This week on the Final Table radio show, Dennis Phillips and I continued coverage of the 2010 World Series Of Poker Main Event, which has now reduced a field of 7,319 players to the 9 who will come back in November to play for the most coveted championship in the game.

We discussed the members of this year’s November Nine, as well as some amazing stories from the Main Event, including:

  • a horrible bad beat with a pot of over 42,000,000 chips;
  • a European player who made it to Day 3 but went home because he couldn’t afford to change his flight;
  • the $2,000,000 fifty-pound weight loss bet between Ted Forrest and Mike Matusow

Next, we talked with Howard Lederer, known as “The Professor” for his years of teaching up-and-comers how to play poker, who has cashed in over 70 tournaments and won two bracelets at the WSOP. We discussed his second place finish in the Tournament Of Champions (behind Huck Seed), his big-money bets with Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey over WSOP bracelets, and — since Lederer was one of the founders of Full Tilt Poker — what he thinks of the chances of getting legislation through Congress this year that would allow online poker sites to be licensed, regulated, and taxed in the USA.

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Next week on the show: John Racener (one of this year’s November Nine) and ESPN’s Norman Chad (just hours before ESPN starts this year’s coverage of the WSOP).