One of two Israelis to ever make the final table at the World Series of Poker’s Main Event, 36-year-old Ofer Zvi Stern is proud to be representing his home country in this year’s November Nine.
Stern, sitting in the first seat, is one of the lesser-known players who will be vying for the title of “World Champion” at the Main Event. With only two live cash tournaments under his belt, Stern comes into the final table poor in experience, but relatively rich in chips.
Going into the Main Event, Stern maintained a signature look of sunglasses and a dark hoodie, while also trademarking his habit of tanking excessively – something that irked his opponents throughout the Series. Despite this, Stern’s chip count of $29,800,000 ranks second only to Joe McKeehen (who has a ludicrous $63,100,000 – the equivalent of 83.5 big blinds).
Stern currently sits 85th on Israel’s all-time money list with $49,595. That number is a pittance compared to the minimum $1,001,020 he’ll be walking away with in November. Prior to the Nine, his biggest cash win was for $44,540 in the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure’s eight-hand $25,000 High-Roller event.
With his guaranteed $1,000,000 win, Stern is well on his way to following in the footsteps of Amir Lehavot, the other Israeli to have made it into one of the top-nine spots. Lehavot also entered the WSOP Final Table with the second-highest chip count and managed to secure a third-place finish and take home over $3.7 million in 2013.
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