Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
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Event Info

Prize Pool $3,459,000
Players 3844

Meet the Final Nine

Shamus

We are a few minutes away from getting started here at the final table of Event #57. Meanwhile, here's a brief introduction of each of our starting nine:

Seat 1: Henrik Tollefsen (1,878,000) -- Tollefsen starts in third place today. The Norwegian has one previous WSOP cash (from a 2009 $1,500 NLHE event), plus a first place in the 2009 Norwegian Poker Championship where he won the equivalent of nearly $120,000.

Seat 2: Paul Kerr (784,000) -- Kerr begins today's final table eighth in chips. Hailing from Bothwell, Scotland, Kerr will be trying to add yet another bracelet to the U.K.'s impressive 2010 WSOP collection.

Seat 3: Marcel Vonk (2,253,000) -- Vonk enters today's final table second in chips. He has one WSOP cash from a 2009 $1,500 no-limit hold'em event, where he finished in 214th.

Seat 4: Dustin Dorrance-Bowman (794,000) -- Dorrance-Bowman is in sixth place heading into today's final day of play. His best previous WSOP showing was when he made it to the round of 64 in the 2008 $10,000 NLHE Heads-Up World Championship.

Seat 5: Mehul Chaudhari (789,000) -- Chaudhari begins today in seventh place of the final nine. The San Franciscan is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his previous best WSOP showing, an 18th-place finish in the 2000 WSOP for which he won $39,120. An indicator of how things have changed -- he's already guaranteed a higher payday today for making the final table of this $1,000 buy-in event!

Seat 6: Espen Moen (443,000) -- Moen starts as the table's short stack today and one expects will be looking to double-up early. His showing in this event marks his first significant tourney cash.

Seat 7: Nathan Jessen (990,000) -- Jessen begins in fourth place. The Nebraskan has a few small scores to his credit, including a couple of WSOP Circuit event cashes.

Seat 8: Matthew Lupton (973,000) -- Lupton begins in fifth place today. Today marks Lupton's first significant cash.

Seat 9: David Peters (2,653,000) -- Peters starts today as the chip leader. Peters is a highly successful online player where he plays as "dpeters17." Peters has four previous WSOP cashes, plus a win in an event at the 2008 WSOP Circuit series at Caesars Palace.

Final Table Time

Shamus
David Peters
David Peters

It's final table time. Welcome to Event #54, the last of the open-field, $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em events. Just nine have survived from a huge starting field of 3,844, and all return with hopes of ultimately turning that $1,000 investment into a nifty $570,960 payday.

When play resumes, three of the final nine will be returning to significantly larger chip stacks than the others, with David Peters, Marcel Vonk, and Henrik Tollefsen having pushed out ahead during the latter stages of play on Sunday.

While Day 1a of the Main Event rages on over in the Amazon Room, this final table is scheduled to take place over in what should be a relatively quiet Pavilion Room. But there should be a few fans of the players on the rail, perhaps making some noise in support of our final nine.

And we'll be there, too, bringing you all of the action. Cards go in the air at 3 p.m. local time. See you back here then and together we'll find out who takes the Event #54 bracelet.