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Logger, youngest Top 2 finisher ever battle for WSOP’s $8.2 million

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Darvin Moon and Joe Cada are the finalists in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event at The Rio.
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It’s all come down to a Maryland logger who doesn’t own a cell phone and who is yet to ever use e-mail and the youngest-ever player in the World Series of Poker final. After 14 hours of punishing play, the two men, Darvin Moon and 21-year-old Joe Cada, were the remaining poker players at The Rio at 6 a.m. today.

Now they are sleeping and will face each other at 10 p.m. tomorrow in the Penn & Teller Theater at The Rio in the final play for the $8.15 million first-place prize. Our special correspondent Emily Jillette, Penn’s wife, will be tweeting via my Twitter starting at 10 p.m. tomorrow.

If Joe wins, he would become the youngest ever winner. If Darvin wins, he promises to buy a cell phone and a computer to learn e-mail! My knowledge of poker is abysmal, which is why I’ve recruited Emily and poker prince Barry Greenstein for our reports.

Now here’s the wrap from our friends at WSOP of the entire play from start to finish that wound up with the Terrific Two!

After a record 14 1/2 hours of play, the Final Table of the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event has come down to two remaining players. The grueling, daylong marathon ended shortly before 6 a.m. today.

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Phil Ivey.

The first elimination of the day belonged to James Akenhead, who busted out in ninth place after the board could not improve his pocket threes all-in vs. the pocket nines of Kevin Schaffel. A few hands later, Kevin would himself be eliminated all-in against Eric Buchman, who hit quads after kings on the flop and river, cracking Kevin’s pocket aces. Eighth and ninth places paid $1,300,228 and $1,263,602.

Phil Ivey was eliminated next after pushing all-in against Darvin Moon. While Phil’s A-K dominated the A-Q of his opponent, Darvin caught one of three remaining queens on the flop to move ahead. The turn and river helped neither player, ending what was a spectacular showing for Phil during the 2009 WSOP and bringing disappointment to many who hoped to see the first professional since Carlos Mortensen win the Main Event. Seventh place paid $1,404,014.

Out in sixth place was Steven Begleiuter, whose championship hopes also were eclipsed by Darvin. In an amazing hand, Darvin caught a river ace, beating Steven’s queens to bring play down to five. Sixth place earned Steven $1,587,160.

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The 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event at The Rio.

Jeff Shulman would be the next out after an all-in with pocket sevens against Antoine Saout’s A-9. Antoine hit one of his over cards as a nine came on the flop. Neither improved on the turn or river, and Jeff’s bid was ended in fifth place, which paid $1,953,452.

Antoine would go on to make an astounding run during the wee hours of the night to become chip leader, doubling through Eric to $89 million. Eric, who commanded a healthy stack throughout most of the day, was left crippled with only about 9 million chips remaining. A short-chipped Eric would soon double up through Darvin, only to return it all back to him a couple of hands later as his A-5 could not hold up against Darvin’s K-J. Eric took home $2.5 million for his fourth-place finish.

As day broke along the Las Vegas skyline, a subdued audience watched the final hand of the night take place as Joe’s A-K beat Antoine’s pocket eights with a river king. Antoine, who entered the Main Event through a $50 online satellite, will see a $3.5 million return on his investment.

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The November Nine at the World Series of Poker's final table.

The two remaining players, Darvin and Joe, resume play with blinds at 500,000/1,000,000. Darvin has just under $59 million of the remaining chips, while Joe sits atop a monstrous $135,950,000 stack. Joe is well positioned to become the youngest WSOP Main Event champion in history.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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