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After three days of tight action, the $2,500 WinStar River Poker Main Event is almost over. 807 entries were recorded during Day 1a and 1b of the tournament, but only nine players remain. With the final table now drawn, today is going to see someone take home the top prize of $384,100, possibly before sundown.
Day 2 saw almost all ten levels play out before the final table was drawn. Leading the pack in chips is Johnny Deas with 4,725,000. Deas has had a strong run since sitting down at the felt on Day 1a and also finished that day as the chip leader. Right on his heels is Ricky Green with 3,880,000 chips. Will Pengelly and Jeff Banghart round out the top four with 2,555,000 and 2,545,000, respectively. It’s still anyone’s game when the action gets underway today at noon.
Men Nguyen, AKA “The Master,” started strong and made a deep run. However, he lost steam and was sent to the rail in 14th place for $24,040. On his final hand, he tried to slowplay an A-Q, allowing Deas to come in through the back door with K-J. Deas outdrew Nguyen and secured the seven-time bracelet winner’s elimination.
With ten players still remaining yesterday, talk had already begun about chopping the pot. At this point, that conversation has probably continued and the final table action might turn out to be much more limited than anticipated. With a little luck, the players will focus on the competition of poker and let things play out until the end.