World Series of Poker final table preview: Part 3

From left: Scott Montgomery, Ivan Demidov and Dennis Phillips have the top three chip stacks heading into the final table.

It’s time for the final installment of my World Series of Poker final table preview. Again, the champion will be crowned sometime Tuesday, with the top prize being more than $9 million.

Scott Montgomery — 19,690,000 in chips
It doesn’t appear than anyone is having more fun than Montgomery, who describes his poker style as “psychotic aggression.” I’m not sure if he’s the next Gus Hansen, but he’s probably the biggest wild card at the table.

• Montgomery “planned on winning from day one.”

• Three WSOP cashes and a fifth-place WPT finish in 2008

Ivan Demidov — 24,400,000 in chips
Demidov is being lauded by some of the top pros, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth, as the favorite. They have reason to be impressed. Demidov also made the World Series of Poker Europe main event final table in October, finishing third. According to his opponents, he’s not overly aggressive, just calculating and super solid.

• Demidov consulting with top Russian pros

• One other WSOP cash in 2008

Dennis Phillips — 26,295,000 in chips
Phillips, the oldest — and maybe the most humble — player remaining, heads to the final table with the bulls-eye on his back as the chip leader.

Phillips is from St. Louis and is a big Cardinals fan. He was sporting a hat with their logo, and poker players’ autographs, through the entire tournament. At least from what I’ve seen through ESPN’s eyes, Phillips would be a great ambassador for poker if he wins.

• USA Today: Phillips has used the time off to get some coaching

• Washington Post: Phillips plans to keep his day job

• Other tournament cashes

Monday: Kelly Kim, Craig Marquis and David “Chino” Rheem

Wednesday: Darus Suharto, Ylon Schwartz and Peter Eastgate

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