The 2012 WSOP Main Event has its Octo-NineTM.
The final table may be the least star-studded since 2008. That could’ve changed had both of the women who went deep, Gaelle Baumann, a woman, and Elisabeth Hille, a woman, hung on to make it. Both ended up with the deepest runs (and biggest cashes) a woman has ever scored in the Main Event.
Hille, from Norway, was knocked out in 11th for $590,442. Baumann, from France, went out in 10th for $590,442.
That leaves us with a womanless, mostly American final table.
Leading the final table is Jesse Sylvia, a 26 year-old poker pro from Las Vegas, with 43,875,000. Sylvia has about $24,000 in previous live tournament cashes.
The two biggest “pro” names to make the Octo-Nine are Andras Koroknai and Greg Merson, who are stacked second and third, respectively. Koroknai, a 30 year-old from Hungary, has 29,375,000. He won the 2010 WPT LA Poker Classic for over $1.7M. Koroknai is the only foreign-born player in the field.
Merson, a 25 year-old from Maryland, took down WSOP Event #57 this year ($10,000 NLH Six Handed) for over $1M.
Bringing up the rear as short-stack is Jacob Balsiger, a 21 year-old college senior from ASU. Stacked at 13,115,000, if he were to win, he’d eclipse Joe Cada as the youngest all-time Main Event champ.
Get full chip counts and player breakdowns here.