2008 World Series of Poker Main Event - Final Table Preview

Posted at 15:56 2008-11-07
In three days nine men with differing skill levels, personalities, chip stacks and nationalities are going to sit down after a 117-day hiatus to contest for a first prize of $9,119,517, a gold bracelet and title of the 2008 World Champion of Poker.
On the 9th of November at 10am ET the nine players will reconvene in the Penn & Teller Theatre at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with the general public being able to attend the proceedings. Once play is down to heads-up the night will end and both players will return the following day at 10pm to battle it out to see who will be crowned World Champion.
For those not fortunate to be sitting at the table or in the crowd, live coverage can be found at PokerNews.com where every hand, chip counts, photos, eliminations and videos can be found live as it occurs. ESPN will be airing the 2-hour final table episode around 18 hours after the first hand is dealt at 9pm ET on November 11th with the heads-up episode to be aired the following night.
When the cards hit the air the players will be seated as follows:
Seat 1: Dennis Phillips – 26,295,000 chips
Seat 2: Craig Marquis – 10,210,000
Seat 3: Ylon Schwartz – 12,525,000
Seat 4: Scott Montgomery – 19,690,000
Seat 5: Darus Suharto – 12,520,000
Seat 6: David Rheem – 10,230,000
Seat 7: Ivan Demidov – 24,400,000
Seat 8: Kelly Kim – 2,620,000
Seat 9: Peter Eastgate – 18,375,000
With blinds at $120,000-$240,000 with a $30,000 ante there will be a remaining 21 minutes and 50 seconds left in this level. For Californian Kelly Kim he won’t have much room to move once the new level kicks in as he will have under 3.3 orbits left before his chips fade down to the felt; and with the next short stack of Craig Marquis still being nearly four-times larger than his, Kim will need to double several times to be in contention.
If Kim is the first to be eliminated we are bound to see some clashes as three of the top four chip leaders will all be seated in a row with Dennis Phillips having position on the only Europeans at the table of Danish Peter Eastgate and Russian Ivan Demidov. Although David “Chino” Rheem has been the most active of the November 9 recently with unsuccessful appearances at the APT Macau, EPT Barcelona, LAPT, Partouche Poker Tour Cannes, WSOPE and the WPT Borgata, it is Demidov in the best form following his third place finish in the WSOP Europe Main Event for £334,850.
Scott Montgomery will be looking to redeem himself after having a final table blow-up at the WPT L.A Poker Classic which was aired the same days Montgomery made his assault at his first WSOP final table. Being in good position on the final table with over 19 million in chips, the Canadian has yet another chance to clinch the title he has been working for over the past few years while on the circuit.
With the Craig Marquis, Ylon Schwartz, Darus Suharto and David Rheem evenly bunched in chips and the chip leaders well ahead of the pack; it is going to be a real battle to see who can claim victory on the most anticipated final table of the year.
All players have received ninth-place prize money of $900,670 with the remainder of the prize pool put in an interest-bearing account with additional money being split amongst the players. The remaining payouts are as follows:
1st - $9,119,517
2nd - $5,790,024
3rd - $4,503,352
4th - $3,763,515
5th - $3,008,012
6th - $2,412,510
7th - $1,769,174
8th - $1,286,672
9th - $900,670
PokerNews.com will be providing live coverage of all the action so make sure you log on and witness a historic final table live on November 9th 10am ET from the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.


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