With the final table of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event only days away, 888poker announced a deal with three of the nine finalists: Joseph McKeehen, Neil Blumenfield, and Thomas Cannuli.
The three players, who are now getting ready to compete for the coveted Championship Bracelet and a first-place grand prize of nearly $8 million, will all be at the table to represent the poker room.
888poker’s hopes to see their patches on this year's Main Event winner are high since the room managed to sign a sponsorship deal with McKeehen. A graduate student in Mathematics at the Arcadia University in Philadelphia, McKeehen will start the game as the table’s chip leader with more than 60 million in chips.
With approximately one-third of the total chips in play comfortably sitting in his stack, McKeehen is considered to be the top favorite for the title. With more than $3,000,000 in live tournament winnings (source: The HendonMob) — including a recent win in the Wynn Fall Classic Main Event — the player from North Wales, PA, is one of the most experienced at the table, with already nine WSOP cashes in his career.
Hopes are also high for Blumenfield, the President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director for Elastic Intelligence, Inc., a business intelligence and cloud computing company based in Menlo Park, CA. With 22 million in chips, Blumenfield starts the final table with the third-largest stack, the 61-year-old player is ready to use all he has to fight for the gold bracelet.
"Obviously, McKeehen's the favorite," Blumenfield told PokerNews. "I love my position at the table. That's a big advantage for me. He's really tough, and I'll have to be very careful about picking spots with him. But, I will pick good spots with him."
Last, but not least, 888poker signed a sponsorship deal also with Cannuli, a 23-year-old native of Cape May, NJ, who enters the lineup as the youngest player at the 2015 final table.
Throughout the whole Main Event, Cannuli impressed with his strategic approach to the game - something that allowed him to secure a spot in the November Nines and get to the final table with 12 million in chips.
A cash games specialist, Cannuli has been almost an obvious choice for the poker room as he has repeatedly said he's a regular at 888poker in New Jersey.
The 2015 WSOP Main Event will take place at the Penn and Teller Theater at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on November 8th. Cards will be in the air starting at 5:30 p.m. PST, and 888poker will be posting on social media directly from Las Vegas. You'll also be able to watch the action on ESPN, so check your local listings.