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2016 WSOP Main Event Winner - Qui Nguyen

The final November Nine was probably the best. Qui Nguyen kept things exciting, and he certainly deserved his victory.

The pace of play was excellent. The action moved along steadily once the controversial William Kassouf, the human rain delay, busted in 17th place.1

This was the first November Nine where the ninth, eighth, and seventh place players going in busted out in order. Belgian Kenny Hallaert ended the run by exiting in sixth from his original fourth place. Although the table started with only five Americans, when Vojtech Rozicka left in fifth place, the remaining four were all Americans. At that point Michael Ruane was short-stacked, and his strategy of waiting for someone else to bust out so he could move up one place failed. The initial chip leader Cliff Josephy was then undone by losing a massive pot with a set of Twos to Gordon Vayo's set of Threes, which vaulted Vayo into the chip lead.

After Josephy exited a few hands later, Nguyen simply dominated the heads-up action even though it lasted a November Nine-record 182 hands. Nguyen was the aggressor on almost every hand, picking up almost every small and medium pot. Vayo's lead disappeared quickly, but he won a couple of big pots to get it back twice. Ultimately though, his wins became too small to stop the bleeding. He survived one all-in by backdooring a flush, but on the final hand, his suited connectors were taken down by Nguyen's dominating cards.

Nguyen was the most aggressive player at the table, and he pulled off more than a few good bluffs, which was great poker.

Surprisingly, he became the first November Niner to win after starting second in chips.

November Nine Winners by Starting Position

Starting PositionWinners
1stJonathan Duhamel (2010), Joe McKeehen (2015)
2ndQui Nguyen (2016)
3rdGreg Merson (2012)
4thPeter Eastgate (2008)
5thJoe Cada (2009), Ryan Riess (2013)
6thnone
7thPius Heinz (2011)
8thMartin Jacobson (2014)
9thnone

Amazingly, Nguyen was also the first winner of the November Nine era who wasn't 20-something years old. At 39, he's the same age as Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, and Jerry Yang, who won in 2004, 2005, and 2007. Robert Varkonyi remains the last 40-year-old to win (2002).

And of course, he became the second Nguyen to win the Main Event after Scotty Nguyen in 1998.

2016 November Nine Final Results

FinishPlayerPrizeStartStart Chips
1stQui Nguyen$8,005,310267,925,000
2ndGordon Vayo$4,661,228349,375,000
3rdCliff Josephy$3,453,035174,600,000
4thMichael Ruane$2,576,003531,600,000
5thVojtech Ruzicka$1,935,288627,300,000
6thKenny Hallaert$1,464,258443,325,000
7thGriffin Benger$1,250,190726,175,000
8thJerry Wong$1,100,076810,175,000
9thFernando Pons$1,000,00096,150,000

2016 World Series of Poker Main Event Summary

Year2016
Date7/9/2016 to 11/2/2016
Players6,737 (1,011 cashed)
WinnerQui Nguyen ($8,005,310, U.S.)
Runner-UpGordon Vayo ($4,661,228)
Final Table Bubble BoyJosh Weiss (10th, $650,000)
Money Bubble BoyAdam Furgatch (1,012th)
Last Former Champ StandingGreg Raymer (122nd, $49,108)
Last Woman StandingGaelle Baumann (102nd, $49,108)
Last Celebrity StandingJohn Arne Riise (did not cash)
In 50 Characters or LessNguyen controls final table; Kassouf annoys.

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