2012 WSOP October Nine
July 20, 2012
One of the following poker players will be the next world champion of poker: Russell Thomas (Hartford, Connecticut), Jacob Balsiger (Tempe, Arizona), Jeremy Ausmus (Las Vegas, Nevada), Steven Gee (Sacramento, California), Greg Merson (Laurel, Maryland), Jesse Sylvia (West Tisbury, Massachusetts), Robert Salaburu (San Antonio, Texas), Andras Koroknai (Debrecen, Hungary), and Michael Esposito (Seaford, New York).
Surprisingly, eight of these nine world class players are from the US, which is somewhat proof that the poker industry has, despite its ups and downs over the past year and a half, has survived, even in the US after the repercussions of Black Friday.
Almost two week after play started and following more than 500,000 hands later, the October Nine have been determined, all of which are males, but had one hand been played differently, one of those seats could have been filled by a female, as 3.2% of the player field were females (211 females to be exact), but not only did they play, Elisabeth Hille (Norway) finished in 11th place and even closer yet was Gaelle Baumann (France), who finished in 10th place. This is even greater than recent years past when typically, on average, only one female casher in the Main Event. However, only one woman has actually made the final table. In 1995, Barbara Enright did make the final table.
So the stage is set, and Sylvia, who holds43.875 million chips will lead when play resumes on October 29th of this year. Koroknai, the only international player, is second in chips with 29.375 chips. Short stacked is Ausmus with 9.805 million chips.
The winner of this year’s WSOP Main Event will collect more than $8.5 and the diamond and gold WSOP bracelet custom designed by Jason of Beverly Hills.