6 pros, 3 amateurs compete for $8.53M WSOP prize
(AP) -- A college student, six poker professionals and two white-collar card hobbyists are back in Las Vegas and set to settle a World Series of Poker main event prize worth $8.53 million to the winner.
Seven players will become millionaires at the no-limit Texas Hold `em final table that runs Monday and Tuesday nights, with the loser settling for just the nearly $755,000 paid to all nine finalists in July.
That's when the tournament began with 6,598 players, whittling down to the final nine through seven sessions spread over 11 days at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
The finalists include 21-year-old Jake Balsiger, an Arizona State senior looking to become the youngest main event champion ever.
The chip leader heading into the final table is 24-year-old poker professional Jesse Sylvia.