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The Latest: 11 players left pursuing poker's top prize

"Delores Griffis" (2018-12-08)

poker88LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest from the World Series of Poker main event championship (all times local):

10:30 p.m.

Two more are out of the World Series of Poker's no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event after a quick one, two elimination not long after players returned from a dinner break.

Max Steinberg plays at the World Series of Poker main event Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Matt Guan of New Jersey fell first when he went all-in with a pair of queens that were no match for Italian Federico Butteroni's pair of aces. George McDonald from Glasgow was out minutes later at a neighboring table despite gambling the last of his chips with a strong pair of queens against a 10 and eight of spades from Pierre Neuville who got lucky landing three more spades making a flush as the cards on the table were turned.

Eleven players remain including fan favorite Daniel Negreanu. Only nine will win at least $1 million and move on to the final table in November.


8:30 p.m.

Daniel Negreanu is still alive as the poker hall of famer chases a bid to be one of the final nine players to outlast several thousand others in the World Series of Poker's no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event.

It was close though. On Tuesday night Negreanu risked what was left of his chips on a pair of fours and watched one by one as the five cards laid out on the table didn't offer any help to his opponent who held an ace and a seven. After winning the hand Negreanu punched his arms in the air and playfully wiped the sweat from his brow.

He has to outlast four more players though.

The last time Negreanu got this close was 2001 when he placed 11th.

The field is down to 13 card-players. Justin Schwartz wearing a hoodie and a bandanna across his face for most of the night lost the last of his chips on a gamble with three cards on the table giving him a three-of-a-kind of threes. What he didn't know what that Joe McKeehen had three sixes. Schwartz grabbed his bag and walked off the stage before the last card was flipped on the felt.

Also out is player Thomas Kearney.


6:30 p.m.

The field of would-be World Series of Poker no-limit Texas Hold 'em champions is down to 15 players.

Hall of Famer and fan favorite Daniel Negreanu is still in the running with the eighth largest stack of chips.

Negreanu's luck got the best of David Peters. The 56-year-old attorney from San Diego bet the last of his chips on a pair of sevens, but Negreanu's ace found a pair on the final card of the hand.

Peters wins $325,034 for 17th place. Kilian Kramer, of Germany, fell before him when his ace-queen couldn't beat his opponent's ace- king.

Dave Stefanski, of Connecticut, finished 16th after his ace-king couldn't outdo Pierre Neuville's pair of eights.

Neuville has been in the lead for much of the event. The 72-year-old Belgian is a retired executive for board game company Hasbro.


4:45 p.m.

Eighteen card-players are still chasing the World Series of Poker championship in Las Vegas with at least nine guaranteed at least $1 million a bid to return in November for the final table and a chance at $7.7 million.

Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu was 14th in chips after four hours of play Tuesday as players were shuffled from three tables to two.

The winner won't be a repeat champion or anyone who sat at the final table last year. It won't be a woman, either. Kelly Minkin, from Arizona, was the last woman standing until Monday, when she was knocked out in 29th place.

Winning the main event means joining a relatively small club including poker legends Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth and Johnny Chan, who have each won the event in its 46-year history.


Daniel Negreanu stretches while playing at the World Series of Poker main event Tuesday, July 14, 2015, Poker88 ( in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Daniel Negreanu, right, looks at Joseph McKeehen as they play at the World Series of Poker main event Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)