A look at the final 9 players in the WSOP

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 5:07 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 5:07 AM

The final table in the World Series of Poker main event was determined in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. These nine men beat out a field of more than 6,000 in the annual $10,000 buy in no-limit Texas Hold 'em contest at the Rio Hotel-Casino off the Las Vegas strip. They will meet again on Nov. 4, when play begins to determine who will take home the $8.4 million top prize and golden bracelet. The other eight players will share $18.3 million.

Players are in order of their finish.

JC Tran (38,000,000 in chips)

AGE: 36

HOMETOWN: Sacramento, Calif.

OCCUPATION: Poker pro

PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 44 cashes totaling $2.25 million

FACTOID: Won back-to-back WSOP gold bracelets in 2008 and 2009

Amir Lehavot (29,700,000 in chips)

AGE: 38

HOMETOWN: Weston, Fla.

OCCUPATION: Poker pro

PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 12 cashes totaling more than $800,000

FACTOID: Originally from Israel

Marc McLaughlin (26,525,000 in chips)

AGE: 25

HOMETOWN: Brossard, Quebec, Canada

OCCUPATION: Tattoo artist

PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Five consecutive year playing in the main event championship, and six main event cashes for a total of $639,128

FACTOID: Ping pong fan

Jay Farber (25,975,000 in chips)

AGE: 28

HOMETOWN: Doylestown, Pa.

OCCUPATION: Host at the megaclub Hakkasan on the Las Vegas Strip

PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: None

FACTOID: Entered the WSOP for the first time last year; sees poker as just a hobby

Ryan Riess (25,875,000 in chips)

AGE: 23

HOMETOWN: Poker pro

OCCUPATION: East Lansing, Mich.

PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 13 cashes for $296,918

FACTOID: First time entering the WSOP main event

Sylvain Loosli (19,600,000 in chips)

AGE: 26

HOMETOWN: Toulon, France

OCCUPATION: Poker pro

PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Zero career WSOP cashes

FACTOID: Claims more than $1 million in winnings from online poker

Michiel Brummelhuis (11,275,000 in chips)

AGE: 32

HOMETOWN: Amsterdam, Netherlands

OCCUPATION: Poker pro

PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Seven cashes totaling $174, 179

FACTOID: Expecting his first child in September

Marc Newhouse (7,350,000 in chips)

AGE: 28

HOMETOWN: Chapel Hill, N.C.

OCCUPATION: Poker pro

PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Seven cashes for $162,386

FACTOID: Finished in 207th place in the 2011 WSOP main event

David Benefield (6,375,000 in chips)

AGE: 27

HOMETOWN: Fort Worth, Texas

OCCUPATION: Poker pro

PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 12 cashes totaling $455,713

FACTOID: Studying Political Science at Columbia University

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