The PokerStars video blog team talked frequently with PokerStars players during the World Series, meeting great characters who had interesting stories. Perhaps the best stories though are reserved for the ‘PokerStars Six’, the half dozen PokerStars players who made it to the last table of the World Series. The ‘November Nine’ will play to a winner in November.
Here's what Darus Suharto had to say in the moments after he made the final table.
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Dennis Phillips told us that in the last few days of the World Series that the ESPN crews were calling him "red hat." With his autographed St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap not hard to spot in the crowd. Otherwise, the accountant from Missouri is humble enough to blend into any poker tournament.
That all changed in the last hours of the World Series when Phillips emerged as the chip leader. Now he plans to go back to work for four months and look forward to what will be one of the biggest days of his life.
Here's what he told our video blog team as he got ready to go home.
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Perhaps better known online as ‘TenthPlanet’, Ylon Schwartz is no stranger to live poker. A regular on the East Coast live poker scene, Schwartz has been around long enough to have paid his dues. Now the chess expert, lover of all games, and PokerStars, is looking to get away for a while.
He took a few minutes to talk to us before escaping to places unknown in preparation for the November final table. Here's what he had to say.
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It's one thing to be one of the top five cash game players from your home country but it’s another thing to be at the final table of the 2008 World Series of Poker. PokerStars player Peter Eastgate happens to be both of those things.
In the blur that followed the minutes after making the final table, a stunned Eastgate talked to our video blog team. Here's what he had to say.
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David "Chino" Rheem is a young up-and-comer in the poker world. The PokerStars player had a big contingent of the game’s famous players on the rail cheering his every play as he made the final table.
The Californian talked to the PokerStars video blog team as he stepped away from the World Series for a 117-day break. Here's what he had to say.
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In minutes that followed PokerStars player Ivan Demodov's making it to the final table he was still in shock. After coming all the way from Moscow to compete in his first major live tournament, Demidov could barely find the words to explain what had just happened to him.
Now, Demidov is set to become a superstar in Russia and around the poker world. Here is what he had to say in the moments after making the final table.
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