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A look at the WSOP Main Event leaderboard entering the final day

Three local players still in the running for $8.5-million first-place prize


Mona Shield Payne

Poker chips are divided for dealers prior to the start of play on the first day of the World Series of Poker Main Event Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Rio in Las Vegas.

Updated Monday, July 16, 2012 | 10:26 a.m.

2012 WSOP Main Event Final Table Payouts

  • 1st — $8,527,982
  • 2nd — $5,292,889
  • 3rd — $3,797,558
  • 4th — $2,850,494
  • 5th — $2,154,616
  • 6th — $1,640,461
  • 7th — $1,257,790
  • 8th — $971,252
  • 9th — $754,798

For the 11th straight year, someone other than a well-known professional will win poker’s world championship.

Day 6 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event became doomsday for the notable players left in the field. Arguably the 15 biggest names busted out of the running for the $8.5 million first-place prize, as the number of hopefuls decreased from 97 to 27 after 14 hours of action.

Two-time bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst, last year’s ninth-place finisher Samuel Holden and WSOP Player of the Year hopeful David Baker were among Sunday’s casualties.

The 27 players left are all guaranteed $294,601. Today marks the final day of play for the summer, as the action will continue until nine players come forward to make up a final table that will reconvene in October.

Check below for an introduction to each of the final 27 players and stay tuned to for a live blog of Monday’s action beginning at 1.

Marc Ladouceur (15,875,000 chips)

From: Montreal, Previous WSOP earnings: $136,212

Daniel Strelitz (12,790,000 chips)

From: Torrance, Calif., Previous WSOP earnings: $8,823

Robert Salaburu (10,915,000 chips)

From: San Antonio, Texas, Previous WSOP earnings: $5,496

Russell Thomas (9,985,000 chips)

From: Wallingford, Pa., Previous WSOP earnings: $126,796

Elisabeth Hille (9,770,000 chips)

From: Bergen, Norway, Previous WSOP earnings: $0

Yuval Bronshtein (9,735,000 chips)

From: Charleston, S.C., Previous WSOP earnings: $435,658

Jamie Robbins (8,750,000 chips)

From: San Diego, Calif., Previous WSOP earnings: $998,905

Robert Corcione (8,745,000 chips)

From: Bellingham, Mass. Previous WSOP earnings: $0

Cylus Watson (8,500,000 chips)

From: Madbury, N.H., Previous WSOP earnings: $7,866

Jeremy Ausmus (8,300,000 chips)

From: Las Vegas, Previous WSOP earnings: $116,393

Scott Abrams (8,080,000 chips)

From: Las Vegas, Previous WSOP earnings: $54,352

Greg Merson (7,435,000 chips)

From: Laurel, Md., Previous WSOP earnings: $1,253,051 (one bracelet)

Jesse Sylvia (7,385,000 chips)

From: West Tisbury, Mass., Previous WSOP earnings: $7,244

Jacob Balsiger (7,330,000 chips)

From: Tempe, Ariz., Previous WSOP earnings: $3,531

Michael Esposito (7,045,000 chips)

From: Seaford, N.Y., Previous WSOP earnings: $47,275

Percy Mahatan (6,750,000 chips)

From: Derwood, Md., Previous WSOP earnings: $0

Jan Heitmann (6,390,000 chips)

From: Munich, Germany, Previous WSOP earnings: $38,459

Danny Wong (6,360,000 chips)

From: Las Vegas, Previous WSOP earnings: $527,075

David Balkin (6,330,000 chips)

From: Sydney, Australia, Previous WSOP earnings: $0

Gaelle Baumann (5,530,000 chips)

From: France, Previous WSOP earnings: $0

Roland Israelashvilli (5,525,000 chips)

From: New York, Previous WSOP earnings: $1,124,699

Steven Gee (4,830,000 chips)

From: Sacramento, Calif., Previous WSOP earnings: $477,901 (one bracelet)

Robert Buckenmayer (4,410,000 chips)

From: Poway, Calif., Previous WSOP earnings: $5,499

Andras Koroknai (3,125,000 chips)

From: Debrecen, Hungary Previous WSOP earnings: $39,371

Wilfred Haerig (2,665,000 chips)

From: Hamburg, Germany, Previous WSOP earnings: $81,485

Paul Volpe (2,650,000 chips)

From: West Chester, Pa., Previous WSOP earnings: $114,873

Nicco Maag (1,300,000 chips)

From: Karlsruhe, Germany, Previous WSOP earnings: $0

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  1. "The 15 best names" is a marketing ploy for TV producers to push their TV poker shows. The odds are very poor that one of these 15 would finish well. Just do the math. It's the nature of the game.