Andoni Larrabe of the 2014 WSOP November Nine

The 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event is all but finished and the final table is stacking up to be a great one. In this profile, we’ll learn a bit about Andoni Larrabe, the fourth highest chip stack (22,550,000) coming into the final table. He’s a special kind of poker player with multifarious talents and a keen perception for nurturing advantageous situations.

At just 22 years of age, Andoni Larrabe is the youngest member of the November nine, not to mention the very first Spaniard to be named an elite member of that group. He hails from the northern coast of Spain, an area known as the Basque Region, and though he is the first from his country to make the November Nine, he isn’t the first to final table the WSOP Main Event. Andoni is hoping to repeat fellow countryman Carlos Mortensen’s Championship victory of 2001.

His story is one of instant success, but primarily on the virtual felt. Since the age of 18, Larrabe has been playing online poker under the alias “pollopopeye”, earning the majority of his 7-figure career cashes on PokerStars. Since 2011, he pocketed more than $1.6 million in online poker tournaments alone. The Spanish poker pro first made headlines in 2012 when he won his first SCOOP event for $229k. He followed that up with a huge win in March of 2013 at what was then termed the largest ever Super Tuesday tournament on PokerStars. The original $300k GTD had inflated to $663k as pollopopeye outlasted a field of 663 to claim the bolstered $124k prize. Two months later, Larrabe captured his second SCOOP title and another $65.9k.

Andoni Larrabe doesn’t confine himself to the virtual tables, though. The young Spaniard has earned another $380k in the live tournament scene across just four cashes. The most notable was a 1st place routing at Event 18 of the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. He topped a field of 195 that day to cash in for $279k.

One thing that separates Larrabe from most of his fellow November Niners was his determination to not just make the final table, but to do so with a substantial amount of chips in front of him. When the 2014 WSOP Main Event came down to its last 10 players gathered around the unofficial final table, Larrabe knew that he had to make a move – go big or go home, as they say. Just 17 hands into play, he was dealt pocket Aces. Instead of looking to stay safe and make the November Nine with a marginal chip up, Andoni immediately shipped it all into the middle of the table.

The larger stack of the two, Luis Velador snuck a peak at AK and wasted no time in shoving back over the top of Larrabe. With everyone else moving out of the way, the dealer laid out the board: 58-K-8-6. Andoni doubled up and Velador found himself running on fumes. A few hands later, Mark Newhouse scooped the remainder of Velador’s chips as he became the unfortunate bubble boy of the 2014 WSOP November Nine.

The final table will reconvene on November 10th, 2014 as this year’s elite group of poker players battle it out for the top prize of $10,000,000 guaranteed.

2014 WSOP November Nine Players and Chip Counts

Jorryt van Hoof 38,375,000 Netherlands
Felix Stephensen 32,775,000 Norway
Mark Newhouse 26,000,000 USA
Andoni Larrabe 22,550,000 Spain
Dan Sindelar 21,200,000 USA
William Pappaconstantinou 17,500,000 USA
William Tonking 15,050,000 USA
Martin Jacobson 14,900,000 Sweden
Bruno Politano 12,125,000 Brazil

 

 

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