The 2015 November Nine kicked off with a whimper, perhaps 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 stumbled on the WSOP Main Event table that is final having a small stack that lasted precisely two hands.
Federico Butteroni’s crowd looks in since the Italian discovered himself all in during the nine with a hand dominated by chip leader Joe McKeehen november. (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 call with simply 16 blinds that are big. In a near coin-flip situation, it was McKeehen securing to bust the short stack.
The excitement during the table that is final and ended with that hand. More than five hours later on, as soon as the session concluded, viewers were left wondering whether all of the players were just looking to move up the pay slots, or were actually interested in winning the tournament.
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, especially Stern. Neuville took approximately 10 moments to act nearly every time after looking at his cards, even though he hardly ever played a hand.