9 players from 7 countries make WSOP final table



LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nine poker players from seven countries have made the final table of the World Series of Poker main event after a 23-year-old from Costa Rica busted out of the no-limit Texas Hold ’em tournament in 10th place.

Poker professional John Hewitt was eliminated early Wednesday with pocket 3s after losing to Eoghan O’Dea’s straight. O’Dea had a king-jack, and caught an ace on the turn to complete his hand.

Hewitt lost the bulk of his chips after calling an all-in wager from Badih Bounahra of Belize with an unsuited king-queen. Bounahra had pocket kings, which doubled him to nearly 19 million in chips.

The nine finalists, including chip leader Martin Stasko of the Czech Republic, will settle the $8.71 million title in November.