2008 WSOP Main Event To Take Center Stage

After several months of mounting anticipation, the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event is finally less than a week away, scheduled for November 9th. Appropriately deemed the “November Nine”, the final tablist are as hyped as ever.

A quick change in plans has been issued for the most prestigious live poker event of the year, changing the venue for the 2008 WSOP Main Event. Instead of gathering at the Amazon Room of the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, the November Nine will take center stage in the Penn & Teller Theater, within the hotel.

At 10:00am (local time) Sunday morning on November 9, chip leader Dennis Phillips (pictured left) will take his seat to battle it out with the other final eight competitors. Blinds will start at 120k/240k with 30k antes. The action will continue until two players remain, followed by an overnight break.

Heads-up play will continue between the final two on Monday, November 10th, and will continue until a bracelet winner emerges.

Seating assignments have yet to be announced. Below are the final tablists – the historic ‘November Nine’ – ordered by chip stacks, largest to smallest. The lowest stack, Kelly Kim, has enough chips remaining to cover 11 Big Blinds.

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

When all is said and done, a massive purse of $32,633,446 will be divvied up between the November Nine. The first to exit will receive an impressive payoff of little more than $900k, while the bracelet winner takes home the second largest 1st place prize in the history of the WSOP Main Event, $9.1 million. The exact cash prizes for place 1-9 are shown below.

1st: $9,119,517
2nd: $5,790,024
3rd: $4,503,352
4th: $3,763,515
5th: $3,088,012
6th: $2,412,510
7th: $1,769,174
8th: $1,286,672
9th: $900,670

An enormous crowd of spectators is expected to swarm the Penn & Teller Theater as the WOSP Main Event kicks off Sunday morning. Admission is free, opened on a first-come-first-served basis until the ample room reaches capacity, though each of the final nine plan to have a host of friends and family in attendance.

The 2008 WSOP Main Event will come to a close with the winner crowned on November 10th. The event will then be aired on Tuesday, November 11th as ESPN busily edits the previous two days of live poker action to broadcast the most exciting moments, and of course the heads-up finale, of the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event.

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