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Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTSBRIEFING -

A weary group of card sharks, ex­hausted by a no-limit Texas Hold ’em ses­sion that ended nearly 18 hours af­ter its first hand, scored nearly $812,000 each at the World Se­ries of Poker on Sun­day and won a ticket for a Novem­ber fi­nale worth $8.94 mil­lion to the win­ner.

“My brain is barely func­tion­ing — it’s hard for me to even form sen­tences right now,” said Joseph Cheong, 24, of La Mi­rada, Calif., af­ter the eighth card ses­sion that mor­phed from a chaotic free-for-all to a 10-man game of chicken.

Cheong and eight oth­ers, in­clud­ing two Cana­di­ans, three Florid­i­ans and an Ital­ian, now have 111 days be­fore meet­ing again at the Rio All-Suite Ho­tel & Casino in Las Ve­gas to play for ad­di­tional prize money held in an in­ter­est-bear­ing ac­count.

They emerged from a field of 7,319 play­ers that plunked down $10,000 to en­ter.

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