Sunday November 9th sees a resumption of the World Series of Poker spectacular, with the start of final table action delayed since July to extract maximum television impact for ESPN. The nine surviving players from a field of thousands that were gradually whittled away in seven days of hectic poker have arrived in Las Vegas and will assemble Sunday at the Rio for the grand finale.
The massive prize pool flows from the big buy-in for the event – everyone in the entry field either paid $10 000 for the experience, or was sponsored for a similar amount.
At stake is the glory of a WSOP Main Event gold bracelet and a winner's purse worth at least $9.12 million, and every member that takes a seat at the intensively televised table should walk away with a seven figure paycheck on this 40th anniversary of the championship.
While last year's winner Jerry Yang may be in Vegas as a spectator, he did not make this year's final table.
With the traditional "Shuffle and Deal" call now only hours away, this is what the final table looks like in order of chip count:
* Dennis Phillips – 26 295 000
* Ivan Demidov – 24 400 000
* Scott Montgomery – 19 690 000
* Peter Eastgate – 18 375 000
* Ylon Schwartz – 12 525 000
* Darus Suharto – 12 520 000
* David Rheem – 10 230 000
* Craig Marquis – 10 210 000
* Kelly Kim – 2 620 000
The Main Event final will be played until only two players remain seated on November 9th. The Heads Up portion of the Main Event will be played the following day, November 10th and it is expected that ESPN will be airing an edited version of World Series of Poker Main Event final table on Tuesday, November 11th.