Handicapping the WSOP final table
Which poker player is the best bet at the WSOP final table?
Editor's note: The WSOP main event final table will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Monday.
LAS VEGAS -- Jesse Sylvia is the chip leader heading into the main event final table on Monday, but is he the best bet?
Wait, what? There's betting on the World Series of Poker?
In a word: Yes!
Sylvia, one of eight U.S. residents in the October Nine, opened as the 3-2 favorite after the final table was determined back at the Rio Hotel & Casino back in July as he has about 43.9 million of the nearly 198 million in chips in play. Another American, Greg Merson, opened as the second betting choice at 5-2 despite being third in chips with 28.7 million, just behind Andras Koroknai of Hungary, who has just more than 29 million in chips and opened as the 3-1 third choice.
Players at the World Series of Poker's Main Event final table have always had cheering sections: family members who fly in to watch the action; friends who came to play with them and stayed to cheer from the rail; partners/sponsors; and regular fans, if the player became famous enough.
But last year we added other people with a rooting (and vested) interest.
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2012 WSOP Final Table Coverage
ESPN.com's poker team is keeping you up to speed with each of the nine players at the 2012 WSOP main event final table. When action resumes on October 29, there will be one hour, nine minutes and 45 seconds left in Level 34 (blinds: 150,000/300,000 with a 40,000 ante)
October Nine Breakdown
Chip position: First, 43,875,000
Chip position: Second, 29,375,000
Chip position: Third, 28,725,000
Chip position: Fourth, 24,800,000
Chip position: Fifth, 16,800,000
Chip position: Sixth, 16,260,000
Chip position: Seventh, 15,155,000
Chip position: Eighth, 13,115,000
Chip position: Ninth, 9,805,000