2008 WSOP Main Event Update: Final Nine Revealed

The 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table has been decided as Day 7 came to a close yesterday, July 14th. And so now we must wait for the final nine to reconvene after a long break – a 117 day break as a matter of fact – not set to converge on the final table until November 9, 2008.

It was a long and grueling battle between the final 27 participants, with Dean Hamrick being the last to go in 10th position. Hamrick pushed all-in with 3,420,000, followed by an over the top all-in from Texan Craig Marquis.  One after another, the table folded all round.

The cards were revealed: Marquis Qh-Qc, Hamrick As-Jc.

Then came the Flop: Kc-10h3d

Marquis held the lead with his pocket Queens, though Hamrick was now betting on a Straight Draw.

The Turn: 10d

Hamrick would need an Ace to win – nothing else would do. The crowd noise picked up, calling for this card or that, then it came…

The River: Ks

Hamrick was the final player sent to the rails, earning $591,865. Though he pocketed in excess of half a million dollars, the disappointment must have been shattering; to be so close to the “November Nine” – as it’s being so popularly termed – yet to fall so unbearably short.

Another unfortunate ousting from the final three tables was that of Tiffany ‘Hot Chips’ Michelle, the “Last Woman Standing” in the 2008 WSOP Main Event. Women (and men) around the world were rooting for this budding beauty, donning a fatigue cap that did little to hide her obvious daunted spirit as the final cards came down, sending her out in 17th place.

Tiffany Michelle went further into the WSOP Main Event than any other woman since 2000. Had she gone on to the final table in November, Michelle would have become only the second woman in WSOP history to do so. As it was, Michelle’s A-J could not hold up against Peter Eastgate’s Pocket Aces. The Flop brought yet another Ace, but no Jack came to her rescue. Tiffany Michelle was award $334,534 for her 17th place finish.

2008 WSOP Main Event “November Nine”
As it stands, the final nine competitors will take to the final table on November 9, 2008. You’ll find the names and respective chip counts below.

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

Only 116 days to go now………

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