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The Latest: Pierre Neuville out of World Series of Poker

"Anderson Worgan" (2018-12-16)

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

poker9910:40 p.m.

Pierre Neuville is the latest to fall victim to player Joe McKeehen's good fortune and great luck.

The 72-year-old Belgian player who got his start as a board game maker before becoming a vice president of Hasbro's European division is out in seventh place at the World Series of Poker's Main Event.

Neuville's chips had a few million chips left when he went all-in against McKeehen betting an ace-jack suited would save him. It appeared it would until McKeehen's jack of hearts and six of hearts got lucky when it turned into a flush as the dealer revealed the last card.

Neuville walks away with $1.2 million.

The six players remaining return Monday evening to the Rio All-Suites casino-hotel for their next battle.


This version has been corrected to show that Neuville is 72 years old.


8:15 p.m.

Italy's Federico Butteroni won't be going home with $7.6 million.

The 25-year-old poker player is the second to be ousted from the World Series of Poker main event in a face-off with chip-leader Joe McKeehen.

Seven players remain vying for the championship title and Poker99 top cash prize after outlasting 6,420 entries this summer.

Butteroni does go home with $1.1 million. He was in last and hanging on by just a few million worth of chips McKeehen pushed him to go all in.

His ace-jack hand was no match for McKeehen's ace-king and the community cards that followed were of no help.


5:20 p.m.

Poker player Joe McKeehen is wasting no time laying waste to his competitors at the World Series of Poker main event.

Patrick Chan is the first player out after putting all of his chips on the line holding a king of spades and queen of clubs. Going head to head with McKeehen's ace of diamonds and four of hearts, the five community cards that followed did nothing to save 26-year-old Chan.

The professional poker player from New York leaves with what he and all the other nine remaining players won in July when they made it to the finals: $1 million.


5:00 p.m.

The cards have been dealt, signaling the start to the World Series of Poker main event as nine remaining players vie for a $7.6 million top prize and the championship title.

It begins the first of three marathon days of competition to determine who will out-last and out-bluff everyone else after already out-playing nearly 6,410 entries this summer.

Joe McKeehen of Pennsylvania is in the lead with more than twice the number of poker chips in his possession than his nearest competitor.