November Nine Profile - Darvin Moon

November Nine Profile - Darvin Moon

Monday, 27 July 2009

Darvin Moon’s story begins at the Wheeling Island Casino and Dog Track where he beat a slew of amateurs in a poker tournament to win a seat to the 2009 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event.

Having been playing for three years, Moon was and still is realistic about his chances: “With the cards I'm getting it's easy. I told them as soon as I go card dead you guys [in the November Nine] will eat me alive. I'm humble. I know where I stand among the class of people I'm against. I'm outclassed by so far,” he said of the final table.

He knew when he entered the tournament that he had little chance of getting a cash, let alone the spot that every poker player dreams of: that of chip leader at the Main Event final table.

Chip leader by a long way, too. With a stack of over $58m, Moon has almost 100BBs more than his nearest competitor, second-place Eric Buchman on $35m. He cites his huge stack as being mostly down to luck – of course, he became definitive chip leader when he eliminated the tenth place finisher by flopping a set of eights against AA.

“The first hand I sat down I had pocket kings and rivered trips. Three hands later I had pocket aces and flopped trips. How hard is it?” said Moon.

Moon is likely to finish quite high in this event due to his monstrous chip lead. However he places, though, he is likely to become a crowd favourite. The modest 45-year old has no grand plans and his humble nature will appeal to the everyman.

“I got my goals set. It’s not first. But it’s not ninth, either. I’ll be happy. I don’t care if I go out on the first hand. I’ve had fun. It’s been worth every minute of it. I just like to play, and it’s unreal. It’s something I can’t even dream of doing, and here I am!” He said.

Certainly his win would be good for the game but you must question how much of an ambassador he would be, having cited that his only big spend of his $1.2m is a trip to explore Alaska.

Moon will need to make sure he dispenses of the two pro short stacks in Phil Ivey and James Akenhead if he is to reach poker stardom.

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