Holding the Stanley Cup, Larry O'Brien Trophy or the Vince Lombardi Trophy is one thing, but one of the nine men remaining at the World Series of Poker will be taking home a cool $10 million at the final table come Nov. 10.
Monday set the stage for that nerve-wracking event, as 27 contestants were cut down to those final nine.
|Jorryt van Hoof||Netherlands||38,375,000|
Here is a look at what will be the top 10 payout table for the event. An entire payout list can be found at the World Series of Poker's official website.
At one point, an incredible 6,683 players were a part of the World Series of Poker, and Martin Jacobson led the way entering play Monday with 22,335,000 chips. Luis Velador, Dan Sindelar, Andoni Larrabe and William Pappaconstantinou rounded out the top five, while Mark Newhouse checked in at 11th.
Newhouse was trying to become the first player to make back-to-back World Series of Poker Main Event final tables since 2003 and 2004.
Andrew Feldman of ESPN filled fans in on Newhouse's progress as Monday's action heated up. It seemed like Newhouse was right where he wanted to be if recent history was any indication:
With 18 players to go in 2013, Mark Newhouse was 14th. With 17 to go in 2014, he's 13th. #MainEvent— Andrew Feldman (@AFeldmanESPN) July 14, 2014
Elsewhere, underdog Scott Mahin was certainly enjoying his time in the spotlight at his first ever main event. However, the ride came to an end when he was eliminated and finished in 18th place. The WSOP and Feldman shared more details and his quote when the magic ran out:
Mahin devastated. "My first main event. My first anything." Tears as he's trying to talk to Kara. pic.twitter.com/YiC7yt0DNC— Andrew Feldman (@AFeldmanESPN) July 14, 2014
We saw a new chip leader when play was cut down to 15. Feldman updated the progress of Jorryt van Hoof:
Down to 15, Eddie Sabat knocked out by Jorryt van Hoof. van Hoof the new chip leader with 26M. All players going to get at least $441K.— Andrew Feldman (@AFeldmanESPN) July 15, 2014
This being the spectacle of the World Series of Poker, it wouldn't feel right if Feldman didn't give fans a peak at the surroundings:
A look around the room https://t.co/jlrErUv6Zj— Andrew Feldman (@AFeldmanESPN) July 15, 2014
The proceedings got a bit tense late in the action Monday between Felix Stephenson and Tom Sarra, and the WSOP pointed out that things certainly turned out better for Stephenson, although it was an impressive run for Sarra:
Massive all-in on the Main Stage. Felix Stephensen 5-bet shoves w/ A-K, Tom Sarra calls w/ K-Q. 25 mil chip pot. #MainEvent— WSOP (@WSOP) July 15, 2014
Board runs out ace-high and Sarra out in 15th place ($441,940). Stephensen new #MainEvent chip leader w/ 27.8 mil— WSOP (@WSOP) July 15, 2014
After a number of other players were eliminated, it was Newhouse of all people who brought some more excitement to the room. He flopped a set and sent Max Senft into 11th place. WSOP described the action, while Feldman set the scene for the dramatic and gut-wrenching final 10:
Mark Newhouse flops another set to eliminate Max Senft in 11th place and take the #MainEvent to the unofficial final table.— WSOP (@WSOP) July 15, 2014
The nine remaining players, otherwise known as the November Nine, get some time to tune their craft before reconvening on Nov. 10 at the final table at the Rio All-Suite Hotel And Casino.
It is there that one of the finalists will win an astounding $10 million and etch their name in the World Series of Poker record books forever.
Andrew Feldman of ESPN.com set the stage perfectly:
What will I do with $10 million?
For one of the poker players who will take their seats in the World Series of Poker main event, that question will need an answer in a matter of months. The game's most prestigious tournament begins on Saturday with all eyes set on November and the dream of becoming the next world champion. Regardless of players' past success, this is the event they want to win. This is the event that defines a career. This is the event that creates a legacy.
No pressure guys.