When we last reported on the World Series of Poker Main Event action, the field was down to ten and trying hard to reach the final nine players who will compete for the first prize of over $9 million in November.
In the end it took over three hours of action in the 15 hour long Day 7 heat, but at 3.30am in the morning the elimination of Dean Hamrick in tenth place concluded play until November. Hamrick's tenth place finish was worth a hefty $ 591 869 paycheck, but even bigger money will be available to the nine survivors who go forward to the Main Event final table. The ninth place finisher alone will win a whopping $ 900 670, whilst the ultimate winner will get a bank-busting $ 9 119 517.
The line-up for the final table, ranked by chip count, is:
Dennis Phillips (26.42 million)
Ivan Demidov (23.92 million)
Peter Eastgate (19.3 million)
Scott Montgomery (19.3 million)
Ylon Schwartz (13.04 million)
Darus Suharto (13.02 million)
David "Chino" Rheem (10.88 million)
Craig Marquis (10.12 million)
Kelly Kim (2.9 million)
The nine players now have 117 days to hone their poker skills still further until Sunday November 9, when they gather again under the ESPN television lights to battle it down to the two-player heads up challenge. Those two heads up opponents will then play for the big prize on the following day.