They played for eight grueling days earlier this summer. Longer if you count the other events taking place in Las Vegas during the 2011 WSOP.
There were 6,865 entrants who ponied up ten grand in this incredible test of stamina, gamesmanship, and yes, some luck. Nine players from seven different countries (including three Americans) made the final table which played out Sunday until there were just three players left.
At 9 ET Tuesday, you can tune into ESPN to watch a slightly tape-delayed version as the remaining card players via for the eight million dollar top prize. You read that right. First place gets $8,711,956. That's more than the entire purse for the 2011 Masters. Don't feel sorry for the runners up. Second takes home over five million, and third gets a tad over four million.
When you watch the packaged version of the WSOP, you will only see the highlights of the best action. That's like watching SportsCenter and seeing game highlights. Instead, this year, ESPN actually had live coverage. Sometimes, it can move slowly, but that is the way a tourney really plays out. I like hearing commentary from real pros such as Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari, who has been incredibly spot on in predicting what cards players had, before they were revealed to the audience.
So watch some history being made, and see how the pros really play the game.
The final three are:
Pius Heinz - Germany - 107,800,000 chips
Ben Lamb - USA - 55,400,000
Martin Staszko - Czech Republic - 42,700,000
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