The 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP) final table for the main event is all set to go with eight American players scheduled to battle things out with one from Hungary. There were 27 players hoping to fill the nine spots on Day 7 of the tournament with the chip leaders from Day 6, Daniel Strelitz and Marc-Andre Ladouceur failing to make the cut for the final. Jessie Sylvia had a big Day 7 and will be the final table’s chip leader when play resumes on October 28th 2012.
Bet365.com offers odds on the winner of the Main Event final table, with Jesse Sylvia favorite for 4.00 with some close followers.
Sylvia won the largest pot in 2012 tournament so far and will have 43.87 million in poker chips for the final. Poker fans will be analyzing the players for the next few months and here are the “October Nine” that make up the final table at the main event of the 2012 WSOP.
Jesse Sylvia: The 26-year-old has a total of 43.87 million in chips which is obviously a big advantage. He knows several of the other players at the final table and has time to prepare for them. Sylvia said he knows Russell Thomas very well as they were roommates two years ago at the WSOP. He said they’re good friends, but they don’t really talk much about poker. He claimed they do pump each other up though and he’s glad Thomas made it.
Andras Koroknai: The 30-year-old Koroknai of Hungary has 29.37 million worth of chips and was the champion at the World Poker Tour’s L.A. Poker Classic back in 2010. A lot of people feel he was lucky on Day 7. However, he’s at the final table and that’s all that matters.
Greg Merson: Merson has a total of 28.72 million in chips and is leading the race at the moment for the WSOP player of the year. Merson has taken part in seven 2012 WSOP events and has cashing in on four of them. He has won a bracelet so far and made another final table as well as the main event. He’s known as an online cash-game star, but has been doing exceptionally well in tournaments this summer.
Russell Thomas: The 24-year-old Thomas has 24.8 million in chips. The Hartford, Connecticut native usually focuses on cash games, but said he’ll play in more tournaments now to make sure he’s ready for the final. He finished in 248th place in the 2011 main event and has reached a final table at the WSOP once before when he placed fifth in a 2010 event. He admitted that he hasn’t played a lot since Black Friday. However, he’ll be ready for the final tournament.
Steven Gee: Fifty-seven-year-old Steven Gee is the oldest player at the final table and has 16.86 million in chips. He and Merson are the only players who have WSOP bracelets. Gee usually participates in cash games and even though he has quite a bit of experience he said he still has a lot of work to do before the final gets underway. He won his bracelet in 2010 and said that making the final table this year is almost just as good as winning a bracelet.
Michael Esposito: Esposito enters the final table with 16.26 million in chips. He’s a New York commodity broker who enjoyed an excellent Day 7. He’s 43 years old and has cashed in at four previous WSOP tournaments with two of these coming in main events.
Robert Salaburu: This 27-year-old from Texas has 15.15 million in chips for the final table. Salaburu has been playing poker for the past 10 years and has been pretty successful over that time. He said he’s just happy to have made the final table and plans on having fun no matter what. He’ll still be trying to win it mind you, but won’t be devastated if he doesn’t.
Jacob Balsiger: Balsiger is a 21-year-old student at Arizona State University and enters the final with 13.11 million in chips. He studies political science and will be entering his final year at school. He doesn’t really have a lot of experience in live tournaments and if he wins will become the WSOP’s youngest ever champion in the main event.
Jeremy Ausmus: The 32-year-old Ausmus has 9.8 million worth of chips and is expecting to add to his family in November as his wife is due to deliver their second child shortly after the WSOP final. Ausmus has cashed in nine times already in 2012 and 14 times in his WSOP career. He said he can’t believe he made it this far when you consider about 7,000 players entered the event.
The Winner Takes Around $8,5M
First prize in the final event will be worth $8,527,982, while second place offers $5,292,889 and third place is good for $3,797,558. The fourth-place winner will receive $2,850,494 while the fifth-place player gets $2,154,616. Sixth place will pay $1,640,461, while seventh pays $1,257,790 and eighth is $971,252. Whoever comes in last will still make $754,798.
Due to the amount of chips he has, sportsbooks have listed Sylvia as the 3/1 favourite to take the tournament with Koroknai at 9/2. Greg Merson is listed at 5/1 and Thomas is at 6/1. Gee and Esposito are both at 9/1 while Salaburu and Balsiger are at 10/1. Ausmus is the longest shot at 11/1.
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