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WSOP: Meet your Main Event final table
The dust has cleared and the last person has been busted out to give us our final nine players for the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event. With Scotty Nguyen getting the closest in 11th place, no "famous" pros managed to make the cut this year.
So the big question on everyone's mind is, "Who are these players?" PokerListings.com has the answer for you.
Seat 1: Tuan Lam $20,290,000
Tuan Lam is player number two representing PokerStars.com at the final table. With his second-place chip stack, he's also leading the team into the final day of play.
Born in Vietnam during the war, Lam immigrated to Canada at the age of 19. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two children and plays poker professionally.
The 40-year-old learned to play from his friends and he can be found competing at high-limit cash games on PokerStars.com.
This is his third year at the WSOP. He had one cash in 2005 and another in 2006. This will be his biggest tournament cash so far, but more than likely his eye is also on that bracelet win.
Seat 7: Alex Kravchenko $6,570,000
Alex Kravchenko is the lone Russian heading into the final table. From Moscow, he's made quite the splash in the poker world over his eight-year poker career, while at the same time has been running his own business back in Moscow.
He's had cashes in World Poker Tour events as well as other events all over the world. Plus, he cashed twice during the 2006 World Series of Poker, and already has five cashes this year. One of those is a win in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better event, making him the first Russian ever to win a WSOP bracelet.
Now Kravchenko is on the hunt for another bracelet and his place in history as the first Russian to win the championship event.
Seat 8: Lee Watkinson $9,975,000
As one of only two WSOP bracelet holders at the final table, there's a lot of pressure on Lee Watkinson to dig himself out from being one of the shorter stacks and come back for a win.
The 40-year-old poker pro is no stranger to pressure though, as he divides his time between poker, business ownership and animal rights activism.
With a degree from Washington State in economics, it's no wonder he's made sound investments in businesses such as a record company and clothing line. It doesn't hurt his poker game either to have a good head for numbers.
In his off-time, Watkinson enjoys wrestling, surfing, and helping rescue and retire captive chipmanzees. He and his wife have committed to helping rescue chimps that have been used for research, movies, or other purposes and eventually hope to build an animal sanctuary.
An $8 million plus first-place prize would go a long way toward helping the humanitarian couple meet their goal.
Seat 9: Hevad Khan $9,205,000
Rounding out the players from PokerStars.com is one of the most animated players at the table this year: Hevad "Rain" Khan.
Khan is originally from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., but has been moving around the country, living in San Francisco and Las Vegas.
He is well-known online for his extraordinary multi-tabling abilities. He videotaped himself playing as many as 43 poker games at once on his home computer to prove he wasn't a poker bot.
Coming into the Main Event, Khan had already cashed in one preliminary event this year, making it to 41st place in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event. He also made the final table of an event at the Bellagio Cup III during his stay in Vegas.
A Main Event win would cap that trip off nicely - or at the very least he'll have a good cash and the memory of busting out Humberto Brenes to fuel him until next year.
To find out how these players do, tune in to our Live Tournaments Section Tuesday starting at noon (PDT) for all the best updates, reports, photos, interviews and more as the WSOP works on crowning its champion.