After over a month of play, the final table has been set for the 2010 World Series of Poker. On November 6 -9, the final nine players will face off in Las Vegas at the Rio in the Penn & Teller Theater. When the WSOP started over Memorial Day Weekend, 72,966 entrants anted up. Over seven thousand players made it to the No-Limit Texas Hold’em World Championship, and nine were left at the end. On November 9, one final winner will walk away with $8,944,138.
Of the nine players seated at the final table, eight of them are under 29 years old. The youngest player, Canadian Jonathan Duhamel, is only a year over Nevada’s legal gambling age of 21. He leads the chip count going into the final table. Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, who won the $50,000 buy-in Player’s Championship over WSOP’s kick-off weekend, also has a place at the final table.
Limited spectator seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. ESPN recently began broadcasting the 2010 tournament events and will cover the final table on November 9. If you haven’t played Texas Hold ‘Em, the game may be baffling at first. The first two cards are dealt face-down and are called the hole cards or pocket cards. The players bet, then the next three cards—the flop—are dealt face up. These are community cards that any player can combine with the two cards in his hand. After another round of betting, another community card (the turn) is dealt; more betting follows, then the last face-up card (the river) is dealt. One last round of betting comes before the players show their hands. Whoever has the best five-card hand wins. Take some time to watch the pros, and you’ll see why the game is so popular.
Photo of cards courtesy of Tiffa Day
Photo of chips courtesy of Logan Ingalls