Ivan Demidov Lands Two Main Event Final Tables


Ivan Demidov has proven his skill in more ways than one.  Not only is he part of the 2008 World Series of Poker’s November Nine, but he also made the final table of the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe’s Main Event.  That is amazing!  This is the first time a player has been a final tablist for both the WSOP and WSOPE Main Event.  While we won’t know the results for the hk prize until November, Demidov survived some of the toughest competition to place third in Europe.

In his final hand, Demidov’s straight and flush draw was called out by John Juanda’s pocket aces.  Demidov took home a nice £334,850.  John Juanda now leads Stanislav Alekhin in the heads-up battle for the bracelet.

Come November 9th, Demidov will start the WSOP Main Event final table standing in second place for the chip lead.   If he can keep his current standing, he’ll walk away with $5,790,024.  However, second place is not what any poker player strives for.  The real prize is first place for $9,119,517 and the WSOP Main Event bracelet.  Just over five weeks remain until the final table can be played out.

Ivan Demidov is relatively new to the poker profession.  In addition to the two Main Events, Demidov also placed in 11th place in the 2008 WSOP $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em rebuy event.  His accomplishment is astounding for anyone, especially for someone that others may still refer to as a rookie.  Rookie or not, Demidov has proven he has what it takes.

WSOP Maint Event Episodes Airing on ESPN Now!

Last night the first 2 episodes of the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event were aired on ESPN and ESPN HD.  All of the world’s best poker players were on hand for the 39th playing of the $10,000 buy-in event.  Because of the recent popularity of poker, the Main Event has been split into multiple starting days.  Four days (1A, 1B, 1C, 1D) are used to whittle down the field at the Rio Poker Room in Las Vegas, NV.

The Main Event’s roots can be traced back to 1949 when Benny Binion (of the legendary Binion’s Casino) staged a variety of events in search of the world’s best poker player.  Eventual winner Johnny Moss is said to have won over two-million dollars during a five-month span against no other than “Nick the Greek” Dandolos.  In 1970 the “Main Event” was formed and once again, it was Johnny Moss who would take down the title.  2007 Champion Jerry Yang will try to join Moss, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar, and Johnny Chan as the only multipe winners of the Main Event.

Key notables in last night episodes were 2008 bracelet winners Daniel Negreanu, Erick Lindgren, and Jason Young. Lindgren has been on quite a tear this year having won the Mixed-Hold’em Event and placing 3rd in the $50,000 Chip Reese HORSE Tournament.  Daniel Negreanu, a close friend of Lindgren and team PokerStars member, won his title in the $2,000 LHE Event.

Two one-hour-long episodes are set to air every Tuesday night on ESPN and ESPN HD from September 9th through October 28th starting at 9PM EST.  The final table, otherwise known as “The November Nine”, has already been set.  For the first time in history the FT will be shown live, on Novermber 11th.  Once the final two players are left, they will once again be shown playing live the next day, November 12th.