WSOP 2016: Who will fill the richest nine seats in poker?

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Chip leader Vojtech Ruzicka

It is July 18, 2016 but for poker followers it is simply November Nine day. It's the most exciting day of the summer, where the final table is set for the biggest tournament in the world game.

With 27 players remaining--15 from the United States, three from the United Kingdom, two from Canada and one each from Belgium, Australia, Spain, Lebanon, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong and France--18 are going to be disappointed. They are going to win at least $269,430, but will walk out of the Amazon Room thinking they missed out on the chance to take $8 million.

Vojtech Ruzicka is the leader. The man from the Czech Republic has carved a smart reputation on the European Poker Tour, but is enjoying his breakout performance in the United States. Most local eyes are on Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy, a two-time bracelet winner, staker and online legend.

But with the likes of James Obst, Kenny Hallaert, Tom Marchese, Valentin Vornicu, Griffin Benger and Antoine Saout also with chips, there are many twists and turns still certain. (Take a look at what we know about the remaining players.)

Here's how they line up today:


Table 1
Seat 1: Gordon Vayo, United States - 8,795,000 (44 bb)
Seat 2: Michael Niwinski, Canada - 10,660,000 (53 bb)
Seat 3: Matthew Moss, United Kingdom - 15,250,000 (76 bb)
Seat 4: Cliff Josephy, United States - 23,860,000 (119 bb)
Seat 5: Christopher Kusha, United States - 6,350,000 (31 bb)
Seat 6: Jared Bleznick, United States - 8,300,000 (41 bb)
Seat 7: Kenny Hallaert, Belgium - 15,465,000 (77 bb)
Seat 8: William Kassouf, United Kingdom - 6,095,000 (30 bb)
Seat 9: Valentin Vornicu, United States - 17,450,000 (87 bb)

Table 2
Seat 1: James Obst, Australia - 19,560,000 (97 bb)
Seat 2: Qui Nguyen, United States - 4,790,000 (24 bb)
Seat 3: Fernando Pons, Spain - 17,270,000 (86 bb)
Seat 4: Philip Postma, United States - 2,225,000 (11 bb)
Seat 5: Tommy Miller, United States - 17,185,000 (86 bb)
Seat 6: Jeff Hakim, Lebanon - 4,375,000 (22 bb)
Seat 7: Tom Marchese, United States - 15,420,000 (77 bb)
Seat 8: Mike Shin, United States - 19,345,000 (96 bb)
Seat 9: Michael Ruane, United States - 24,565,000 (122 bb)

Table 3
Seat 1: Joshua Weiss, United States - 11,580,000 (58 bb)
Seat 2: Adam Krach, United States - 7,540,000 (37 bb)
Seat 3: Vojtech Ruzicka, Czech Republic - 26,415,000 (132 bb)
Seat 4: Griffin Benger, Canada - 6,530,000 (32 bb)
Seat 5: Andrew Christoforou, United Kingdom - 9,450,000 (47 bb)
Seat 6: Jerry Wong, United States - 12,975,000 (65 bb)
Seat 7: Antoine Saout, France - 5,525,000 (27 bb)
Seat 8: Kakwan Lau, Hong Kong - 15,110,000 (75 bb)
Seat 9: John Cynn, United States - 5,760,000 (28 bb)




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