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WSOP What To Watch For: Eight Return to Crown WSOP National Championship Winner

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Last Saturday, Day 2 of the 2012 World Series of Poker National Championship saw the remaining 39 players of a 157-entrant field return to battle down to a final table. It was a relatively quick day as 21 players hit the rail empty handed and 10 more followed with respectable paydays. With that said, only eight were fortunate to make Wednesday’s final table.

Among them is David “ODB” Baker, who has already had quite the summer after winning his first gold bracelet in Event #37: $2,500 Eight Game Mix for $271,312 and making two other finals tables, not to mention a 10th-place finish in the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship. Unfortunately, Baker begins the National Championship final table on the short stack, so he’ll face an uphill battle.

Also at the final table are WSOP Circuit regulars Amanda Musumeci, Huy Nguyen and Yung “Andy” Hwang, all of whom qualified for the tournament through an At-Large Bid, which means they accumulated enough points on this year’s WSOP Circuit. Likewise, WSOP Play of the Year qualifiers Sam Stein and Matt Keikoan, who paid $10,000 each to play, are alive and well, as are Harrah's St. Louis Casino Champ Nikolas Stone and Caesars AC Main Event Champ Ryan Eriquezzo.

The final table will be filmed for ESPN broadcast on August 7, but of course PokerNews will be providing you live updates right from the Rio.

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