2008 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table

The 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event final table will, for the first time in history, be played three months after the completion of the rest of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), with play recommencing on 9 November 2008 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

This has led to the players who made the final table being dubbed “The November Nine”, and the list makes for some very interesting reading, with four countries represented at the Main Event final table.

The break will only serve to heighten the buzz surrounding the Main Event, which is the climax of the World Series group of tournaments. One of the nine players will walk off with the title of World Champion, a gold winner’s bracelet and a staggering first prize of $9.1 million!

The Final Table

The final table at the 2008 WSOP Main Event is made up of the following players, in order of their respective chip stacks:

  1. Dennis Phillips, a salesman, is one of 5 Americans at the final table and is chip leader with 26.295 million. At the end of 2007 Phillips made 2 final tables in WSOP Circuit events.
  2. Russian, Ivan Demidov, brings 24.4 million chips to the final table of the Main Event, having finished 11th in Event 44 – the $1 000 No-Limit Hold’em with Rebuys – at the 2008 WSOP.
  3. Scott Montgomery has 19.69 million chips and will be confident come November, having cashed at 3 other No-Limit Hold’em events at the 2008 World Series of Poker.
  4. Danish youngster Peter Eastgate is just 22, but enters the final table with 18.375 million in chips.
  5. Ylon Schwartz has 12.525 million in chips, having earned over $10 000 already at the 208 WSOP for finishing 15th in the $2 000 Limit Hold’em event.
  6. One of 2 Canadians at the final table, Darus Suharto finished 448th in the 2006 WSOP Main Event for over $26 000, but he will earn far more this year and arrives at the final table with 12.52 million chips to his name.
  7. David “Chino” Rheem has 10.23 million chips for his second final table at the 2008 World Series of Poker.
  8. Craig Marquis has some catching up to do, but is still in with a shout with 10.21 million chips.
  9. Kelly Kim is the major short stack at the Main Event final table, with just 2.262 million in chips, and will face a battle to survive come November.