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The 2009 World Series of Poker main event heads up on Monday will be between Darvin Moon and Joe Cada. Sometime before 5am Sunday morning local time the audacious Frenchman Antoine Saout ended his remarkable and at times wildly exciting main event bid when he was taken out in third place for a take-home of $3,479,670 by Cada. It ended a long day of 17.5 hours on the final table and at hand #276 it overtook last year's final hands played including the heads up.
Maryland logger Moon's day has been a roller coaster from his chip lead start on almost 60.0 million that fell all the way to 30 million at one point thanks to some pretty strange decisions but he's still there with one opponent to beat in Cada.
That could be a tough call. Joe Cada has also provided his large contingent of supporters with plenty to cheer for with some very daring double ups. That saw him drive his way up the chip counts and into the heads up with a huge lead over his opponent at 135,950,000 vs. Moon's 58,850,000.
When we last reported Begleiter had been busted out in sixth place at hand #187. He was followed at hand # 236 by Jeff Shulman in fifth place for a payday of $1,953,452, taken out by Saout and solving his dilemma about what he would do with the WSOP bracelet if he won!
Eric Buchman had looked like a good bet to win the event at various stages, but he fell in 4th position for $2,502,890 at hand #271, another Moon victim. Buchman's fate was probably sealed at hand #264 when he was knocked down to a mere 10 million chips after a successful and massive double-up on him by Saout.
Now comes the wait until Monday to see who wins the main prize; there are predictions that with a massive chip lead, Cada will make short work of Moon - but this is poker, and anything can happen!
Source: InfoPowa News