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.