The final table of the main event of the World Series of Poker, known this year as the October 9, has been determined.
The October 9 have outlasted 6589 other competitors to give themselves a chance at taking home the $8,527,982 in prize money, the custom-designed WSOP gold and diamond bracelet as well as the title of the reigning world poker champion.
This will be the first year the final table has been held in October. The World Series of Poker made the controversial decision to move the final table to November in 2008 in an attempt to build excitement and increase television ratings for the coverage of the event. Whilst criticized at the time it is now widely accepted that the move has had a positive effect on the World Series. This year the final table has been moved forward one week to avoid a clash with the United States presidential election.
The October 9 has a very American feel this year with all but one of the finalists residing in the United States. The one exception is Hungarian Andras Koroknai who will begin the final table with the second largest stack. Koroknai eliminated Frenchwomen Gaelle Baumann on the final table bubble and will be looking to become the first ever Hungarian World Series of Poker Main Event Champion.
The chip lead is currently held by 24 year old Jesse Sylvia who only began playing poker three years ago. Since that point Sylvia’s game has improved at a rapid rate and he now carves out a living for himself as a professional poker player.
Sylvia is joined at the final table by good friend Russell Thomas; fellow pros Jeremy Ausmus, Robert Salaburu and Michael Esposito, Jacob Balsiger who is attempting to become the youngest main event winner in history, the oldest man at the table Steven Gee as well as Greg Merson 2012 World Series of Poker Player of the Year.
Poker.com will be profiling each of these men as the countdown to the October 9 continues.
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