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Defending champ Duhamel eliminated at WSOP

Defending champ Duhamel eliminated at WSOP

Defending champion Jonathan Duhamel was eliminated from the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas on Monday.
Duhamel lost roughly half his chips over the first 4 hours of play and gambled his last chips on a suited ace-deuce, but was called by an opponent with ace-king. The community cards did not help the Canadian; instead they deliver his rival a straight.
"No repeat for me but thanks to all for a great year," Duhamel said on Twitter.
Duhamel won $8.9 million last year after beating 7,318 opponents in the no-limit Texas Hold `em tournament.
More than 2,000 players started their second card session Monday, and that was news to perhaps the biggest name among them: self-style 'Poker Brat' Phil Hellmuth Jr., who arrived nearly two hours late to his table.
Hellmuth, the tournament's 1989 champion and the series' most decorated winner with 11 gold bracelets, was left with just under 7,000 in chips when he started play after each orbit around the table cost him 10 percent of his starting stack.
Hellmuth said on Twitter that he thought he was supposed to start his second session on Tuesday, but learned he was supposed to be at the tables after a security guard came to his hotel room in Las Vegas.
"I jump out of bed, dress, and run down to my car. Didn't know you could drive 75 on side roads!!" Hellmuth wrote. "Never crossed my mind that I played today!!"
He showed up 15 minutes before minimum bets were set to rise again, despite starting the day with 11,800 in chips _ well below the tournament average of just under 46,000.
"Ouch," he said.
Players in the field on Monday include Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce and David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager who has agreed to buy a minority stake in the New York Mets for $200 million.
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