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World Series of Poker -- Main Event Final Table Schedule

Play Begins Saturday at Noon with Heads-up Returning on Monday

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Jeff Shulman will enter the Main Event Final Table in Fourth Chip-PositionOn Saturday, the wait will finally be over.

The November Nine will return to the Rio in Las Vegas on Saturday at noon PST and play down to two players. Those final competitors will then battle it out on Monday night, starting at 10 p.m. PST, to see who will walk away with the first-place prize of $8,546,435 and the title of world champion.

The final table episode will then be broadcast to the world on ESPN on Tuesday, starting at 6 p.m. EST.

The final table, which will take place at the Penn and Teller Theater, will be open to the public. Each player at the final table has already received ninth-place prize money worth $1,263,602. Card Player’s live reporting team will be on the scene to bring you all of the action in live updates, chip counts, and photos. CardPlayer.com will also be featuring a number of stories about the final nine leading up to Saturday.

From the 6,494 players who entered the tournament this summer, the nine who now remain have produced one of the most anticipated final tables in years. Card Player Publisher Jeff Shulman (pictured above left) and Phil Ivey (pictured below right) are the headliners, and they are joined by a mix of interesting players — four of whom have gone on to other successes since they became members of the 2009 November Nine. Kevin Schaffel and Steven Begleiter each made a deep run in the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker event in late August. Begleiter cashed in ninth place, and Schaffel made the TV final table, where he busted in second place. Two other players from this year’s November Nine followed in the footsteps of Ivan Demidov this October when they made the WSOP Europe main event final table. James Akenhead busted in ninth place in his hometown of London, and Antoine Saout was eliminated in seventh place. All four will surely value the extra experience in a few days time, where they will need it the most. Rounding out the final nine will be chip leader Darvin Moon, Eric Buchman, and Joe Cada.

Here is a look at all of the information you need to know before the final table begins:

NOTE: Play will begin in level 33 with blinds at 120,000-240,000 with a 30,000 ante.

Phil Ivey will enter the Main Event Final Table in Seventh Chip-PositionChip Counts:

1: Darvin Moon — 58,930,000
2: Eric Buchman — 34,800,000
3: Steven Begleiter — 29,885,000
4: Jeff Shulman — 19,580,000
5: Joe Cada — 13,215,000
6: Kevin Schaffel — 12,390,000
7: Phil Ivey — 9,765,000
8: Antoine Saout — 9,500,000
9: James Akenhead — 6,800,000

Average Chip Count: 21,646,666

Final-Table Seating Chart:

Seat 1: Darvin Moon
Seat 2: James Akenhead
Seat 3: Phil Ivey
Seat 4: Kevin Schaffel
Seat 5: Steven Begleiter
Seat 6: Eric Buchman
Seat 7: Joe Cada
Seat 8: Antoine Saout
Seat 9: Jeff Shulman

Final-Table Payouts:

1st Place: $8,546,435
2nd Place: $5,182,601
3rd Place: $3,479,485
4th Place: $2,502,787
5th Place: $1,953,395
6th Place: $1,587,133
7th Place: $1,404,002
8th Place: $1,300,228
9th Place: $1,263,602