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2008 WSOP Event #54: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship

WSOP, 2008-07-15, by Ozone

The 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event began with 6,844 players. It took just 11 days to dwindle this field down to nine players. Now it will take 117 days before a champion is crowned. In May, it was announced that the Main Event's nine finalists would wait until November to determine a world champion. The player who will retain the chip lead for these months is 53 year old Dennis Phillips from St. Louis, Missouri. His 26,295,000 chip stack is represents nearly 20% of the chips in play.

Close behind Phillips is a 27 year old Russian named Ivan Demidov with 24,400,000. Canada's Scott Montgomery has 19,690,000. Another Canadian, Darus Suharto, will bring 12,520,000 to the final table.

Europe's only representative is 22 year old Peter Eastgate from Denmark. Eastgate and 23 year old American Craig Marquis each have a chance to break Phil Hellmuth's record for the youngest player to win the Main Event.

Ylon Schwartz, David "Chino" Rheem, and Kelly Kim, all three Americans, also made the final table. Kim sits last in chips with 2,620,000 which is almost five times fewer chips than the second shortest finalist, Marquis.

Some notable players who nearly made the final table were poker media bombshell Tiffany Michelle (17th - $334,000), Mike Matusow (30th - $193,000), and Phil Hellmuth (45th - $154,000).

The Main Event will resume on November 9th. ESPN will air special coverage of the final table on November 11th. A show on November 4th will give viewers an inside glimpse at what the finalists have been doing during their hiatus.

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