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Event #54 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em Championship Final Day Results & Report

39th World Series of Poker 2008

Event #54 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em Championship
Final Day
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
3700 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV, 89103, US
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Peter Eastgate Peter Eastgate Wins the 2008 World Series of Poker
22-Year-Old Danish Poker Pro Becomes the Youngest World Champion in History Longest, Biggest, Richest Poker Tournament...
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Profile: Peter Eastgate
Date: November 9, 2008 Time: 12:00 PM

Buy-In: $10,000
Prizepool: $64,379,439
Entries: 6,844
Game Type: No Limit Hold'em

Place Country Name Prize
1 Denmark Peter Eastgate $9,119,517
2 Russia Ivan Demidov $5,790,024
3 USA Dennis Phillips $4,517,773
4 USA Ylon Schwartz $3,774,974
5 Canada Scott Montgomery AKA "r_a_y" $3,096,768
6 Canada Darus Suharto $2,418,562
7 USA David Rheem AKA "Chino" $1,772,650
8 USA Kelly Kim $1,288,217
9 USA Craig Marquis AKA "craigmarq" $900,670
10 USA Dean Hamrick $591,869
11 USA Joe Bishop $591,869
12 USA Chris Klodnicki $591,869
13 USA Nicholas Sliwinski $463,201
14 Denmark Gert Andersen $463,201
15 Canada Owen Crowe $463,201
16 USA Anthony Scherer $334,534
17 USA Tiffany Michelle AKA "Hot Chips" $334,534
18 USA Jason Riesenberg AKA "Jball" $334,534
19 USA Albert Kim $257,334
20 USA Brandon Cantu $257,334
21 USA Paul Snead $257,334
22 Romania Judet Toni Cristian $257,334
23 USA Tim Locke $257,334
24 UK Aaron Gordon $257,334
25 Sweden Niklas Flisberg AKA "Flisan" $257,334
26 USA Phi Nguyen $257,334
27 USA Michael Carroll $257,334
28 Russia Nikolay Losev AKA "kolunya" $193,000
29 Romania Cristian Dragomir $193,000
30 USA Mike Matusow AKA "The Mouth" $193,000
31 USA Garrett Beckman $193,000
32 USA Clint Schafer $193,000
33 Venezuela Jamal Kunbuz $193,000
34 USA Greg Byard $193,000
35 USA Andrew Brokos $193,000
36 USA Peter Neff $193,000
37 USA Andrew Rosskamm $154,400
38 Germany Felix Osterland $154,400
39 USA Craig Stein $154,400
40 Canada Mauro Lupo $154,400
41 USA Thang Pham AKA "Kido" $154,400
42 Canada Jonathan Plens AKA "The Rookie" $154,400
43 USA Jason Glass $154,400
44 USA Christopher Crilly $154,400
45 USA Phil Hellmuth Jr $154,400
46 Australia Dave Saab AKA "Superman" $135,100
47 USA Nhan Le $135,100
48 USA Adam Levy $135,100
49 Canada Aaron Keay $135,100
50 USA Allen Kennedy $135,100
51 USA Alfredo Fernandez $135,100
52 USA Mark Ketteringham $135,100
53 USA Alan Gould $135,100
54 USA Alex Outhred $135,100
55 Brazil Rafael Caiaffa $115,800
56 USA Eric Bamer $115,800
57 USA Jeremy Joseph $115,800
58 USA Jeremy Gaubert $115,800
59 USA Justin Sadauskas $115,800
60 USA Mark Owens $115,800
61 USA Thomas Keller $115,800
62 Netherlands Geert Jans $115,800
63 USA Brian Tatum $115,800
64 USA Victor Ramdin $96,500
65 USA Larry Dale Wright II $96,500
66 USA Christopher Zapf $96,500
67 USA Justin Scott $96,500
68 USA Suresh Prabhu $96,500
69 USA Sean Davis $96,500
70 USA Terry Steven Lade $96,500
71 Ireland James McManus $96,500
72 USA Daniel Buzgon $96,500
73 USA David Benefield $77,200
74 USA Jamal Sawaqdeh $77,200
75 UK Keith Hawkins AKA "The Camel" $77,200
76 USA Lisa Parsons $77,200
77 USA Mark Wilds $77,200
78 USA Matt Matros $77,200
79 USA Robert Whalen AKA "Poto Bob" $77,200
80 Australia Mark Vos AKA "pokerbok" $77,200
81 Italy Davor Lanini $77,200
82 Ireland Stephen Kenna $64,333
83 USA Lonnie Heimowitz $64,333
84 Russia Alexander Kostritsyn $64,333
85 USA Cedric Kolstad $64,333
86 USA Reagan Silber $64,333
87 USA Skip Wilson $64,333
88 Finland Santeri Valikoski $64,333
89 Argentina Jose Ignacio Barbero $64,333
90 USA Jeffrey Papola AKA "jpapola" $64,333
91 USA Timothy Taylor $51,466
92 USA Geoffrey Herzog $51,466
93 Austria Markus Feurle AKA "feurinho" $51,466
94 USA Robert Hwang $51,466
95 Netherlands Yde Deutekom $51,466
96 India Aditya Agarwal $51,466
97 UK Dwayne Stacey AKA "Dwayne" $51,466
98 Canada Darren Grant $51,466
99 Germany Cort Kibler-Melby $51,466
100 USA Marc Podell $41,816
101 Italy Vito Branciforte $41,816
102 Finland Mikko Petteri $41,816
103 USA Tri Nguyen $41,816
104 UK Kara Scott $41,816
105 USA Shahram "Sean" Sheikhan $41,816
106 France Stephan Hornet $41,816
107 USA Nathan Hays $41,816
108 USA Nghia Le AKA "Peter" $41,816
109 Canada Greg De Bora $41,816
110 Ireland Reggie Lyons $41,816
111 USA Robert Ford $41,816
112 USA Jeff Madsen $41,816
113 USA Steve Pestal $41,816
114 UK Adam York $41,816
115 USA Keller Hunter $41,816
116 USA Matthew Jensen $41,816
117 USA Allen Cunningham $41,816
118 UK William Brewin $41,816
119 Denmark Jens Klaning $41,816
120 UK Jeff Kimber AKA "JaffaCake" $41,816
121 USA Keith Ferrera $41,816
122 USA Brandon Becker $41,816
123 USA Sudhakara Kattamuri $41,816
124 USA Douglas Ashmore $41,816
125 UK Dale Hoy $41,816
126 UK Andrew Teng AKA "Golfpro699" $41,816
127 Venezuela Dan Assor $41,816
128 USA Brad Johnson AKA "Tank" $41,816
129 USA Stephen Su $41,816
130 USA Jeffrey Anderson AKA "HB_HITMAN" $41,816
131 USA Anton Nikaj AKA "Texpert" $41,816
132 USA Alexander Tinsley $41,816
133 Canada Xiao Dong Deng $41,816
134 USA Terry Stewart $41,816
135 USA Brent Shrerbon $41,816
136 Finland Minna Ritakorpi $41,816
137 USA Robert Betts $41,816
138 Sweden Pontus Khosravi $41,816
139 USA Karen Manfrede $41,816
140 France Sylvain Coeur $41,816
141 Sweden Mikael Johansson $41,816
142 USA Andrew Schultz $41,816
143 USA Keoni Schwartz $41,816
144 USA Matt Lessinger $41,816
145 USA Joel Fischbein $41,816
146 USA Jeremiah Smith $41,816
147 Russia Sarkis Akopyan $41,816
148 USA Jon Friedberg $41,816
149 Greece Charalampos Tsaoussis AKA "KingGr" $41,816
150 USA Barry Leventhal $41,816
151 USA Justin St John $41,816
152 Switzerland Patrick Zamarian $41,816
153 USA Garth Paul $41,816
154 USA Kyle Carlston $41,816
155 USA Chris Overgard $41,816
156 USA Joshua Freeman $41,816
157 USA Noah Kawashige $41,816
158 USA Jerry Martin $41,816
159 USA Cory Albertson $41,816
160 Denmark Gus Hansen AKA "The Great Dane" $41,816
161 USA Chip Jett $41,816
162 USA Hoyt Corkins $41,816
163 Sweden Robin Larsson $38,600
164 USA Andy Witek $38,600
165 Canada Evan Jarvis $38,600
166 USA Cornel Pazara $38,600
167 USA Mao Qiu $38,600
168 Netherlands Gerardus Terwisscha van Scheltinga $38,600
169 USA Jesse McEuen $38,600
170 Denmark Helge Pederson $38,600
171 UK Bill Purle $38,600
172 USA Lou Esposito $38,600
173 USA Tom Cope $38,600
174 USA James Mills $38,600
175 USA Christopher Barrile $38,600
176 USA Chad Layne $38,600
177 USA Charles Dolan $38,600
178 UK Ben Roberts $38,600
179 Canada Joshua Norris $38,600
180 USA Bernie Koerner $38,600
181 Belgium Diren Yildiz $38,600
182 USA Allen Carter $38,600
183 UK Neil Sweeting $38,600
184 USA Anthony Meeker $38,600
185 USA Gerald Cusick $38,600
186 Australia Hai Chu $38,600
187 USA Anthony Clark $38,600
188 Hungary Peter Traply $38,600
189 USA George Rahme $38,600
190 USA Bayani Flores $38,600
191 UK Edward Roger $38,600
192 USA David Olson $38,600
193 USA Virgil Beddingfield AKA "Hit Man" $38,600
194 Eric Bremond $38,600
195 USA Robert Georato $38,600
196 Sweden Andreas Berggren $38,600
197 USA Alexander Borteh $38,600
198 USA Edwin Aister $38,600
199 USA Steve Billirakis AKA "MrSmokey1" $38,600
200 USA Glenn Cozen $38,600
201 Canada Ronald Adams $38,600
202 USA Ross Smith $38,600
203 USA Jimmy Nickens $38,600
204 USA Michael Graffeo $38,600
205 USA Anthony Zinno $38,600
206 USA William Soffin $38,600
207 Puerto Rico Jose Baeza $38,600
208 Sweden Samir Shakhtor $38,600
209 Canada Alana Morin $38,600
210 USA Paulo Loureiro $38,600
211 USA Hyon Kim $38,600
212 USA Jeffrey Frye $38,600
213 USA Le Kim Banh $38,600
214 USA Daniel Fuhs $38,600
215 USA Ed Fernandez $38,600
216 USA Scott Carpenter AKA "King" $38,600
217 USA Joseph Brandenburg $38,600
218 USA Joseph Ward $36,800
219 USA Brent Roberts AKA "astrolux85" $38,600
220 USA Ryan Milisits AKA "dank stax" $38,600
221 France Manuel Bevand $38,600
222 USA Justin Wald $38,600
223 USA Jose Gomez $38,600
224 USA Matt Beisner $38,600
225 USA Jon Turner AKA "Pearljammer" $38,600
226 USA Clifton Allen AKA "The Hanger" $35,383
227 USA Steve Landfish $35,383
228 USA Joseph Bolnick $35,383
229 USA Edward Zane $35,383
230 Canada Damien Creurer $35,383
231 Netherlands Thierry Van den Berg $35,383
232 Sweden Kristian Obbarius AKA "OBBESLASK, MADAMEROCK" $35,383
233 USA Bill Seber $35,383
234 Netherlands Dominik Kulicki $35,383
235 Argentina Veronica Dabul $35,383
236 USA Kevin Mason $35,383
237 USA Mark Weil $35,383
238 USA Evelyn Ng AKA "Evybabee, Evy DailyX" $35,383
239 USA Tracey Nguyen $35,383
240 USA Hevad "Rainbow" Khan $35,383
241 Norway Sigurd Eskeland $35,383
242 Australia Michael Pedley $35,383
243 USA Melvin Lowe $35,383
244 USA Olivier Busquet $35,383
245 Israel Ziv Bachar $35,383
246 USA Doron Malinasky $35,383
247 Ireland George McKeever $35,383
248 USA Greg Jamison $35,383
249 Australia Tyron Krost $35,383
250 USA Van Nguyen AKA "mrs master" $35,383
251 Denmark Soren Petersen $35,383
252 USA David Baker AKA "Bakes" $35,383
253 USA Marc Fineman $35,383
254 USA Brad Hood $35,383
255 USA Paul Lieu $35,383
256 Brazil Marco Marcon $35,383
257 Argentina Leo Fernandez $35,383
258 USA Thomas Cargill $35,383
259 Spain Raul Paez $35,383
260 USA Travis Cook $35,383
261 USA Leonardo Emperador $35,383
262 Germany Andreas Martens $35,383
263 Jim Bowler $35,383
264 USA Brian Eckstrom $35,383
265 USA Weikai Chang $35,383
266 USA Eric Tom $35,383
267 Finland Hannu Korva $35,383
268 USA David Angel $35,383
269 USA Phongthep "Tab" Thiptinnakon $35,383
270 UK John Peter $35,383
271 USA Shawn Pilot $35,383
272 Australia Tino Lechich $35,383
273 USA Peter Biebel $35,383
274 USA Nick Voyatzis $35,383
275 USA Michael Ortlieb $35,383
276 USA Mike Ngo $35,383
277 Sweden Per Mattsson $35,383
278 USA Dan Mitnick $35,383
279 Cyprus Phidias Georgiou $35,383
280 USA Chad Freid $35,383
281 Norway Dag Martin Mikkelsen AKA "dmmikkel" $35,383
282 USA Dustin Holmes $35,383
283 Canada Mark Radoja $35,383
284 USA Theodore Park $35,383
285 USA Chau Do $35,383
286 USA Jeff Heyn $35,383
287 Aleksandar Rasic $35,383
288 Czech Republic Jiri Hlavaty $35,383
289 Sweden Paul Kristoffersson $32,166
290 Ireland Bernard Brady $32,166
291 USA Michael Souza $32,166
292 UK Paul Vicary $32,166
293 USA Alan Jaffray $32,166
294 USA William Burdick $32,166
295 Brazil Marcelo Dabus $32,166
296 USA Theodore Harris $32,166
297 Sweden Fredrick Halling $32,166
298 USA Randy Benton $32,166
299 Netherlands Shahram Rastegari $32,166
300 Canada Steven Goosen $32,166
301 USA Brian Hansen $32,166
302 Canada Aaron Lerner $32,166
303 USA Mike Purdy $32,166
304 Australia Peter Ling $32,166
305 USA Clayton Newman $32,166
306 Mexico Michelle Sainz AKA "the ghost" $32,166
307 USA Bruce Hyde $32,166
308 USA Michael Blockside $32,166
309 Canada Antonio Basile $32,166
310 USA Patrick Poels $32,166
311 USA Kevin Lang $32,166
312 USA Brian Lamanna $32,166
313 Sweden Nichlas Mattson $32,166
314 Germany Drago Timarac $32,166
315 USA Thomas Schaffer $32,166
316 South Africa Andre Johnstone $32,166
317 USA John Gordon AKA "Muscles" $32,166
318 Canada Ferdinand Quelle $32,166
319 USA Carmel Petresco $32,166
320 USA Paul Kitsos AKA "Biggie Smalls" $32,166
321 USA Thayer Rasmussen AKA "JINXY MONKEY" $32,166
322 Finland Jani Vilmunen $32,166
323 USA Michael Bertolini $32,166
324 USA Kevin Schaffel $32,166
325 Denmark Mads Andersen $32,166
326 USA Derek Buonano $32,166
327 USA Nick Rampone $32,166
328 USA Shane Pacheco $32,166
329 USA Johnny Chan $32,166
330 USA Joshua Chait $32,166
331 USA Maya Gellar $32,166
332 USA Everett Carlton $32,166
333 USA Bill Blanda AKA "Big Daddy" $32,166
334 USA Greg "Fisherman" Duros $32,166
335 USA Tracy Scala $32,166
336 USA Edward Godfrey $32,166
337 Sweden Magnus Petersson $32,166
338 USA Hasan Habib $32,166
339 USA Mirza M Nagji $32,166
340 USA Michael Spinasanta $32,166
341 USA Andrew Armstrong $32,166
342 USA Mitchell Smith $32,166
343 Ireland Tom Hanlon $32,166
344 USA Adam Zinn AKA "duck" $32,166
345 USA Igor Ioffe $32,166
346 USA Gary Friedlander $32,166
347 USA Jeremy Renz $32,166
348 USA Stuart Hosen $32,166
349 USA Jason Newburger AKA "Chicago Kid" $32,166
350 USA Robert Wood $32,166
351 USA Tai Nguyen $32,166
352 UK Mark Crocker $28,950
353 USA Matt Calhoun $28,950
354 USA Joanne Monteavaro $28,950
355 USA Denny Lee AKA "Sting Like Bee" $28,950
356 USA Ray Henson $28,950
357 UK Paul Ridley $28,950
358 UK Trevor Reardon AKA "bigTR" $28,950
359 USA Robert Cook $28,950
360 USA Devin Porter $28,950
361 USA Tomer Berda $28,950
362 Canada Adam Schwartz $28,950
363 Germany Marc Tschirch $28,950
364 USA Russel Silva $28,950
365 USA Leonard Nicoletta $28,950
366 USA Dylan Linde $28,950
367 USA Jason Lester $28,950
368 USA Leo Wolpert $28,950
369 USA Arthur Tanimoto $28,950
370 France Bertrand Grospellier AKA "ElkY" $28,950
371 USA Waylon Frey $28,950
372 USA Eric Kesselman AKA "The Gimp" $28,950
373 USA Evan McNiff $28,950
374 USA Christopher Smith $28,950
375 Frank Browne $28,950
376 South Africa Ryan Eber $28,950
377 USA Mark Velloney $28,950
378 USA Kenneth-Kun Lee $28,950
379 USA Phillip Liou $28,950
380 USA Lawrence Jacobs $28,950
381 USA Israel Hodara $28,950
382 USA Herbert Morici $28,950
383 USA Eric Thompkins AKA "E. Tizzle" $28,950
384 USA Gary Berbiglia $28,950
385 UK Iwan Johns $28,950
386 USA Cliff Josephy AKA "Johnny Bax" $28,950
387 USA Scott Landrem $28,950
388 USA Robert Fechser $28,950
389 UK Steve Davis AKA "The Nugget" $28,950
390 Canada Patrick Fortin $28,950
391 France Shaun Farley $28,950
392 USA John Reiss $28,950
393 USA Kim Moon $28,950
394 USA Frank Russo $28,950
395 USA Jamie Rosen AKA "The Chronic" $28,950
396 UK Nicholas Keegan AKA "Kegsy100" $28,950
397 USA Larry Bernstein $28,950
398 USA Jasper Lee $28,950
399 USA E B $28,950
400 Venezuela Andres Alvarez $28,950
401 USA Steven Giufre $28,950
402 USA Jolyne Thompson $28,950
403 USA Thomas Cummins $28,950
404 Portugal Diogo Borges $28,950
405 Denmark Martin Elkjaer $28,950
406 Unknown Salomon Sutton $28,950
407 Germany Michael Schnabel $28,950
408 USA Pawel Andrzejewski $28,950
409 Ireland Paul Leckey $28,950
410 USA Frank Chimienti $28,950
411 USA Richard Owens $28,950
412 USA Whitney Blanton AKA "Whit" $28,950
413 Netherlands Peter Wesselius $28,950
414 USA Kory Mitchell $28,950
415 Ireland Pat O Callaghan $27,020
416 USA Andrew Goetsch $27,020
417 USA William Pilossoph AKA "Pittsburgh Billy" $27,020
418 USA Frankie O'Dell $27,020
419 USA Tim West $27,020
420 USA Steven Rosen $27,020
421 Canada Jason Sagle $27,020
422 USA Dale Andrews $27,020
423 USA Craig Goodling AKA "Trapper" $27,020
424 USA Adam Schoenfeld $27,020
425 USA Peter Christensen $27,020
426 Mexico Raymond Saide $27,020
427 UK Dave Colclough $27,020
428 USA Christopher Anzivino $27,020
429 USA James Dalessandro $27,020
430 USA David Naimark $27,020
431 USA Mike Wattel $27,020
432 USA Gary Do $27,020
433 Spain Maria Navarro $27,020
434 Finland Eetu Vehilainen $27,020
435 USA James Washer $27,020
436 USA Robert Bright AKA "Bob" $27,020
437 USA Jeff Bryan AKA "the beast" $27,020
438 USA Rick Lowe $27,020
439 Russia Kirill Gerasimov $27,020
440 Netherlands Fokke Beukers $27,020
441 Alberto Fontrytzner $27,020
442 USA Jean Robert Bellande $27,020
443 USA Scott Harris $27,020
444 USA Jason Young AKA "JBY" $27,020
445 South Africa Neville Robbeson $27,020
446 Canada Haysam Chiniara AKA "The Punisher" $27,020
447 USA Darryl Ronconi $27,020
448 Norway Morten Antonsen $27,020
449 Sweden Peter Hedlund $27,020
450 USA Jason McCarty $27,020
451 USA Evan Woodington $27,020
452 UK Chris Bjorin $27,020
453 USA David Dao $27,020
454 Netherlands Stefan de Vries $27,020
455 USA Nathan Mullen $27,020
456 USA Brian Schaedlich $27,020
457 USA George Ramsey $27,020
458 USA Robert Mizrachi $27,020
459 Germany Denys Drobyna $27,020
460 USA Chase Madden $27,020
461 Sweden Christian Oman $27,020
462 USA Thamir Akrawi $27,020
463 USA Huyen Bo $27,020
464 USA David Ritter $27,020
465 Canada Peter Aiello $27,020
466 USA Scott Hair $27,020
467 UK Zafar Aslam $27,020
468 USA Hugo Navarrete $27,020
469 USA Mike Vanier $27,020
470 USA David Kronick $27,020
471 USA Ken Holcombe $27,020
472 USA Max Troy $27,020
473 USA Scott Zakheim $27,020
474 USA Greg Peters $27,020
475 UK Keir Fitzgibbon $27,020
476 USA Aaron Steury $27,020
477 Austria Markus Golser $27,020
478 USA Va Shon Watkins $25,090
479 USA Leroy Spires $25,090
480 USA Roger Pruzansky $25,090
481 USA Ben Sprengers $25,090
482 USA Jason House $25,090
483 Netherlands Rolf Slotboom $25,090
484 Canada Edmund Chan $25,090
485 USA Daniel J. Barlin $25,090
486 USA Jeffrey Palarino $25,090
487 USA Jeff Norman $25,090
488 USA Judy Raney $25,090
489 USA Edmond Mekertchian $25,090
490 USA Gary Herstein $25,090
491 Sweden Andreas Jorbeck $25,090
492 USA Ruben Juarez $25,090
493 USA Beisheng Chen $25,090
494 USA Al Riccobono $25,090
495 USA Daryn Firicano $25,090
496 Gerald Macleod $25,090
497 Sean Fennessey $25,090
498 USA Howard German $25,090
499 Germany Christophe Gross $25,090
500 USA James Peera $25,090
501 USA Lei Cai $25,090
502 USA Ron Jenkins $25,090
503 Italy Francesco De Vivo $25,090
504 USA David Silk $25,090
505 USA Joe McGowan $25,090
506 USA Bryan Bevis $25,090
507 USA James Grimes $25,090
508 USA James Maltz AKA "Ace" $25,090
509 USA Luke Vrabel $25,090
510 USA David Stucke $25,090
511 USA Bob Jarman $25,090
512 USA Michael Vonada $25,090
513 USA David Gee $25,090
514 USA George Wedemeyer $25,090
515 USA Todd Pierce $25,090
516 James Eccles $25,090
517 USA Chris "The Armenian Express" Grigorian $25,090
518 USA Chau Giang $25,090
519 USA William Douglas Smith $25,090
520 USA Hamid Jahangard $25,090
521 USA Serg Markarian $25,090
522 UK Asher Derei $25,090
523 USA David Sacks AKA "TRK" $25,090
524 USA Mike Perez AKA "The Prince" $25,090
525 Brian Montag $25,090
526 USA Bob Slezak $25,090
527 Unknown $25,090
528 Wendell Olsen $25,090
529 Vlad Teposu $25,090
530 Japan Wooka Kim $25,090
531 Gjorgji Chuchuk $25,090
532 Jason Kang $25,090
533 Jamaica Rory Chinn $25,090
534 Sweden Dan Glimne $25,090
535 Unknown $25,090
536 USA Farzad Rouhani AKA "Freddie" $25,090
537 Janne Runtti $25,090
538 USA John Strzemp $25,090
539 USA Mark Tenner $25,090
540 Matthew Mezvinsky $25,090
541 USA Stephen Landrum $23,160
542 Denmark Rene Refsgaard $23,160
543 Eugene Neto $23,160
544 Denmark Soren Jensen $23,160
545 USA Michael Johnson $23,160
546 USA Jesse Kremer $23,160
547 Denmark Soren Knudsen $23,160
548 USA Michael Offerman $23,160
549 Hungary Valdemar Kwaysser $23,160
550 Jason Ashley $23,160
551 Andreas Torbergsen $23,160
552 USA Steve Austin AKA "THE NATURAL" $23,160
553 Norway Henning Granstad $23,160
554 Ernesto Margolis $23,160
555 Adam Grovenstein $23,160
556 USA Zelong Dong $23,160
557 John Kapovich $23,160
558 USA Alex Smith $23,160
559 Denmark Henrik Thuesen $23,160
560 USA Gary Hamilton $23,160
561 UK Paul Coles $23,160
562 Si Vo $23,160
563 USA Jody Garaventa $23,160
564 UK James Lowe $23,160
565 Michael Grabmugg $23,160
566 USA Robert Crawford $23,160
567 USA Yonghui Jiang $23,160
568 USA Rick Welch $23,160
569 USA Karen Mengden $23,160
570 USA Kermit Mallette $23,160
571 USA Brian Brubaker $23,160
572 Denmark Michael Frandsen $23,160
573 USA Steven Levy $23,160
574 USA Va Shon Watkins $23,160
575 Canada Jason Nadeau $23,160
576 USA Jerome Mercado $23,160
577 Martyn Sands $23,160
578 Brett Houghton $23,160
579 USA David Rosenbloom $23,160
580 USA Matt Culberson $23,160
581 USA Justin Tresedell $23,160
582 Portugal Pierre Marceau $23,160
583 USA Robert Anderson $23,160
584 USA Jeremy Symington $23,160
585 Germany Jan Heitmann AKA "Erdnase" $23,160
586 USA Nathan Doudney $23,160
587 Israel Izakron Young $23,160
588 France Oliver Decamps $23,160
589 Bijan Shablaz $23,160
590 Jesper Anderberg $23,160
591 USA Brandon Foster $23,160
592 USA Brett Richey $23,160
593 Brazil Rubens Bicalho $23,160
594 Daniel Marchand $23,160
595 Norway Age Spets $23,160
596 USA Raymond Yee $23,160
597 USA Matthew Kennedy $23,160
598 Ramus Vogt $23,160
599 USA Wilbur Futhey $23,160
600 USA Thor Hansen $23,160
601 USA Benjamin Zamani $23,160
602 Sweden Magnus Persson $23,160
603 Netherlands Johan Slutter $23,160
604 USA Sharon Levin $23,160
605 USA Darren Nelson $21,230
606 Canada Ryan Monastyrski $21,230
607 USA Matthew Bucaric $21,230
608 USA Weiwen Liang $21,230
609 Australia Emad Tahtouh $21,230
610 USA Berk Aydin $21,230
611 USA Jeffrey Hakim $21,230
612 Ecuador Alioscia Oliva $21,230
613 USA Jonathan Lane $21,230
614 USA Cuong Nguyen $21,230
615 Hungary Milan Andrejkovics $21,230
616 USA Bill Gazes $21,230
617 USA Frank Rusnak $21,230
618 USA George Adams $21,230
619 USA John Henck $21,230
620 USA Allen Bari $21,230
621 USA Jose Santos $21,230
622 USA Senovio Ramirez $21,230
623 Israel Nadav Benjosef AKA "Benyo" $21,230
624 USA Adam Richardson $21,230
625 USA Vanessa Rousso AKA "Lady Maverick" $21,230
626 USA Ryan Jones $21,230
627 Canada Les Jesudason $21,230
628 Netherlands Wolfbert Bartlema $21,230
629 USA Todd Jatras $21,230
630 Sweden Mats Clavell $21,230
631 USA Julian Meer $21,230
632 UK Nick Goodall $21,230
633 USA Nathaniel Eaton $21,230
634 Canada David Trinh $21,230
635 USA Jason Gray $21,230
636 USA Brian Pinkus $21,230
637 France Michel Leibgorin $21,230
638 USA Shan Jing AKA "PacMan" $21,230
639 USA Michael Berra $21,230
640 USA Patri Forwalter-Friedman $21,230
641 USA Douglas Janney $21,230
642 Switzerland Claudio Rinaldi $21,230
643 Sweden Messaoud Bouchaib $21,230
644 Germany Walter Bizzarro $21,230
645 Canada Pat Pezzin AKA "TorontoToro" $21,230
646 USA Kenneth McKusick $21,230
647 France Rui Cao $21,230
648 USA Juan Hernandez $21,230
649 USA Bryan Tiffin $21,230
650 USA Carl Restifo $21,230
651 USA Men "The Master" Nguyen $21,230
652 France Pascal Guerillot $21,230
653 USA Matthew Clark $21,230
654 UK Tam Gourlay $21,230
655 UK Roy Vandersluis $21,230
656 Argentina Fernando Gordo AKA "Solvafer" $21,230
657 Canada Sasa Stancic $21,230
658 USA David Gallis $21,230
659 UK Robert Parkin $21,230
660 USA Robert Melnyk $21,230
661 Switzerland Lorenz Roder $21,230
662 USA Dale Sing $21,230
663 USA Tom Brown $21,230
664 Sweden Henrik Abrahamson $21,230
665 USA Justin Phillips $21,230
666 USA Joe Conti AKA "Mojo" $21,230

Tournament Report

Peter Eastgate Wins the 2008 World Series of Poker

22-Year-Old Danish Poker Pro Becomes the Youngest World Champion in History

Longest, Biggest, Richest Poker Tournament Series Ends with First-Ever Danish Champion Topping the Famed ‘November Nine'

Tournament Notes from the Final Table:
• The 2008 World Series of Poker champion is Peter Eastgate, from Odense, Denmark.
• Eastgate is a 22-year-old professional poker player. He was born in Denmark and is a Danish citizen. However, he spends much of his time in London (UK) playing poker.
• First-place paid $9,152,416 in prize money - the second-highest poker payout in history..
• Eastgate is fluent in both Danish and English.
• Eastgate becomes the first Danish WSOP Main Event champion in history.

• The previous WSOP gold bracelet winners who were nationals of Denmark include only player, Jesper Hougaard, from Copenhagen. Hougaard currently holds two WSOP gold bracelets - one from earlier this year in Las Vegas and a second won in London at WSOP-Europe last month.

• Eastgate's win instantly vaults him up in second place on the WSOP all-time money winners' list. Only 2006 world champion Jamie Gold has won more prize money, at $12,067,092.
• Prior to Eastgate's victory, the last time a non-American won the WSOP Main Event was in 2005, when Australian Joe Hachem was the winner.
• With Eastgate's win, foreign-born players have now won 6 of the last 11 world championships (Nguyen, Furlong, Mortensen, Hachem, Yang, and Eastgate).
• Eastgate became the youngest WSOP Main Event champion in history. He was aged 22 years, 10 months, and 28 days at the time of his victory. This smashed the previous record by nearly two years. The previous record was held by Phil Hellmuth, Jr. who was aged 24 years, 10 months, and 5 days at the time of his victory in 1989.

• 'I do not think I have realized yet what a big moment this is. It will come the next days and weeks. I expect I will get emotional about it later. But not as much now.' - Peter Eastgate following his victory • Eastgate says he plans to go with his parents on a vacation after his victory. 'I love my parents,' he said. 'I want to treat them as I have always treated them - with love and respect.'

• 'I like to gamble. The way I have learned to play poker is by putting a lot of hours into it and learning from my mistakes.' - Peter Eastgate following his victory
• I like the psychological aspects of poker.' - Peter Eastgate following his victory • 'I was not focusing on the records I could break (as the youngest winner or the first Dane to win). I just concentrated on the game.' -- Peter Eastgate following his victory
• Eastgate admitted to being only a break even player during the first two years he turned pro. • Eastgate said he bought into the Main Event with cash. He did not qualify via a satellite.

• The 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event began on July 3rd. The official Day Seven was played 11 days later on Monday, July 14th. Once the final nine players were finally determined, there was an unprecedented 117-day recess.

• The nine surviving players who made it to the final table were deemed 'The November Nine.' Fittingly, play resumed on November 9th.

• Final table play officially started at 11:08 am. The first day ended 13 hours and 27 minutes later, at 12:35 am.

• Continuation of the final table resumed at 10:34 pm the following night, and officially ended at 2:36 am. Hence, the combined length of the finale clocked in at 15 hours and 39 minutes. This broke the previous record for the longest WSOP Main Event final table, which took place in 2005 (won by Joe Hachem). The previous record was 14 hours. Note: Dinner breaks are excluded from time official records.

• The final table lasted 278 hands. More than a third of the hands were played heads up.

• The final table was played onstage at the Penn and Teller Theatre at the Rio in Las Vegas. This was the first time this venue had been used and was the seventh locale in the 39-year history of the WSOP. Previous final table locations included - (Old) Binion's Horseshoe baccarat pit, (Old) Binion's Horseshoe rear casino, (New) Binion's Horseshoe Poker Room, (New) Binion's Horseshoe Benny's Bullpen, Fremont Street Experience, and the Rio Pavilion Amazon Room. Note: 'Old' refers to the older East side of the Horseshoe, while 'new' refers to the West side of the casino, which was expanded with The Mint was acquired in 1988.

• Both days/nights attracted capacity crowds. One-time attendance was estimated at 1,065 given the number of seats inside the arena. However, many different spectators rotated through the arena over duration of the two day competition. The actual number of spectators who saw at least some portion of the WSOP final table live this year is estimated at about 3,000. This was the largest crowd ever to watch a poker game of any kind, in a live setting.

• For the first time in poker history, a tournament blind reached the 1,000,000 mark. Level 39 was reached, meaning the big blind was 1,000,000 (the small blind was 500,000, along with a 150,000 ante). Interestingly, the 1,000,000 blind level with the mandatory 150,000 ante meant that each hand cost the equivalent in starting chips from 57.5 entrants into the Main Event.

• This was the final day of a 62-day span which comprises the totality of 59 gold bracelet events (including WSOP-Europe).

• The $10,000 buy-in championship is officially listed as Event #54. Due to the 117-day delay, the event ended after the conclusion of Events 55-59.

• The final table (first day) began with WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack addressing the large crowd and the final nine players who were assembled onstage. Pollack thanked the players for being poker ambassadors during the layoff.

• Prior to play, each of the nine finalists received a Corum limited-edition W.S.O.P. 'Romvlvs' timepiece. Each watch dial featured the card suit of choice, engraved with the player's name and starting chip count on the reverse. The special presentation was made by President of Corum Watches, Michael Wunderman.

• Rio Las Vegas General Manager Gerry Tuthill also took the stage to thank the players and audience for their support of the WSOP. The Rio has been the home of the WSOP since 2005, and has attracted record numbers each of the four years the property has played host to poker's supreme event.

• 2007 World Series of Poker champion Jerry Yang provided the ceremonial 'Shuffle Up and Deal' announcement. He took a few moments to thank poker fans for all their support and jokingly noted that he was the longest reigning single year WSOP champion in history. Of course, Yang's extended poker sovereignty was made possible by the unprecedented 117-day layoff.

• The chip leader at the start of play was Dennis Phillips (St. Louis, MO). Peter Eastgate, the ultimate victor began play ranked fourth.

• All players who made it to the final table were guaranteed a payout of $900,670. However, Harrah's added another $98,179 in prize money to the top eight finishers. This was the amount of interest paid on the $24,527,416 which accrued interest during the four-month layoff.

• The runner up was Ivan Demidov, from Moscow, Russia. Demidov was vying to become the first Russian poker world champion in history, but came up just short.

• It's astonishing to think that the second-place cash prize ($5,809,595) still amounts to a figure larger than any other poker tournament in the world.

• Demidov's victory would have meant that two of the top titles in poker would have been held by natives of Russia. Five months ago, Svetlana Gromenkova (from Moscow) won the 2008 Ladies World Poker Championship.

• Demidov became the first player to ever make it to the final table of the WSOP Main Event and the WSOP-Europe Main Event. Incredibly, Demidov accomplished this feat within the same year.

• Demidov had the chip lead a significant part of the first day of the final table. However, Eastgate proved to be a formidable foe, as Demidov was unable to establish any momentum during the final few hours which might have catapulted him to victory.

• The final hand of the 2008 WSOP came when Eastgate was dealt Ad-5s against Demidov's 4h-2h. The final board showed K-3-2-4-7 (suits were insignificant). Demidov called Eastgate's all-in move and tabled two pair - fours and twos. Eastgate showed A-5, good for the straight, five-high.

• 'I was lucky on the last hand. Ivan had two pair, and I had a wheel. When that happens heads-up, all the money is (going to go into the pot).' - Peter Eastgate explaining the winning final hand

• Just because I won the heads-up does not make me a better player than (Demidov). It goes to show that it is sometimes good to be lucky.' -- Peter Eastgate explaining the winning final hand

• Demidov was profoundly disappointed, but was also gracious in defeat. He congratulated the new champion and remained onstage afterward for multiple media interviews.

• 'I think I played really well at the start. But I did not play as well towards the end. It is really tough to say what went wrong. Every time I tried to bluff he called, and had a hand.' - Ivan Demidov moments after being eliminated in second place

• 'It has been a great year for me.... - Ivan Demidov moments after being eliminated in second place

• The third-place finisher was Dennis Phillips, from St. Louis, MO.

• Phillips was accompanied by the largest cheering section in poker history. More than 300 friends and co-workers came to Las Vegas to support Phillips. Adorned in white shirts and logos, Phillips' army of supporters was one of the final table's most memorable highlights.

• The fourth-place finisher was Ylon Schwartz. The enigmatic former chess pro from Brooklyn, NY was cheered by a dozen or so supporters. Schwartz was the final table's most unorthodox player. He vowed to run away and disappear if he won the world championship. Yet, Ylon was gracious even in defeat. He returned to the final table on day two and watched Eastgate's victory.

• Former WSOP Main Event winners who made a ceremonial appearance at this final table included Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson, Chris Moneymaker, Jamie Gold, and Jerry Yang.

• None of the top four finishers wore glasses at the final table. However, all nine players wore caps adorned with various logos.

• The fifth-place finisher was Canadian player Scott Montgomery, from Perth, Ontario.
• Montgomery was eliminated by a one-outer on the river. 'Hopefully, I'll do better next time,' he said.

• The sixth-place finisher was another Canadian player, Darus Suharto - from Toronto, Ontario.

• Suharto says he plans to return to his job as an accountant, despite his big win. I made a commitment and I want to stick with it (regardless of poker),' he said.

• The seventh-place finisher was David 'Chino' Rheem, from Los Angeles, CA.
• 'For the most part, I did not get a lot of hands. I think I played great. I was just really card deal.' - Rheem following his elimination

• Rheem was the only player at the final table who showed any political allegiances. Rheem sported an 'Obama '08' button on his shirt.

• The eighth-place finisher was Kelly Kim, from Whittier, CA.
• Kim arrived at the final table with only two percent of the chips in play. He managed to survive three hours before he was finally eliminated.
• 'I thought I had a shot today. But I wanted to wait and survive (the early rounds). It's really tough when you are short-stacked. It's amazing that I was able to move up.' - Kelly Kim, moments after being eliminated

• Kim's patience paid off, as his leap from an expected ninth-place finish (according to chance) up to eighth place paid and extra $380,547 in prize money.

• Kim was ecstatic following Marguis' elimination. The unanticipated bust out inched him one spot higher in the prize money, worth an extra $388,000 in prize money.

• The ninth-place finisher was Craig Marquis, from Arlington, TX. Marquis was bidding to become the first Texan to win the WSOP in 23 years, when Bill Smith (from Dallas) was the 1985 Main Event.

• 'Everyone has a big hand where they take the worst of it at some point, and they hit a hand just to get here. I had a few of those. Now, it was Scott (Montgomery's) turn. That's the way poker is.' - Craig Marquis, moments after being eliminated

• 'It feels bad to be knocked out ninth. But I was playing to win, all the way. I was not trying to just move up to seventh or eighth place.' - Craig Marquis, moments after being eliminated

• 'It's sad to be over. But on the other hand, it will really be nice to get back to my real life again.' -- Craig Marquis, moments after being eliminated

• The first elimination took two hours and ten minutes, which is believed to be a WSOP record (Note: Early years at the WSOP were not well documented).

• The first flop was not seen until 39 minutes into play.

• Ylon Schwartz made the first all-in move of the finale. Scott Montgomery folded to his raise.

• The first chip lead change took place when Ivan Demidov seized a sizable number of chips from Dennis Phillips' stack. Next, Ylon Schwartz took the chip lead. Then, Demidov regained the lead. Peter Eastgate took the chip lead late on the first day of the finale.

• First-place prize money totaling $9,152,416 was brought to the main stage immediately following a 75-minute dinner break. The colossal display of banknotes weighed an estimated 500 pounds. Two years ago, WSOP organizers placed a similar amount of prize money onto a large table, causing it to buckle from the massive weight. This year, organizers learned their lesson and the numerous stacks of one-hundred dollars bills were placed upon a reinforced table.

• The Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place during a break. The Hall of Fame was launched in 1979 and now includes 39 members. The 'Class of 2008' included two new inductees - Dewey Tomko and Henry Orenstein.

• Nations represented at the final table included: United States (5 players), Canada (2 players), Denmark (1 player), and Russia (1 player).

• A Russian poker player has now made it to the final table in each of the last two years. Ivan Demidov followed in the footsteps of Alex Kravchenko, who finished in fourth place last year.

• A Canadian poker player has now made it to the final table in each of the last two years. Two Canadians, Darus Suharto and Scott Montgomery follow in the footsteps of Tuan Lam, who finished in second place last year.

• This was one of the younger final table averages in WSOP history. The youngest player (Eastgate) was 22. The oldest player (Phillips) was 53. The average age of the surviving players was 31.8 years. Five of the final nine were in their 20s.

• Late on Day Seven (played July 14th), although ten players actually sat at a single table, only the nine surviving players constitute the official 'final table,' in standard poker reporting and official WSOP records.

• The tenth-place money spot is now referred to as the 'TV bubble.' This is because the player did not partake in the three-month publicity build-up to the final table, nor the actual play of the November Nine,' which will be shown on ESPN. Dean Hamrick ended up as the tenth-place finisher.

• The nine finalists were each paid 9th-place prize money ($900,670) when play was suspended on July 15th. The remainder of the prize money (the difference) was paid out at the Rio as players were eliminated.

• ESPN will broadcast the final table on Tuesday, November 11th, just hours after play ended on the previous days/nights. The show will air at 6 pm PST and runs for two hours.

• The final table was played just five days after the conclusion of the U.S. presidential election and Barack Obama's historic victory.

• Peter Eastgate played a total of 80.9 tournament hours to win his victory, not counting breaks or end of day recesses.

• When the tournament ended, all 136,900,000 chips were in Peter Eastgate's stack. He began the tournament like everyone else, with just 20,000 in chips.

• In the 39-year history of the WSOP, champions were citizens of the following nations at the time of victory: United States (35), England (1), Ireland (1), Australia (1), Spain (1), and Denmark (1).

• WSOP champions have now been born in the following nations: United States (31), Iran (2), Ireland (1), Lebanon (1), Ecuador (1), Laos (1), Vietnam (1), China (1), and Denmark (1).

• This was the largest overall World Series of Poker in history. A grand total of 58,720 players entered into 55 gold bracelet events surpassed last year's number of entries, which was 54,288. These figures represent an 8 percent increase over 2007.

• This ranks as the second-largest live poker tournament in history. This year's turnout surpassed 2007 attendance (6,358) by 7.4 percent. Only the 2006 WSOP Main Event was larger than this tournament -- with 8,773 entrants.

• This is the second-largest tournament prize pool in history. The total prize pool amounted to $64,431,779. The top 666 finishers collected prize money.

• There were 124 different nations and territories represented by all players who entered the 2008 Main Event. By contrast, there were 87 different countries present last year. This represents a 36 percent increase in international participation.

YOUNG DANISH PRO TAKES HOME $9.1 MILLION IN THE 2008 WORLD SERIES OF POKER

Becomes the Youngest Player Ever to Win WSOP Main Event

2008 WORLD SERIES OF POKER, LAS VEGAS, NOVEMBER 11, 2008 - PokerStars player Peter Eastgate has became the youngest main event champion after winning the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) earning him $9,152,416 million. The 22-year-old professional poker player from Odense, Denmark broke Phil Helmuth's 19 year record for youngest main event champion that he set in 1989 at the age of 24. Eastgate also made history by playing in the first ever all European heads up WSOP main event showdown.

'It's an honour to hold the record as youngest World Series of Poker main event champion,' said Eastgate. 'I played really solidly throughout this tournament and I'm proud of that. This gives a new level of credibility for young online players. Thanks to sites like PokerStars, we have become a force to face on the felt.'

Eastgate is one of the top cash poker players in Denmark, and has already made a name for himself in several tournaments across Europe and online. Earlier this year, he finished in the top 30 at PokerStars EPT Copenhagen and made the final table of the Irish Poker Open in 2007. During the three month break, Eastgate has been playing $200-400 No Limit Hold' Em on PokerStars to sharpen up for the final table.

'Peter is the kind of player who is not afraid to put you under the gun,' said Team PokerStars Pro Noah Boeken. 'I'm impressed by the way he played this tournament. He is a great testament to the young, up-and-coming European players in the poker field.'

The soft spoken and stone cold Eastgate is known for his ultra-aggressive playing style, which was evident in this year's final table. He headed into with the final table in fourth place with a stack of more than 18 million in chips. Entering heads up play, Eastgate was ahead in chips, $79.5 million to $57.7 million, and never looked back. The deciding and historic hand for Eastgate came when Demidov's two pair, fours and deuces ran into Eastgate's straight, Ace to the five.

More than 1,000 PokerStars qualifiers competed in this year's World Series main event and 123 of these PokerStars players have cashed at this year's event - winning more than $9 million between them and leaving another $32.6 million up for grabs at the final table event. The PokerStars Million Dollar Men have walked away with just under $27.5 bringing the total cash winnings for PokerStars players at the 2008 WSOP main event to more than $36 million.

Among Team PokerStars Pro, Daniel ‘Kid Poker' Negreanu won his 4th WSOP bracelet in the Limit Hold'em Event, cashing $204,874. Poker legend Barry Greenstein won his 3rd WSOP bracelet in the Seven Card Razz Event and Italian poker pro Dario Minieri recorded his first WSOP bracelet in the No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event pocketing $528,418.

Final Table Set for Historic 2008 World Series of Pokerฎ Main Event

'November Nine' Top Total Field of 6,844 to Compete for Lion's Share of $64 Million and WSOP Champion's Bracelet on Poker's Biggest Night

LAS VEGAS (July 15, 2008) - After 12 days of grueling Main Event competition at the record-setting 39th annual World Series of Poker Presented by Milwaukee's Best Light, the stage is finally set for the most prestigious night in poker history.

For the first time ever, play at a World Series of Poker tournament has been suspended prior to a champion being crowned. The unique event structure calls for the final nine of 6,844 competitors in the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship to return to the Rioฎ All-Suite Hotel and Casino on November 9 to begin the battle for the Main Event title and the top prize of $9.1 million.

Dubbed 'The November Nine™,' the participants will have 117 days before they return to Las Vegas, where they will vie for the title on what is literally poker's largest stage - inside the Rio's state-of-the-art, 1,500-seat Penn & Teller Theater.

In descending order of chip count, The November Nine are:
• DENNIS PHILLIPS, 53, St. Louis, Missouri, 26,295,000
• IVAN DEMIDOV, 27, Moscow, Russia, 24,400,000
• SCOTT MONTGOMERY, 26, Perth, Ontario, Canada, 19,690,000
• PETER EASTGATE, 22, Odense, Denmark, 18,375,000
• YLON SCHWARTZ, 38, Brooklyn, New York, 12,525,000
• DARUS SUHARTO, 39, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 12,520,000
• DAVID RHEEM, 28, Los Angeles, California, 10,230,000
• CRAIG MARQUIS, 23, Arlington, Texas, 10,210,000
• KELLY KIM, 31, Whittier, California, 2,620,000

The nine will play down to two on Nov. 9; the final two competitors will then go heads up beginning at 10 p.m. PDT on Nov. 10, with the winner expected to be crowned in the early morning hours of November 11. In a World Series of Poker first, ESPN will carry same-day coverage of the victory beginning at 9 p.m. EST on Nov. 11.

The November Nine outlasted a massive field of 6,844 who entered the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship. This year's total Main Event prize pool is $64,333,600. A total of 666 players will cash in the event; payout for 666th place was $21,230.

The final nine will play for a total of $32,633,446, with the following pay schedule:

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

'The winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event has always become an instant celebrity,' said World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. 'This year, all nine players who make the final table will become household names - and are guaranteed life-changing prize money to go with their fame and place in poker history.'

ESPN will air a one-hour special on the final nine participants Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 9 p.m. EST. The network's high-definition coverage of the Main Event begins Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. EST; two-hour episodes will run each Tuesday until the Nov. 11 finale.

The 39th annual World Series of Poker was the largest and richest in history, attracting 58,720 competitors in its 55 events - an increase of 4,432, or 8 percent, over the previous record established in 2007. The total prize pool at this year's World Series of Poker was $180,676,248, an increase of $20,880,030 over the previous record, also established last year. Players from a record 118 countries participated in this year's tournaments, more than in the most recent Winter Olympics. That number is up 36 percent from the previous record of 87 countries set in 2007.

The 39th annual World Series of Poker, a compilation of 55 tournaments covering all of the game's major variations, began May 30 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The Main Event, with four start dates to accommodate its large playing field, began on July 3.

WORLD SERIES OF POKER FINAL TO AIR TUESDAY, NOV 11th

The most-anticipated final table in poker history will be in action on Tuesday, Nov. 11, as the champion's bracelet and a top prize of $9.1 million will be awarded in the 2008 World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee's Best Light. ESPN will provide same day coverage -- kicking off with an encore presentation of the one-hour preview special at 8 p.m. ET -- followed by two action-packed hours from the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Below are the November Nine in order of chip count, and comments on each player from Norman Chad, co-host of the World Series of Poker with Lon McEachern.

1. Dennis Phillips, 53 St. Louis, Missouri 26,295,000

"Perhaps no player could be more negatively affected by the 117-day final-table delay. When play was halted in July, Phillips was in a zone. He was running hot and reading well, getting all the right cards and pushing all the right buttons. Poker is a streaky game, and he was on a week-long streak. Heck, 3 ฝ months later, he might not even be able to find his St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap."

2. Ivan Demidov, 27 Moscow, Russia 24,400,000

"Here's a calendar-year feat for you: Making the WSOP Main Event final table and the WSOP Europe Main Event final table. That's a stunning double. In recent years, Russians are making a bigger impact in poker. Demidov is seldom recklessly aggressive like other twenty-somethings; rather, he's smart and measured and overcomes his lack of live tournament experience with a steady countenance and solid reads."

3. Scott Montgomery, 26 Perth, Ontario, Canada 19,690,000

"Another improbable product of the now-famed University of Waterloo poker factory in Canada - if it's such a good engineering school, how come everyone there is playing cards? Montgomery describes his playing style as "psychotically insane,” and that might be an understatement. He doesn't play position, he plays preposterously. He can't help getting all his money in with the worst of it, and he's forever good-natured about it."

4. Peter Eastgate, 22 Odense, Denmark 18,375,000

"Ah, to be young, fearless and playing for $9.1 million. In Europe, the poker community talks about uber-aggressive Scandinavian players like Eastgate. He is calm and icy at the table as he continues to shove big bets into the middle. Like many online young guns, his modus operandi is to keep putting opponents to tough decisions for most of their chips. Pressure, pressure, pressure. It seems to work."

5. Ylon Schwartz, 38 Brooklyn, New York 12,525,000

"He once was a top-flight chess player. I give him a point for that. He says if he wins the Main Event, he wants to go somewhere no one will find him "like Tim Robbins in Shawshank Redemption" He gets another point there. He's smart and strange - you've got to fear the smart, strange ones - and he'll wait for others to make mistakes at the table."

6. Darus Suharto, 39 Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12,520,000

"At 39, the second-oldest player left in the field, which speaks to the youthful state of no-limit tournament hold ‘em in 2008. He's quiet, respectful and a big fan of fellow Canadian Daniel Negreanu. Plus, he's a CPA - the last time an unknown accountant won the Main Event, it set off a poker boom; nobody would mind a second boom, or at least a boomlet."

7. David Rheem, 28 Los Angeles, California 10,230,000

"He could go out first or he could end up first. He's not afraid to mix it up, he goes with his reads and he'll risk it all early if the spot feels right. Even when he bluffs off most of his stack, he has a great ability to not let the moment destroy him - he'll brush it off and move on. And, of course, most of the established pros are rooting for him."

8. Craig Marquis, 23 Arlington, Texas 10,210,000

"He played smart, small-pot poker to get here. I like him because he stood up to Tiffany Michelle late in the Main Event. And I like him because he started playing in January 2007 after going to a New Year's Eve party and realizing how much money Tom Dwan and David Benefield were making at cards - on New Year's Eve, most people just get silly and make stupid resolutions."

9. Kelly Kim, 31 Whittier, California 2,620,000

"Has to feel like he's on a free roll - he was the short stack when they got down to 10 players - but that doesn't mean he'll play recklessly. In fact, with a big gallery of friends and family on hand, he'll probably play it snug - you don't wait 117 days and bring all your supporters into town to go bust in 15 minutes."

Norman Chad

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