Holden his own at the WSOP
Your first time can be intimidating. It can be pressure-filled, stressful, challenging and sometimes over way too quickly, but for November Niner Sam Holden, his first time playing in the WSOP main event turned out to be life-altering. Playing in his first $10,000 buy-in tournament, the Brit produced an incredible performance that led him to this elite juncture in a poker player's career. Come November, Holden will be one of the final nine players playing for the top prize of $8.7 million.
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2011 WSOP Final Table Coverage
ESPN.com's poker team is keeping you up to speed with each of the nine players at the 2011 WSOP main event final table. When action resumes on Nov. 6 there will be 34 minutes and 57 seconds left in Level 36 (blinds: 250,000/500,000 with a 50,000 ante).
November Nine Breakdown
Chip position: First, 40,175,000
Chip position: Second, 33,925,000
Chip position: Third, 24,750,000
Chip position: Fourth, 23,875,000
Chip position: Fifth, 20,875,000
Chip position: Sixth, 19,700,000
Chip position: Seventh, 16,425,000
Chip position: Eighth, 13,825,000
Chip position: Ninth, 12,375,000