A SPANIARD is in line for a hefty $10 million (€7.9 million) payday if he can outplay, outwit and outlast eight other poker players at the biggest international poker event of the year.
Andoni Larrabe, aged 22, from the Basque region, is one of the lucky ‘November Nine’ at this year’s World Series of Poker main event, the largest and most coveted of all tournaments on the world poker calendar. The winner will take home a cool $10 million and the bragging rights of being crowned the best poker player in the world.
Having already outlasted more than 6,500 players from 87 different countries, Larrabe will need to keep a cool head and have his wits about him if he is to make a serious challenge for the title and the massive cash prize.
The professional poker player, who now lives in the UK, will be hoping to emulate the 2001 success of fellow Spaniard Carlos Mortensen, who took home the championship bracelet and the cash prize of $1.5 million (€1.9 million).
The World Series main event is played out every year at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, USA, with the main bulk of the tournament taking place during July. Once the competitors are whittled down to the final nine, the lucky finalists take a well-earned break until play resumes with the final table on November 10.
Larrabe will go into the final lying sixth in terms of chip counts, which puts him in a reasonable position to outlast other players and perhaps even go on to win the entire event. Even should he be the first to go bust and finish ninth, he would still take home a very respectable $730,725 (€575,500). To date during his poker careers, Larrabe has won $341,266 (€269,000).