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As many of you already know, the WSOP is upon us. On Sunday night, 3 players were eliminated from the main event: Patrick Chan, Federico Butteroni, and Pierre Neuville. Before we watch the six remaining players, we want you to get to know them better.
Chip Leader: Joe McKeehen
Joe McKeehen starts off in a great place tonight. He leads the table at 91,450,000 chips. McKeehen hails from a suburb of Philly and has an estimated $3,514,982 in live earnings, according to the Hendon Mob Database. His index ranking is 113th, and he rounds out Pennsylvania’s top 10 money list in 7th place. McKeehen confesses his love for pro sports, his hatred for the Mets, and his support for the Eagles. You can follow him on his Twitter account, but we’d honestly rather follow someone who does less complaining.
Ofer Zvi Stern
Mr. Stern, whose full name we cannot correctly pronounce, currently follows McKeehen in 2nd place for chip count. He starts off tonight at 32,400,000 chips. Stern hails from Ramat, Israel, and boasts $1,578,890 in total live earnings. He ranks at 5th place on Israel’s all time earnings list and 823rd in the GPI ranking. Stern says that “traveling for poker tournaments is [his] passion.” You can catch a PokerNews interview with him here.
Neil Blumenfield of San Fransisco comes in at 3rd so far with 31,500,000 chips. Blumenfield, who recently partnered with 888Poker, boasts live career earnings of $1,595,357. He lands at 116 on the California earnings list and 660 in the GPI rankings. Blumenfield offered up a heartfelt story of his wins and losses this past year to Lee Davy of CalvinAyre.com: “The biggest change in my life was right before the Main Event…. [I] was heading back to the Main Event in two weeks. During those two weeks, I was laid off from my job.” You can find the full interview here.
The next man on our list hails from Iowa. Steinberg, now a resident of Oakland, CA, makes his living from poker and enjoys amateur wrestling and fantasy sports on the side. His total live earnings exceed $3.38 million, and he comes in at 36th place on the California money list. His GPI ranking falls at 1,378. Steinberg has a personal website dedicated to his poker and fantasy sports accomplishments. You can also follow his Twitter account. If you can get past the narcissism, he seems like a nice guy – we wish him luck.
Beckley, coming in at 4th place in today’s start, holds $1,671,664 in live career earnings and roughly $29,000 in online earnings. GPI ranks him at 491st and he places 24th in the NJ all time money list. Beckley, who still lives in Marlton, NJ, plays poker for a living. The 2015 WSOP was his first chance to play a WSOP main event. You can follow Beckley on Twitter as well.
Our 6th place player thus far enters tonight just behind Beckley with 10,425,000 chips. Thomas Cannuli also calls Jersey home, coming from the town of Erma. He is one of the youngest players to ever make the final table, at barely 23 years old. This doesn’t deter the youngster, who has a whole host of pros supporting him, allegedly including Michael Phelps. Though he has a disadvantage in the fact that he has spent much less time in casinos, he comes in at 1,849th in the GPI rankings and 32 in the NJ money list. As a young hopeful in the sport, he officially has our vote. Visit his Twitter account to get to know him better.
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