Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you will be aware that the 2014 World Series of Poker took place in Las Vegas.
Took place. That's right, the 2014 WSOP is done and dusted, confined to the history books for another year. Except that is incorrect because the $10,000 WSOP Main Event is still to be completed.
The tournament known as the "Big Dance" returns in November when its final nine players battle it out for the $10,000,000 first place prize. Although November seems an age away, we thought we would give you a quick glimpse into the players who will be returning to Las Vegas when November does come around.
Seat 1: William Pappaconstantinou - USA - 17,500,000 chips
In Seat 1 is William Pappaconstantinou who, as you will have no doubt guessed, has one of the longest names in WSOP history. Be prepared for him to be referred to as Willy P if he starts to play a lot of hands at the final table because the commentators will be having a nightmare!
Seat 2: Felix Stephensen - Norway - 32,775,000 chips
Next to Willy P is the un-Norwegian sounding Norwegian Felix Stephensen. Like many of today's young poker stars, Stephensen is predominately an online poker player and one who will be interesting to watch once the hole cards become available.
Seat 3: Jorryt van Hoof - Holland - 38,375,000 chips
The Netherlands are celebrating having had one of their own in the November Nine for the second year running, not only that but Jorryt van Hoof is the overall chip leader. The Dutchman isn't a No Limit Hold'em tournament player by trade, instead he prefers to play Pot Limit Omaha cash games, so it will be interesting to see how he approaches the task in hand when he returns to the Rio.
Seat 4: Mark Newhouse - USA - 26,000,000 chips
While the Dutch were busy celebrating having one of their player at the final table for the second year running, Mark Newhouse was busy raining on their parade by becoming the first player to reach back-to-back November Nines.
Newhouse reached the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table and busted in ninth place. He is determined not to have a repeat performance 12 months later.
Seat 5: Andoni Larrabe - Spain - 22,550,000 chips
If I had to choose a player who may be seen as the underdog but could actually win then Spain's Andoni Larrabe would be the man I would choose. Having seen him play online, under the alias "pollopopeye," I can confirm that Larrabe is what the cool kids call a sicko.
Seat 6: William Tonking - USA - 15,050,000 chips
William Tonking of New Jersey is another of the finalists who prefers cash games to tournament poker. A regular in the $10/$25 games at, Tonking certainly knows his way around the poker table.
Tonking got lucky on the unofficial final table, flopping a straight and then avoiding a flush draw in a hand that Martin Jacobson accidentally open-limped preflop. Sometimes you have to get lucky in poker.
Seat 7: Dan Sindelar - USA - 21,200,000
Dan Sindelar moved to Las Vegas eight years ago to follow his dream of becoming a professional poker player and it looks to be reaping dividends now. Sindelar is now guaranteed $730,725 in this event, a score that more than doubled his lifetime winnings.
Seat 8: Martin Jacobson - Sweden - 14,900,000
Sweden's Martin Jacobson is the most accomplished player at the final table and would be my choice of a winner, not least because I have met him on numerous occasions and he's always been a top bloke.
When play resumes, he is one of the short stacks, but is intelligent enough to ladder his way up the payouts while rebuilding his stack.
Seat 9: Bruno Politano - Brazil - 12,125,000 chips
The shortest stack at the final table is also the one who is likely to be the best supported. Bruno Politano's crowd wore fancy dress as they railed their hero to the final table in addition to dancing and singing throughout proceedings. Hopefully he'll stay in long enough for the Samba party to really heat up.