It took just a matter of minutes to reach our November Nine after the final ten players merged into one table on the ESPN featured stage. Unfortunately it was Jordan “scarface_79″ Smith who fell just short of etching his name in history.
Smith began the unofficial final table with 15,430,000 chips but they were all sent to Darvin Moon after a colossal hand that took place moments ago. With the blinds at 120K/240K ante 30K Eric Buchman raised to 650K, Darvin Moon called from the button and Smith raised to 2.6 million from the small blind. Buchman folded and Moon came along for the ride. The flop rolled out 842 and Smith checked to Moon, who fired out 4 million. Smith moved all in for around 13 million and Moon insta-called. Smith tabled pocket aces but found out the bad news when Moon flipped over his pocket eights for the nuts.
After the tournament staff sorted out the total chip numbers the dealer revealed the 5 on the turn and T river to eliminated Smith in 10th place for $896,730. The entire Amazon Room was in disbelief as play ended just before 11:00 p.m. local time.
With Smith exit the final nine players bagged up their chips, filled out their bio sheets and took a group photo before heading out of the Rio as some of the happiest people on the planet. One of them is our very own Joe “jcada99″ Cada, who finished Day 1B as the chip leader and grinded his way all the way to Day 8 before locking up a seat at the biggest final table in poker. We’ll have Cada’s final chip count for you as soon as it becomes available.
Here’s a look at the 2009 World Series of Poker November Nine:
Seat 1: Darvin Moon
Seat 2: James Akenhead
Seat 3: Phil Ivey
Seat 4: Kevin Schaffel
Seat 5: Steven Begleiter
Seat 6: Eric Buchman
Seat 7: Joe “jcada99″ Cada
Seat 8: Antoine Saout
Seat 9: Jeff Shulman