WSOP Main Event Finale Begins Today
Monday, 4 November 2013
Today marks the start of the end for this year's WSOP Main Event as nine players retake to the felt in search of poker immortality. Having enjoyed the runs of their lives during the summer, the final few players will return to the felt today for two more days of action.
Leading the way at the start of the session will be the table's most experienced player, JC Tran, with 38 million chips, but nipping at his heels will be a collection of pretenders to the crown. Sitting in second place and carrying the mantle as the finale's oldest player at 38 is Amir Lehavot with 29,700,000 chips.
That haul is enough to put him ahead of a group of youngsters that includes Marc-Etienne McLaughlin (26,525,000), Jay Farber (25,975,000) and Ryan Riess (25,875,000). Rounding out the November Nine is Sylvain Loosli (19,600,000), Michiel Brummelhuis (11,275,000), Mark Newhouse (7,350,000) and David Benefield (6,375,000) and when the action resumes they'll all be chasing the $8,359,531 top prize.
Bookies make JC Tran the favourite at 13/5 followed by Amir Lehavot at 9/2, both at bet365. Ryan Riess and Marc McLaughlin are next at 6/1 with SkyBet with French Winamax pro Sylvain Loosli available at 8/1 at bet365, Ladbrokes and SkyBet and Jay Farber at 9/1 with Ladbrokes. Dutchman Michiel Brummelhuis is at 14/1 with Sky Bet followed by the second big name at the final table, the short stacked David Benefield at 18/1 with Ladbrokes. The rag of the field is Mark Newhouse. If you think he can stage an unlikely comeback you'll get odds of 20/1 from Sky Bet.
David Benefield is the 8/5 favourite with Betfair to be the first player out with an American winner rated a 4/7 shot by bet365. If you think one of the non-Americans will emerge victorious you can back them at 5/4.
The action resumes at 5.30pm Las Vegas time (1.30am on Tuesday morning in the UK) where the final table of nine will be whittled down to just three.