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Joe McKeehen Huge November Nine Favorite

Posted by: Mark Baldwing - Tue, 2015-08-04 05:40

Joe McKeehen Huge November Nine Favorite

Having finished the last day of the 2015 WSOP with a monster stack and a huge chip lead, November Niner Joe McKeehen is without a doubt the biggest favorite to pick up the title come the final table showdown in fall. Not only is McKeehen the huge mathematical favorite, he is also the most experienced player left in the running, so he has that advantage on his side too. With everything stacked so obviously in his favor, Mckeehen is probably under pressure to win: at this point, anything less would probably go down as a failure on his part.
The leader of the November Nine has almost $2 million in tournament earnings, so he's by no means a rookie likely to melt under pressure at the green felt. He has the skills, he has the ammo and now he has the eyes of the entire world-wide poker community on him as well.
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McKeehen started playing poker in 2003, around the popularity-explosion of the game, prompted by the WSOP victories of a couple of online qualifiers. His first major score came at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure: he took down a $2,150 NL Holdem Turbo event for a $116.2k prize. Poker success did not deter him from finishing school. Last summer, his successful poker run continued with a second place in the WSOP's $1.5k Monster Stack, a feat which netted him a $820.8k prize.
As far as the break before the November Nine showdown is concerned, McKeehen said he would use it to relax. He is also going to study the opposition of course, but he already has a treasure-trove of live reads on them, reads which he used to great effect during the run-up to the final table.
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