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2009 WSOP Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship

WSOP, 2009-07-16, by Ozone

This year's WSOP Main Event final table will receive quite a great deal more interest from fans than it otherwise might have thanks to the presence of one Phil Ivey. After already winning two bracelets in preliminary events, Ivey has positioned himself for a chance at becoming World Champion as well.

Eight others will join Ivey on November 7th. The chipleader with close to 30% of the chips in play is 45 year old Darvin Moon. Shockingly, this is Moon's first money finish in a major live tournament. He is already drawing comparisons to last year's final table chip leader and eventual third-place finisher Dennis Phillips. Incidentally, Phillips made another strong run in this year's Main Event before busting out in 45th place.

The biggest name at the final table aside from Ivey is Card Player Magazine's Jeff Schulman who finished 7th in the 2000 Main Event after suffering a brutal bad beat at the hands of Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson.

Here are the November Nine participants with their seating assignments and chip counts:

Seat 1: Darvin Moon - 58,930,000
Seat 2: James Akenhead - 6,800,000
Seat 3: Phil Ivey - 9,765,000
Seat 4: Kevin Schaffel - 12,390,000
Seat 5: Steven Begleiter - 29,885,000
Seat 6: Eric Buchman - 34,800,000
Seat 7: Joe Cada - 13,215,000
Seat 8: Antoine Saout - 9,500,000
Seat 9: Jeff Shulman - 19,580,000

There were several high-profile players who came up just short in their quest to be among the November Nine, including last year's champion Peter Eastgate. Here are some notable finishes from the Main Event:

24th - Antonio Esfandiari
34th - Blair Rodman
52nd - Tom Schnieder
56th - Joe Sebok
64th - Prahlad Friedman
78th - Peter Eastgate
96th - Noah Boeken
102nd - David Benyamine
103rd - Joe Hachem
122nd - Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier
436th - Phil Hellmuth

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