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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Updated: October 7, 10:52 AM ET
The November Nine

By Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman and Bernard Lee break down ESPN's Poker Pick 'Em.

The third installment of the November Nine at the World Series of Poker has created one of the most talented groups of players we've seen as of yet. From cash game specialists to solid tournament grinders, the nine players that remain in contention for the most coveted bracelet in the game are all extremely talented and definitely prepared for the final table.

Welcome to the second year of Poker Pick 'em on The game is simple: Pick the outcomes of 20 matchups regarding the 2010 main event final table. Need to know a little bit about the final nine to make your selections? I'm here to help.

Canadian Jonathan Duhamel leads the final nine with a substantial chip lead he was able to build during the five-hour 10-handed final table bubble in July. His constant aggression gave him enough chips to make him the favorite come November, but will he be able to hold onto them? John Dolan sits in second place and is the only other player, besides Duhamel, to hold an above-average stack. After Dolan, there's a grouping of budding poker superstars that will do whatever is necessary to chip up early and put themselves in contention.

Duhamel's presence at the top is really the second-most watched spot in the final nine. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi enters the final table in seventh place and all eyes will be on this poker superstar when action begins. Mizrachi won the $50,000 Players' Championship to kick off the 2010 WSOP for $1.5 million. He made two additional final tables this summer before the main event and if he somehow manages to pull off the comeback and win the main event, he'll most likely accomplish something that nobody will ever repeat: a win in the most presitgious event of the year and a win in the largest event of the year. Unfortunately for Mizrachi, that seventh-place spot has history. The two players to previously occupy that spot in the past two years were Chino Rheem and Phil Ivey and neither were able to make it past seventh … MORE

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