By Paul Hewson
Are we about to witness another WSOP-inspired poker boom? This year's “November Nine” final table at the Main Event features players from four countries, ranging in age from 23 to 72. No women again this year, sadly, and no Daniel Negreanu; he busted out in 11th place. But there are enough personalities at this final table to give every poker fan a reason to tune in Sunday night (8:30 PM ET, ESPN) when the cards start flying.
Here's a quick look at this year's November Nine, listed in order of seat number, with their chip counts (M = 1 million) and their odds at press time to win the Main Event.
1. Ofer Zvi Stern (29.8M; +450)
Thanks to Bodog I find myself sitting at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, waiting eagerly for my flight to Toronto. I’m on my way to witness firsthand the Toronto Raptors’ tremendous season campaigned by their “We, The North” slogan. I plan on joining the outgoing and energetic fans of the Air Canada centre as they rally around the team. The crowd is often entertained by Drake, Canada’s biggest rap icon.
Hoping to continue the trend of winning, I will head to “The Entertainment Capital of the World,” as Las Vegas likes to call itself. I will be testing my skills, but more importantly my luck at cashing in against the best amateur and pro poker players in the world. With my first class experience from playing poker on Bodog, I intend on cashing out big.