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November Nine

Tuesday’s ESPN broadcast of the 2010 World Series of Poker featured the continuation of Day 8 with just 18 players returning to play down to the November Nine. The final 18 players and their chip counts at the top of the broadcast were:

1. Pascal LeFrancois (27,500,000)
2. John Racener (22,470,000)
3. Jonathan Duhamel (22,200,000)
4. Matthew Jarvis (20,930,000)
5. Filippo Candio (17,280,000)
6. Matt Affleck (16,500,000)
7. Jason Senti (13,855,000)
8. Cuong “Soi” Nguyen (11,930,000)
9. Joseph Cheong (11,200,000)
10. Duy Le (10,600,000)
11. John Dolan (9,200,000)
12. Brandon Steven (7,675,000)
13. Adam Levy (6,650,000)
14. Michael Mizrachi (5,875,000)
15. Scott Clements (4,935,000)
16. David Baker (4,600,000)
17. Ben Statz (4,400,000)
18. Hasan Habib (1,825,000)

Clements First to Go: With the blinds at 100,000/200,000 and a 30,000 ante, Michael Mizrachi looked down at {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs} and raised to 480,000 from the hijack. Scott Clements picked up {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} on the button and instantly moved all-in for nearly five million. In the big blind, Matt Jarvis held {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} and moved all-in over the top, driving Mizrachi out of the hand.

Clements was in bad shape as the flop came down {5-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{A-Clubs}, and suddenly he needed a queen to stay alive. The {6-Hearts} turn and {8-Spades} river were no help and Clements was eliminated from the tournament in 18th place ($396,967)

Baker Cooked: Jonathan Duhamel raised to 500,000 from middle position with {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}, and Matt Affleck called from the hijack with {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts}. David Baker held {J-Spades}{7-Spades} in the big blind and also came along for the ride. The flop fell {Q-Spades}{2-Spades}{4-Clubs} and Baker checked to Duhamel, who bet 1.275 million. Affleck mucked and Baker moved all-in with his flush draw for 4.975 million. Duhamel made the call, and Baker’s tournament life was on the line. The dealer burned and turned the {Q-Hearts}, followed by the {4-Hearts} on the river. Baker was sent to the rail in 17th place ($396,967)

Down to Fifteen: Ben Statz moved all in preflop with {A-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and received a call from Matt Jarvis who held {K-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}. The board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{{K-Spades}{K-Hearts}{5-Spades}{K-Clubs}, giving Jarvis quads and sending Statz home in 16th place ($396,967).

Habib Doubles Through the Grinder: Action folded to Michael Mizrachi in the cutoff and he promptly moved all-in for 2.7 million with his {A-Hearts}{8-Spades}. Hasan Habib looked down at {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} and made the call for his tournament life. The flop came down {5-Clubs}{3-Spades}{K-Spades}, giving Habib a set. The turn was the {8-Clubs} and Mizrachi was left drawing dead. The {2-Clubs} was put out on the river as Habib doubled to 2.7 million, and Mizrachi was left with just seven big blinds.

Defining Moment: Jonathan Duhamel raised to 575,000 with {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs} from the cutoff, and Matt Affleck reraised to 1.55 million with {a-Clubs}{a-Spades} from the button. Action folded back to Duhamel who reraised to 3.925 million. Affleck opted to make the call and the flop came down {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{7-Hearts}.

Duhamel checked to Affleck who bet 5 million. After a call, the turn came the {Q-Diamonds}. Once again, Duhamel checked to Affleck, who moved all-in for 11.63 million. Duhamel tanked before making the call and creating a pot worth nearly 42 million. The players and fans were on their feet as the dealer burned and put up the {8-Diamonds}, sending gasps throughout the Amazon Room. Affleck buried his face in his hat, clearly emotional, as he was eliminated in 15th place ($500,165).

Habib Busted: Short-stacked Hasan Habib moved all-in with his {A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}, and John Racener called with the {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}. The board ran out {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{3-Spades}{10-Hearts}{A-Spades} and Habib became the 14th place finished ($500,165).

Blind Versus Blind: Action folded to John Dolan in the small blind and he moved all-in with {K-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. Duy Le was in the big blind and called for his tournament life with {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}. Le was in great shape until the flop came down {K-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{J-Hearts}. The {5-Hearts} on the turn was no help and neither was the {5-Diamonds} on the river. Le was gone in 13th place ($500,165).

Roothlus Runs Into Aces: Adam “Roothlus” Levy was all-in preflop with {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts} against Jonathan Duhamel's the {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}. With 8.43 million in the pot, the flop came down {10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{3-Hearts}, leaving Levy in a world of hurt. The {K-Clubs} on the turn gave him some hope, but the {2-Clubs} on the river sent him packing in 12th place ($635,011).

Down to Ten: Jonathan Duhamel was under the gun and raised to 750,000 with {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}. Pascal LeFrancois called from the button with {Q-Spades}{J-Spades} and Joseph Cheong made it 2.55 million from the small blind with {K-Spades}{K-Hearts}. Duhamel mucked and LeFrancois responded by moving all in for 7.645 million more! Cheong snap-called and was in great shape.

LeFrancois’s tournament life was on the line as the flop came down {6-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}, giving him a pair of jacks. The {K-Diamonds} on the turn quickly put an end to the hand, and the {3-Spades} was run out for good measure. LeFrancois was eliminated in 11th place ($635,011).

Bubble Poker: Joseph Cheong raised to 950,000 in early position with {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts} only to have John Dolan reraise to 2.575 million directly behind with {A-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}. Action folded back to Cheong who four-bet to 5.95 million. Dolan then moved all in for almost 22 million more, putting the pressure back on Cheong, who cut his losses and conceded the hand.

November Nine Set: With only one more elimination needed to reach the November Nine, Jonathan Duhamel looked down at {A-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} and raised to 1.225 million from early position. Brandon Steven was next to act and moved all-in for about 4.5 million with his {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}. Matt Jarvis then peered down at {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs} from the hijack and called. Everyone else got out of the way and it was heads-up to the flop.

Steven was essentially racing on poker’s biggest bubble. If he doubled, he would be in great shape to make the November Nine; if not, he would be eliminated. The {4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} made the latter the most likely outcome, and the {4-Clubs} on the turn seemed to solidify that. It was down to the river as the dealer burned and revealed the {5-Hearts}. Steven was eliminated in 10th place ($635,011) while the remaining players and the crowd erupted in celebration.

November Nine Seating and Chip Counts:

Seat 1: Jason Senti - 7,625,000
Seat 2: Joseph 'subiime' Cheong - 23,525,000
Seat 3: John Dolan - 46,250,000
Seat 4: Jonathan Duhamel - 65,975,000
Seat 5: Michael Mizrachi – 14,450,000
Seat 6: Matthew Jarvis - 16,700,000
Seat 7: John Racener - 23,525,000
Seat 8: Filippo Candio - 16,400,000
Seat 9: Soi Nguyen - 9,650,000

The Final Table of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event will air next Tuesday on ESPN. Check your local listings.

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