Every year thousands of hopefuls flock to the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, and while those players come from every walk of life imaginable, they all have one thing in common – the dream of winning millions by becoming poker’s World Champion.
This year saw 7,221 such dreamers make their way to the Rio, but after seven days of intense action on the felt, that field has pared down to just nine survivors.
For the first time since 2008, the WSOP Main Event final table won’t be played out under the “November Nine” format – meaning no three-month break. Instead, the final nine took a two-day reprieve to rest, relax, study, and satisfy media obligations.
With that out of the way, they’ll head back into the fray Thursday night to begin a three-day push to the finish line. When play resumes, the tournament clock will show 68 minutes and 30 seconds remaining in Level 37. The blinds will be set at 400,000/800,000, with a 100,000-chip ante forcing the action.
Tonight’s segment will begin at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), with ESPN-2 providing continuous semi-live coverage (on a brief tape-delay). Play will continue until three contenders have been eliminated, and that process will repeat on Friday night at the same time, with coverage shifting to ESPN.
The newest Main Event winner will be crowned on Saturday night, and once again ESPN will carry the coverage beginning at 6 p.m. PST.
Every player left in contention is guaranteed to take home $1 million, but all eyes are on the $8,150,000 prize awaiting the next World Champion.
As for those players, a truly eclectic group will be gathered to contest poker’s top tournament. Below you’ll find the final table lineup in order of current chip count, along with a brief biography to help you get to know the stars of the show a bit better:
Scott Blumstein – 97,250,000 chips / 122 big blinds
Hometown: Morristown, New Jersey
Live Tournament Earnings (Pre-Main Event): $312,142
John Hesp – 85,700,000 chips / 107 big blinds
Hometown: Bridlington, England
Live Tournament Earnings (Pre-Main Event): $2,207
Benjamin Pollak – 35,175,000 chips / 44 big blinds
Hometown: Paris, France
Live Tournament Earnings (Pre-Main Event): $2,967,782
Bryan Piccioli – 33,800,000 chips / 42 big blinds
Hometown: Allegany, New York
Live Tournament Earnings (Pre-Main Event): $1,909,374
Dan Ott – 26,475,000 chips / 33 big blinds
Hometown: Altoona, Pennsylvania
Live Tournament Earnings (Pre-Main Event): $3,656
Damian Salas – 22,175,000 chips / 28 big blinds
Hometown: Chascomus, Argentina
Live Tournament Earnings (Pre-Main Event): $919,525
Antoine Saout – 21,750,000 chips / 27 big blinds
Hometown: Morlaix, France
Live Tournament Earnings (Pre-Main Event): $5,551,412
Jack Sinclair – 20,200,000 chips / 25 big blinds
Hometown: London, England
Live Tournament Earnings (Pre-Main Event): $13,500
Ben Lamb – 18,050,000 chips / 23 big blinds
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Live Tournament Earnings (Pre-Main Event): $7,207,830
The total prize pool for the final table can be found below:
1 – $8,150,000
2 – $4,700,000
3 – $3,500,000
4 – $2,600,000
5 – $2,000,000
6 – $1,675,000
7 – $1,425,000
8 – $1,200,000
9 – $1,000,000