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PokerListings.com is on location at the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table and we're keeping a visual record of all the action in our latest World Series of Poker photo blog.

We'll continue to update this blog all the way to a champion so check back often and for long periods of time to get an inside look at the 2013 November Nine in Las Vegas.

For full live updates, chip counts and video check out our 2013 November Nine Live Coverage.

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Ryan Riess

What you wear to the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table says a lot about you and Ryan Riess is pure Michigan.

The East Lansing native was proudly sporting a Calvin Johnson #81 Detroit Lions jersey to start the final table with $8.3 million on the line. Riess follows Detroit sports religiously.

One of the most popular players at the final table, hundreds of friends and family have been screaming “RIESS THE BEAST” as he attempts to become one of the youngest Main Event champions ever.

We've also spotted at least one of Riess's entourage wearing the same jersey.

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A Night in the Life of WSOPE Tournament Chips

Created By: PokerListings.com
22 October 2013
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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Ever wonder what happens at the end of each day to the thousands of chips bandied around in a big poker tournament? 

PokerListings France's Fred Guillemot gives us a step-by-step photo report from Day 3 of the 2013 WSOPE for reference.

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2013 WSOPE Main Event Picturebook

Created By: PokerListings.com
19 October 2013
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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A picture is worth a 1,000 words and the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event is no exception.

For the entirety of the 2013 WSOPE we’ve had world-class photographer Joe Giron snapping some amazing shots from the tournament floor in Enghien-les-Bains.

Over the next seven days hundreds of poker players will convene to in Enghien-les-Bains to take a shot at the prestigious European title and some serious cash.

Whether it's Phil Hellmuth raking in a pot or fireworks going off over the lake, Giron will be on the scene for the entire Main Event and we’ve decided to feature his work in an ongoing blog.

Keep checking this page to see some Giron’s work and get a feel for what’s happening at the 2013 WSOP Main Event.

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Watch the 2013 WSOP Main Event Right Here

Created By: PokerListings.com
28 August 2013
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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The slow march to the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table has begun on ESPN.

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WSOP Guest Photo Blog: 2013 Main Event by Shruti Kapoor

Created By: PokerListings.com
14 July 2013
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
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The World Series of Poker is nothing if not photogenic and today we're proud to bring you a brand-new perspective from the very talented Shruti Kapoor.

Kapoor is here at the Main Event shooting everything she sees and was nice enough to give us a glimpse of what the WSOP looks like through her lens.

Check out the photos below and make sure to follow Shruti Kapoor on Twitter and Facebook for more great images!

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Photo Blog: WSOP 2013 Main Event Days 4 and 5

Created By: PokerListings.com
13 July 2013
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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It's Day 5 at the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event and PokerListings.com is making it easier than ever to get a look at the action through the magic of photography.

Sure, the written word is a beautiful thing but in this fast-paced rat-race world who's got the time?

That's why we're using pictures to give you a glimpse of what it's really like at the WSOP Main Event with our latest WSOP Photo Blog.

Check out the pics and make sure to click through to see the innovative gigapixel panoramas we're taking at the World Series.

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Every poker fan should travel to Las Vegas to see the WSOP Main Event in all its glory.

But let’s say you can’t. Well we’ve compiled a solid cross-section of photos that illustrate just what it’s like to be at the biggest poker tournament in the world.

The following photos capture the highs, lows and everywhere in between on Day 1a of the 2013 Main Event.

You’ll see some celebs, poker pros, athletes and regular Joes. Poker is a melting pot and nowhere is that more evident than the Main Event where almost every group you can think of is represented.

Check it out after the jump (photos by BJ Nemeth and Arthur Crowson):

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Great Moments in World Series of Poker History Part 3

Created By: PokerListings.com
26 June 2013
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
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In just a couple of weeks thousands of dream-filled hopefuls will take their seats in the 44th annual World Series of Poker Main Event.

With its $10,000 buy-in and historic playing fields the Main Event has produced many of the greatest moments in World Series of Poker history.

Guest blogger James Guill continues his Great Moments in WSOP History series with this Main Event-themed installment.

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Great Moments in World Series of Poker History Part 2

Created By: PokerListings.com
17 June 2013
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
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Every year the poker world descends upon Las Vegas for the marquee festival of the year, the World Series of Poker.

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PokerListings.com loves the World Series of Poker.

Why else would we come to the middle of the desert nine years in a row, braving surface-of-the-sun temperatures to cover the biggest poker series on Earth?

And when we come to the WSOP we come armed with the latest in picture-taking technology.

So keep reading and see the 2013 World Series of Poker through our eyes, and through our lens. We'll be adding photos here as we go.

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Great Moments in World Series of Poker History Part 1

Created By: PokerListings.com
03 June 2013
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
Chip Reese

The 2013 World Series of Poker is entering its second week at the Rio in Las Vegas and, with a record-breaking start, promises to deliver another set of unforgettable poker moments.

Now in its 44th year the WSOP has provided more of its share of great moments and in this ongoing blog series guest poster James Guill will take a look back at a few of the most memorable.

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Trying to tune in for tonight's World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table?

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Phil Hellmuth

Sure Phil Hellmuth may be insufferable if he manages to win his 13th WSOP bracelet but the bottom line is we could potentially see poker history at the WSOPE Main Event final table today.

Check below to see a slightly-delayed live video stream of the event, which begins at 1:45 p.m. CET.

Hellmuth has his work cut out for him as talented elite poker pros Jason Mercier, Joe Cheong and Chris Brammer are all looking to grab a slice of European glory.

Ukrainian Sergii Baranov, who is second in chips to Hellmuth, was also surprisingly good as they played down to a final table.

Meanwhile French fans will likely be pulling for an upset from one of their three remaining competitors: Stephane Albertini, Stephane Girault and Paul Tedeschi.

There’s a lot on the line tonight and if Hellmuth wins he’ll also take down 2012 WSOP Player of the Year and become the only player in poker history to win both the North American and European Main Events.

Check for the live stream after the jump.

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WSOP 2012 Main Event Picture Book

Created By: Matthew Showell
25 July 2012
Posted in: WSOP Blog
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It's been a week since the final table of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event was set in Las Vegas but we're not ready to let the memory go. Not yet.

PokerListings.com was on location for the entire 2012 WSOP and we've got the photos to prove it. Join us today as we walk you through the 2012 Main Event, picture-book style.

We know most people these days prefer photos to words so we promise to keep the writing to the bare minimum, just enough context for you to appreciate the pictures.

All photos were taken by @arthurcrowson, @mattshowell and @BJNemeth

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This year's Main Event has come to a close and Jesse Sylvia will be at the helm when the final nine players reconvene in October.

Sylvia holds a commanding lead over his eight opponents, and we're going to introduce you to each and every one of them right here.

Watch the video above to get to know the nine poker players who have a shot at $8.5 million and the title of world champion.

For a little more background, check out our full WSOP 2012 Main Event Live Coverage.

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Jacob Balsiger is just 21 years old and he's got a shot at $8.5 million at the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.

We spoke to Balsiger when there were two tables left but he's since made the final table. He tells us about being a college student in Arizona while spending most of his time playing poker.

Check out the full interview above and check out all the action from the Main Event with our WSOP 2012 Live Updates.

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Scott Abrams is an unknown no longer. As we get closer and closer to this final table we're discovering the backstories of the players who have a shot at becoming this year's world champion of poker.

Abrams is originally from the Chicago area and is a lifelong lover of strategy games. He's studied chess and video games but poker's the only thing that's given him a shot at $8.5 million.

Abrams now lives in Las Vegas and plays live cash for a living.

Check out the full interview above and follow Robert Salaburu's progress with our WSOP 2012 Main Event Live Updates.

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A few years ago Jeremy Ausmus moved from Colorado to Las Vegas with just a little bit of cash and the dream of becoming a professional poker player.

Now Ausmus is just a few spots off the final table of the 2012 WSOP Main Event with a shot at the $8.5 million first-place prize. We chat with Ausmus on a break with two tables left to get to know the man who might get a spot at the final table in October.

Check out the full interview above and follow Robert Salaburu's progress with our WSOP 2012 Main Event Live Updates.

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We're getting to know a ton of new people as we approach the 2012 WSOP Main Event final table and Robert Salaburu is no exception. A poker player from San Antonio, Texas with 10 years of pro experience under his belt, Salaburu has already bested his best live tournament result with his run in this Main Event.

Salaburu began playing poker when he was 16 and played a lot online, until Black Friday. Since last April Salaburu has been playing live poker, and now he's got a shot at $8.5 million and poker's biggest title.

Check out the full interview above and follow Robert Salaburu's progress with our WSOP 2012 Main Event Live Updates.

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Day 6 is a formative period of time at the WSOP Main Event. Already well into the money as the afternoon began with 97 players, Day 6 ferried us deeper into the cash and left us with just three tables.

We're giving you an inside look at the magic that was Day 6 of this year's Main Event, and we're doing it with the help of three players who were on the other side of the ropes the entire time.

Erik Hellman was the last Swede standing and he told us that even if he won the $8.5 million first-place prize he'd still follow through with his plan to go to University. Niels van Alphen was the last Dutchman left and he said that it's been his dream for years to be deep in the Main Event.

American Jesse Sylvia is the only one of our three guests to advance to Day 3 and he told us that the nerves of playing for millions of dollars vanished when he played his first hand at the feature table.

Watch our WSOP Daily Show above for all that and more, and follow the action live with our WSOP 2012 Main Event Live Updates.

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The last Swedish player standing in the 2012 WSOP Main Event seems to be going by two names. To his friends and the Swedish poker community he is Jonatan Hellman. But on official WSOP records he appears as Erik.

A simple clerical mistake to be sure, since Erik is the first name that appears on his passport, but until the WSOP rectifies the situation we're forced to call him Erik.

Hellman was a professional poker player for the last few years but has plans to go back to school, even if he wins the Main Event and $8.5 million. And he's got a shot. Right now he's 13th out of the remaining 36.

Check out the interview above to get to know him a little better, and follow his progress with our WSOP 2012 Main Event Live Updates.

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Jesse Sylvia is a 26-year-old live poker pro originally from Martha's Vineyard who now plays cash games here in Vegas to make a living.

The amazing this is that the biggest score on his live tournament record before this Main Event is just $15,000, barely more than the buy-in for this tournament.

Sylvia is now guaranteed $191,000 and has a shot at $8.5 million. And in addition to the cash he also scored a spot on Team 888poker.com.

Check out the interview above to get to know Sylvia and follow his progress live with our WSOP 2012 Main Event live updates.

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Amit Makhija was one of the last remaining name pros in this event but, sadly, he's no longer with us.

Makhija made it to 47th place before going broke. The result was good for over $156k but based on what Amit told us in this interview, he was hoping for a lot more.

Check out the full interview above and follow the Main Event live with our WSOP 2012 Live Updates.

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We're getting close to the end of Day 6 at the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event and the Netherland's hopes are pinned on one man: Niels van Alphen.

Van Alphen is the last remaining player from Holland and he's got a shot at becoming the country's first world champion.

In addition to the cash van Alphen will be pocketing, he also earned a coveted spot on Team 888poker.com.

Check out the interview above to get to know van Alphen even better and follow the action live with our WSOP 2012 Live Updates.

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