four months time at the WSOP Main Event final table.

6,420 players have become nine, and now we are on a four-month break. 

2015 WSOP November Nine
The 2015 November Nine

Hopes of a Daniel Negreanu showcase at the biggest final table in poker were dashed when long-time chip leader Joe McKeehen eliminated him in 11th place. McKeehen called with a flush and straight draw, which hit against Negreanu's top pair, to send KidPoker home with a $526,778 pay day. 

This is the second time in his career that Negreanu has come 11th in the Main Event. He did the same in 2001 when Carlos Mortensen won it.

There may be better known players still in contention, but chipleader McKeehen will be a force to be reckoned with at this final. He has all the chips and has an excellent tournament record, having already boasted almost $2 million in live cashes, including runner-up in the WSOP Monster Stack last year for $820,863

Max Steinberg is arguably the best known player left in the field. He has a string of big runner-up finishes in major events, almost $2 million in career cashes and most notably he won the $1,000 No Limit bracelet at the 2012 WSOP for $440,238. He is the twin brother of poker pro Daniel Steinberg.  

Without doubt the most interesting story so far is Pierre Neuville. The 72-year-old from Belgium is the oldest ever November Niner, but don't be fooled into thinking he is an old school live player. He is a prolific online player and regular on the EPT, who has been enjoying retirement as one of the most popular players in European poker, with over $2 million in live cashes. 

As usual most of the remaining field is American, but we have representation also from Belgium (Pierre Neuville), Italy (Federico Butteroni) and Israel (Zvi Stern). 

The blinds will be 200,000/400,000/50,000 when the following nine men resume play:

WSOP Main Event Final Table
PositionPlayerChips
1st Joseph McKeehen 63,100,000
2nd Zvi Stern 29,800,000
3rd Neil Blumenfield 22,000,000
4th Pierre Neuville 21,075,000
5th Max Steinberg 20,200,000
6th Thomas Cannuli 12,250,000
7th Joshua Beckley 11,800,000
8th Patrick Chan 6,225,000
9th Federico Butteroni 6,200,000
Number of entrants: 9 (6,420)

All nine men are leaving Las Vegas as millionaires, and this is what they will be playing for when they return in November: 

2015 WSOP Main Event Payouts
1st $7,680,021
2nd $4,469,171
3rd $3,397,103
4th $2,614,558
5th $1,910,971
6th $1,426,072
7th $1,203,193
8th $1,097,009
9th $1,001,020

Congratulations to everyone who made the November Nine.

Who is your pick to win it? Let us know in the comments. 

Barry Carter

Barry Carter

is the editor of PokerStrategy.com and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2.

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Comments (17)

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  • MJPerry

    #1

    It's amazing how little I care about any of them.
  • PsyPachamama

    #2

    The same here :P I think i care less....
  • MJPerry

    #3

    I'm sure they're all lovely people but I don't think we've got any particularly amazing characters. Neuville is a decent enough story I suppose but nothing that's going to grab a non-poker-fan's attention.
  • NatRPheM

    #4

    Shame with Negreanu, guess another Nov9 I'm not even remotely invested in. Wanted a sweat for once, oh well
  • Tinsley15

    #5

    gl to Patrick Chan he is my brother!!! actually he is not....:/ i dont have brother i have a sister which i would trade for a decent bankroll..anyone interested? i did some drugs and blew my BR cause of that i have 0$ now..:( actually everything i wrote here i lied
  • Pimprlas

    #6

    #5 Is it really you Peter Griffin?
  • Zanardi1

    #7

    When will the final table resume? Nov. 9th?
  • JimC6

    #8

    #5 $100 for your sister if she can cook.
  • FlyingDutchm1n

    #9

    I dont think any amount of (waiting) months, media or hype can get me exited about this november 9...
  • Dadramel

    #10

    What a bullshit! We've got the most boring November Nine ever! And I intended to see whole stream of the final table if Negreanu passed. Now I do not give a shit anymore.
  • FlyingDutchm1n

    #11

    This november 9 = living proof of variance lol
  • DannyMLennon

    #12

    The last 27 looked so promising :(
  • rompas

    #13

    @11 why? you think this guys are bad players? and just got lucky? :-)
  • MartinsCool

    #14

    Is Pierre Neuville Neuville25fr on stars?
  • FlyingDutchm1n

    #15

    No I meant because they look so random : )
  • carlosomse

    #16

    I would have totally wished neagreanu to make it to November Nine
  • Kanivision

    #17

    its so stupid you have to wait untill November to finish off the main event. anything can happen between till then and throw your game way off.