Over the coming weeks PokerNetwork will be taking a closer look at the men of the "November Nine" as we build up to the most eagerly-anticipated final table of the calendar year - the World Series of Poker Main Event!
Seat 3: JOHN DOLAN (Florida, USA - 46,250,000 chips)
John Dolan is a 24-year old poker player hailing from Florida who is entering the WSOP Main Event final table in November second in chips with 46,250,000.
Like many players of this day and age, Dolan began playing poker in cheap home games in college about five years ago, which naturally translated into online poker where he plays under the moniker of “JRD312”.
At the early stages of his career, Dolan even worked as a dealer, and ironically his first WSOP cash came in the 2007 Casino Employees event. Since then, Dolan has been able to add a further four WSOP cashes (including the Main Event), but it his victories in side events and on the virtual felt where Dolan long started establishing his name before reaching the November Nine.
In September last year, Dolan managed to take down the $300 No Limit Holdem side event at the Gulf Coast Poker Championships for just over US$30,000 after besting the 445-player field, before just three months later collecting another win in the $1,000 No Limit Holdem side event at the Winter Bayou Poker Challenge for another US$30,000 payday. However it would his sixth placing in Event 36: $1,000 No Limit Holdem just a few weeks before beginning his crazy Main Event ride that would see him collect his biggest live score to date after picking up US$82,804. Dolan’s online accomplishments include victories in the Full Tilt Poker $1k Monday for $94,500, the PokerStars Warm Up for $86,000 and $100 rebuy for $40,400.
On the final day of the Main Event, Dolan arrived at the Rio as one of the short stacks, and was expected to be one of the early casualties. However it wouldn’t be that easy to knock of the Floridian as he battled his way through the field, eventually arriving at the unofficial in the middle of the pack. With one of the biggest bubbles being undertaken, Dolan’s aggressive approach virtually doubled his stack to see him where he is seated today; second in chips.
“Honestly, I picked up a couple of hands at crucial times. In like an orbit I had three or four hands, and other people had hands too, so I was able to pick up some good value from those hands and chipped up real nice,” stated Dolan in an interview with PokerNews.
Unfortunately for Dolan, he has one of the tougher seats of the final nine, as he has chip leader Jonathan Duhamel and his powering 65,975,000-chip stack on his direct left. Throw in Michael Mizrachi and John Racener just beyond that, and Dolan’s ride to being crowned champion may hit a few bumps along the way!
The quiet and humble Dolan has the last few months at home, playing a somewhat limited schedule as he focuses on what will be the most important day in his poker career. As for his parents back home…they’re probably a little fonder of his career choice now after ensuring a US$811,823 payday.
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