After nearly 7,000 poker players, tournaments that began back in May, and the Final Event in July the World Series of Poker Main event final table is set with eight Americans and one Hungarian left in the October Nine to play at the Main Event Championship Final Table on Oct. 29 – 30 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
With former WSOP winners, a former World Poker Tour champion and others who have made a name for themselves in the world of online Texas Hold’em tournaments, the WSOP Main Event Final Table is sure to be a nail biter but it’s Jesse Sylvia and his $43.87 million chip stack on the top of betting lists.
Here’s the WSOP Main Event Final table and their odds:
Jesse Sylvia 3/1 – With 43.87 million in chips, the 26-year-old will have a huge advantage come the end of the month, not to mention he always surrounds himself with some of the best poker players in the world, making him more than prepared for Oct. 29.
Andras Koroknai 9/2 (29.37 million) – The World Poker Tour’s 2010 L.A. Poker Classic Champion and the only Hungarian in the October Nine, Koroknai has become a major star in his country and that’s obvious by his huge fan support at tournaments. There’s a chance this will work to his advantage in just a few weeks.
Greg Merson 5/1 (28.72 million) – There is no denying Merson is a poker superstar. The cash game player entered a total of seven events during the 2012 WSOP, cashing in four, winning a bracelet and making another final table outside of the event. And like Sylvia, Merson has experience with fellow competitors.
Russell Thomas 6/1 (24.80 million) – The 24-year-old has cashed in on a Main Event before, finishing 248th in 2011 and has one other WSOP tournament under his belt where he took fifth place in a six-handed no-limit hold ‘em event in 2012.
Steven Gee 9/1 (16.86 million) – The oldest member of the final table, Gee joins Merson as the only WSOP bracelet winners that remain in the October Nine.
Michael Esposito 9/1 (16.26 million) – A commodity broker by day, Esposito has been playing poker longer than most at the final event table and now has four career WSOP cashes, including two in the main event.
Robert Salaburu 10/1 (15.15 million) – The 27-year-old has been playing poker for a decade now and is easily the most modest player in the October Nine. His friends call him a solid player but he’ll still have to prove himself on Oct. 29.
Jacob Balsiger 10/1 (13.11 million) – A political science major at Arizona State University, Balsiger is the youngest main event champion in WSOP history. In between his semester, he’ll take on some of the best poker players in the world and see if he has what it takes to cash in.
Jeremy Ausmus 11/1 (9.80 million) – With nine WSOP cashes in 2012 and 14 throughout his career, Ausmus is ready for the final table.
Las Vegas, NV 10/17/12