World Series of Poker playing down to 9 finalists

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Four bustouts at the World Series of Poker have left the main event with its final two tables, nine eliminations from determining the final table that will compete for an $8.7 million top prize.

Aleksandr Mozhnyakov was eliminated in 19th place on Tuesday roughly one hour into his eighth card session. He was short on chips and gambled the last of them with a suited king-queen. He was called by Sam Barnhart with an ace-10, and the community cards improved neither player’s hand.

Anton Makievskyi leads the tournament after one hour with nearly 30 million in chips — well above the average needed to be in good shape at the final table.

The nine finalists will take a four month break, then settle the title in November.