Amateur Player Beats the November Nine

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2011. February 10. |
An extraordinary tournament took place in the Foxwoods Resort Casino recently, 2010 WSOP November Niners sat down to play against amateurs. The outcome? Interesting.
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Ben Hopkins

The invitational tournament at the Foxwoods Resort Casino didn't attract players because of the $15,000 prize pool, but instead of the fact that the 9 final tablists did also play the event. They played against 18 randomly selected amateur players and Bernard Lee, representing Foxwoods casino, ESPN commentator Lon McEachern and poker publisher Kasey Thompson.

The pros however, wanted to "up the ante" so they added $5,000 each as a side bet, which the best November Niner would win.

This player, contrary to expectations wasn't Jonathan Duhamel, since he was eliminated 5th, when he went all-in with {#}A {#}J against Ben Hopkins' {#}5 {#}5 . Duhamel was good on the {#}A {#}J {#}4 flop, the {#}3 turn did not improve Hopkins, but with the {#}5 river, he bested Duhamel's pair with a set. The best pro player came to be Matt Jarvis, who made it to the heads-up, but eventually he got beat by the amateur, who caught his bluff with 3rd pair, and after that Jarvis overplayed his {#}K {#}J against Hopkins' {#}A {#}Q on a dry board.

In this interview, Matt Jarvis talks about the ongoing tournament, plus the other side bets they had with the other players.



Final results:

1. Ben Hopkins $5,000
2. Matt Jarvis $3,000
3. Bill Raynor $2,000
4. Anthony Palladino $1,000
5. Jonathan Duhamel $1,000
6. Bernard Lee $1,000
7. Michael Mizrachi $500
8. Joseph Washington $500
9. Rich Grygeil $500
10. Mark Walsh $500


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