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WSOP Final Table: Joseph Cada and Darvin Moon to go heads-up in Las Vegas

9/11/2009
After a three month hiatus the remaining nine hopefuls returned to the Rio casino and hotel in Vegas to battle it out for poker’s most prestigious title. Topping the bill but not the chip counts was the game’s greatest exponent, Phil Ivey. The great man was looking to cement his place at the top of the poker tree by taking down the WSOP title and take his tally to an impressive 8 bracelets.

It wasn’t to be, however, as his spirited effort wasn’t enough to overhaul Darvin Moon’s chip lead and he eventually exited in 7th place. His exit was two places ahead of the UK’s James Akenhead whose impressive run netted him $1.2 million and one place ahead of American Kevin Schaffel. The remaining six players left vying for the title certainly put on a poker display that didn’t disappoint the huge crowds at the Rio. Steve Begleiter was the 6th place finisher just behind Jeff Shulman (who couldn’t make it two Shulman wins in as many months).

4th place went to Eric Buchman but performance of the day had to go to the desperately short stacked Antoine Saout whose mammoth effort carried him on to 3rd place for $3.4 million.

After the dust had settled it was start of the day chip leader Darvin Moon that managed to coast into the final two with young gun Joe Cada being his opponent. Cada currently holds the chip lead and on course to be the youngest ever main event winner, taking the title currently held by last year’s champion Peter Eastgate.

Play is set to reconvene later today so check out the live updates to see if poker history can be made.
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