In an unprecedented outcome, three Floridians have advanced to the $10K World Series of Poker Main Event’s November Nine, outlasting 7,310 players.
Among the trio is Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, the 2010 Ante Up World Series of Poker Player of the Year. Grinder has now made four final tables at this year’s WSOP, including winning the $50K Players Championship. Grinder sits in seventh place with 14,450,000 chips.
Joining Mizrachi, 29, are two very talented young Floridians, John Racener of Tampa and John Dolan of Bonita Springs.
Racener, a 24-year-old WSOP circuit champ who goes by the moniker $JMONEY$ in online poker circles, sits in fourth place with 19,050,000 chips. Ante Up interviewed Racener in 2008 while at One-Eyed Jacks in Sarasota, Fla. Here is that interview.
Dolan, 24, is in second place with 46,250,000 chips. In 2009 he won a pair of undercard events on the southern circuit ($1K Winter Bayou Challenge in New Orleans and $300 Gulf Coast Championship in Biloxi).
The chipleader is Jonathan Duhamel of Canada with nearly 66 million chips.
Each player is guaranteed $811,823 while the top spot pays $8,944,138.
The November Nine will return to the Rio in Las Vegas on Nov. 6 to play down to heads-up play. Then on Nov. 8 the final two will play for the title. ESPN will carry coverage of the final table on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. ET.
Here are the players, listed alphabetically:
FILIPPO CANDIO, 26, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, 16,400,000
JOSEPH CHEONG, 24, La Mirada, Calif., 23,525,000
JOHN DOLAN, 24, Bonita Springs, Fla., 46,250,000
JONATHAN DUHAMEL, 22, Boucherville, Quebec, 65,975,000
MATTHEW JARVIS, 25, Surrey, B.C., 16,700,000
MICHAEL MIZRACHI, 29, Miramar, Fla,, 14,450,000
CUONG “SOI” NGUYEN, 37, Santa Ana, Calif., 9,650,000
JOHN RACENER, 24, Tampa, Fla., 19,050,000
JASON SENTI, 25, St. Louis Park, Minn., 7,625,000