The 47th annual World Series of Poker returned Sunday to the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino with the no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event.
Among the nine competitors vying for first place and the title bracelet is Kenny Hallaert, of Belgium.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the 34-year-old has a seat at the final table after being a cheerleader for friends the last two years.
Other competitors include Las Vegas resident Qui Nguyen and chip leader Cliff Josephy, of Muttontown, New York.
They outlasted a field of 6,737 players.
The tournament, which began in May, is a 45-year tradition that got its start with casino owner Benny Binion as an invitation-only event.