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November Nine - Final Table at 2009 WSOP

by AintLuck.com Poker Team

After several grueling days of competition, and nearly 6,500 eliminations, the Main Event of the 2009 World Series of Poker is finally down to its eagerly anticipated November 9.  Though several top name pros were able to make deep runs, including former champs Peter Eastgate and Joe Hachem, in addition to household names such as Antonio Esfandiari, the only well-known left is the one considered by many to be the best of them all.  That distinction belongs to none other than the great Phil Ivey, poker pro at Full Tilt Poker. After winning 2 bracelets in earlier events this year, Ivey was able to thrive in the massive main event field and goes to the final table alive and kicking, albeit with the 3rd fewest chips at the table, and nearly $50 Million behind the chip leader, Darvin Moon.  However, no one is ready to count out the poker icon just yet.

Here is a snapshot of where the tournament will pick up when the final table regroups in November.
Blinds: 120,000-240,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 out of 6,494

The November Nine - 2009 WSOP

Remaining Players at the 2009 WSOP - Chip Counts

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

Seat Assignments for the November 9

The seat assignments for the final table have already been set.  Here is a look at where everyone will be seated along with their current 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: Joseph Cada — 13,215,000
Seat 8: Antoine Saout — 9,500,000
Seat 9: Jeff Shulman — 19,580,000

Phil Ivey, already a 7-time bracelet winner and already 4th on the all-time money earners list is still expected to give it a good run.  With more accomplishments and experience that all of the other remaining players left in the tournament, Ivey seems poised to add to his already expansive resume.  The other notable player left is cardplayer.com’s own Jeff Shulman, who is 4th in chips.  Reached for an interview just after play ended, Ivey seemed proud of what he has already done by stating, “So far I’ve just made the final table, but this tops the list.  It’s definitely up there.”

This is already the best performance Ivey has had in the main event though he has had deep runs in the past, albeit in smaller fields.  In 2002, he finished 23rd, in 2003 he finished 10th and in 2005, he came in 20th.

Although he is the most revered player left, Ivey made it quite clear that he intends to stay away from the current massive chip leader Moon.  Moon, however, does have a great deal of respect for Ivey who half-jokingly said of Ivey, “If he even looks at me, I’m mucking.”

So the stage is set, and the one most recognizable player left would seem to be the one best prepared for the media scrutiny sure to follow the final table participants.  It will be great theater to see how this fairy tale will end. Get ready for the November 9 in a few months!

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