WSOP Main Event Final Table on Monday
By Matt Kaufman, Rakeback.com Poker News Editor
Every poker player dreams of making the World Series of Poker Main Event final table, but each year just 9 players actually reach it.
This year’s 9 players will convene at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Monday, and one of them will be crowned the 2012 World Champion of Poker after 2 days of final table play. The cards will hit the felt on Monday at about 2:30 PST (5:30 ET/11:30 CET).
ESPN will be airing the table with a slight delay so you can watch all of the action, and we’ll be sure to have a recap here at Rakeback.com following the event.
For those of you who didn’t pay attention to the Main Event up until this point, the final table consists of:
- Jesse Sylvia (43,85,000 chips), a poker pro who lives in Las Vegas (pictured above)
- Andras Koroknai (29,375,000 chips), a Hungarian pro with a WPT victory
- Greg Merson (28,725,000 chips), a pro with a WSOP bracelet who can win Player of the Year if he wins this event
- Russell Thomas (24,800,000 chips), a former roommate of chipleader Jesse Sylvia
- Steven Gee (16,860,000 chips), the oldest player at age 56 and a WSOP bracelet winner
- Michael Esposito (16,260,000 chips), a commodities broker from New York
- Robert Salaburu (15,155,000 chips), an online poker pro from Texas
- Jacob Balsiger (13,115,000), the youngest player at age 21 and a student at Arizona State University
- Jeremy Ausmus (9,805,000 chips), a Las Vegas based pro with 8 previous WSOP cashes
We hope everyone enjoys watching what will surely be – as it always is – the most exciting final table in poker.