Cliff Josephy

Twitter: @JohnnyBaxPoker
Age: 50
Hometown: Muttontown, New York
Occupation: Professional Poker Player
Marital Status: Married
WSOP Earnings: $810,358
WSOP Cashes: 17
WSOP Final Tables: 4
Best Previous Main Event Finish: 386th in 2008

*All stats are prior to the 2016 Main Event


The chip leader when the final table begins is 50-year old Cliff Josephy. Josephy is the only previous bracelet winner among the 2016 November Nine. His first bracelet (also his first WSOP cash) came in 2005 in a $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. He won his second gold bracelet in 2013 by defeating a 477 player field in a $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout event. His second WSOP victory earned him $299,486, which stood as his largest WSOP cash up until this year’s Main Event final table.

Road to the Final Table:

Josephy stayed under the radar for the first five days of the event. He never bagged in the top 25% of remaining players for Days 1-5 and he bagged in the bottom 50% after both Day 1 and Day 3. He made his move to the top of the leaderboard on Day 6, and it all started when he was able to crack Dietrich Fast’s pocket aces with pocket kings. Josephy flopped a king and eliminated Fast in 55th place. He finished Day 6 third in chips with 27 players remaining. At that point, he only trailed Vojtech Ruzicka and Michael Ruane, who would also end up reaching the final table.

Josephy continued to collect chips at a rapid pace on Day 7. He traded the chip lead back and forth throughout the day with Ruane and Qui Nguyen. Nguyen held the lead when the unofficial final table began at 10 players remaining. Josephy overtook Nguyen for the lead on the fifth hand of the unofficial final table when he forced Griffin Benger to fold on the river in a 25 million chip pot. Josh Weiss was eliminated 13 hands later in 10th place, cementing the 2016 November Nine with Josephy still in the lead.

Final Table Position:

Josephy is headed to the final table with 74,600,000 chips (149 bb). Qui Nguyen is on his right with 67,925,000 in chips (135 bbs), the second largest stack. To Josephy’s left is Michael Ruane, who is fifth in chips with 31,600,000 (63 bbs).


WSOP: What has life been like for you since completing play in the summer?

Josephy: Although this answer isn’t interesting, my life is pretty much the exact same. The big exception is that I have really become the focal point in all conversations with friends, family, all kinds of acquaintances etc. While most people always found the poker life interesting as it is way different than what most people do for a living, it is now magnified exponentially. Thus, the Final Table is always on mind as a result. This is definitely keeping me from sleeping as much as I’d like to. Also, dealing with organizing what looks to be 100+ people heading to Vegas to root me on has been a little time consuming. These are obviously all good problems to have. I should add that my wife, who is always great, has been extraordinary with both helping me with the Vegas planning, and also taking on more of the routine stuff I usually do for the family as I prepare to play.

WSOP: Have you been watching the ESPN episodes? What are your feelings thus far?

Josephy: I have watched all the episodes since 2003 lol. I am a fan of poker, not a fan of certain people monopolizing their time in front of the cameras. I guess the producers have deemed that these are the people that the viewing audience wants to see, even though I find one in particular insufferable. Other than the time spent watching him, I always look forward to and love watching the ESPN WSOP coverage.

WSOP: Are you preparing in a particular way for when play resumes?

Josephy: I will be very prepared.

WSOP: What has been the most interesting thing that has happened to you since the stoppage in play that you are pretty sure would not have happened if you didn’t make the November Nine?

Josephy:  Sorry, nothing really interesting or unusual has happened as a result. Maybe I just can’t remember because I’m so old?

WSOP: Have you had any notable purchases with the money you won yet or are you waiting until you win the whole thing?

Josephy: No, no notable purchases whatsoever. Well, I did pick up 6 tickets to all Met playoff games, which is 3 more than I got last year, so I guess that’s a slight splurge.



35 PLAYERS TO DATE CONFIRMED TO PLAY IN THE Big one for one drop TMinvitationaL

Monaco, September 27, 2016ONE DROPTM, one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to sustainable access to safe water, along with Group Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer and Caesars Interactive Entertainment today announces the release of the full tournament schedule and structures for the Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza taking place at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco from October 13-17, 2016 to raise funds for the charity.

For the full list of tournament structures, click here and for the official tournament schedule, click here.

What’s more, 35 players to date are confirmed to play in the headlining event, The Big One for One Drop Invitational, which will begin at noon on Friday, October, 14 and will feature the largest buy-in poker tournament ever held – 1,000,000 euros. With €111,111 from each entry going to One Drop, and no other fees deducted for event operations, €888,889 from each buy-in goes directly into the prize pool. That is a staggering €31,111,115 up for grabs, with the expectation that these figures will grow when the final field is solidified and re-entries are tallied. In addition, the winner will receive one of the world’s most valuable sporting trophies, a ceremonial bracelet hand-crafted in platinum by famed jeweler Richard Mille.

As an additional resource, as of today, those interested can sign up at to facilitate the investment process. YouStake is the first online marketplace that allows fans to invest in their favorite skilled games and sports players while sharing in the winnings.

“The Monte Carlo One Drop Extravaganza is fast approaching and with 35 recreational players already confirmed to play, and many re-entries predicted, the Big One is in real good shape,” says Guy Laliberté, Founder, One Drop. “I want to remind players that there are still seven other tournaments and cash games, including a one million euro cash game, to be played during the week at what promises to be the biggest charitable poker event ever held, with proceeds going to One Drop.”

Beyond the tournaments, cash games for recreational players by invitation of No-Limit Hold ‘em, No-Limit Hold ‘em six-handed and more are being offered every day from noon until 6 a.m. with buy-ins ranging from €2,500 to €1 million.

On Monday, October 17 at 12 noon, the festival wraps up with a €1,000,000 cash game. The list of tournaments and start times are as follows:

Thursday, October 1310:00 AMBig One Satellite / Super Turbo / Step 1*€ 10,000.00
3:00 PMBig One Satellite / Super Turbo / Step 2*€ 10,000.00
8:00 PMBig One Satellite / Super Turbo / Step 3*€ 10,000.00
Friday, October 142:00 PMBig One For One Drop (3 day event) (45 min levels)€ 1,000,000.00
3:00 PMNo-Limit Hold’em€ 10,000.00
6:00 PMPLO€ 10,000.00
8:00 PMSatellite 25K€ 5,250.00
Saturday, October 1512:00 PMBig One for One Drop Day 2 (45 min levels)
1:00 PMNo-Limit Hold’em€ 25,000.00
5:00 PMMixed Games NLHE/PLO 6-max€ 10,000.00
8:00 PMSatellite 50K€ 5,250.00
Sunday, October 1612:00 PMBig One For One Drop Final Table
1:00 PMNo-Limit Hold’em Six Handed€ 10,000.00
5:00 PMHeads Up No-Limit Hold’em€ 50,000.00
8:00 PMSatellite 100k€ 10,400.00
Monday, October 1711:00 AMNo-Limit Hold’em€ 100,000.00
12:00 PMHigh Roller Cash Game€ 1,000,000.00

“This has become one of the the globe’s most significant charitable initiatives,” said Caesars Interactive Entertainment CEO, Mitch Garber. “With Monaco as the backdrop, the One Drop Extravaganza is well positioned to raise additional funds and global awareness of the water crisis.”

A full VIP experience will be featured alongside the tournaments and cash games beginning with the signature experience of HEART Ibiza with incomparable first class cuisine and creativity imagined by the Adrià brothers, together with the enchanting performances curated by Cirque du Soleil on October 12th and ending with a celebration at famed restaurant Buddha-Bar and then an after-party at Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo featuring DJ Erick  Morillo on October 17.

“We at HEART Ibiza are very pleased to be supporting this incredible charitable poker event and hope to provide the players with a unique and memorable opening night”,  said Albert and Ferran Adrià, HEART co-chefs and co-owners.  “We wish everyone the best of luck.”

With only weeks before the event kicks off, any business entrepreneurs or philathropic individuals seeking to be considered to participate should contact event manager Alexandre Meunier

“With the Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza fast approaching, we are very excited to welcome all the players to the Casino de Monte-Carlo for a full week of tournament in the legendary Monte-Carlo SBM Resort,” said Pascal Camia, Executive Vice President Casinos of Monaco. “We work hard together with all the partners preparing the project and we are eager to be supporting such an important philanthropic initiative.”

About One Drop

ONE DROP™ is an international non-profit organization created by Cirque du Soleil® Founder Guy Laliberté. At the core of our mission is safe water as a transformative force to improve living conditions, as well as give communities the ability to care for themselves sustainably. We believe in the combined power of safe water while inspiring behaviour change towards water and proper hygiene practices by creating a lasting understanding through social art. To do this, One Drop has developed the unique A·B·C for Sustainability™ approach, a winning combination of strategic and operational interventions designed to address sustainable access to safe water and sanitation. To learn more about One Drop, visit

About the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Group

Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer delivers a unique experience combining luxury, well-being or gastronomy and offers to its customers a world-unique resort: 4 casinos, including the only and foremost Casino de Monte-Carlo which is the quintessence of gambling within the Principality, 4 hotels (Hôtel de Paris, Hôtel Hermitage, Monte-Carlo Beach, Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort), and 33 restaurants, 4 of them gathering a total of 6 stars in prestigious Michelin Guide. Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer is a hub of night-life, with an amazing choice of bars and concert rooms. The Group, which is a talent scout and committed supporter of artistic creation, programs musical events with daring artistic choices at the Sporting Summer Festival, at the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival, at La Rascasse or at the Buddha Bar. Its Jimmy’z disco has been one of the most famous in Europe for over 40 years. #mymontecarlo @montecarlosbm #CasinosMonteCarlo





LAS VEGAS (September 9, 2016) – After a public nomination process, and a vetting of nominations by the PHOF Governing Council, the finalists list eligible for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2016 has been determined.

It will now be up to the current Hall of Famers and a blue ribbon panel of media members to determine who actually does join this exclusive club.  The following represents the finalists:













*Listed alphabetically

Three new candidates have been nominated, and seven previous finalists make up the 2016 list.

The new candidates are: Todd Brunson, Eli Elezra and Chris Moneymaker.

Six of last year’s finalists return — Chris Bjorin, Bruno Fitoussi, Carlos Mortensen, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage and David Ulliott — and one previous nominee – Humberto Brenes, once again find themselves in the Top 10.

The above list of names will be submitted to the 25 living Hall of Fame members and a 20-person media panel later this month for voting.  Only these 45 individuals cast votes for induction.

The criteria they will consider in their vote are as follows:

  • A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
  • Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination
  • Played for high stakes
  • Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
  • Stood the test of time
  • Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

The 2016 Class of the Poker Hall of Fame will be inducted as part of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table festivities in Las Vegas during a special dinner and induction to be held at the famed Binion’s Gambling Hall.  The induction ceremony and dinner are set for Wednesday, October 26 in the famed Longhorn Room at Binion’s in downtown Las Vegas.

Nine of the ten finalists are living, and it is expected the inductee(s) or representative of the inductee will be able to attend the induction.  Inductee(s) will be acknowledged on stage during November Nine festivities in the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino as well.

Later this month, official ballots will be sent to the voters, who will have until October 7 to fill them out and return them to the WSOP Governing Council.  The inductee(s) are expected to be announced after all votes have been officially tallied.

Please read below for a brief about each of this year’s finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2016, listed in alphabetical order.


Bjorin, a 68-year-old Swedish-born poker player who now resides in London, England, has earned more than $5.5 million playing poker in his distinguished career.  The two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner sits sixth on the all-time WSOP cash list with 80 and ranks fifth all-time in WSOP Main Event cashes with seven.  A model of consistency, Bjorin has cashed for six-figures in 19 different calendar years.  He hold’s Sweden’s all-time money and cash records and is WSOP Europe’s all-time cash leader as well.  He cashed six times during the 2016 WSOP.


The man known as “The Shark” may be best known for his gregarious and outgoing personality, but Humberto Brenes has a lot of poker bite to back up all his barking.  Fourth on the all-time WSOP cashes list with 86 in-the-money finishes, Brenes has been one of the most consistent WSOP performers for the better part of 25 years.  What stands out among those cashes is his track record in the WSOP Main Event, a tournament he has made the money in on nine separate occasions, including a fourth place showing in 1988. That puts the 65-year-old second on the list of most Main Event cashes behind only Berry Johnston.  In addition to his $6 million in tournament earnings, the winningest Costa Rican player in poker history has also played a crucial role in helping to develop the poker scene in Latin America.


As the son of Poker Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson, Todd has followed in his father’s footsteps in making poker his profession, and there is no doubt the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  Despite picking up the game for the first time while he was studying law at Texas Tech University, Todd eventually dropped out of school to turn professional. With nearly $4.3 million in tournament winnings, including 52 WSOP cashes and a gold bracelet, the younger Brunson has carved out his own successful career.  The 47-year-old Las Vegan is best known for his mixed games acumen, choosing to spend most of his time playing cash games in Las Vegas and typically only playing tournaments that offer a variety of non-Hold’em variants.  And as told in the 2005 book, The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King, Brunson once won $13.5 million over a two-day span in a heads-up, $50,000-$100,00 Limit Hold’em cash game.



Eliahu “Eli” Elezra, is a 55-year-old Israeli poker professional now residing in Las Vegas.  The former lieutenant in the Israeli army picked up the game after suffering a leg injury during the Lebanon War in 1982.  While bedridden, the boredom led to cards and it now leads to a finalist list for the Poker Hall of Fame.  But not before several jobs and business ventures, including gutting fish in Alaska and opening 30-minute photo processing shops in Las Vegas. Elezra is mostly known in poker circles for high stakes cash game action, but with a poker career spanning 20 years, the affable Elezra has also won three WSOP gold bracelets, a WPT title, amassed 52 WSOP cashes (including 10 in 2016) and more than $3 million in tournament winnings.  The married father of five is now a long-time Las Vegas resident and has been a regular in the poker scene here for two decades.


Perhaps no one is more influential in French poker circles than Fitoussi, 57, who turned his passion for poker into a successful playing career and several other poker-related business interests.  He introduced Texas Hold’em into France in 1995 at the Aviation Club de France, Paris’ most famous gaming club.  He has more than $2.8 million in career poker winnings, ranking 8th all-time on France’s list.  “The King” won the inaugural World Heads Up Poker Championship in 2001, defeating Amarillo Slim.  His first recorded cash was in 1991.  He was the runner-up in the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship in 2007, securing his largest cash, for $1,278,720 and showing he was capable of playing all poker’s major variants well.  But Fitoussi’s mark on the game in large part comes from getting poker on television in France and his participation and commentary in several poker shows over the years. France truly became a poker market in part due to Fitoussi’s activities to develop the game in his home country.


“This is beyond fairy tale,” said Norman Chad. “It’s inconceivable!”  That was in 2003 and he was talking about an accountant from Tennessee who was playing in his first live poker tournament after winning his entry into the event in an online satellite for $39.  But it wasn’t just any event.  It was the world championship of poker, the 2003 WSOP Main Event, where first place was $2.5 million and ESPN cameras were everywhere.  It’s often said that poker is divided into two eras, pre-Moneymaker, and post-Moneymaker. And that’s all because 40-year-old Chris Moneymaker was able to capture the crown in 2003 at age 27.  With hole cards being shown on ESPN for the first time, viewers at home were enamored by the “Aww shucks Accountant” who bluffed and bullied back at the pros on that fateful 2003 run.  What followed Chris’ victory was a Tonight Show appearance, wide media coverage and a boom poker had never seen before, aptly now called the “Moneymaker effect.”  It’s inconceivable to find someone’s first live cash in poker come with a victory and world championship, but that is the case with Chris.  He’s been juggling family and poker ever since, cashing in tournaments every year since 2003, and has now amassed $3.6 million in earnings, cashing 71 different times on four different continents.  Suffice to say, Chris’ victory that day changed the course of poker history.


When it comes to tournament poker and ROI, no one besides Dan Colman can compare to Carlos “The Matador” Mortensen.  The 2001 WSOP Main Event Champion has won more money on the World Poker Tour than any other player in history despite playing significantly fewer events. His almost $6.8 million in WPT earnings combined with over $3.1 million in WSOP earnings and assorted other cashes put his career earnings at almost $12 million.  The 44-year-old is also the only player to have won both the WSOP Main Event and the WPT Championship event.  Hailing from Alicante, Spain but now residing in Vegas, Mortensen is still one of the top players in the game, already cashing 12 times in 2016.



Italy’s all-time money earner is the “Italian Pirate” Massimiliano “Max” Pescatori, with lifetime earnings up over the $4.2 million mark to go along with four career WSOP gold bracelets.  Pescatori, 44, began his poker tournament career in 2002, and has been a steady and consistent performer ever since, with a well-rounded game that includes success in multiple disciplines.  The Milan resident, Pescatori is also a noted poker author, having written two books in Italian on poker, to help strengthen and grow the game in his home country.


When you think of non-players in poker, perhaps there is no more well-known figure than tournament director Matt Savage.  Known for his player-friendly, feet on the floor style, Savage, 47, has directed tournaments all over the globe and for all different tournament series and casino companies and handled his duties with aplomb and style.  One of the inaugural founders of the Tournament Directors Association, Savage has tirelessly advocated for standardizing poker tournament rules and has been one of the foremost innovators in terms of tournament offerings and formats. The San Jose, California native is the current tournament director at the Bay 101 Casino in San Jose as well as the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, in addition to being the Executive Tour Director of the World Poker Tour.  Savage has had a front row seat to the incredible growth poker has undergone this century and has been one of the most influential men in helping the game grow and evolve to what it is today.


Sadly the poker world lost the physical presence of David “Devilfish” Ulliott in 2015, but his legacy and influence on the game of poker is sure to live on.  Ulliott is one of Britain’s most famous poker faces.  A colorful character, Ulliott has a WSOP gold bracelet, a WPT title and more than $6.2 million in lifetime earnings to his name.  He currently sits second on the England all-time money list and has cashes dating back all the way to 1993.  You couldn’t help but notice “Devilfish” when you were seated at a poker table with him, and it was his personality that shone through on television, particularly in Europe, that made him one of poker’s biggest stars.  David Ulliott was a beloved figure in poker whom was taken too soon, but not before he left an indelible impact on the game and all those he came in contact with.


The Poker Hall of Fame, established in 1979, was acquired by Harrah’s Entertainment along with the World Series of Poker in 2004.  Though the Hall of Fame is virtual in nature, its membership includes poker’s most influential players and other important contributors to the game. There are 25 living members, and 50 members have been bestowed the honor of Poker Hall of Famer.  The Poker Hall of Fame traditionally elects one or two members annually.  The enshrinement ceremony is now held in concert with the final table of the Main Event of the WSOP, held each Fall in Las Vegas.


ESPN and ESPN2 will air Main Event coverage Sunday nights through September and October.

Las Vegas, Nev. (September 6, 2016) – ESPN will air 14 episodes featuring the Main Event over seven Sunday nights in September and October. The coverage, hosted by lead commentator Lon McEachern and analyst Norman Chad, will lead to the three-day live final table, scheduled for October 30 – November 1. Joining McEarchern and Chad will be roving reporter Kara Scott, and pro analysts Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak.

ESPN will introduce a newly designed set and a new show open. For the first time during the Main Event, a Techno-Jib camera will be used for unique table shots.

Here is the complete TV scheduled for the 2016 World Series of Poker:
Note: All times are ET; Schedule subject to change.

Tues, Sept 68 p.m.WSOP Global Casino Championship – Part 1ESPN2
9 p.m.WSOP Global Casino Championship – Part 2ESPN2
Sun, Sept 118:30 p.m.WSOP Main Event Championship – Episode 1ESPN2
10 p.m.WSOP Main Event Championship – Episode 2ESPN2
Sun, Sept 1810:30 p.m.WSOP Main Event Championship – Episode 3ESPN2
Mon, Sept 1912 a.m.WSOP Main Event Championship – Episode 4ESPN2
Sun, Sept 258:30 p.m.WSOP Main Event Championship – Episode 5ESPN2
10 p.m.WSOP Main Event Championship – Episode 6ESPN2
Sun, Oct 28:30 p.m.WSOP Main Event Championship – Episode 7ESPN
10 p.m.WSOP Main Event Championship – Episode 8ESPN
Sun, Oct 98:30 p.m.WSOP Main Event Championship – Episode 9ESPN
10 p.m.WSOP Main Event Championship – Episode 10ESPN
Sun, Oct 168:30 p.m.WSOP Main Event Championship – Episode 11ESPN
10 p.m.WSOP Main Event Championship – Episode 12ESPN
Sun, Oct 238:30 p.m.WSOP Main Event Championship – Episode 13ESPN
10 p.m.WSOP Main Event Championship – Episode 14ESPN
Sun, Oct 308:30 p.m.2016 World Series of Poker: Final Table Live*ESPN
11 p.m.2016 World Series of Poker: Final Table Live*ESPN2
Mon, Oct 318 p.m.2016 World Series of Poker: Final Table Live*ESPN2
Tues, Nov 19 p.m.2016 World Series of Poker: Final Table Live*ESPN
Sun, Nov 209 p.m.2016 World Series of Poker: Final Table EncoreESPN

*Live with 30-minute delay, per gaming regulations