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WSOP Main Event final table primer

1 November 2013

Four months ago, a field of 6,352 players entered the World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship hoping for the $8.36 million first-place prize. On Monday, the remaining nine players, known as the "November Nine," will regroup at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and battle for the Main Event title.

The final nine players represent five different countries. Their seat positions and chip stacks are as follows:

Seat 1: Sylvain Loosli (France) -- 19,600,000
Seat 2: Michiel Brummelhuis (Netherlands) -- 11,275,000
Seat 3: Mark Newhouse (United States) -- 7,350,000
Seat 4: Ryan Riess (U.S.) -- 25,875,000
Seat 5: Amir Lehavot (Israel) -- 29,700,000
Seat 6: Marc-Etienne McLaughlin (Canada) -- 26,525,000
Seat 7: JC Tran (U.S.) -- 38,000,000
Seat 8: David Benefield (U.S.) -- 6,375,000
Seat 9: Jay Farber (U.S.) -- 25,975,000

In addition to the $8,359,531 first-place prize, prize money for the remaining eight spots is as follows:

2nd place: $5,173,170
3rd place: $3,727,023
4th place: $2,791,983
5th place: $2,106,526
6th place: $1,600,792
7th place: $1,225,224
8th place: $944,593
9th place: $733,224 (All nine players have already received ninth-place money.)

The action will begin at 4:45 PT, but ESPN will broadcast the final table on a 15-minute delay starting at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The table will play down to two players, who will reconvene Tuesday night at 5:45 p.m. PT (the ESPN broadcast will begin at 9 p.m. ET). Commentators Lon McEachern, Norman Chad and Antonio Esfandiari will return to the booth to call the action, and Kara Scott will report from the sidelines. New additions Marianela Pereyra and Phil Hellmuth will host segments during player breaks.

To keep track of the action live from Las Vegas, follow Casino City's Vin Narayanan (@casinocityvin) and Aaron Todd (@CasinoCity_AT) on Twitter. For hand analysis during the ESPN broadcast, follow Casino City's Dan Podheiser (@danpodheiser) and @casinocity.
Dan Podheiser

Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

Since graduating from Emerson College with a degree in journalism in 2010, Dan has worked as the sports editor for a chain of newspapers in Northwest Connecticut and served a year as an Americorps*VISTA, writing and researching grant proposals for a Boston-based charity.

Originally from South Jersey, where he still visits occasionally to see his family (and play on the state's regulated online poker sites), Dan lives in Brighton, Mass. with his wife and dog.
Dan Podheiser
Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

Since graduating from Emerson College with a degree in journalism in 2010, Dan has worked as the sports editor for a chain of newspapers in Northwest Connecticut and served a year as an Americorps*VISTA, writing and researching grant proposals for a Boston-based charity.

Originally from South Jersey, where he still visits occasionally to see his family (and play on the state's regulated online poker sites), Dan lives in Brighton, Mass. with his wife and dog.