Tuesday July 16,2013 : FINAL TABLE SET FOR THE 44TH WORLD SERIES OF POKER MAIN EVENT
 
9 survivors from an entry field of 6,352 can now take a well-earned break.
 
Day 7 of the $10,000 buy-in World Series of Poker main event started at level 30 Monday with just
27 survivors of an original field of 6,352; an international selection of talented players from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States.
 
Although the chip leader at the start of the day was German ace Anton Morgenstern on 21,955,000 chips, other hot favourites included Spanish pro and previous main event champ Carlos Mortenson and Steve Gee, a finalist from last year’s main event.
 
Regrettably, neither was to make the final table, with Mortenson busted out on the bubble in tenth position for $573,204, and Gee falling somewhat earlier.
 
Supporters who had hoped that Gee could improve on his ninth final table finish in last year’s main event were disappointed when he busted out in 24th place, eliminated by hot-running German ace Anton Morgenstern in a pot worth almost 3 million chips.
 
At level 35, with the blinds at 200,000-400,000 and a 50,000 ante the final table was set when Mortenson was eliminated by JC Tran, who finished the day as chip leader on 30 million chips.
The Spanish ace’s consolation prize was the tenth place pay-day of $573,204.
 
Chip counts as the final table now goes into recess until later this year are:
 
1 JC Tran 38,000,000
2 Amir Lehavot 29,700,000
3 Marc McLaughlin 26,525,000
4 Jay Farber 25,975,000
5 Ryan Riess 25,875,000
6 Sylvain Loosli 19,600,000
7 Michiel Brummelhuis 11,275,000
8 Mark Newhouse 7,350,000
9 David Benefield 6,375,000
 
The average chip stack is 21,173,333, and the next man to fall (ninth position) will collect $733,224 for his time and trouble.
 
Those remaining are a truly international bunch – Michiel Brummelhuis hails from Holland; Sylvain Loosli comes from La Belle France; Amir Lehavot calls Israel home; and Marc McLaughlin is from the Great White North – Canada.
 
JC Tran, Mark Newhouse, Ryan Riess, David Benefield and Jay Farber are all US players.
 
For the nine finalists it's been a remarkable endurance test – 7 days of unrelenting pressure playing many hours each day and having to maintain focus and capability against the best players in the world; the final nine will all welcome a break and a chance to relax before reconvening later this year to decide the ultimate 44th World Series of Poker main event champion.