WSOP Finalist Felix Stephensen Signed By Betsafe

WSOP Finalist Felix Stephensen Signed By BetsafeFelix Stephensen has become the latest November Niner to be offered an endorsement deal after the 24-year old Norwegian was signed to Betsafe’s team of sponsored poker pros. The move represents a safe bet for the Swedish online poker site as when the final table action
resumes on November 10th at the Rio All-Suite Casino in Las Vegas, Felix Stephensen will be in second spot overall on a 32,775,000 chip stack, behind leader Dutch pro Jorryt van Hoof on a 38,375,000 stack.
Before guaranteeing himself a minimum payday of $730,725, Stephensen had only cashed in at two other live events for a total of $22,118 as he primarily makes a living playing PLO cash games online. As the Norwegian commented after negotiating himself through a 6,683 player field to reach the final table:
“I’m feeling pretty good. This is pretty exciting. I don’t think I’ve ever been part of something this major. When it’s so much up top and its life-changing money, you kind of get tempted to [play in a tournament]. If it works out, it’s worth it. This is what every poker player dreams about.”
Along with five other players, Stephensen now has the chance to become the first European player to win the Main Event since German poker player pro Pius Heinz did so in 2011.
In the past Main Event finalists would get snapped up by betting sites quicker than a coyote jumping a chicken, but poker sponsorships are currently on a downwards trajectory and only last week PokerStars announced it had released Jose ‘Nacho’ Barbero, Angel Guillen and Humberto Brenes, while the USA’s first regulated poker site Ultimate Pokeralso  axed William Reynolds, Jeremy Ausmus, Phil Collins, Brent Hanks and Lauren Kling.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise than Felix Stephensen’s signing with Betsafe is just the second so far announced for a 2014 November Niner, the other being Bruno Foster Politano who joined 888Poker this week.

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