Cliff Josephy had a rather lean period during the last couple of years on the poker circuit with his last impressive cashout being at the 2013 World Series of Poker (WSOP) when he won the $ 3,000 No Limit Hold’em – Shootout (Event #9) and took home $299,486. Josephy is an accomplished poker player having won more than $2.6 million in career prize money based on the Hendon Mob.
He had a great run at the 2016 WSOP Main Event and finished as the leader among the November Nine with a chip count of 74,600,000. The Main Event saw a total of 6,737 registrations from 79 different countries taking part and after a period of 10 grueling days, Josephy qualified for the final table and in doing so ensured that he would walk away with a million dollars, irrespective of how he fares at the final table.
The 51 year old Josephy is the oldest player at the table and is determined to see things through and win the Main Event WSOP bracelet. His closest competition right now is Qui Nguyen who is in second place with 67,925,000 in chips. He is relatively inexperienced when compared to Josephy and has just won just $52,000 in career prize money. However Josephy is not taking his competition lightly as he knows anything can happen at the final table.
In a statement, Josephy said “Some favorites have won, some have lost and that is the nature of this sport. We will see. To me being the favorite doesn’t really matter. I mean I like my position right now, but anything can happen. It was my goal. Not just to get there but to take the belt. It looks more like a belt than a bracelet this year. A good part of the work is done but we have a little more work to do”.
Josephy has a reputation in the poker world for being a financial backer and is reported to have financed Joe Cada who ended up winning the 2009 WSOP Main Event. Josephy prefers not to talk about his role as a financial backer as this time around he is in the spotlight as part of the November Nine. The poker pro who has a background in finance also launched a poker training website called PokerXFactor with poker pro and friend Eric “Sheets” Haber.