KELLY KIM, 32 WHITTIER, CALIF. POSITION 9: $2,620,000
• Playing professionally since 2001.
• Degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego.
• Won almost $352,000 leading up to WSOP.
GETTING TO MAIN EVENT
Kim paid the $10,000 entry but has since sold some shares to friends. "It was nice to keep it in the family."
BEST WSOP EXPERIENCE
"Just being there. It's been pretty overwhelming. I've done dozens of interviews. I think this is just great poker and I'm just going to enjoy it while it lasts."
KEY HAND THAT LANDED YOU AT THE FINAL TABLE
Doubled up on poker professional Joe Bishop with 11 players left that landed him at the elimination table of 10. Kim then spent 21/2 hours nursing his short stack of chips to make the final table of nine.
"Survival is the most important thing. Based on experience, I figure I have about 11 big blinds left. It's important to catch a break."
ESPN POKER ANALYST NORM CHAD
"Has to feel like he's on a free roll. He was the short stack when they got down to 10 players, but that doesn't mean he'll play recklessly. In fact, with a big gallery of friends and family on hand, he'll probably play it snug. You don't wait 117 days and bring all your supporters into town to go bust in 15 minutes."