With the temperature dropping and the leaves changing that can only mean one thing in the poker world: The conclusion of the WSOP Main Event.
Ever since the WSOP decided to move the final table of their signature event a few months down the line and into prime time in the fall, viewership has followed. Everyone somewhat involved in the poker world wants to see who will be the next player to vault themselves into poker immortality on Oct 28-30, 2012.
This year’s field began with 6,598 players and after getting down to the Final 9 in July, USA looks poised to bring the title of WSOP Main Event Champion back home. Last year it was a heads up showdown between Martin Staszko of the Czech Republic and Pius Heinz of Germany. It was the young German who walked away the champion, making it the second straight year a non-American took down the Main Event (Jonathan Duhamel – Canada – 2010).
But things are poised to be different in 2012 as eight of the nine remaining players hail from the USA. Yet, the only other player – Andras Koroknai from Hungary – is current 2nd in chips with over 29 million of them, hungry to hunt down the current leader, Jesse Sylvia.
No matter what though, this final table will not disappoint poker fans around the world as these nine worthy combatants battle for that coveted bracelet. Online poker sites such as CarbonPoker.ag also has poker tournaments like Poker Maximums III where they provide over $1.4 million in winnings. It’s obviously no where close to WSOP, but definitely worth a look if you like to play online.
Johnny Chan’s new Reality Poker Show
In other TV poker news, legendary pro Johnny Chan is set to start hosting a new reality show called “Full House with Johnny Chan.”
Chan will house, teach and mentor five Las Vegas cash-game players as they take part in weekly cash games. Chan will stake each player $200K for them to play with as each of the players look to grow their poker knowledge and bankrolls at the same time.
Once this show decides on an agreement with a network, poker fans everywhere should see the first episodes in early 2013.