2009 WSOP Final Table – Facts, Figures and Random Thoughts

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2009 World Series of Poker - WSOPHeading into the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table, slated to kickoff Saturday, we’ve decided to a look at some key facts and figures surrounding the final “November Nine”.


The final table convenes on Saturday, November 7 and will play down to two remaining players. Heads up play begins on November 9 and continues until the 2009 WSOP bracelet winner is “crowned”. The Main Event is slated for broadcast by ESPN on November 10.

Prize Pool:

This year’s WSOP Main Event has a total purse of almost $28 million dollars, making it one of the largest final table prize pools in the history of the World Series of Poker. To put some perspective on this huge payout, the 2009 bracelet winner’s prize of just over $8.5 million is more than the grand prize payouts of the first 21 years of WSOP Main Event play combined. It’s over eleven times more than Phil Hellmuth’s 1989 win of $755,000. It’s more than twice the Final Table winnings of multiple Main Event champions Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar and Johnny Chan combined. And, should Darvin Moon, the logger from Maryland come away with this year’s bracelet, it’s enough to buy more than 17,000 brand new chain saws.

Here’s this year’s WSOP prize pool breakdown:

1st – $8,546,435
2nd – $5,182,601
3rd – $3,479,485
4th – $2,502,787
5th – $1,953,395
6th – $1,587,133
7th – $1,404,002
8th – $1,300,228
9th – $1,263,602

Chip Stacks:

When play begins, Darvin Moon carries his monster chip lead to the final table, with something in the neighborhood of six times as many chips as Phil Ivey.

Darvin Moon – $58,930,000
Eric Buchman- $34,800,000
Steven Begleiter – $29,885,000
Jeff Shulman – $19,580,000
Joseph Cada – $13,215,000
Kevin Schaffel – $ 12,390,000
Phil Ivey – $9,765,000
Antoine Saout – $9,500,000
James Akenhead – $6,800,000

Odds to Win:

Bodog Sportsbook currently offers a number of prop bets on this year’s World Series of Poker. Here are Bodog’s current odds to win the 2009 WSOP Main Event:

Darvin Moon – 2/1
James Akenhead – 15/1
Phil Ivey – 7/2
Kevin Schaffel – 12/1
Steven Begleiter – 11/2
Eric Buchman – 3/1
Joe Cada – 10/1
Antoine Saout – 13/1
Jeff Shulman – 4/1

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Online Poker Sponsorships:

Darvin Moon
Despite the fact that he’d most certainly see a healthy six digits in sponsorship cash, Moon continues to reject any online poker sponsorship deals, electing to sport his New Orleans Saints cap instead. This is a shame too, as PokerRoomReview.com has a half-million dollar offer on the table for Darvin to sit at the final table wearing our PRR-logo, electric green, Lady GaGa inspired bra and panty set.

Here’s the logo watch for the rest of the table:

James Akenhead – Full Tilt Poker
Phil Ivey – Full Tilt Poker
Kevin Schaffel – PokerStars
Steven Begleiter – Full Tilt Poker
Eric Buchman – Full Tilt Poker
Joe Cada – PokerStars
Antoine Saout – Everest Poker
Jeff Shulman – Spade Club / Card Player