The Main Event attracted 6,598 players (from 82 different countries, aged from 21 to 92) this year. Now, after that Day 1 a b c, Day 2 a b c, Day 3,4,5,6 & 7 have been completed, only 9 players remain and have the chance of winning the gold coveted bracelet and the $8.5 million first-place prize!
Jesse Sylvia, 26, will be carrying the chip lead (43,875,000) over the next three-plus months as the final table this year will be played October 28-30. When the final table kicks off, Jesses's closest opponent will be Andras Koroknai, 30, from Hungary with 29,375,000. Koroknai is the only non-U.S. player on the final table. It will be interesting to see how it will affect his game.
Now you might wonder what happened to the Day 6 chip leader Marc Ladouceur and the last 2 standing women in the tournament, Gaelle Baumann from France and Elisabeth Hille from Norway. Ladouceur, from Canada, hit the rail already in 13th place ($465,159)- even though he had about 3 million more than his closest opponent when Day 7 started. And unfortunately we won't have any women on this year's final table as Hille finished in 11th place ($590,442) and Baumann was then eliminated in 10th place for $590,442 after losing an all-in with A9 against Koroknai's AJ.
Below is the final table lineup. We will be back with more information about the finalists later this week.