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Reintroducing the final nine players in the World Series of Poker Main Event

Play resumes Saturday at the Rio and concludes Tuesday

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Steve Marcus

The “November Nine” reach for a championship bracelet after making it to the final table during the World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in, no-limit Texas Hold ‘em main event at the Rio early Wednesday morning July 20, 2011. The players will come back in November for the final table. From left are: Badih Bounahra of Belize, Phil Collins of Las Vegas, Matt Giannetti of Las Vegas, Pius Heinz of Germany, Sam Holden of Britain, Ben Lamb of Las Vegas, Anton Makiievskyi of Ukraine, Eoghan O’Dea of Ireland and Martin Staszko of the Czech Republic.

The World Series of Poker implemented its November Nine format four years ago so that fans could get to know the players competing at the final table for the game’s biggest prize.

But the four-month layoff between the last day of play in the summer and the final table can work the other way, too. If fans followed the tournament while it happened but failed to watch ESPN’s ensuing weekly episodes, they have likely forgotten about the nine men who emerged out of a field of 6,865 players.

Click through below to become re-acquainted with the 2011 November Nine, who will play for the gold bracelet and $8.7 million first-place prize starting noon Sunday at the Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio.

A quote is provided from World Series of Poker commentator Lon McEachern on each of the finalists. Their career earnings to date, according to poker database The Hendon Mob, are also listed and include the $782,155 they earned by making it this far.

    • 2011 WSOP November Nine
      Photo by Steve Marcus

      Seat 1: Matt Giannetti

      Chips: 24,750,000 (3rd)

      Age: 26

      From: Las Vegas

      Odds to win: 5-to-1

      Career tournament earnings: $1,570,412

      McEachern Quote: “Giannetti is mostly a live cash game player, so is Ben Lamb, so their live experience holds up real well here. It’s just a matter of tweaking it for this tournament.”

    • 2011 WSOP Day 8
      Photo by Steve Marcus

      Seat 2: Badih Bounahra

      Chips: 19,700,000 (6th)

      Age: 49

      From: Belize City, Belize

      Odds to win: 9-to-1

      Career tournament earnings: $854, 881

      McEachern Quote: “I think he embodies what we love about the main event. It is a people’s championship. Even though we do see mostly pros at this table, to have a guy like him at the final table adds so much life and color to it.”

    • 2011 WSOP Day 8
      Photo by Steve Marcus

      Seat 3: Eoghan O’Dea

      Chips: 33,925,000 (2nd)

      Age: 26

      From: Dublin, Ireland

      Odds to win: 4-to-1

      Career tournament earnings: $1,574,877

      McEachern Quote: “Eoghan O’Dea has a tremendous amount of live experience and he’s successful at it.”

    • 2011 WSOP Day 8
      Photo by Steve Marcus

      Seat 4: Phil Collins

      Chips: 23,875,000 (4th)

      Age: 26

      From: Las Vegas

      Odds to win: 6-to-1

      Career tournament earnings: $907,815

      McEachern Quote: “He’s mostly an online player, but he’s certainly figured out the nuances of the live game.”

    • 2011 WSOP Day 8
      Photo by Steve Marcus

      Seat 5: Anton Makiievskyi

      Chips: 13,825,000 (8th)

      Age: 21

      From: Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

      Odds to win: 12-to-1

      Career tournament earnings: $850,887

      McEachern Quote: “I wish Makiievskyi had more chips to play with so he could fly with his wings outstretched completely. I think he might be a little hamstrung right now.”

    • 2011 WSOP Day 8
      Photo by Steve Marcus

      Seat 6: Sam Holden

      Chips: 12,375,000 (9th)

      Age: 22

      From: Sussex, UK

      Odds to win: 14-to-1

      Career tournament earnings: $793,426

      McEachern Quote: “The youth is being served. We see it time-and-time again.”

    • 2011 WSOP Day 8
      Photo by Steve Marcus

      Seat 7: Pius Heinz

      Chips: 16,425,000 (7th)

      Age: 22

      From: Cologne, Germany

      Odds to win: 10-to-1

      Career tournament earnings: $890,541

      McEachern Quote: “The guys internationally who are young can play online. And now, we’re seeing them excel in the live arena as well.”

    • 2011 WSOP Day 8
      Photo by Steve Marcus

      Seat 8: Ben Lamb

      Chips: 20,875,000 (5th)

      Age: 26

      From: Las Vegas

      Odds: 7-to-1

      Career tournament earnings: $3,347,334

      McEachern Quote: “The one who’s on everyone’s short list is Ben Lamb just because of the year he’s had and the experience he’s had.”

    • 2011 WSOP Day 8
      Photo by Steve Marcus

      Seat 9: Martin Staszko

      Chips: 40,175,000 (1st)

      Age: 35

      From: Trinec, Czech Republic

      Odds: 5-to-2

      Career tournament earnings: $872,266

      McEachern Quote: “Staszko was so short on day seven and on day eight. He had 4 million chips at one point during day eight and he ended the day with 40 million. So, they’re all dangerous.”

    Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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