Dennis Phillips – slot onlain Chip LeaderThe world has 117 days to figure out who the heck these guys at the World Series of Poker’s final table are.

Earlier this year, WSOP commissioner Jeffrey Pollack made the call to postpone the ME’s final table for four months.  He claimed that one of the benefits was that the public would get a chance to know the participants.  It seemed like an acceptable idea at the time, but now that the WSOP is down to it’s final 9 players I just want to see who wins!

I’ll tell you who won’t be winning.  Phil Hellmuth.  The Poker Brat was eliminated on Sunday when his AQ ran into Jacks.  Poor Phil.  I can only imagine what the next 11 months of living with him would be like.

So, who will win?  Somebody you’ve never heard of.  Here’s the “Final Nine”…

Seat 1: Dennis Phillips — 26,295,000

Seat 7: Ivan Demidov — 24,400,000

Seat 4: Scott Montgomery — 19,690,000

Seat 9: Peter Eastgate — 18,375,000

Seat 3: Ylon Schwartz — 12,525,000

Seat 5: Darus Suharto — 12,520,000

Seat 6: David “Chino” Rheem — 10,230,000

Seat 2: Craig Marquis — 10,210,000

Seat 8: Kelly Kim — 2,620,000

Dean Hamrick, of East Lansing, finished on the final table bubble in 10th place when his AJ ran into Marquis’ pocket queens. Hamrick still won $591,869.  Not too shabby!

The nine remaining players all get to take home ninth-place money ($900,670) right now. They’ll return to battle for a top prize of more than $9.1 million.

If you didn’t make it into the World Series, never fear. The Rio isn’t the only place for big tournaments.

The Orleans is offering their annual Orleans Open beginning July 5 and running through July 20.

All 16 events take place one per day beginning at noon in the Mardi Gras room. Buy-ins range from $200 to $2000.

Events are:

#1 July 5 $200 No-Limit Hold’em

#2 July 6 $200 Omaha Hi-Lo

#3 July 7 $200 Limit Hold-em

#4 July 8 $200 7-card Stud

#5 July 9 $300 No-Limit Hold’em

#6 July 10 $300 7-card Stud Hi-Lo

#7 July 11 $300 Omaha Hi-Lo (“Battle of the Sexes”)

#8 July 12 $300 No-Limit Hold’em (LIPS tourney)

#9 July 13 $330 No-Limit Hold’em

#10 July 14 $500 No-Limit Hold’em

#11 July 15 $500 “Battle of the Ages”

#12 July 16 $500 Casino Employee Event

#13 July 17 $500 Mixed Limit/No-Limit Hold’em

#14 July 18 $1000 No-Limit Hold’em

#15 July 19 $1000 Omaha Hi-Lo

#16 July 20 $2000 No-Limit Hold’em

The $200, $300, and $500 tournaments are one-day events. The $1000 and $2000 tournaments are two-day events.

All levels are 45 minutes each.