2017 WSOP Final Table Set: Two Players Make Repeat Appearance

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After 10 days, the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event final table is finally set, and it's one for the history books.

For the first time poker's modern era, two players are making a repeat appearance at the final table. Antoine Saout's first appearance was in 2009, the first time a French player made the November Nine. And Ben Lamb was a November Niner in 2011. They both ended up finishing third in their respective years.

The 2017 Main Event started with 7,221 players on July 8th. Now only nine remain, Saout and Lamb among them. Saout is currently seventh in chips, and Lamb is at the bottom of the leaderboard in ninth. They were nearly joined by another November Niner, Michael Ruane. Ruane was at the final table just a year ago, and after another impressive performance this year, he eventually bowed out in 10th place. Had he survived past one more player, he would have become the first player to make back-to-back Main Event final tables since Mark Newhouse achieved the rare feat in 2013 and 2014.

This year, there is no November Nine. The three month hiatus has been removed from the schedule, and the final table players will return to the felt after a break of just two days. From July 20th through 22nd, the nine remaining players will play the rest of the tournament under the bright lights of ESPN's cameras until a new champion is crowned.


The entire final table will be broadcast virtually live (on a 30-minute delay due to gaming regulations) on ESPN or ESPN2. Here’s the schedule. (All times EDT):

    Wednesday, July 19: 10:00 p.m. Final Table Preview show

    Thursday, July 20: Starts at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN2

    Friday, July 21: Starts at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN

    Saturday, July 22: Starts at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN

Career Earnings and More Stats for the finalists

Player Country WSOP Cashes WSOP Bracelets Career Earnings GPI Ranking
Antoine Saout France 13 0 $5,551,412 341
Ben Lamb United States 14 1 $7,207,830 16,828
Benjamin Pollak France 16 0 $2,967,781 116
Bryan Piccioli United States 30 1 $1,909,374 471
Damian Salas Argentina 14 0 $919,525 494
Dan Ott United States 2 0 $3,656 64,460
Jack Sinclair United Kingdom 2 0 $13,500 14,761
John Hesp United Kingdom 0 0 $2,208 21,184
Scott Blumstein United States 3 0 $312,142 1,682