The WSOP has been decided (spoiler alert if you’re timeshifting). Note that if you read the action in the first few paragraphs closely, what the reporter describes happening is actually impossible: you can’t eliminate someone if you are the one risking all of your chips unless you have identical stacks. Perhaps the term “cementing” gives the logic enough wiggle room to be technically true tho.
First prize was an off-peak $8.7 milli, second $5M and change. That doesn’t seem like enough of a percentage bump between first and second to me but I’m sure the winner isn’t complaining [Update: just checked my math on that -- it's actually totally fine. First "should" be about 60% of the pool of first + second. In this case it's about 61%].
A few years ago the Series, which starts in late May, decided to delay the final table of the main event until November — giving them time to hype the “November Nine” in the sporting press and to help with narrative tension during the editing of the footage from the Summer for ESPN (why watch the edited coverage if you’ve watched the play-by-play-per-view and already know who wins). It lets them show the final table “live” with a tape delay to mitigate information leakage to the game itself — but there is still a feedback loop.
So the tournament, which started in May, is over now and starts again in a couple of months.