Michael Ruane has never gone this deep in a major tournament and thus is the New Jersey resident a surprising member of the 2016 WSOP November Nine.
When he sits down at the final table in Las Vegas on October 30th, he’ll be in uncharted territory.
He will have to show the world that he doesn’t wilt under pressure as the live ESPN cameras will be rolling continuously.
Prior to the Main Event, he has never been in the position of sitting at a featured television table event.
While the cameras were rolling, Ruane didn’t fold under pressure in July, so why would he now? He was already up against some stiff competition and he held his own. At the final table, it shouldn’t be any different.
Resume in Tournaments is Short
Prior to the Main Event, the 28-year old from Maywood, New Jersey, only cashed three winning at the WSOP since 2011. In total, he earned more than $13,934 in live tournament cashes.
Although he is a poker pro, Ruane, only played in two WSOP events this summer. In comparison to some of the other players who made a deep run in the Main Event, he just doesn’t have the live tournament experience.
Same Old Road to Poker Glory
After watching the poker game on TV, Ruane began playing poker (like many players). He was negatively impacted by the Black Friday scandal in 2011 like many other online poker pros.
He competed in several live European Poker Tour Events after he moved overseas to Europe so he could play online. In the United States, there was a big lack of online poker availability.
From Europe to Costa Rica, he spent time all over the world. Now he made more money than he ever could have dreamed after returning to the United States. He may even go from a $1 million winner to an $8 million winner if things go his way at the final table.
Ruane will start fifth best at the table with 31,600,000 chips. With 74,600,000 chips, the way is lead by Cliff Josephy. The final table begins October 30 on ESPN and with plenty of talent and chips, Ruane hopes to be dealt plenty of cards.