World Series of Poker Main Event final table 2010: 9 to 2

World Series of Poker Main Event final table 2010: 9 to 2

Saturday, 6 November 2010

The nine remaining players in the $10,000 No Limit Hold ‘em Championship Main Event of the 41st annual World Series of Poker have bluffed, hero called, folded and re-raised their way through a near record field of 7,319 players. After four starting flights, two second full days of poker and then six more days of grinding up a chip stack into the seven- or eight-figure range, the stage is set.

There are two men with the eyes of the poker world on them – the first is of course professional tournament and cash game player Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi. He and his three brothers all cashed in the Main Event but for Michael the momentum behind him propelled him ahead of his siblings. He had already won the most prestigious and arguably most skilful event in the shape of the $50,000 8-game Players’ Championship as well as making three other final tables in five-figure buy-in events. Now he comes to the final table in much the same manner as Phil Ivey did in 2009 – after a fantastic series and as the leading pro at the table.

However, chip leader Jonathan Duhamel is not to be underestimated. Unlike the Jamie Golds or Darvin Moons of times gone past, this man is a poker veteran with over six years’ experience playing online... he’s only 22, so we suspect shenanigans. The Canadian is confident going into the final table after accruing most of his huge stack in a 42mm pot with Matt Affleck, so far the largest of the tournament.

However unlike final tables of years past there are no stand-out amateurs at the final table. Soi Nguyen – it wouldn’t be a WSOP without a player named ‘Nguyen’ – is the obvious choice having admitted he doesn’t know what pot odds are and has played very little poker in his life. However, he is close friends with the likes of Nam Le and J.C. Tran as well as others in the Asian Poker Tour crew and has had six months to brush up his skills.

Play is set to kick off at 12pm Las Vegas time, which is at 7pm GMT. We’ll be with you all night and into the wee small hours of the morning bringing you all the action from the Penn and Teller theatre as nine players go to two, who will return on Monday for the bracelet everyone covets – oh, and the small matter of an $8,944,138 first prize.

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