The Main Event: Day 8, Moon Rises As Nine Decided
July 16, 2021

And then there were nine.  Day 8 of the World Series of Poker Main Event had the difficult task of shaking the proverbial tree until 18 more players fell from potential fame and poker glory.  With still relatively deep stacks compared to the blinds, most expected a long slog of it yesterday, yet surprisingly well before midnight our newest "November Nine" was decided and our month and a half long odyssey at the Rio had drawn to a close.

When the final 27 sat down to play Day 8 yesterday there were still many exciting potential story lines, yet sadly most of these never had their chance to fully grow into fruition, thanks to the cruelty and often fickle nature of the poker gods. 

Our last women in the field, Leo Margets, despite a truly impressive run fell early on in the day assuring that for at least one more year, no women would be able to call herself the WSOP Main Event champion.  The top young online pro still in the field, Andrew "Luckychewy" Lichtenberger, also ended his run torturously close to the final table, busting in 18th place for a half million dollar score and "The Magician" Antonio Esfandiari, was unable to use his powers to materialize on poker's biggest stage, instead falling about 14 places short.  Other surprises to hit the rail on Wednesday included, Marcos Mattes, Jonathan Tamayo, Ludovic Lacay and Billy Kopp, who lost a huge 40 million-plus pot right near the end of play when his small flush ran into Darvin Moon's bigger one, according to excellent live updates provided by PokerNews.  That huge pot not only served to send Kopp to the rail, but it also shot Darvin Moon skyward making him the overwhelming chip leader of this year's "November Nine," with nearly 60 million in tournament chips.

Normally when a player is holding a "Jamie Goldesque" type stack like that, it pretty much leaves all the others fighting for second, but given some of the players still in this year's final nine, nothing is a foregone conclusion.  Joining Moon at the WSOP Main Event Final table will be Cardplayer's own Jeff Shulman (19,580,000), Eric Buchman (34,800,000), Steven Begleiter (29,885,000), James Akenhead (6,800,000), Joseph Cada (13,215,000), Antoine Saout (9,500,000), Kevin Schaffel (12,390,000) and the man many poker players fear most, be it live or on the virtual felt, PokerRoad's resident master, Mr. Phil Ivey (9,765,000).

Without question this group of players should make for an interesting final table but unfortunately we'll all have to wait to see it, because just like when a bunch of kids are playing street hockey and a car drives up, the game must be paused until it's time to start again, and in this case the "car" in question will drive by for over three months (till 11/7), until we can finally once more give that excited yell, "Game On."

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Story by Mark Anderson

Sweet Tweets* from the final day in July.

Cards are in the air. Next stop: The November Nine!
-Jeffrey Pollack

Darvin Moon picked up aces again. He lost to trip 9s. I can't believe he got them AGAIN!
-Andrew Feldman

Nick Maimone doubles through Phil with Q5 to Phil's JJ for 1.03 million.
-Team Ivey

An apple a day gets you to a FT? Phil's two biggest fans have brought an apple for him everyday of the ME. So far so good.
-Team Ivey

Ivey down to 6 after doubling up Marco with QQ vs Ivey's JJ
-Andrew Feldman

Magician disappears - Ivey back in pack , Kopp,Moon & Begleiter creating a gap - come on James - you can get there ...

George doubles up off Ivey after 6-J-3-9-4 board
-Andrew Feldman

Big pay jump from 19 to 18...$147K...Wow. Wonder if play will tighten up. With these guys, probably not.
-Andrew Feldman

4.9 million with 18 left.
-Team Ivey

For those that are asking, I do not hate Darvin Moon. Just amazed how many premium pairs he's had over the last two days. Card. Rack.
-Andrew Feldman

The entire professional poker world holds it's breath as @philivey makes a run at the "November Nine" 15 lef

Players are back. Comment of the break: "Can you really believe this?!?" -- Steve Begleiter
-Andrew Feldman

Jamie Robbins avoided elimination when his 10-10 cracked Aces... ten spiked on the river. Snaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap!

Payout for 12th - 10th place is $896,730. Sweet! And, every member of the November 9 will be a millionaire this year. Top prize: $8,546,435!
-Jeffrey Pollack

The final 10 will consolidate to one table... We have reached the WSOP November Nine Bubble. Can Ivey do it? Stay tuned...

Phil busts Jamie with AT of hearts to KQ for 2.35 million. 10 left.
-Team Ivey

Phil Ivey makes the November 9!! WooT!
-Lacey Jones

*A sampling of Twitter Posts from Event #57, courtesy of the
PokerRoad Nation.

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