LAS VEGAS (AP) There are nine young poker players left vying to win the $10 million top prize in the World Series of Poker’s annual no-limit Texas Hold `em tournament that returns Monday and Tuesday.
They fended off nearly 6,700 other players who each paid $10,000 for the chance at this moment, the main event final table.
The remaining eight players who don’t win the top prize will share $18.5 million.
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Players in order of their finish going into the final table
-Jorryt van Hoof (38,375,000 chips)
From: Netherlands (now in London)
The Dutch poker pro owns an online poker training site and has played for more than 10 years, but after entering the World Series of Poker four times before, he earned his first berth in the finals this year in the highest chip count position. On the side, van Hoof owns a personal training and yoga business.
-Felix Stephensen (32,775,000 chips)
From: Oslo, Norway (now in London)
Stephensen and a friend saw the World Cup matchup between the Netherlands and Australia and felt lucky. They bet $1,000 that the Netherlands would beat Australia 3-2 and it did, netting the two $60,000 and inspiring them to travel from London to Las Vegas to enter the World Series of Poker. Stephensen is a poker pro who has had little live tournament experience.
-Mark Newhouse (26,000,000 chips)
From: Chapel Hill, North Carolina (now in Las Vegas)
The poker pro did the unheard of, winning a spot among the final nine World Series of Poker players two years in a row. He was the first player knocked out in 2013 but walked away with $733,244, his finalist prize.
-Andoni Larrabe (22,550,000 chips)
From: Spain (now in London)
The youngest player in this year’s crowd, Larrabe has been playing poker professionally since he was 18 and has earned $341,266 so far.
-Daniel Sindelar (21,200,000 chips)
From: Columbus, Nebraska (now in Las Vegas)
When he’s not playing poker, he’s playing golf. The Husker dropped out of the University of Nebraska his junior year to play poker professionally.
-Billy Pappaconstantinou (17,500,000 chips)
From: Lowell, Massachusetts
The unassuming World Series of Poker finalist is the group’s lone amateur but he has a winning streak – in foosball. The foosball champion and part-time poker dealer who goes by ”Billy Pappa” sandwiched his World Series of Poker qualifying run between two European foosball tournaments.
-William Tonkin (15,050,000 chips)
From: Flemington, New Jersey
The University of Southern California grad plays online poker and had entered the World Series of Poker main event three times before winning a trip to the final this year.
-Martin Jacobson (14,900,000 chips)
From: Stockholm (now in London)
Jacobsen is the only player to make more than $1 million in career World Series of Poker earnings but it’s his first trip to the main event’s final table for the $10 million prize.
-Bruno Politano (12,125,000 chips)
Politano says poker is a hobby but he’s spent quite a bit of time playing, about 10 years, while operating a leather goods business. The Brazilian rallied fanatical support during early rounds in June and July and has said he plans to bring even more fans to the final table this week.