By far the most important tournament of the World Series of Poker is the main event, which has the particularity of spanning over several months, rather than days. What this actually means is that once the final table is reached, the nine finalists need to wait until November for a winner to be decided. This new format was introduced a couple of years ago and even though it was initially dismissed as a silly change of a perfectly functional tournament, it proved to be a massive hit.
In 2014, there were plenty of poker professionals who attended this tournament, with more than 6000 players sitting down at the tables. It was a clear step forward after a couple of years of decline and the prospects for 2015 are optimistic. Meanwhile, players are gearing up for the November final table which is scheduled to resume in the first week and the very next day a winner will be crowned.
Winning a bracelet in one of the side events is a great accomplishment, but outshining thousands of players is even more rewarding. It’s been a while since poker professionals made the final table and even though the remaining nine are experienced ones, they are not exactly prominent players. A quick glance at the final table will reveal the fact that while all players have theoretical chances, three of them are in excellent position to lift the trophy.
http://www.businessinsider.my/final-table-2014-world-series-of-poker-2014-7/ features an interesting article about the configuration of the final table. The prize pool exceed $10 million and the nine finalists will receive the biggest slice, with Jorryt van Hoof being the chip leader. He has in excess of 38 million chips and this puts him at an advantage over Felix Stephensen who sits in the second place and can brag about a stack of 32 million chips.
These are the only two players to have crossed the psychological threshold, but even though Mark Newhouse only has 26 million chips, he shouldn’t be underestimated. These are the ones who are more likely to be still alive when three handed play begins, but with the fast rising blinds and intense action anything can happen. Last year, Mark was also among the finalists and back then he was the first to be sent to the rail, receiving a bit over $730,000 for his performance.
In November 2014 he can do much better and he will probably put his experience to good use against short stackers. Bruno Politano had the short stack with a bit over $12 million, but all he needs is to win one pot for all his chips, to be back in the race for the bracelet. While we are waiting for action to resume three months from now, check out the final table and the stacks players will bring in November:
- Jorryt van Hoof – 38,375,000
- Felix Stephensen – 32,775,000
- Mark Newhouse – 26,000,000
- Andoni Larrabe – 22,550,000
- Dan Sindelar – 21,200,000
- William Pappaconstantinou – 17,500,000
- William Tonking – 15,050,000
- Martin Jacobson – 14,900,000
- Bruno Politano – 12,125,000