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WSOP Final Heads Up Match 2008

by Poker Team

Yesterday marked the first day of the final table action at this years World Series of Poker Main Event, and for most it was long overdue. The final table has been waiting to play poker for just about four months now, so it’s safe to say the nine players we’re eager to get the action underway. This year’s main event was held in the Penn & Teller Theatre at the fabulous Rio Casino in Las Vegas.  With all nine players guaranteed just over $900,000 it’s hard to find any losers out of the bunch, but they we’re all fighting for the bracelet and $9.1 million grand prize.

The theater was full of fans and supporters yesterday as the final table commenced and it’s safe to say the chip leader had the biggest fan base. Dennis Phillips had roughly 300 friends in the audience for the final table, and they we’re all dressed identical to him which was something I’ve never seen before. When play was ready to begin the players took there seats with the following chip stacks.

Dennis Phillips - 26,295,000
Craig Marquis - 10,210,000
Ylon Schwartz – 12,525,000
Scott Montgomery – 19,690,000
Darus Suharto – 12,520,000
David Rheem – 10,230,000
Ivan Demidov – 24,400,000
Kelly Kim – 2,620,000
Peter Eastgate – 18,375,000

After a long day of poker yesterday and many up’s and down’s for players the day ended with only two players left. The schedule was designed so that yesterday the final nine would play down until there we’re only two players, and now today the final two players will compete for the bracelet.

Final Two Players at 2008 WSOP

The final two players who made it through the long day yesterday are Ivan Demidov and Peter Eastgate. Both had strong starting stacks to begin the day and they made the right moves all day long to keep there chip stacks on the upwards trend that they set early in the day. Both players will continue playing for the $9.1 million prize and WSOP Main Event bracelet tonight at 10PM local time. Going into play tonight the chip stacks are as followed.

Ivan Demidov – 79,500,000
Peter Eastgate – 57,725,000

Both players are amazing poker players and Ivan has managed to set a new record for making the final table at both the WSOP Europe and WSOP America. He recently finished in 3rd place at the WSOP Europe and now he has already guaranteed at least a 2nd place finish at the WSOP America. Peter Eastgate also has a chance to set a new record for being the youngest player to ever win a WSOP main event bracelet. Currently Phil Hellmuth holds the record and I’m sure Peter would love nothing more then to beat that long standing record tonight.

Play will commence tonight and should run long into the night as it doesn’t start until 10PM local time. If you don’t live in Vegas then you’ll be able to watch the event on television tomorrow night on ESPN. The event will show the action from the entire final table that has been played the past two days and should be a great broadcasting.

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