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WSOP 2015 nine Day One Reveals an Evening of Tanking and Passive Play november

The 2015 November Nine kicked off having a whimper, perhaps not a bang. The focus was on players tanking and acting as if they had little interest in actually playing poker on the first day of play Sunday night.

Patrick Chan came to the WSOP Main Event final table Sunday by having a small stack that lasted precisely two arms.

Federico Butteroni’s crowd looks on since the Italian found himself all in during the November Nine with a hand dominated by chip frontrunner Joe McKeehen. (Image: ESPN broadcast of WSOP)

Chan woke up with K♠Q♣ in the blind that is small facing an all-in bet by overwhelming chip leader Joe McKeehen. After consideration, Chan made the decision with just 16 big blinds. In a near coin-flip situation, it was McKeehen holding on to bust the stack that is short.

The excitement during the last dining table began and ended with that hand. More than five hours later, whenever session concluded, viewers were left wondering whether all of the players were just searching to move up the pay slots, or were really interested in winning the competition.

Stern and Neuville viewers that are put Tilt

36-year-old Israeli Ofer Zvi Stern and 72-year old Belgian Pierre Neuville received criticism from viewers for tanking, specially Stern. Neuville took approximately 10 seconds to act nearly every time after looking at his cards, despite the fact that he hardly ever played a hand.

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