On Monday, nine finalists of the 2016 WSOP Main Event were determined. In autumn they will compete for eight million dollars, which is provided for the winner of the championship. Apart from the prize money, the winner will become the owner of the main event golden bracelet.
Letís take a look at the list of nine finalists of the 2016 WSOP Main Event: Cliff Josephy (74,600,000 chips), Qui Nguyen (67,925,000 chips), Gordon Vayo (49,375,000 chips), Kenny Hallaert (43,325,000 chips), Michael Ruane (31,600,000 chips), Vojtech Ruzicka (27,300,000 chips), Griffin Benger (26,175,000 chips), Jerry Wong (10,175,000 chips), and Fernando Pons (6,150,000 chips).
It should be noted that each of them will surely receive at least one million dollars.
The tenth place was taken by Josh Weiss from the United States. Despite the inability to be among the November Nine and continue to compete for the title, he was able to collect 650,000 dollars. This is a great achievement for Mr. Weiss, since his total earnings in poker tournaments for the entire career are only 838,760 dollars.
The total prize pool of the tournament reaches $63,327,800. It is interesting to note that $25.5 million will be split among nine finalists who are referred to as the November Nine.
The 2016 World Series of Poker could attract 6,737 participants. And almost more than 15% of them were rewarded with cash prizes.
The geographical distribution of players was really wide. Citizens of 80 countries took part in the competition.
A lot of reputable and award-winning poker players were eliminated before the final round: Antoine Saout (a 25th-place finish and $269,430), Valentin Vornicu (a 23rd-place finish and $269,430), Jared Bleznick (a 16th-place finish and $338,288), Tom Marchese (a 14th-place finish and $427,930), and James Obst (a 13th-place finish and $427,930).
As for Tom Marchese, he was the chip leader at the beginning of the seventh day. However, he was busted.