The 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event has reached the November Nine. Joe McKeehen will head into the final table with 63.1 million, twice as many chips as his next closest opponent.
Joining McKeehen are two New Jersey players, Thomas Cannuli and Joshua Beckley. Both players are around the middle of the pack in chips and have a solid shot to contend this coming November. They are also frequent players online in New Jersey although they have different focuses.
Let’s take a quick look at New Jersey’s November Niners.
Thomas Cannuli – cash game specialist with big field experience
Thomas Cannuli will head into the November Nine sixth in chips with 12.25 million. The Cape May resident is a frequent player at the Borgata and is a regular in online cash games in New Jersey.
At first glance, his live tournament resume doesn’t appear that impressive until you consider some of the events he’s cashed in. In 2013, he made the money in the $1,111 Little One for ONE DROP. That even had a field of 4,756 players.
In 2014, Cannuli made the final table of the Main Event at the WSOP Philadelphia stop. He finished 8th in that event. Later that summer, the finished in the money of the 2014 WSOP Main Event.
Cannuli is currently on the run of his life during this year’s Main Event. He has already locked in $1,001,020 and is looking to win his first major poker title and $7.68 million.
Joshua Beckley – “asd26” making waves live and online
Joshua Beckley is well known as “asdf26” on partypoker NJ. The online tournament regular has been dominating both the live and virtual felts for the last year and looks to do the same at the November Nine.
Since August of 2014, Beckley has earned at least $1.2 million including the 9th place money already paid out in this year’s Main Event. He started that run with a win at the Parx Casino Big Stax VIII last August and has cashed regularly since.
This summer, he has five cashes at the WSOP, including a 17th place finish in the $1,500 PL Omaha and now an appearance in the November Nine.
Beckley has been cleaning up online this year, having won eight events including two Majors since the beginning of the year. Prior to the WSOP, he took down the $2,500 Guaranteed NJ High Rollers event on WSOP.com for $1,233.
The Marlton resident will return in November with 11.8 million, good for seventh overall.
Both players in good shape to make a run
Despite the overwhelming chip stack of McKeehen, Cannuli and Beckley still have plenty of chips to make a run at the bracelet. Cannuli will return with 30 big blind stack while Beckley still has 27 big blinds. A double by either player would put them in third chip position and in great shape for a deep final table run.
Beckley and Cannuli are not the only stories at the final table. Zvi Stern from Israel is currently second and looking to become the first Israeli to win the Main Event. Max Steinberg is the only former bracelet winner at this final table and looking to make the Main Event his second career title.
Neil Blumenfield and Pierre Neuville have both defied conventional wisdom to make the November Nine. Blumenfield is 61 and Neuville 72. Both players are looking to become the oldest Main Event champion of the modern era and Neuville can become the oldest Main Event winner in history in November.
The November Nine will kick off on November 8 at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Penn & Teller theater will be venue and over the next few months we will learn everything possible about the participants.
Below are the final table chip counts and starting positions courtesy of WSOP.com:
- Seat 1: Zvi Stern – 29,800,000 (74 bb)
- Seat 2: Pierre Neuville – 21,075,000 (52 bb)
- Seat 3: Joshua Beckley – 11,800,000 (27 bb)
- Seat 4: Max Steinberg – 20,200,000 (50 bb)
- Seat 5: Thomas Cannuli – 12,250,000 (30 bb)
- Seat 6: Joe McKeehen – 63,100,000 (160 bb)
- Seat 7: Patrick Chan – 6,225,000 (15 bb)
- Seat 8: Federico Butteroni – 6,200,000 (15 bb)
- Seat 9: Neil Blumenfield – 22,000,000 (55 bb)
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