Each year, an elite class of poker players makes it to the November Nine; a prestigious title designated for the last 9 players standing in the World Series of Poker Main Event. This year, Dutch poker pro Jorryt van Hoof has received the ultimate honor of leading the November Nine as the highest chip stack around the felt as the group waits to reconvene on November 10. Let’s take a brief look at van Hoof’s poker profile and how he got to this point.
Hailing from Eindhoven in the North Brabant Province of the Netherlands, Jorryt van Hoof has been playing poker for more than a decade, but it wasn’t his first passion. The Dutchman started playing his first card game, Magic: The Gathering, at the age of 12. As he grew up, he took an interest in industrial engineering, but soon gave up those studies to become co-owner of GameForce, a gaming store he helped open in his home town. Van Hoof’s ardor for Magic: The Gathering helped enhance the business as many of their customers were fellow players, but his enthusiasm for card playing had begun to mature as he steadily converted to poker games.
Now 31 years of age, the Dutch poker pro owns an online poker training website, NederPoker.com, and although his live and online poker tournament cashes only amount $358,580 – less than half of what he’s guaranteed to win before the 2014 WSOP Main Event is over – van Hoof is easily considered to be one of the most experienced poker pros among the November Nine. What the statistics don’t document is his prowess at online cash games.
Jorryt van Hoof is a Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) specialist who generally plays the mid- to high-level stakes on PokerStars under the moniker ‘TheCleaner11’. HighStakesDB shows him being up $142k since the summer of 2011, but the database only clocks high-stakes action of NL $25/$50 and above, and it’s well known that he’s been owning the virtual felt on PokerStars at stakes od $5/$10 and up since at least 2006.
The young Dutchman’s largest recorded live event cash to date came in the 2007 Master Classics of Poker in Amsterdam. Jorryt went deep into the money in the €5k NLHE event, but left the final table early with a 7th place finish that earned him $67,790. That’s a far cry less than the $730,725 he is guaranteed to walk away with when the November Nine meet back up in the Penn & Teller Theater in Las Vegas two months from now.
Considering the Dutch poker pro will carry the largest stack of chips back to the felt, chances are he will earn much more than the minimum for a 9th place finish, but anything can happen on the poker world’s most prestigious of stages. Van Hoof ended Day 7 of the 2014 WSOP Main Event with 38,375,000 chips in front of him; 5.6 million more than his nearest rival, Felix Stephensen.
2014 WSOP November Nine Players and Chip Counts
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