Can "JohnnyBax" Take Home $8 Million?

Published on July 19th, 2016 6:15 pm EST

Cliff Josephy chip stack at the World Series of Poker 2016 - Main EventThe final table of this year's World Series of Poker main event has now been set, with a familiar name taking the chip lead into November.

Those who have been following the online poker scene since prior to "Black Friday" surely recognize the "JohnnyBax" alias. This alias belongs to Cliff Josephy, who was a dominant force in the online tournament scene prior to Pokerstars pulling out of the United States.

After "Black Friday", Josephy shifted his focus to "live" poker tournaments and has achieved a great deal of success. In 2013, Josephy took down the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event at the World Series of Poker for $299,486 - on top of that, Josephy has also had multiple five and six figure cashes.

This year, however, could be Josephy's crowning achievement as a professional poker player as he closes in on the main event title. Josephy is the chip leader of the "November Nine" and surely has the edge to win, given his experience and chip stack.


Here is this year's "November Nine":

Cliff Josephy, 74,600,000
Qui Nguyen, 67,925,000
Gordon Vayo, 49,375,000
Kenny Hallaert, 43,325,000
Michael Ruane, 31,600,000
Vojtech Ruzicka, 27,300,000
Griffin Benger, 26,175,000
Jerry Wong, 10,175,000
Fernando Pons, 6,150,000


All nine of the remaining players are guaranteed a minimum of $1,000,000 for making it to the final table. Here are the final table payouts:

1st, $8,000,000
2nd, $4,658,452
3rd, $3,451,175
4th, $2,574,808
5th, $1,934,579
6th, $1,463,906
7th, $1,250,000
8th, $1,100,000
9th, $1,000,000


The remaining 9 players will return to action at the end of October - the final table will be broadcast live on ESPN.


Filed Under: The World Series of Poker

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