The 2008 WSOP
The 2008 WSOP main event had 6,844 entries, and took 11 days to get down to the final table of 9. The new initiative in 2008 is to delay the playing of final table for 4 months until 9th November 2008. The reasoning behind this is that the hype can be created and the story behind each player investigated and publicised, to make the 2008 WSOP final table the biggest event in poker history.
The following nine players will return to Las Vegas on the 9th November. Check back then to see how they get on.
The experiment of delaying the WSOP final table by 6 months had the desired effect by attracting and loud and partisan crowd of onlookers who added an incredible atmosphere to the WSOP 2008 Final Table.
The final nine are shown above, and last years winner Jerry Yang gets it going with a "shuffle up and deal". Dennis Phillips very quickly loses has cheap lead to Ivan Demidov with a series of questionable calls.
Kelly Kim in the Short stack starts well with barely 10 big blinds to his name, he quickly doubles up when he finds pocket Kings.
The first out is Craig Marquis, he goes all in with pocket 7s against Scott Montgomerys A-Q. Marquis flops a set, but Monty hits runner-runner to make the broadway straight and send Marquis out in ninth, and home with a cheque for $900,000.
Kim is now guaranteed at least $1,288,217 and wastes no time in going all in with a pocket pair of fours, garnering calls from three players, including Demidov and Darus Suharto the latter of whom took the pot on a 9-6-2-A-Q board holding T-9 to outkick Demidov's 9-5. Kim was out in eighth.
Phillips, meanwhile, regains some of his early luster, doubling through Chino Rheem with queens against jacks, and then doubling again through Ylon Schwartz after pulling some ill-advised trickery with A-Q and sucking out with a flopped ace against Schwartz' pocket queens.
A few hands later, and the bad beat experiences continue as Rheem goes all-in with A K against Peter Eastgates A Q. The flop brings a queen and Rheem was suddenly behind for his tournament life. The turn and river bricked and Chino Rheem was history, out in seventh place and taking home $1,772,650 for his time.
It wasnt long before Darus Suharto was next out, after an ill-advised all-in shove with A 8 over the top of fellow Canadian Scott Montgomery's opening raise and, when Monty's A Q turned the nut flush, was out in sixth place.
Suharto, who won his ticket into the main event in an $80 PokerStars satellite, claimed $2,418,562 in prize money on his way out the door. Not a bad return on the investment.
Then it was Scott Montgomery's turn. The second Canadian at the final table, Montgomery is a maniac at the tables, a ticking time-bomb, and he exploded in epic fashion shortly after Suharto made his exit. First, Montgomery doubled up Ivan Demidov in a massive pot after bluff-shoving with A 9 and seeing Demidov call with kings.
Then, crippled, the Full Tilt Poker pro shipped with A 3 and got a call from Eastgate, who tabled pocket sixes. Aces on the flop and turn gave Montgomery the advantage, and after Phillips copped to folding one of the remaining sixes, Montgomery needed only to fade the one-outer to survive. He couldn't. The river brought the case six and Monty was out the door, in fifth place and earning $3,096,768 for his efforts.
Action continued four-handed for a stretch and then something weird happened. People just started gifting Peter Eastgate their chips under the most bizarre of circumstances.
First, Ylon Schwartz shipped his last $12.5 million on a K-8-2-K-5 river with naught but ace-high. Eastgate, holding pocket fives for the boat, had an easy call (although he made it look difficult), and just like that Schwartz was done, $3,774,974 richer and the tournament's fourth-place finisher.
A few hands later, Dennis Phillips bluff-shoved his way to oblivion, shipping for $15 million on a J 4 3 flop with T 9 and getting a snap call from Eastgate, who with pocket treys had flopped bottom set.
The hand was over by the turn and Phillips' ten-high couldn't improve enough to beat his rival, instead earning him a third-place finish and a $4,517,773 reward.
And then there were two.
Eastgate and Ivan Demidov will return at 10 p.m.
on Monday evening to play out the battle, with
Eastgate holding $79,500,000 of the chips in
play and Demidov $57,225,000. Blinds are
$300,000/$600,000, so both players are extremely
deep-stacked so it could be a long