WSOP finalists return; $8.7M prize up for grabs

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- After 312 months of reflection and study, nine card sharks are returning to Las Vegas to settle the $8.72 million title at the World Series of Poker.

Play in the $10,000 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event was expected to start Sunday with its final nine players -- the top finishers from a field of 6,865 entrants who started in July.

Gambling expert RJ Bell of Pregame.com says casino sports books think it's anyone's game to win.

Bell says that after factoring out adjustments for betting fees, casinos in Las Vegas think chip leader Martin Stazko of the Czech Republic has a 17 percent chance of winning -- best among the nine final table participants.

But Bell says four contenders range between 12 percent and 15 percent.

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