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WSOP Main Event Gets Down To Nine Tonight on ESPN

The 18 Remaining Players on Day 8 Fight For a Spot at the Final Table


Phil IveyViewers are finally going to see exactly how the November Nine secured their places at the main-event final table as the last recorded World Series of Poker main event episode premieres tonight on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.

Day 8 begins with just 18 players of the 6,494 who began. Among the final two tables is seven-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey. Last week, audiences around the country were shocked to see the legendary player muck a winning hand in a 2 million chip pot. Here was the action:

Ivey raised with 8Spade Suit 8Diamond Suit under the gun to 320,000. It folded around to Jordan Smith in the big blind, who reraised to 1 million, and Ivey called. Both players checked the flop, turn, and river to see a completed board of QHeart Suit 10Spade Suit 5Spade Suit QSpade Suit ASpade Suit. Smith showed ADiamond Suit 9Club Suit for two pair, and Ivey mucked his 8-high flush. In a media telephone conference last week, Norman Chad addressed the topic.

“When I was watching it on the tape, my first reaction was that something was wrong with the tape,” said Chad. “This was a case where he wouldn’t know he made that mistake at the time he made it. He wouldn’t know until he saw it on television. It was a stunning Jeff Shulmanthing to see. It was sort of like watching Michelangelo all of a sudden drop his paint brush while he was working on the Sistine chapel ceiling. You just don’t expect it from Phil Ivey, but it happened.”

Also still competing alongside Ivey is Andrew Lichtenberger, also known as “Luckychewy” online, and Card Player publisher Jeff Shulman. At the end of tonight’s episode, the November Nine will have emerged.

After three and a half months, the November Nine convenes this Saturday to play down to heads up. The two final players will rest up and then compete for the $8.5 million top prize on Monday evening. The final episode will premiere on ESPN one week from today at 9 p.m. ET for same-day coverage.