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    Thursday, July 26th, 2012 by Ryan

The 2012 World Series of Poker is officially winding down, and we are actually set for another three months before the final table of the most popular tournament in the world finishes. This of course is the World Series of Poker Main Event, the event that draws in over 6k in players almost every year, year in and year out, and also features a massive prize pool that this year will be awarding more than $8.5 million to the eventual winner of the tournament. While we’ve whittled the field all the way down to the final nine players, today we are going to take a look at the top three chip leaders who are left in the field, and the ones who are sitting in an excellent position to potentially put a major push on the first place pay day, as well as that gold bracelet as well.

Interestingly, the nine players who have made it to the final table of this event, aren’t nearly as popular as last year, which featured many well-known players. Actually you’ve probably found that a good number of the poker fans out there find themselves asking who these players are that are going to be playing for the Main Event Championship at the end of October. While the players may not be the biggest names in the poker world, you’ll find that they all have interesting stories that led them to this point, and that they are all (obviously) excellent poker players. Let’s look at the chip leaders going into the final nine, who are Jesse Sylvia, Russell Thomas, and Andras Koroknai.

Jesse Sylvia- 43,875,000 chips

Sylvia is the chip leader by more than 14 million chips, and in total he has 22% of the total chips that are in play currently. If you are a sports bettor, you are going to find that Sylvia is the favorite to win it all, and interestingly he’s played the bulk of his poker in the online poker world. He plays a lot of the online poker cash games, and in live tournaments he only has a few cashes. According to him, the 26 year old Massachusetts native grinds out cash games for nearly 60 hours a week, but taking home this massive pay day could result in him getting a few extra days off per week.

Andras Koroknai- 29,375,000 chips

Koroknai got hot at the right time, and played strong poker as well getting up to second place with 15% of the chips being in his corner. He’s actually won a World Poker Tour title in his career as well. Koroknai is a Hungarian pro, and is 30 years old. His win at the World Poker Tour came back in 2010 when he won the LA Poker Classic Main Event, and took home an impressive pay day of $1.7 million.

Russell Thomas- 24,800,000 chips

Last but definitely not list out of these three is Russell Thomas, who actually has a full time job as an actuary, and only does the poker job as a part-time deal. He has three World Series of Poker cashes before this, and he also made it to the final table of the 2010 WSOP $1,500 NLHE event. In this event he took home $84k for finishing in 5th place against a very solid group of players. Thomas is based out of Connecticut, so he’s one of the few East Coast players at this final table.

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