Final 9 is about nine players who compete against each other in a tournament to become the
poker world champion.
Final 9 tells the story of the final table in a major poker tournament in Las Vegas. It explores
the roles and background, media and money in the world of high-stakes and high risk poker
through the final nine players of the tournament: seven men and two women.
It was previously unknown for a woman to reach the final, but the novel sees the presence of
two in this year’s final, allowing the role of women in the professional poker circuit to be
explored and considered. Along with the women, all of the players have different
backgrounds and motivation which has led to their presence at the final table in pursuit of
being the poker champion.
The motivations of all the characters are played out as the card game progresses. Through
performances at the table, articles and chapter events, against the backdrop of the history of
the Tournament and the glittering casino lights of Las Vegas, with its allure of the ‘big win’.