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According to Cada’s agents, Top Set Player Management, the 21-year-old from Michigan’s Shelby Township will represent the site at the final table Nov. 7.
“I’m proud to have been chosen to represent PokerStars; their reputation and prestige are second to none,” Cada said. “I look forward to bringing even more accolades to their already decorated team.”
Cada, who wore Ultimate Bet patches the day the final table was set, currently sits fifth in chips with 13.2 million.
Cada played at the WPT Legends of Poker last week and told PokerListings he plans to play at least EPT Barcelona and the WSOPE in advance of the Main Event final.
“I’m just going to continue to play and go to a bunch of tournaments trying to stay sharp,” he said.
November Niners Eric Buchman (2nd in chips) and Kevin Schaffel (6th in chips) will also represent PokerStars at the final table.
“We are very excited to continue our relationship with Harrah’s to deliver the largest, richest, and most prestigious gaming event in the world to fans across a variety of our platforms,” said Doug White, senior director of programming and acquisitions at ESPN.
“Poker continues to be a solid ratings performer for us and allows us to continue offering diverse programming to our viewers.”
Under the terms of the deal, ESPN will air a minimum of 32 hours of event coverage every year, including a selection of bracelet events and the Main Event.
“The WSOP is proud to call ESPN home for another nine years,” said WSOP commissioner Jeffrey Pollack.
“This long-term agreement ensures that our content will continue to reach sports fans around the world through every medium that matters.”
ESPN has been airing World Series coverage since 2003 and claims nearly 82 million US viewers watch every year.
ESPN’s coverage of the 2009 WSOP continues tonight with the first Main Event episode and will wrap up Nov. 10 when a champion is crowned.
“People really believe he will be able to last longer than Darvin Moon, which has moved the line down on Phil Ivey from +350 to +300.”
Bodog sets lines for the November Nine on everything from who will win the tournament to who will be the first player eliminated, head-to-head last longers and the suit of the river card in the final hand.
Gardner said a lot of the money wagered on the November Nine came in the first couple days after the final table was set, and the action has since cooled off.
“Most people are waiting until it gets closer to fight time,” Gardner said. ”There are a few thousand dollars on most of the head to heads, although as mentioned, we do expect a lot more closer to the event.
“Once the episodes featuring the final-table players air on television and the public can become more accustomed to the players, we expect interest and activity to pick up.”
In fact, Gardner is predicting more than six figures will be booked by Bodog by the time the Nov. 7 final table rolls around.
“As it gets closer we expect the majority of the handle to come in especially in the last day before the tournament,” he said.
Bodog has hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide and although November Nine betting has come from all over the globe so far, Gardner said with the heavy American final table, most of the bettors have been from the United States.
Last week, Betfair’s International Public Relations Manager Richard Bloch told PokerListings most of the money wagered on the November Nine on Betfair has been on Phil Ivey so far, moving the odds of him winning down substantially.
Bodog still lists Moon as the favorite to win at 1.7:1. Young-yet-experienced American Eric Buchman is the second favorite at 3:1 while Full Tilt‘s Ivey sits in a group at 4:1, including Wall Street banker Steven Begleiter and CardPlayer editor Jeff Shulman.
21-year-old Michigan native Joe Cada currently sits at 10:1 with French Everest Poker qualifier Antoine Saout and 51-year-old Floridian Kevin Schaffel right behind at 12:1.
Brit James Akenhead is the long shot at 22:1.
For an up-to-date look at all the November Nine lines on Bodog, check out the sportsbook’s poker props page.
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From Saint Martin des Champs, Brittany, France, Saout dropped out of university after first year to play poker full time.
He will come into the final table of the 2009 WSOP Main Event on Nov. 7 sitting eighth in chips.
“France is where Everest Poker first launched and to have a French player on the final table who qualified with us is very exciting,” said Everest Poker Director Sandrine Mangia-Park.
“He joins an increasingly well respected team of real poker players who all support each other in the biggest tournaments around the world.”
Everest Poker claims it does not sponsor big-name professional players, choosing instead to invest in talented young players it can nurture within its own academies.
Saout joins Italy’s Cristiano Blanco, Finn Voitto Rintala, Spain’s Maria Maceiras, Steven van Zadelhoff of The Netherlands and Japan’s Wooka Kim on the team.