Back on July 18th the $10,000 buy-in World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event played down to the final nine competitors, with each securing a spot at the most highly anticipated final table in the game.
Under the Main Event’s relatively new “November Nine” format – which began in 2008 – the nine players who emerged from the 6,737 strong field then took over three months off before reconvening in Las Vegas, Nevada to resume the tournament.
ESPN is currently broadcasting previous episodes from the week-long run-up to the final table, but on the night of Sunday, October 30th the November Nine episodes will be televised in nearly live fashion.
The televised final table coverage kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET, 30 minutes after the actual tournament resumes. The half hour tape delay is required by Nevada gaming regulations as a way of ensuring that viewers have no ability to influence the action.
Even considering the delay, viewers will be treated to a first for the WSOP Main Event, as this year ESPN will show all player hole cards on screen. This marks a change in policy from previous years, when only players who voluntarily put chips into the pot had their hole cards exposed on screen.
From 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. the November Nine broadcast will be shown via ESPN, and from there the coverage will be shifted to ESPN2. The final table will play continuously until the nine-player lineup is pared down to a final four.
Those four players will return to the Rio’s Penn and Teller Theatre on Monday, October 31st at 8:00 p.m. ET to resume play. This portion of the broadcast will be shown on ESPN2, and the players will continue until only two contenders for poker’s world championship remain.
Finally, the heads-up match to decide who will become the next WSOP Main Event winner immortalized in poker lore begins at 9:00 p.m. ET on November 1st on ESPN.
The chip leader heading into final table play is former stockbroker turned online poker legend “JohnnyBax” – who goes by Cliff Josephy in the real world. The 50-year-old American is beloved by the poker community as one of the first major “backers” of young tournament pros, using his independent wealth to buy his stable of players into events in exchange for a portion of any profits generated.
Today, several elite poker pros point to Josephy’s support and stewardship during their development as pivotal factors in their eventual success.
Josephy, who has won a pair of gold bracelets in WSOP play already, has built a stack of 74,600,000 chips ahead of the November Nine.
Check below for a full rundown of the WSOP Main Event final table lineup, including seat position and chip count.
Seat 1 – Griffin Benger (26,175,000)
Seat 2 – Vojtech Ruzicka (27,300,000)
Seat 3 – Fernando Pons (6,150,000)
Seat 4 – Qui Nguyen (67,925,000)
Seat 5 – Cliff Josephy (74,600,000)
Seat 6 – Michael Ruane (31,600,000)
Seat 7 – Gordon Vayo (49,375,000)
Seat 8 – Kenny Hallaert (43,325,000)
Seat 9 – Jerry Wong (10,175,000)
The final nine players are each guaranteed to take home $1 million, but everyone with chips left to work with has their eyes fixed squarely on the $8 million first-prize payout awaiting poker’s next world champion. Full payout information can be found below:
1st – $8,000,000
2nd – $4,658,452
3rd – $3,451,175
4th – $2,574,808
5th – $1,934,579
6th – $1,463,906
7th – $1,250,000
8th – $1,100,000
9th – $1,000,000