|The eccentric 38-year-old from New York has been gambling for a living for 23 years, which should give him an edge in experience at the Main Event final table.
Three months ago, Dennis Phillips was an unknown. Today, his face is on ESPN as much as a SportsCenter anchor. But can the 52-year-old from St. Louis hold on to his chip lead and become the next surprise Main Event champ?
The 39-year-old accountant from Toronto claims he plays poker for "recreation," but somehow managed to outlast a field of more than 6,800 players at the World Series of Poker's Main Event to earn a seat at the final table.
Room features 10 tables and deals including a maximum rake of $3 on all live games and table-side food service.
The New York poker pro outlasted fellow pro Michael Kamran after a nearly three-hour heads-up battle.