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WSOP Main Event down to final 18

Jul 15, 2008 3:02 AM

by GT Staff |

The tension is really building late Monday afternoon at the World Series of Poker's No-Limit Texas Holdem world championship as the final 18 players are now drawing for their spots on the final two tables at the Rio in Las Vegas.

The chip leader going into this final 18 is Dennis Philips with 14,100,000 chips. Following Phillips in the chip count are Darus Suharto (12,600,000), Joe Bishop (11,700,000), Scott Montgomery (10,900,000), Yion Schwartz (10,000,000), Peter Eastgate (9,120,000), David Rheem (9,100,000), Craig Marquis (9,100,000), Kelly Kim (8,130,000) Ivan Demidov (8,000,000), Chris Klondicki (7,400,000), Dean Hamrick (5,300,000), Tiffany Michelle (5,270,000), Owen Crow (4,000,000), Gert Andersen (3,600,000), Jason Roesenberg (3,300,000), Nicholas Silwinski (2,600,000) and Anthony Shere (2,325,000).

These 18 are now fighting for the final nine spots dubbed the November Nine as the WSOP decided earlier this year to delay the final table until Nov. 9 where they will then play down to the final two players in the $10,000 buy in tournament.

Those final two players will then play on Nov. 10 with the winner to be determined early on Nov. 11. ESPN will air a two-hour broadcast of play on that final table.

Still alive in this final 18 is Tiffany "Hot Chips" Michelle, the lone woman left in the group. Michelle entered the day in third place with 9,755,000 in chips and has lost 4,485,000 to fall to the 13th place, four spots away from that vaunted final table. Only one woman ever Barbara Enright has made the final table of the WSOPs Main Event.

Updates on the Main Event can be found at the WSOPs website at www.wsop.com.