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Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #22 Dean Hamrick

December 10th, 2010 No comments
Dean Hamrick

Once known as the first bubble of the November 9, Dean Hamrick wins a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2010

In 2008, the World Series of Poker introduced a concept that was new to the poker community called “The November 9.”  The WSOP Main Event was stopped when play reached the final table in July, and would resume play in November, offering the WSOP the chance to market the 9 players who made it through to the final table, provide for better TV ratings, and let the players secure deals and sponsorships for the big event.  It was common practice by the time that they did it this year, but in 2008 the process was brand new, and nobody really knew if it was going to be a good idea or a bad idea, and what it would really mean for the players.  So when the play wore down to just 10 remaining players at one table at the 2008 Main Event, the goal wasn’t “just make the November 9.”  The goal was “put myself in a position to win the event.”

With that in mind, Dean Hamrick opened a pot by moving all in for his last 3.2 million chips, and Craig Marquis moved in over the top of him.  When the cards were turned up, it was As-Jc for Hamrick, and Qh-Qc for Marquis. Read more…