Las Vegas (6 November 2015) – The moment the poker world has been awaiting for the past four months is nearly here. On Sunday, the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event—on hiatus since July 15—will resume at the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The nine remaining players will play in front ESPN's cameras until only one of them remains. And Tuesday night, the newest WSOP Main Event champion will be crowned.

In early July, 6,420 players put up the $10,000 entry fee for the Main Event. After playing for seven days, all but a few had lost all their chips. And just before 1:30 a.m. on the morning of July 15th, Alex Turyansky was eliminated in 10th place in a classic coin flip. When he exited the stage, only nine players remained—the 2015 November Nine.

At that point, the tournament was paused, and the November Nine went their separate ways for about four months to prepare for the final table. Now, the players are returning to Vegas to battle it out for the championship. They’ll take their seats again on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. on the stage in the Penn and Teller Theater.

The tournament will air live (on a 30-minute delay) on ESPN or ESPN2. (See schedule below). The final table will be played out over three days—November 8 to10—and every hand will be televised.

The eventual winner will earn a WSOP gold bracelet, over $7.6 million dollars, and a hard-earned place in poker history alongside previous Main Event champions like Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Stu Unger, Phil Hellmuth, Dan Harrington, Greg Merson, and last year’s champ, Martin Jacobson.

The chip leader heading into the final table is Joe McKeehen, with almost a third of the chips in play. McKeehen built his massive stack on Day 7 with the help of several key bustouts, including the hand in which he eliminated fan-favorite Daniel Negreanu. He used the big stack the his advantage as the field shrunk down to nine players, pressuring his opponents and continuing to gather chips. The 24-year old from Pennsylvania has come close to a bracelet before, finishing runner up in the 2014 Monster Stack event. Now, he has a shot at earning his first bracelet in the Main event.

Even before the first card is dealt on Sunday, the 2015 final table has already set records. It hosts the eldest player ever to make the November Nine. Pierre Neuville, the first Belgian ever to make the November 9, is 72 years old, a full 15 years older than the previous oldest November Niner (Steve Gee was 57 in 2012). Also returning to the table on Sunday is 61-year old Neil Blumenfield, who would have held this record if not for Neuville.

Here are the players’ seats and chip counts:

Seat 1: Ofer Zvi Stern - 29,800,000 (74 bb)
Seat 2: Pierre Neuville - 21,075,000 (52 bb)
Seat 3: Joshua Beckley - 11,800,000 (27 bb)
Seat 4: Max Steinberg - 20,200,000 (50 bb)
Seat 5: Thomas Cannuli - 12,250,000 (30 bb)
Seat 6: Joe McKeehen - 63,100,000 (160 bb)
Seat 7: Patrick Chan - 6,225,000 (15 bb)
Seat 8: Federico Butteroni - 6,200,000 (15 bb)
Seat 9: Neil Blumenfield - 22,000,000 (55 bb)

Play resumes with 57:36 remaining in Level 35, with blinds at 200,000/400,000 and a 50,000 ante. Thomas Cannuli has the button for the first hand back.

Results so far are available here.


ESPN Television Schedule:

Every hand of the final table will be shown on either ESPN or ESPN2 in the US, as well as the WatchESPN App. All the coverage will be on a 30-minute delay and feature hole cards.

Sunday, November 8

ESPN

8:30 pm ET (30-minute delay)

Monday, November 9

ESPN2

8:00 pm ET (30-min delay)

Tuesday, November 10

ESPN

9:30 pm ET (30-min delay)

TV Schedule Subject To Change

We do not know ahead of time how long play will last each day. On Sunday and Monday, the determination of when to stop for the night will be made on site by the tournament director and television production staff.

Overseas Viewing Information:

For information on where to view the final table from outside the US, please click this detailed breakdown of international coverage.

Spectator Information:

Admission to the theater is free and available to the public. Seats are available on a first-come, first served basis, and advance reservations are not permitted.

If you wish to attend, simply show up at the Penn and Teller Theater in the Rio. Seating for the general public opens roughly 30 minutes before play is scheduled to begin each day.

  • Sunday, November 8 – Play begins at 5:00 p.m. – seats available at 4:30
  • Monday, November 9 – Play begins at 4:30 p.m. – seats available at 4:00.
  • Tuesday, November 10 – Play begins at 6:00 p.m. – seats available at 5:30

Historically, the first day is the most crowded, and the most difficult to procure a seat. Spectators may start lining up outside the theater as early as 1:00 p.m. The line will likely be shorter Monday and Tuesday.