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2009 World Series of Poker Gets Mighty Exciting in Final Hours

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Jul/14/2009
Dennis Phillips

With the field narrowed down to 64 players out of the 6494 that entered, things are looking mighty exciting at the 2009 World Series of Poker as we head into the final hours.

The entire poker community is very excited about the possibility that poker pro, Phil Ivey, could be heading to the final table. 

Poker icon Doyle Brunson (see his online poker site here) had this to say about Phil Ivey potentially entering the Poker Hall of Fame:
"Phil Ivey is one that is a cinch to be inducted, but not this year because of his young age. Of course he is still alive in the Main Event and if he somehow wins, I'll vote for him now."

If the 2009 World Series of Poker were to end today, Ivey would be at the final table, as would Iranian born semi-pro, Antonio Esfandiari.

"There is something to be said for having an Iranian at the final table," said Payton O'Brien, Senior Editor of Gambling911.com.  "I think there is a story there with all that is happening right now with the Iranian election and protests that followed."

Leo Margets is another story.  You might never have heard of this poker player but she is the last standing female and will bare close watching throughout the day Tuesday.

Last year's 3rd place World Series of Poker main event winner, Dennis Phillips, is still very much alive as well.  Pro Joe Sebok is just barely still in it. 

"Incredible to still be kicking somehow in this thing," Sebok said.  "Fight the fight until the fight is through."

Among those leaving the WSOP during the first levels of play Monday were Cole South, Chris Bjorin, John Monnette, Joe Serock, Thierry van den Berg, Blair Hinkle, Theo Tran, and long-time chip leader in this tournament, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. Sarne Lightman, J.C. Tran, 2005 Main Event champ Joe Hachem, and David Benyamine.

Christopher Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher 

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