Hard to say how much of this is down to Black Friday, but we finally have a true "world" series November 9 with players from Belize, Czech Reublic, Germany, Ireland, Great Britain and Ukraine joining the three home based players.
Surprisingly missing are the obligatory Russian and Canadian !
All are guaranteed at least $782k for their $10k buy in, but most will have their eyes on the $8.7m first prize, top four all earn at least $3m which is the minimum you would want for a couple of weeks work !
Czech Martin Staszko leads the way with 40m in chips, short stack is englishman Sam Holden with 12.375m, but with blinds at 250k/500k and a 50k ante ( level 36), the whole field has some play in them. Ukranian Anto Makiievskyi is youngest at just 21, old man Badish Bounahra a doddery 49 , at least in poker terms !
Big name amongst the finalist is WSOP POTY Ben Lamb, he already has a bracelet this year, several other big cashes and was 14th in the main event two years ago. Even with a mid size stack he is many peoples idea of the winner. No views on that from me at the moment, but I will definitely be previewing the final table a little nearer the time.