Monday, November 8, 2010

Two Players Left In $9 Million WSOP Main Event


First of all, if you are watching the Main Event poker coverage on ESPN then stop reading because they are airing the event from the beginning and I don't want to spoil it for you by telling you the two players that are left...

Well I guess you guys know where I am going to be tonight. Yup, at the very hard to get into Poker Room at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino where tonight the 2010 World Series Of Poker winner will be crowned and awarded $8,940,000.00. Not bad for playing cards. Jonathan Duhamel, 23, of Boucherville, Quebec and John Racener, 24, of Port Richey, Florida have outlasted 7,317 players at the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas.

Going into tonight's heads up match, Duhamel is the heavy favorite with his 189 million chips compared to Racener's 31 million, but strange things can happen in poker so who knows what will occur tonight. 

Joseph Cheong who finished third received $4.13 million. "It kinda sucks that it didn't turn out better, but I'm very happy with my results, and you know, I can't really complain with $4 million," Cheong said.

Fourth place went to Italian poker player Filippo Candio who received $3.09 million.

Fifth place went to Michael "the grinder" Mizrachi who received $2.33 million. Mizrachi said, "Fifth is OK I'm happy with it. If I don't win, there's a great group of guys left and I'm hoping -- I'm rooting for Racener."

As for the two finalist, Duhamel said, "It was the first time I had a real hand", referring to his elimination of Joseph Cheong to set up the final heads up match. Racener said of Duhamel, "He took the easy path, I took the sweating route." All of these guys received great paydays and like I said, the place to be tonight is the Rio...here is the full list of winners.

1. Main Event Champion ???   $8.9 million

2. Runner-Up ???   $5.5 million

3. Joseph Cheong  $4.13 million

4. Filippo Candio    $ 3.09 million

5. Michael Mizrachi   $2.33 million

6. John Dolan   $1.77 million

7. Jason Senti   $1.36 million

8. Matthew Jarvis   $1.04 million

9. Soi Nguyen   $812,000

Soi Nguyen is the only player who didn't add to his winnings because all nine players were paid the ninth place jackpot back in July when they reached the final table.

Heads up action will resume tonight at 8p.m. 11p.m. eastern and you can watch it live on ESPN3.com

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