Americans Dominate The Final Table At WSOP Main Event
The World Series of Poker has become as popular as it is by catering to an international audience. The diversification of the game to include players from all over the globe has made poker one of the most popular sports in the world in recent years, and the World Series of Poker is the place where the biggest international audience exists.
This year, over 6,500 players came to Las Vegas for the main event at the WSOP. Players came from far off parts of the world, with the hope that they will be one of the nine players that make it all the way through to the final table of the main event. Play was fast and furious, but when the final hand had been dealt before reaching the final table, all that remained was eight Americans and one Hungarian.
Andras Koroknai is the only player at the final table that is not American. Complicating things even more for Koroknai is the fact that to get to the final table. he took out the fan favorite, the final woman left in the tournament, Gaelle Baumann.
For much of the main event, Baumann was the talk of the tournament. She held the chip lead early on, and even after relinquishing the lead, Baumann stayed close enough to be in contention for the most coveted bracelet in the sport. By early Tuesday morning, Baumann had become somewhat of a cult hero. Her dream ended, however, when Koroknai sent the remaining players into a frenzy by eliminating the final player between them and the final table.
Joining Koroknai at the final table when play resumes in October, will be chip leader Jesse Sylvia. The Massachusetts resident heads to the final table with 43,875,000 chips. Koroknai is second with 29,375,000 chips.
Greg Merson of Maryland is close behind, with nearly 29,000,000 chips. Russell Thomas is the only other player at the final table with over 20,000,000 in chips. Steven Gee, Michael Espisito, Robert Salaburu, Jacob Balsiger, and Jeremy Ausmus round out the final table. Ausmus is the short stack, with 9,805,000 chips.