WSOP November 9 Profile: Sam Holden

July 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Poker News

The World Series of Poker 2011 Main Event has reached the final table stages.  Play has now adjourned until November, and the lucky few in the final table, known as the November Nine, now have a few months to think, plan, prepare, and perhaps panic, while they wait for play to resume.

So, let’s take a chance to get to know the November Nine.  First up is Sam Holden, the short stack of the tournament.  Holden, from the United Kingdom, holds just 12,375,000 in chips.

This situation, however, should not phase Holden.  He was the short stack for most of the time during the last few days of the World Series of Poker Main Event.  Holden, however, is patient, and good at choosing when to be aggressive, and when to wait. Those skills are what earned him his seat at the final table.  His stack, while a far cry from the chip leader’s, is not desperately short, and he should be able to survive without getting too badly bullied at the table.

Holden is 22 years old, and hails from Canterbury, England.  He has little live tournament experience, with just three major live cashes in his history.  His cash winnings so far total just $11,000 – so even if he busts out in ninth place at his first huge tournament, he’ll still walk away happy.  He is guaranteed at least $782,115 from his spot in the World Series of Poker Main Event final table.  That will be a significant increase to his cash total.

Holden’s live play experience may be limited, but he is not a stranger to online tournaments.  he plays online under the name of SamDMND, and has more than $285, 000 in online tournament winnings.  He has been a professional poker player for just over a year.  He has been playing for longer than that, but chose to finish his studies at the University of Kent before going full time.  Perhaps it’s that patience and intelligence that served him so well during his time at the bottom of the pack during the main event.

Sam Holden is percieved as something of a dark horse by most betting sites.  He has long odds compared to most of the other players, with only amateur player Badih Bounahra of Belize, who is currently sixth in the chip count stakes, sharing similar odds at this time.

Holden’s patience is his best attribute, but it remains to be seen whether he will be able to de-throne the top two players.  Staszko and O’Dea are both well positioned to win, but anything can happen once play resumes.

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