The number of chips in play at the final table of a poker tournament doesn't change, but where those chips are makes a world of difference!
The graph below shows the ebb and flow of chips between players over the 328 hands of the 2014 WSOP Main Event World Series, starting at the top with the first hand on Day 1 of the November Nine and ending at the bottom, when Martin Jacobson had them all at the end of Day 2. Stacks are color-coded by player and arranged left to right by seat.
Darrel Plant lives in Portland, Oregon. A computer programmer by profession and a game player at heart, he writes about math and poker at his blog, Mutant Poker.