The November Nine WSOP 2015 edition has been set and the poker media will tell us everything we want to know about the participants over the next couple of months. Since its inception, the November Nine has made superstars out of everyday players and immortalized top players looking to make history.
What would happen if nine of the world’s top players went on the run of a lifetime at the same time? This Fantasy November Nine would be the greatest collection of poker talent in history. Check out our list below and let us know if they should be part of the Fantasy November Nine.
Phil Ivey is arguably the greatest poker player in the history of the game. The only accolade that has eluded him over the years is the WSOP Main Event title. He made the November Nine in 2009 but didn’t come close to winning.
If Ivey were to come into the November Nine with a reasonable chip stack, he would be tough to beat regardless of the field placed in front of him. While he wasn’t motivated to play many events during WSOP 2015, he does show up for the Main Event every year.
Throw in a few prop bets and Ivey could become motivated enough to take his first Main Event and move up to #1 on the All-Time Money List.
It’s no secret that the poker world wants Daniel Negreanu in the November Nine. His 11th place near miss a couple of weeks ago devastated the poker community. Imagine the uproar once he finally gets there.
Doc says my adrenal gland is weakened. I said, "Yours would be too if you played the main event for 7 days!" Suffering WSOP hangover lol— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 17, 2015
Negreanu is poker’s ambassador and despite the superstar power of this Fantasy November Nine, he would become the featured player. The worldwide swell of support for Negreanu would be insane and will likely result in the highest ratings in history for the November Nine broadcast.
Who wouldn’t love to see one last run for the 1976 and 1977 Main Event Champion? While technically “retired” from tournament poker, he proved in 2013 that he could still put together a deep run in the Main Event.
The reason I won't play the Super Seniors tournament is when I sat down and looked at all the old farts at the table.#realizediwastheoldest— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) July 16, 2015
The Godfather of Poker could become only the second man to win three Main Event tournaments in WSOP history. Stu Ungar is the other. Johnny Moss is credited with three titles, but his first came by popular vote.
Vanessa Selbst is already #1 on the Women’s All-Time Money List, tied for most bracelets all-time among women at three and the only woman to hold three open-field WSOP bracelets.
I was asked to tell my hand history in haiku form: 3bet Ace Jack off Didn't win; what else is new? Please go fuck yourself. Happy 4th!— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) July 4, 2015
It just makes sense that Selbst would become the first woman in history to win the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas. Selbst has skills that make her male counterparts jealous and a fearlessness that can earn her the title. Afterwards, she can use her legal skills to help her keep the lion’s share of her first place earnings.
The poker world needs Phil Hellmuth in the November Nine. Hellmuth is the poster child for success at the World Series of Poker and could top 20 bracelets before he ultimately walks away from the game.
Phil Hellmuth in the November Nine would be a media circus and he is probably the only player besides Negreanu that would be more than happy to talk about himself every day for the 3+ months leading up to the final table.
Hellmuth already is the only person ever to win the Main Event in multiple venues and he could become just the second player in history to win three Main Event tournaments.
Antonio Esfandiari has been one of the most popular players for years, but after winning the $1 Million Big One for ONE DROP in 2012, his game has gone to another level. Whether it was the bankroll boost from winning $18 million or the confidence gained from beating such an elite field, Esfandiari has been playing fantastic poker since.
Whatever it is that you may be doing at this very moment, embrace it, be in it FULLY and with presence. Even if you don't like it…#TheNow— Antonio Esfandiari (@MagicAntonio) April 22, 2015
Just looking at this summer alone, he finished in the money eight times and made his deepest run ever in the Main Event. It is just a matter of time before he makes the November Nine. Once there, expect him to be a contender to win it all.
Mario Ho has twice finished as the Last Woman Standing in the WSOP Main Event. She finished 75th in the 2010 Main Event and 77th last year. In addition to her two top 100 finishes, she also cashed in the 2012 Main Event and the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event.
Ho has two WSOP final table appearances, including a runner-up finish in the $5,000 NL Event in 2011. She certainly has the talent to make the November Nine and the skills needed to beat this stacked Fantasy November Nine field. She could become just the second female to win a WSOP Main Event title.
When he is at the top of his game, Michael Mizrachi is one of the most dominant NL Hold’em players in the world. He finished 5th in the 2010 Main Event and was the chip leader for a time before a couple crucial mistakes cost him his first Main Event title.
Mizrachi has proven himself a champion and is the only player in WSOP history to win the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship twice. If he were to make another November Nine with chips, he would have an excellent shot at winning.
How many of us watched Rounders and instantly started researching on how to become a professional poker player? For many, Erik Seidel is more recognized for appearing in that film than for his stellar poker career.
Seidel is #3 on Poker’s All-Time Money List and has eight WSOP bracelet victories. He also has two Main Event final tables. In addition to the 1988 runner-up finish featured in Rounders, Seidel finished fourth in the 1999 Main Event.
Playing the main event today, smells like delusion in here (me too)— Erik Seidel (@Erik_Seidel) July 5, 2015
Since 2011, Seidel has won over $15 million and is one of the most consistent performers in the game. If he were to make the November Nine, we feel that the third time may be the charm for this Poker Hall of Famer.
Who Will Win?
If the above players were to make the Fantasy November Nine, who would win? Would Daniel Negreanu or Phil Ivey’s skill prevail or do Doyle Brunson and Erik Seidel have a few old school moves left in their arsenal?
What about the women? Can Vanessa Selbst continue to make history or will Maria Ho become the Ultimate Last Woman Standing?
Of course, let’s not forget Phil Hellmuth. He can dodge bullets after all. Can he dodge Mizrachi, Esfandiari and the others to take his third Main Event title and 15th bracelet overall?