The 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event has played down to the final nine players who will return in late October to see which of them will walk away with the $8.5 million first place prize.
Nearly 7,000 players plunked down $10,000 each to play in the 2012 Main Event, with play kicking off on July 7 as poker fans from around the world descended on Las Vegas to take a shot at winning poker's biggest prize.
Serving as the unofficial world championship of the poker world each year, the Main Event is the one tournament that every poker player dreams of winning, with millions of dollars in cash handed out to the winners and a chance to join the short-list of champions, which include the likes of poker greats such as Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Hellmuth.
Action wound down on July 16 when the last 27 players standing returned for one more long day of poker, with just nine players left standing when the day was done. While hopes were bright for a female player at the final table for the first time since 1995, Elisabeth Hille of Norway and Gaelle Baumann of France would finish just off the final table in 11th and 10th places, ensuring the Main Event final table would be an all-male affair once again.
Below are the final nine players at the 2012 Main Event, one of which will be the next champion when play resumes in October:
1. Jesse Sylvia – 43,875,000 chips
2. Andras Koroknai – 29,375,000 chips
3. Greg Merson – 28,725,000 chips
4. Russell Thomas – 24,800,000 chips
5. Steven Gee – 16,860,000 chips
6. Michael Esposito – 16,260,000 chips
7. Robert Salaburu – 15,155,000 chips
8. Jake Balsiger – 13,115,000 chips
9. Jeremy Ausmus – 9,805,000 chips
There's not just pride at stake at the final table but plenty of cash as well, with the final nine slated to earn the following:
1st place: $8,527,982
2nd place: $5,292,889
3rd place: $3,797,558
4th place: $2,850,494
5th place: $2,154,616
6th place: $1,640,461
7th place: $1,257,790
8th place: $971,252
9th place: $754,798