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Heinz, Staszko, Lamb last 3 at WSOP

 FILE - In this Wed. July 20, 2011 file photo showing Badih Bounahra, of Belize, left to right, Phil Collins, Matt Giannetti, Pius Heinz, of Germany, ...

World Series of Poker

FILE - In this Wed. July 20, 2011 file photo showing Badih Bounahra, of Belize, left to right, Phil Collins, Matt Giannetti, Pius Heinz, of Germany, ...

Three players remain in the fight for the prestigious World Series of Poker main event title after Sunday's marathon session.
American Ben Lamb, Martin Staszko of the Czech Republic and Germany's Pius Heinz will resume play Tuesday to decide who will take the $8.72 million first prize. All three players are guaranteed at least $4 million.
The 'November Nine' final table began Sunday, resuming after a 3-1/2 month hiatus since the initial stage of the main event, when all but nine of the original 6,865 entrants were eliminated.
American Matt Giannetti finished fourth. He called an all-in bet from Lamb with pocket jacks, finding himself a 2-1 favorite when Lamb revealed an ace-seven. But Lamb hit a flush on the turn to win the hand and leave Giannetti with fewer than seven minimum bets left in his chip stack.
Giannetti doubled his stack by winning a hand against Staszko, but lost the last of his chips when he went all in with an ace-high against Lamb, who had pocket kings. Two more kings came on the flop to end Giannetti's World Series.
"When you get close to something you dreamed about and you don't get it, it sucks," Giannetti said.
Lamb said the final hand played itself.
"There was really no thought there besides, `I have kings, let's do this,'" Lamb said.
Heinz _ who started the day seventh of the nine in chips and went to the first meal break in ninth _ ended the night as the chip leader, holding 52.4 percent of the chips in play.
"At the first hand when I sat down, I was really nervous," said Heinz. But then, he decided he was just going to play as well as he could with the chips he had.
Heinz eliminated two opponents and got Eoghan O'Dea to ship him most of his chips as the Irishman spiraled from a second place at the start of the final table to a sixth place finish worth $1.7 million.
Heinz and O'Dea tangled during one hand with more than 44 million in chips at stake. O'Dea bet strongly after the river card with his ace-high, but Heinz responded with an all-in bet with his pocket queens and O'Dea folded, having given up much of his stack.
O'Dea soon exited, followed by U.S. professional Phil Collins, who moved in against chip leader Heinz with an ace-seven but found Heinz with pocket nines. Collins won $2.3 million for fifth place.
"I'm happy with the money, but not with the result," said Collins, who started the day fourth in chips.
Badih Bounahra, a 49-year-old grocery wholesaler from Belize, finished seventh after gambling the last of his chips with an ace-five and losing to Staszko. He earned $1.31 million
His ouster came just after Anton Makiievskyi was eliminated in eighth and Sam Holden went out in ninth place.
"I don't know what happened," Makiievskyi said. "I don't know how I'll feel like in an hour."
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Updated : 2021-05-06 10:15 GMT+08:00