Final table set for World Series of Poker main event – Tampabay.com

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The final nine players in the marquee no-limit Texas Hold ’em main event of the World Series of Poker are set to begin competing for $8.8 million Thursday in Las Vegas after besting thousands of competitors.

The men representing the U.S., Australia, France and Ukraine will take home at least $1 million. They will try to outsmart each other until three of them bust out ahead of another round of play Friday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

The chip leader is Nic Manion, a small-stakes, online-poker player from Muskegon, Michigan, whose only previous cash at a series event was for $5,769. He is getting to the final table with more than 112.7 million chips.

A three-way all-in brought the main event down to its final nine. Manion, a main event rookie, rode pocket aces to a pot that set him as the chip leader Wednesday.

“When I got both calls, I flipped over my hand and I didn’t even stay to see what they had,” he told PokerNews.com. “I went straight to my rail and looked up at the TV and they had set up pocket kings and my aces. So the only way to lose the hand is a flush and luckily the turn card did not put a flush draw on the board, so it was all over.”

Chips have no monetary value in the tournament — each player will have to lose all his chips before he is eliminated from the final table.

The famed tournament drew 7,874 players who either risked $10,000 or earned a seat through satellite competitions with lower buy-ins. The series as a whole has seen more than 120,200 entrants so far, and organizers believe the weekslong event in its 49th year could

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