- Philadelphian McKeehen has twice the chips of other eight foes
- Tournament restarts in November, paying winner $7.68 million
Daniel Negreanu, poker’s all-time tournament money leader, exited the World Series of Poker’s main event in 11th place as the final table was set.
Joe McKeehen, a 24-year-old from the Philadelphia suburb of North Wales, has 63.1 million chips in the no-limit Texas hold’em world championship -- more than twice his nearest competitor -- with nine men remaining. The event, the last of 68 at the annual World Series of Poker, began July 5 and now will pause until the final table is played out in November. The tournament is being held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Negreanu’s 11th-place finish matched his career best in the event, which began with 6,420 entrants. Facing McKeehen on his final hand after a flop of ace-king-10, Negreanu moved all in for 5.8 million chips with ace-4. McKeehen called, showing jack-3. The river card was a queen, giving McKeehen a straight and sending Negreanu home with $526,778.
“Knocked out Negreanu and made 500 new enemies here at Rio,” McKeehen said on Twitter after ousting his opponent, one of poker’s top ambassadors.
A 40-year-old who has six gold bracelets for winning WSOP events, Negreanu has earned $30.6 million in poker tournaments to lead the all-time ranking, according to the Hendon Mob poker database. McKeehen has won about $2 million, and the remaining nine players are now guaranteed at least a million-dollar payday. The champion will win $7.68 million.
McKeehen is joined by five other Americans among the group known as the November Nine. In second place, with 29.8 million chips, is Israeli Zvi Stern. Belgian Pierre Neuville has 21.1 million chips and at 72 is the oldest person ever to make the November Nine. Italian Federico Butteroni is ninth with 6.2 million.
The final table will play out from November 8-10.