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ESPN Planning Unprecedented Final-Table Coverage
With the final table a little over a week away, the folks at ESPN and the World Series of Poker are preparing to show poker fans more Main Event than ever before.
The final nine will resume play at the Penn & Teller Theater inside the Rio All Suites Hotel in Las Vegas beginning at 12 p.m. PT Nov. 6.
They will play down to the final two and come back to to play heads-up for the title beginning at 8 p.m. PT Nov. 8.
Turning the raw footage around in no time at all, all the key hands and highlights will then air complete with Norman Chad and Lon McEachern commentating on ESPN Nov. 9 from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET.
With 71 people on the TV crew, 21 different cameras, mics on the dealers, the crowd and all nine players, ESPN Producer Kathy Cook says they are poised to bring poker fans the entire story and more.
"We are really going to give our viewers an unprecedented look at how the final table will play out," she said.
Those looking for even more of the action will find it on ESPN3.com as the site will play host to a delayed live stream of the final table.
EPT Live veteran James Hartigan and a series of big-name pros will provide commentary.
The final table includes a young French-Canadian chip leader in Jonathan Duhamel, a veteran pro looking to make history in Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, a true amateur in Soi Nguyen and a group of young and upcoming online pros on the verge of poker superstardom.
"It's a decent portrait of where poker is today," McEachern told media on a conference call Wednesday. "We've got some young, aggressive players and it should be quite entertaining."
Co-Host Chad agreed, saying he was particularly interested in seeing if Mizrachi can follow up his $50k Players Championship win with an "unprecedented double" or if "everyman" Nguyen can pull off a Chris Moneymaker-style upset.
"It has become a wild scene at the Rio and really showcases how far poker has come in such a short time," added WSOP VP Ty Stewart.
"The folks at ESPN make poker feel a lot more like big event sport. It doesn't feel like poker, it feels like event television."
The PokerListings live reporting team will also be on hand throughout the final table providing unprecedented behind the scenes access including live updates, photos, videos and bust-out interviews.
Tune in to PokerListings' WSOP Live Updates beginning at 12 p.m. PT Nov. 6 to follow the action.
All nine finalists are guaranteed at least $811,823 with $8,944,138 reserved for first place.
Here's a look at how things stack up heading into the final:
1 Jonathan Duhamel 65,975,000
2 John Dolan 46,250,000
3 Joseph Cheong 23,525,000
4 John Racener 19,050,000
5 Matthew Jarvis 16,700,000
6 Filippo Candio 16,400,000
7 Michael Mizrachi 14,450,000
8 Soi Nguyen 9,650,000
9 Jason Senti 7,625,000