PokerWorks presents the starting line-up for the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, the final nine that survived a grueling 10-day trial of poker competition with a field of 6,352 hopefuls. Each member of the final nine will be profiled in the coming days — in no particular order of importance.
Michiel Brummelhuis is a 31-year-old that hails from Amsterdam. Since 2004 he's won $174,170 in seven WSOP cashes but his career poker earnings come to over $670,000. WSOP wins include a sixth-place finish in the 2008 WSOP Event #9 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed for $53,314 and seventh in the 2009 WSOP Event #33 $10,000 World Championship Limit Hold’em for $67,647.
Brummelhuis plays in the online poker arena under "utreg" and has done very well there; winning the PokerStars Super Tuesday back in 2011 when he scooped $65,235 for topping a 319-player field and previously taking down a $1,000 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) event for $144,000. The November Nine guarantees at least $733,224 to all final table players this year and he sped past his lifetime earnings in one giant jump off the starting block.
Brummelhuis begins with 11.275 million and holds seventh place in chips when the final table kicks off this fall. His position has Mark Newhouse seated immediately to his left and Newhouse is eighth in chips. The next two players to his left have big stacks - Ryan Riess and Amir Lehavot. Their previous play was 'snug' and if they hold the same pattern, it could be a huge advantage for Brummelhuis.
Brummelhuis is going to be a dad shortly; he's expecting a baby boy in September and this is his first child. He's the first-ever Dutch player to reach the WSOP Main Event final table — Marcel Luske is the only Dutch player that ever came close, finishing in 10th place in 2004. Brummelhuis has all the ingredients to be a crowd favorite, along with looking forward to fatherhood, he's humble, relaxed, and has a likable personality. If Brummelhuis takes down the gold, it will be the fourth-ever bracelet win from the Netherlands.
Lynn Gilmartin interviews Brummelhuis after the November Nine was set:
Our introduction to other featured November Nine players, to date:
We have more on the way, be sure to check back.
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