WSOP 2012: Final nine headed to October

wsop-130x100.pngAfter nearly two weeks of marathon play, the 2012 World Series of Poker has come down to the final nine. A little after midnight in Las Vegas, the nine top players bagged up their chips and said goodbye to them until late October.

After a few months to rest up and collect their thoughts, the remaining players will return to play down to the championship.

Here's who will be coming back:

2012 WSOP Main Event final table

1. Jesse Sylvia (43,875,000)
2. Andras Koroknai (29,375,000)
3. Greg Merson (28,725,000)
4. Russell Thomas (24,800,000)
5. Steven Gee (16,860,000)
6. Michael Esposito (16,260,000)
7. Robert Salaburu (15,155,000)
8. Jacob Balsiger (13,115,000)
9. Jeremy Ausmus (9,805,000)

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While Team PokerStars Pro fought long and hard for gold this year, it came up just a bit short. Team Pro Jan Heitmann scored the deepest finish with his 26th place exit, falling just short of a coveted final table spot.

For a look at how the whole of Team Pro performed over the past seven weeks, see the 2012 WSOP Team PokerStars Pro and Team Online overall results page.

Here were the top finishes from the PokerStars stable.

TEAM PRO 2012 WSOP MAIN EVENT CASHES

26th. Jan Heitmann ($294,601)
73rd. Vanessa Selbst ($88,070)
102nd. Marcel Luske ($52,718)
160th. Daniel Negreanu ($52,718)
474th. Salvatore Bonavena ($24,808)
631st. Liv Boeree ($19,227)
659th. Jason Mercier ($19,227)

TEAM PRO 2012 WSOP OVERALL MONEY LEADERS
1. Vanessa Selbst: $534,675
2. Joe Cada: $415,344
3. Jan Heitmann: $294,601
4. George Danzer: $256,120
5. Jason Mercier: $165,869

After a brilliant two weeks in the Main Event, it is finally time to bid Las Vegas adieu. The final nine players will come back in late October to determine who will finally claim the gold bracelet. Until then, it's goodnight and goodbye from Las Vegas.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker