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Players vie for $8.4M jackpot in Poker’s World Series

Players vie for $8.4M jackpot in Poker’s World Series

POKER PROS: Ryan Riess poses for a photo with Jay Farber after advancing as the two remaining finalists during the World Series of Poker Final Table, Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Las Vegas. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Three players who hung on during four hours of grueling play were eliminated in quick succession early Tuesday morning, leaving a Las Vegas club promoter and a young pro from Michigan one card session away from the World Series of Poker prize — an $8.4 million crown.

Ryan Riess eliminated Amir Lehavot in third place with a pair of 10s, treading past five meaningless community cards to set the Tuesday night showdown.

His opponent in the Las Vegas no-limit Texas Hold ’em tournament is 29-year-old amateur Jay Farber.

Lehavot won $3.7 million for third place.

JC Tran, the best known of the players and the favorite to win the tournament, busted out in fifth place after struggling all night with a string of weak hands.

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