Germany’s Hossein Ensan will be the man to catch when the nine remaining players return for the final table of this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event.
Having kicked off more than a week ago with a massive field of 8,569 players – second only to the record 8,773 who took part in 2006 – the Main Event final table was set early Saturday morning Las Vegas time with Ensan sitting way out in front with a stack of 177 million.
In fact, the 55-year-old is the only player sitting above 100 million in chips, with former PokerNews reporter Garry Gates sitting second on 99.3 million and Zhen Cai’s 60.6 million coming in next best.
Day 7 of the Main Event saw 35 players return to the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, among them Sydney’s Warwick Mirzikinian who was looking to become the second Australian in as many years to reach poker’s grandest stage following Alex Lynskey’s seventh-place finish in 2018.
While it wasn’t to be for Mirzikinian, who busted in 20th, the nine exhausted souls who did make it through find themselves on the cusp of claiming a unique place in history as the winner of the 50thAnniversary WSOP Main Event – not to mention the US$10 million first prize. All are now guaranteed at least US$1 million.
The nine remaining players will now enjoy a well-earned day off before returning on Sunday, Las Vegas time, for the final table.
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