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This is it. The 2012 World Series of Poker main event final table is here, and one of the remaining nine players is less than two days from pocketing the $8.5 million top prize. The members of the October Nine -- Jesse Sylvia, Andras Koroknai, Greg Merson, Russell Thomas, Steve Gee, Michael Esposito, Rob Salaburu, Jake Balsiger and Jeremy Ausmus -- are ready to go, and play will begin at 7:45 p.m. ET in Las Vegas and last until only three players remain. The final three will then return at 8:45 p.m. ET Tuesday to play for the bracelet, life-changing money and the title of world champion.
After 103 days, the Penn & Teller Theater is packed with family, friends and fans as hope of a main event victory lies only eight eliminations away. Chants, T-shirts, music and patches are creating a true sporting environment, and, along with the money on the line, that is what separates this event from all the rest. Fans around the world will be watching live on ESPN2/WatchESPN, and superstars will be created with the turn of a card. Tonight is an industry-changing night, and, if you aren't familiar with the final nine, get to know them. They are nine talented individuals who are extremely deserving of the title of world champion.
There will be one hour, nine minutes and 45 seconds left in Level 34 (blinds: 150,000/300,000 with a 40,000 ante). The Cover It Live below will post the action in real time, which means for those watching at home on ESPN2 or ESPN3.com, coverage here will be 15 minutes ahead of the action on your television or computer. Additionally, for live updates on Twitter, check out @AFeldmanESPN.