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Three-Handed Play This Year Sees More Hands Than Entire 2007 WSOP Final Table

Merson, Sylvia and Balsiger In Midst Of Marathon Match


The 2012 World Series of Poker main event final table has already made history.

Three-handed play was still ongoing as of 3:40 a.m. local time in Las Vegas. The number of hands Greg Merson, Jesse Sylvia and Jacob Balsiger had logged just as a threesome was 222 — out of 357 total since nine-handed action began Monday.

And the event was still far from over.

For comparison: The entire 2007 WSOP main event final table had 205 hands. Jerry Yang won that year in speedy fashion.

Here’s a look at the number of hands played at the past seven final tables:
(Note: all of these are from the summer main event)

2012: TBD
2011: 301 hands
2010: 262 hands
2009: 364 hands
2008: 274 hands
2007: 205 hands
2006: 236 hands
2005: 232 hands

The all-time record for a WSOP no-limit hold’em championship event belongs partly to John Juanda and Stanislav Alekhin, who battled heads up as part of a 484-hand marathon at the 2008 WSOP Europe main event final table.

The legendary $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E event in 2006, which played a final table of only no-limit hold’em, had 354 hands.

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