The main event of World Series of Poker 2016 began 5 p.m. local time Sunday (8 p.m. EDT) at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas after a 103-day hiatus. A group of nine competitors who outlasted a field of 6,737 players gathered at the final table for the $8 million first-place prize and the title of world champion.

World Series of Poker tournaments began in May, with the final nine players already guaranteed at least $1 million each. Among them is Kenny Hallaert of Belgium, who has previously attended the final table in support of friends Jorryt Van Hoof, who finished third in 2014, and Pierre Neuville, who finished seventh last year. He believes these experiences have helped him prepare for the final table, according to a local report.

The first person to be eliminated was Spaniard Fernando Pons who entered play at the $10,000 buy-in No-limit Texas Hold ’em World Championship with the shortest stack. Brooklyn native Jerry Wong was the next to be eliminated, with $1,100,076 at eighth place. Canada's Griffin Benger was eliminated in seventh place with $1,250,190. As of 1:09 a.m. EDT, six players remained at the table.

The final table is being broadcast live Sunday, and also on Monday and Tuesday nights, on ESPN and ESPN2. You can also see the game on the WatchESPN app. The live stream schedule for the World Series of Poker can be found here, and a link to the live stream website can be found here.

Total prize pool:

1. $8,000,000

2. $4,658,452

3. $3,451,175

4. $2,574,808

5. $1,934,579

6. $1,463,906

7. $1,250,000

8. $1,100,000

9. $1,000,000

List of the final nine players:

Seat: 1 — Griffin Benger, Chip Count: 26,175,000

Location: Toronto, Canada

Age: 31

Profession: Poker Player

Lifetime Earnings: $1,386,295

Biggest Poker Score: 2013 EPT Berlin High Roller — 1st Place ($562,343)

Seat: 2 — Vojtech Ruzicka, Chip Count: 27,450,000 (6th)

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Age: 36

Profession: Poker Player

Lifetime Earnings: $1,149,027

Biggest Poker Score: 2013 EPT Deauville High Roller — 3rd Place ($426,907)

Seat: 3 — Fernando Pons, Chip Count: 6,225,000 (9th)

Location: Palma, Spain

Age: 37

Profession: Account Manager

Lifetime Earnings: $20,653

Biggest Poker Score: 2012 Campeonato de España de Poker — 2nd Place ($19,127)

Seat: 4 — Qui Nguyen,  Chip Count: 68,075,000 (2nd)

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Age: 39

Profession: Gambler

Lifetime Earnings: $52,986

Biggest Poker Score: 2013 Aria $125 Nightly — 1st Place ($3,220)

Seat: 5 — Cliff Josephy, Chip Count: 75,000,000 (1st)

Location: Muttontown, NY

Age: 50

Profession: Poker Player

Lifetime Earnings: $2,641,620

Biggest Poker Score: 2006 Aruba Poker Classic — 2nd Place

Seat: 6 — Michael Ruane, Chip Count: 29,800,000 (5th)

Location: Maywood, NJ

Age: 28

Profession: Poker Player

Lifetime Earnings: $44,962

Biggest Poker Score: 2012 EPT Campione Main Event — 30th Place ($17,244)

Seat: 7 — Gordon Vayo, Chip Count: 50,450,000 (3rd)

Location: San Francisco, CA

Age: 27

Profession: Poker Player

Lifetime Earnings: $974,714

Biggest Poker Score: 2014 WSOP $3,000 NLH — 2nd Place ($314,535)

Seat: 8 — Kenny Hallaert, Chip Count: 43,325,000 (4th)

Location: Hansbeke, Belgium

Age: 37

Profession: Poker Player

Lifetime Earnings: $1,714,610

Biggest Poker Score: 2011 EPT Deauville Main Event — 6th Place ($210,962)

Seat: 9 — Jerry Wong, Chip Count: 10,325,000 (8th)

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Age: 34

Profession: Poker Player

Lifetime Earnings: $1,317,539

Biggest Poker Score: 2013 PCA Main Event — 3rd Place ($725,000)