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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.