In years past, there is normally at least one semi-big name player out of the final nine people who take the felt for the World Series of Poker Main event final table. For instance, Lee Watkinson and Alex Kravchenko made the final table last year. In 2006, it was Paul Wasicka and Allen Cunningham making it to the last table while Mike Matusow played his way into the Main Event final in 2005.
Of course there were household names made out of these final tables as well such as Jerry Yang, Jamie Gold, and Joe Hachem when they won the Main Event. And 2008 will certainly be no different as the winner will be taking home over $9 million when everything is said and done. However, they won’t have to go though any big-time players to do it though.
That’s because the remaining nine people who will play out the final chapter to the 2008 Main Event are not well known by any means. In fact, you’d have to be a pretty hardcore poker follower to recognize some of the names left. Here is the list of the last few players left and it’s not exactly a who’s who of poker:
Seat 1: Dennis Phillips – 26,295,000
Seat 2: Craig Marquis – 10,210,000
Seat 3: Ylon Schwartz – 12,525,000
Seat 4: Scott Montgomery – 19,690,000
Seat 5: Darus Suharto – 12,520,000
Seat 6: Chino Rheem – 10,230,000
Seat 7: Ivan Demidov – 24,400,000
Seat 8: Kelly Kim – 2,620,000
Seat 9: Peter Eastgate – 18,375,000
Regardless of whether these people are well known or not, one thing that is assured is that these people are in for some major money. Whoever finishes 9th (and it’s a strong bet to be Kelly Kim at this point) will take home nearly a million dollars at $900,670. And as mentioned before, the prizes will be going all the way up to $9 million.
Plus, with over 115 days left till the final table is played out, we’ll probably be hearing plenty about these nine before the actual contest kicks off. I can’t wait to see how it plays out!
Whoever wins the whole thing in November it’ll sure boost their name recognition. We’ll have to see how much the delay helps the WSOP hype this up along with help people learn more about who these players are. Chino Rheem I learned is facing some legal issues because he missed court on a misdemeanor.