$20 Million to Play for as the WSOP Main Event Final Table Starts Today
Seat 1: Sylvain Loosli, 19.6m
Seat 2: Michiel Brummelhuis, 11.275m
Seat 3: Mark Newhouse, 7.35m
Seat 4: Ryan Riess, 25.875m
Seat 5: Amir Lehavot, 29.7m
Seat 6: Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, 26.525m
Seat 7: *J. C. Tran*, 38m
Seat 8: David Benefield, 6.375m
Seat 9: Jay Farber, 25.975m
- JC Tran has the chip lead, and since he also has two WSOP bracelets, PokerStars WCOOP Main Event win and ranks as a former, World Poker Tour Champion, he’s not likely to fling his chips away frivolously.
- Amir Lehavot has also got a WSOP bracelet already, so if he can catch up with Tran, he could also catch up in bracelets – but this one is worth a first prize of $8.3m.
- Marc Etienne McLaughlin hails from Montreal, home of 2010 winner Jonathan Duhamel. No surprise to find that the two are friends and that Duhamel will be in Marc’s corner throughout his run at the title.
- In fourth is Jay Farber, 28 year old Las Vegas nightclub promoter – how many 28 year olds aren’t nightclub promoters? He’s the only non professional player left, but his steely table composure has none of the common man touch of former 2008 final tabler Dennis Phillips.
- Ryan Reiss is the table baby at 23 — but he’s a full time WSOP circuit grinder, an ex poker dealer who majored in business at Michigan State.
- Sylvain Loosli is a $25/$50 high stakes heads up cash player who rooms with PokerStars Team Pro “Elky” in London. Incomes of over €1m are taxed at 75% in France, so the two of them are tax exiles in the UK where taxes on poker winnings are 0%.
- Dutch player Michiel Brummelhuis has Marcel Luske for inspiration–Luske has a 10th and a 14th place finish in the Main Event, and is the most well known player in the Netherlands. If Michiel can make some smart short stack moves, he will probably eclipse his mentor in popularity.
- The really short stacks include Mark Newhouse, former 2006 World Poker Tour champion. Seven years later there won’t be much left of the$1.5m he won in that event, so a couple of million extra for improving to a mid field finish would be a welcome bankroll boost.
- The shortest stack belongs to one of the most dangerous players at the table. David “Raptor” Benenfield made his internet poker bones playing single table tournaments before switching to high stakes cash. He made enough to retire when in his mid twenties, and at 28 his new recreational poker style has brought him to the WSOP Final Table. No-one at that table knows how to play a short stack in a single table tournament better than Raptor, but he’ll still need some good cards to parlay his 16bb into all the remaining chips and the $8.3m first prize.
Payouts as always at the WSOP Main Event are staggeringly large life changing sums of money:
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By Matt Marietta, Rakeback.com Executive Editor