Here's a quick character description of the players the world will meet Thursday:
Michael Binger (Seat 6) - Binger is a physicist with a Ph.D. from Stanford who supports himself and his research through his poker playing. The 29-year-old Californian played in the Main Event last year and finished sixth in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament earlier this year. Binger played near the bottom of the chip stacks for most of Day 7 and solidified his place at the final table with a late-night double through Dan Nassif (Seat 4) - Nassif is a 33-year-old from St. Louis. He's an advertising sales executive who busted out on the first day of last year's Main Event, but who reloaded to make a run at this year's title. As the short stack with only $2,600,000 in chips, Nassif is a long shot to have any success at the final table, but you have to think he's happy with his improvement on last year's performance.
So there you have your field. How tomorrow's action will turn out is anybody's guess, but one thing's for certain: one of these nine men is about to become a superstar.