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.
Jay Farber played the World Series of Poker Main Event last year but failed to cash, now the 28-year-old will start the November Nine fourth in chips.
Farber is a UC Santa Barbara business graduate and it appears that poker is a hobby for the Las Vegas VIP Host that originally hails from Doylestown, Penn. His poker résumé shows 12th- and 14th-place finishes in 2010 Deep Stack Extravaganza events for a combined $2,155 — until he hit the $733,224 he's guaranteed for making the final table of the Main Event, which happens to be his first-ever WSOP cash.
“It’s funny. I kind of fell out of poker,” Farber said. “When I first moved to Vegas I wanted to play professionally. I was playing a lot of cash games and I ended up just getting a job working in nightlife and that kind of took up all of my time. Now, finally, I’ve made it to a point where I can take enough time off to play the Main Event ... and I just happened to get really lucky to be where I’m at now.”
Farber learned to play poker with friends and now he's facing off on the world's biggest poker stage come November with eight others all hoping to be the last one standing. He's in pretty good position at the start of the final table with short stacks to his left and big stacks to his right. Besides, he had a cheering section on the days leading up to the final table that should give him the extra push he might need to conquer all — Vanessa Selbst, Ben Lamb, and Chance Kornuth are part of his back-up team from the Vegas Clubs.
Sarah Grant interviews Farber after the final table was set.
Our introduction to other featured November Nine players, to date:
- David Benefield
- Ryan Riess
- Michiel Brummelhuis
- Marc McLaughlin
- JC Tran
- Mark Newhouse
- Sylvain Loosli.
We have more on the way, be sure to check back.
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