The WSOP’s Main Event will pick up again on November 8 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas after the original field of 6,420 entrants was whittled down to just nine.
Joseph McKeehen of Pennsylvania, whose chip count entering the final table is 63,100,100, remains the favorite to win at online sportsbook Sportsbook, currently sitting at +175 in the updated odds. The most notable shift in the odds since July belongs to California native Max Steinberg. He ranks fifth in chip count, but has moved up the odds list from fifth to second at +350. The top non-American is Zvi Stern of Israel who’s currently second in chip count and third in the odds at +450.
A list of props is also available for the final table, including the color of the last river card, the number of hands at the final table (293 in 2014's final table), and the nationality of the Sportsbook. Of the nine players, six are Americans, including three out of the top five chip leaders, making an American the favorite to win at -300.
The 2015 World Series of Poker is officially down to the November Nine with overall chip leader Joseph McKeehen sitting as the 7/5 betting favorite at Sportsbook to win the grand prize worth $7,680,021.
Despite that total being the lowest amount of money awarded to first place in 10 years, McKeehen has a huge lead on the eight other competitors at the final table with 63,100,000 chips, which is more than double that of the second-place player.
The WSOP’s Main Event will pick up again on November 8 at the Penn & Teller Theater in Las Vegas after the original field of 6,420 entrants was cut down to just nine, with each member of the final table guaranteed more than $1 million apiece. McKeehen, a native of North Wales, Pa., is a two-time WSOP circuit ring Sportsbook and finished as the runner-up in the $1,500 buy-in “Monster Stack” No-limit Hold’em event last year.
To participate in the Main Event, each player must put up $10,000 to enter, with this year’s prize pool worth more than $60 million. Four other players in the November Nine currently have more than 20 million chips remaining, giving themselves a decent shot at topping McKeehen even though the odds are stacked against them. Zvi Stern (4/1 at Sportsbook) has 29,800,000 chips left followed by Neil Blumenfield (6/1) with 22,000,000, Pierre Neuville (6/1) with 21,075,000 and Max Steinberg (7/1) with 20,200,000.
Of that second tier of players, Stern (Israel) and Neuville (Belgium) each entered the WSOP from overseas while Blumenfield (San Francisco) and Steinberg (Oakland) both hail from California. Steinberg has an interesting story on how he ended up at the Main Event, winning the $10,000 buy-in as the first-place prize in an NBA satellite event through a daily fantasy sports website back in April.
The other four competitors in the November Nine are Thomas Cannuli (12/1), Joshua Beckley (12/1), Patrick Chan (25/1) and Federico Butteroni (25/1). Cannuli and Beckley are each from New Jersey and the only other members of the final table with more than 10 million chips. Chan (Brooklyn) and Butteroni (Italy) have less than 1/10 the amount of chips as McKeehen.