2008 World Series of Poker's main event paring down to that final table

Jul 11, 2008 11:07 PM

by GT Staff | With just 408 players remaining from a starting field of 6,844, the 2008 World Series of Poker’s main event – the No-Limit Texas Hold’em world championship – at the Rio in Las Vegas is slowly but surely paring down to that final table of nine players.

Starting this year, the WSOP decided to delay its final table to November where those nine finalists will meet on Nov. 9 where they will play down to the final two players. Those two remaining players will then battle on Nov. 10 – later in the day – with the winner to be determined early on Nov. 11. A two-hour broadcast of play on that final table of two players will air later that night on ESPN.

Leading the chip stack today of those 408 players left in Day 4 of play is Jeremy Joseph (1,555,000 chips) with Owen Crowe (1,290,000) and Jeremiah Smith (1,079,500) in second and third – the only other two players with over one million chips in their stack.

Gus Hansen gained 380,000 chips in early play Friday to increase his total to 735,000. The other most notable players still alive in the main event are Phil Hellmuth (475,000), Mike Matusow (438,500), Allen Cunningham (386,500) and Johnny Chan (252,000).

Defending WSOP No-Limit Texas Hold’em champion Jerry Yang was eliminated from the tournament on Thursday.

The average chip stack earlier today stood at 335,490.

Updates on the main event can be found at the World Series of Poker’s website at

www.wsop.com.