Through the Lens: Ten Million Reasons


The biggest final table of the year is one night closer to completion as Day 1 of the WSOP Main Event Final Table has come to a conclusion.

On Sunday night, the action kicked off with an incredibly fast pace, with two all-ins on the first two hands, one of which was called. Milos Skrbic was the first player to hit the rail in 9th place, followed quickly out the door by Timothy Su in 8th, and Nicholas Marchington in 6th.

We saw an unusual amount of time behind each decision of Kevin Maahs, and yet again Dario Sammartino had to have a little conversation with the floor. Here are my favorite photos from night 1 of 3, of the WSOP Main Event Final Table.

The biggest night, on the biggest stage. Fans packed into the Amazon room to cheer on their favorite players at the final table.
Milos Skrbic was the first to hit the rail, as he busted out in 9th for exactly $1,000,000. Skrbic got the last of his chips into the middle holding ace-jack against the ace-queen of Gates and failed to improve.
After Garry Gates eliminated Skrbic, he ran back to his rail who quickly embraced him.
Timothy Su was next to hit the rail in 8th but was all smiles after being eliminated. Su takes home a nice payday of $1,250,000 after the run of a lifetime here in the Main Event. Here he gives Hossein Ensan a hug after Ensan’s ace-jack won a flip against Su’s threes to eliminate him in 8th. 
Dario Sammartino was paid a little visit by the floor, after discussing his hand while heads up in a pot. Sammartino did not receive a penalty, just an explanation. This is not the first run-in with the floor Sammartino has had this week.
Nicholas Marchington’s run at becoming the youngest WSOP Main Event Champ was cut short when he was eliminated in 7th place. Marchington was all smiles, and in a post-interview told Kara Scott how much he enjoyed the final table and experience as a whole. 
Play ended for the night as Zhen Cai was eliminated in 6th place. Cai got the last of his chips into the middle holding ace-king against the pocket nines of Kevin Maahs.
Kevin Maahs was in disbelief when he won the flip, running to his rail, giving high fives, and then sprinting back to the table.

Watch the final table of the WSOP Main Event on ESPN and PokerGO in non-ESPN affiliated regions. Read about ninth-place finisher Milos Skrbic’s story right here. Read the story of Timothy Su, who finished in eight-place, right here