The WSOP 2011 has finally ended or at least its summer section, as the Main Event will only be completed in November. But the final nine players who will participate in its final table are now known under the nickname of the ‘November Nine’.

6865 players had enrolled in the main event, less than last year but still a more than honorable number given that Black Friday had removed the possibility to qualify through satellite tournaments at Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker or the Cereus Network. There were some players from smaller rooms such as Carbon Poker and its nice Carbon Poker Bonus Code, but less than usual.

This year there is no famous pro at the final table, unlike previous years. In 2010 we had Michael Mizrachi and in 2009 Phil Ivey, plus a bunch of pros. This year there is only one notable pro but he is pretty much unknown to most poker aficionados as he only rose to poker stardom this year with a meteoric rise. Ben Lamb indeed already won a WSOP bracelet. He made two additional final tables and is now the leading candidate for the coveted title of ‘Player of the Year’.

We will have to wait four months to watch this most anticipated final table, but one sure thing is that you will hear about Ben and the other eight lucky finalists. No one will come home with less than $782k, but more significantly the World Champion will pocket the cool sum of $8,711,956.

Clearly a life changer.

Ben Lamb who already has more than $2 million in WSOP winnings is the one player you are going to hear about. Beyond his 2011 WSOP bracelet he has won other poker championships as well as significant online poker tournaments such as one event at the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), which is an online poker competition created by PokerStars.