A rundown of the October nine

The main event of the World Series of Poker (WSoP) is on its way and the lineup is looking exciting. On 29th-30th October, nine poker champs will meet and compete for over $8.5million. Here’s a run-down of the players, who are being called the October Nine:

In ninth place we have Jeremy Ausmus, who moved to Las Vegas in 2005 to become a professional poker player. He has a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and will be hoping that he can run up the leader board to the top spot this October.

Coming in at eighth is Jake Balsiger, who at the tender age of 21 could well become the youngest champion in history. As well as being in possession of 13,115,000 chips, he is studying political science at Arizona State University.

In seventh place sits Robert Salaburu, with 15,155,000 chips. Like Ausmus, he is a professional poker player and is looking to make some serious money in the game.

Continuing the run-down, at number six Michael Esposito is from Seaford New York. He works in the Big Apple as a commodity broker and unlike many of the October Nine, only plays poker a couple of times a year. However, this amateur status hasn’t slowed him down so far, with the hobby earning him a huge total of 16,260,000 chips.

In at five, the 57-year-old Steve Gee is the oldest player still in the competition. Before he became a professional poker player, he was a Manager of Software Projects for CalPERS (the California Public Employees Retirement System). He has been playing poker for 45 years, so should prove a force to be reckoned with at the table.

Russell Thomas from Connecticut is sitting in fourth place at the moment. He has a degree in Actuarial Science from Temple University and when he isn’t playing poker, the 24-year-old is working as an actuary for Aetna Insurance.

Now the top three – In third place we have Greg Merson with 28,725,000 chips. He has been a professional poker player for the last five years but has been playing the game for eight.

Just off the top spot, in second, is Hungarian player Andras Koroknai. With 29,375,000 chips, his professional poker player status is looking like a good investment of time and he will be hoping that he can win the big prize in October.

Playing his way to first place with a huge collection of 43,875,000 chips, we have Jesse Sylvia. At 24-years-old, he is a professional poker player who hopes he will emerge from this story as the hero.


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