The 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event has reached its final table and what a final table it will be when it kicks off on November 4.
The 2013 WSOP Main Event final table looks set to be one of the most exciting in recent times, with a host of established professionals being part of it.
Day 7 saw 27 players return to their seats in the vast Amazon Room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, but only nine of those players would leave the current home of the WSOP with smiles on their faces.
The first disappointed player to leave the Rio, the 27th place finisher, was Benjamin Pollak and he was followed out of the door by the likes of last year's WSOP Main Event final table member Steve Gee (24th), Yevgeniy Timoshenko (22nd), and the 2001 WSOP Main Event champion Carlos Mortensen.
Mortensen's elimination in 10th place was the last elimination for four months as his exit left meant only "The November Nine" remained. Mortensen's exit came on the 281st hand of the day and saw him open to 800,000 in the cutoff and JC Tran called in the big blind. Tran then check-called an 800,000 bet on a 10c-6c-3s flop. The 9c landed on the turn and Tran set Mortensen all-in with a 3,575,000 effective bet and Mortensen called. Mortensen showed Ac-9h for a pair of nines with a club flush draw, a draw he needed to hit because Tran held 8c-7s for a straight. That draw never came in because the 2d was the river card, busting Mortensen and setting the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table.
2013 WSOP Main Event November Nine Seat Draw
Seat 1: Sylvain Loosli - France - 19,600,000
Seat 2: Michiel Bummelhuis - Netherlands - 11,275,000
Seat 3: Mark Newhouse - USA - 7,350,000
Seat 4: Ryan Riess - USA - 25,875,000
Seat 5: Amir Lehavot - Israel - 29,700,000
Seat 6: Marc McLaughlin - Canada - 26,525,000
Seat 7: JC Tran - USA - 38,000,000
Seat 8: David Benefield - USA - 6,375,000
Seat 9: Jay Farber - USA - 25,975,000
As you can see from the seat draw above, it is two-time WSOP winner Tran who is the chip leader going into the final table. Tran's 38,000,000 stack contains 8,300,000 (almost 21 big blinds) more than that of his nearest rival Amir Lehavot.
The 2013 WSOP Main Event final table looks set to be one of the most exciting in recent times, with a host of established professionals being part of it. Each of the final nine players can play poker to an extremely high standard and I for one cannot wait for November to come around so the 2013 WSOP Main Event can be completed.
2013 WSOP Main Event November Nine Payouts
1st Place: $8,359,531
2nd Place: $5,173,170
3rd Place: $3,727,023
4th Place: $2,791,982
5th Place: $2,106,526
6th Place: $1,600,792
7th Place: $1,225,224
8th Place: $944,593
9th Place: $733,224
When play resumes in the 2013 WSOP Main Event the blinds will be 200,000/400,000 with a running ante of 50,000. Each of the nine finalists has been paid ninth place money ($733,224) with anyone finishing in seventh place or above becoming a poker millionaire. Of course, the eventual champion takes home a staggering $8,359,531 and has his name written into the history books forever.