The 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas has produced its final table of nine who will wait it out till November to see who walks away with the WSOP bracelet and a whopping $8.5 million for 1st place.Many non-poker players are still under the impression that poker( Texas Holdem in particular) is a game of luck but you just need to look at the career of Phil Ivey.He is regarded as the best player in the world (the Tiger Woods of poker) and his live poker winnings top the $10 million mark while his online winnings for 2008 alone are estimated at $8 million. He has already won 2 bracelets at this years event and in making the final table of the main competition he outlasted a field of 6500 players.If Ivey manages to win the main event in 115 days time will there be any doubt that he is the greatest player to ever play the game?
UPDATE: Phil Ivey favourite to win WSOP 2009 [HERE]
Here is the chip count for the final table:
1. Darvin Moon – 58,930,000
2. Eric Buchman – 34,800,000
3. Steven Begleiter – 29,885,000
4. Jeff Shulman – 19,580,000
5. Joseph Cada – 13,215,000
6. Kevin Schaffel – 12,390,000
7. Phil Ivey – 9,765,000
8. Antoine Saout – 9,500,000
9. James Akenhead – 6,800,000
For a complete run down of how they accumulated their chips and more info go to the official WSOP website.
And just in case you are completely uninterested in playing poker i give you this bit of poker related eye candy who also competed at this years event: Liv Boeree.. (ha..gotta love her surname if you are South African)