WSOP Final Table gets ready for action

Tension is rising at the WSOP Main Event as the final table has now been set.  With the final nine players ready to duke it out for the top prize of $8.8 million, the action at the felt is certainly going to intensify.  Regardless of who is ultimately crowned champion, the fact that these nine have overcome a field of 7,874 to get where they are is an incredible victory.

Joe Cada is still in the running, hoping for a second title following his win in 2009.  He took down the Main Event that year when he was only 21 years old, stuffing $8.54 million into his pockets.  Since then, he has gone on to win two additional WSOP bracelets, as well as two six-figure WSOP prizes that have helped him bank a total of $10.7 million in live action.  A first-place win this year would propel him much higher in the rankings of the all-time money winners.  It won't be easy, though, as Cada only has 23,675,000 chips.

Leading the table when action resumes is the relatively unknown Nicolas Manion.  The Michigan resident has only picked up $16,739 in live tournament action across three tournaments, reaching as high as 17th place in the $500 Pot-Limit Omaha tourney at the 2016 Chicago Poker Classic.  He has 112,775,000 chips to play with at the WSOP final table, about 3,600 more than Michael Dyer, who led the tournament in chips for a serious amount of time.

Joining the three at the felt are US players John Cynn, Tony Miles and Aram Zobian.  Ukranian Artem Metalidi, Australia's Alex Lynskey and French player Antoine Labat will also be sitting down when the action picks up at 5:30 PM local time today.  

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