Update on November Nine Player Sam Holden

October 29, 2011

The only Brit at the WSOP Main Event Final Table, 22-year-old Sam Holden is one of the nine final players that will compete for the world champion of poker title next month, eight of them becoming millionaires. 2011 was Holden’s first time at the WSOP, and now he will be seated in Seat 6 with 12.375 million chips—the shortest stack of all.

Since the WSOP has been on break, Holden has been playing poker in between media stuff throughout Europe in hopes to prepare for the final table of what is the most important moment in his career as of yet—the final table of the WSOP Main Event. He played in the World Poker Tour Paris, but was knocked out of the tournament on Day 2. He also played in a made-for-television tournament in Edinburgh, as well as some online poker.

While Holden kept much of his preparation strategy under wraps so as not to reveal too much to his opponents, he did admit to studying his own game as well as the weaknesses of the other players. He hopes to learn as much extra information about his opponents as he can before they meet back up in November, taking into consideration that every player will have changed over the break just due to the simple reason that people change and that being in the November
Nine has changed the way everyone will play and feel when they return.

He says, “It’s been crazy,” he said. “As you can imagine it’s pretty life-changing, especially for me who is coming from a low-profile poker background to being in the November Nine. … I like to think that I’m taking it all in stride and doing the best I can.”


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