The contestants for the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event finale was decided earlier this week. The final nine poker players who will battle it out to win the WSOP was decided early on Tuesday morning. This is the third largest WSOP Main Event in the history of the competition, with a total of 7221 players signing up in the hopes of being the World Series of Poker champion. The nine finalists consist of four American players, two French players, two Brits, and one player from Argentina. The final event will take place on Thursday at the Rio in Las Vegas. This is where the nine will battle it out for first prize, which is worth $8.15 million.
WSOP Final Event Schedule
This will also be the first time in 10 years that the WSOP final will be held immediately. Since 2007, there has been a three-month wait before the final event actually happened. However, earlier this year, World Series of Poker officials decided to get rid of the November Nine idea and instead finish the tournament in July. This decision was positively received by poker communities, and it’s easy to see why.
The final event of the 2017 WSOP will kick off on Thursday the 20th of June at 5-30pm and will be shown on ESPN 2. During this time, the final table will be reduced from nine players to six. The event will be shown ‘almost live’, as gaming regulations prevent showing the hole cards live, so the broadcast will be delayed by 30 minutes.
The WSOP final will the kick off again on Friday, as another three players are eliminated before the final showdown between the final three on Saturday night. However, it is not uncommon for the final to run into the early hours of the morning.
WSOP Final players
Out of the nine players, two have previously participated in the WSOP final. Antoine Saout, from France, finished third in the World Series of Poker final in 2008, while Ben Lamb made it to the final in 2011, also finishing third.
The oldest player in the final is John Hesp, a 64-year old player from the England. He is also an amateur poker player and has the second highest number of chips going into the final. The youngest player is Scott Blumstein from New Jersey. In some ways, he is also the favorite going in, as he is the chip leader going into the final.
We’re sure it is going to be a very interesting final, and we can’t wait to see who the 2017 WSOP champ is in Las Vegas this weekend!