He’s heading into the final table at the Main Event in 7th place with 26,175,000 chips: WSOP November Nine participant Griffin Benger is only one double-up away from the 2nd place in chips.
Regardless of the final outcome, this tournament is already the largest win of his career. All top nine players receive at least $1 million guaranteed. However, Benger wants to be crowned 2016 world champion and has set his sights on the 1st place payout of $8 million.
On October 30, the Rio in Las Vegas will be the decor for the resuming play. A remaining six players will come back on October 31 after the first three players bust. On November 1 a champion will be crowned after three more eliminations have followed. The final table will be televised on a 30-minute delay on ESPN.
At the final table of this Main Event, the 31-year old Toronto native, Benger, might just be the most skillful player that is remaining. Both in live events, as well as online, the online poker pro proved to be able to compete at the highest level.
In order to prepare for the final table, he even stepped down as lead commentator for the Global Poker League. So far, only one Canadian won the world’s most prestigious poker event, Jonathan Duhamel (2001). Will Benger become the second Canadian-born player to win the event?
It might be a good idea to avoid the game if you happen to see ‘Flush_Entity’ at an online poker table. This is the online identity of Benger, who reached to the top of the online poker world rankings in 2014.
“Between Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars, the November Niner has made over $5 million lifetime in internet poker games. He has something in common with one of his final table opponents”.
One of the greatest online poker pros of all-time is the chip leader, Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy. Right now they both don’t care which of the player is the better online player. The final table on October 30 is what matters.
In contrast with many other poker pros, Benger first claimed fame as the top ranked Counter-Strike computer game player in the world, and not with poker.
If the cards fall his way, Benger has more than enough chips to make a run at the title!