What is a Final Table?
The term Final Table refers to the last round in a poker tournament with several tables. The Final Table will usually only be set once enough people have been eliminated from the larger poker tournament.
Final Tables Explained
The Final Table is the last one in a poker competition. Once a sufficient amount of players have left or been knocked out of the tournament, the Final Table will be set with no more than 10 players, because this is the amount of people that the typical poker table will seat. Sometimes, only nine players make the Final Table.
The Final Table round will end when just one of the remaining nine or 10 players holds all the chips. For this reason, the Final Table round can potentially last for quite some time.
For a poker player to make it to the Final Table is often deemed an achievement by most, because to make it past the “final table bubble” is tricky. The final table bubble is the period of time immediately before the final player list for the Final Table is set, when there is only one person left to be knocked out.
Preceding this is the “money bubble,” which refers to the group of players who will finish the tournament in the money.
For example, in a poker competition with 500 entrants but only 50 places to earn money, the money bubble will include 51 players, all playing for the chance to stay in the top 50 money-earning spots.
Perhaps the most famous Final Table is that which occurs during the World Series of Poker, in Las Vegas, NV.
Following an entire week of poker play in what’s called the Main Event, a massive player pool will have been reduced to just nine. This group is often referred to as the “November Niners,” given that there is a 4-month break – until November – once the Final Table players are decided. The last round takes place in November.