Hello everyone and welcome back for your final update from the 50th annual world series of poker. It is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The most prestigious poker event of the year will crown a champion tonight as the Main Event will play down to a winner as of 5:30 p.m. local time at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
Out of the second-biggest WSOP Main Event field of 8,569 entries ever in the 50th edition, three different nationalities will be represented when the cards go back in the air, and all eyes are set on the WSOP Main Event bracelet and the payday of $10,000,000 that comes along with it.
No boxing announcer will be needed to get the crowd going in the Amazon Room, announcing the three finalists in contention to become “champion of the world”. The rails of Hossein Ensan, Alex Livingston and Dario Sammartino have proven in the previous days that the Thunderdome and entire tournament room is filled with chants in three different languages creating a worthy atmosphere for the big showdown.
Ensan is the odds-on favorite to claim the title and his first bracelet, as he ended up on top of the leaderboard for three straight days. Born in Iran, the 55-year-old will enter the final day with about 327 million. It is a commanding lead, as the stacks of Livingston 120 million and Sammartino 68 million combined only represent around 36.5% of the chips in play.
However, with the deep WSOP Main Event structure, even Sammartino as the shortest stack has 33 big blinds at his disposal and the Italian has the experience of several WSOP final tables to his name. Livingston will enter Day 10 with 60 big blinds and Ensan lords it over them at the top of the counts with a massive 163 big blinds.
Yesterday action started with a swift double up from Sammartino but it was hours until we saw the elimination of Kevin Maahs,
The rail of Kevin Maahs was as loud when it came to supporting their favorite. Maahs’ run came to an end in fifth place. In a classic flip, Maahs failed to connect with ace-ten suited against the pocket nines of Ensan, who cemented his status as the runaway chip leader throughout the day.
For Garry Gates, a fantastic Main Event run ended in fourth place when he jammed his last fourteen big blinds with sixes and Livingston snap-called with pocket queens. No miracle six or straight appeared, and the final three bagged up right after. While they were still busy on the main feature table, a very emotional Gates was accompanied out of the room by an enormous rail, which chanted his name for the entire Amazon room to hear.
Life changing moments are certain to happen today as the pay jumps are insane from 3rd to 2nd is two million dollars and from 2nd to 1st is the different of 4 million dollars. We will have all the udpates LIVE hand for hand on https://www.pokernews.com/tours/wsop/2019-wsop/main-event/