The 2015 November Nine kicked off with a whimper, maybe not a bang. The focus was on players tanking and acting as if they had little interest in actually playing poker on the first day of play Sunday night.
Patrick Chan came to the WSOP Main Event final dining table Sunday with a small stack that lasted precisely two fingers.
Federico Butteroni’s crowd looks in since the Italian found himself all in during the November Nine with a hand dominated by chip frontrunner Joe McKeehen. (Image: ESPN broadcast of WSOP)
Chan woke up with K♠Q♣ in the small blind, facing an all-in bet by overwhelming chip leader Joe McKeehen. After careful consideration, Chan made the decision with just 16 big blinds. In a near coin-flip situation, it was McKeehen holding on to bust the short stack.
The excitement at the table that is final and ended with that hand. More than five hours later on, if the session concluded, viewers were left wondering whether the majority of the players were just searching to move up the pay slots, or were actually interested in winning the competition.
Stern and Neuville Put Viewers on Tilt
36-year-old Israeli Ofer Zvi Stern and 72-year old Belgian Pierre Neuville received critique from viewers for tanking, specially Stern. Neuville took approximately 10 moments to act almost every time after looking at his cards, even though he hardly ever played a hand.
In fact, Neuville was on […]