Another November Nine finalist has been eliminated.
Jason Senti, from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, became the seventh-place finisher in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event. He began final table play with the shortest stack among the final nine. Senti managed to survive several all-in situations before finally succumbing to misfortune on what shall certainly be remembered as one of the most electrifying moments at this year's series.
On what turned out to be his final fateful hand, Senti was dealt . He was called (and more than covered) by Joseph Cheong, who showed . Yet another breathtaking roller coaster sequence ensued as Senti caught , giving him a monster hand, trip kings. But things were about to deteriorate rapidly.
The on the turn gave Cheong some extra outs with a straight draw. A nine would give him the 30,000,000 pot.
For those who had witnessed the unthinkable multiple times before, the mind-boggling river card was perhaps -- predictable. It was nonetheless just as exhilarating.
The on the river completed Cheong's straight, leaving Senti in a state of shock. While the entire Penn and Teller Theater went bonkers, Senti and his loyal followers were left with shattered dreams and the cruelest of bad beat stories. Only the promise of collecting seventh-place prize money of $1,356,720 could possibly soften the blow. But to Senti- money was the last thing on his mind.
"It was an incredible run," Senti stated afterward, still shaken from the emotional cliff dive. "I have to be happy with how things turned out, although it's hard to say that now. If you would have told me I would be in a race to get to 30 million in chips after starting out with the shortest stack, I would have taken the deal in a heartbeat."
Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi is the current chip leader.
Table play has been quite aggressive up to this point. However, cards have fallen in a manner which produced only three eliminations after nine hours of play (minus 90 minutes taken for the dinner break).
Play will continue all night until only two players remain. Last year’s final table (first day) followed a similar pattern and concluded at 5:00 am. Heads-up play will resume on Monday, November 8th at 8 pm PST when the final two will play down to a winner. Coverage of the final table will air in a two-hour telecast on Tuesday at 10 pm ET on ESPN.
The winner of this year’s Main Event, the second largest in the 40-year history of the WSOP with 7,319 entrants, will take home $8,944,310 in prize money. He will also be presented with the most coveted achievement in all of poker -- the World Series of Poker Main Event Championship gold bracelet.
Who will become the 2010 world poker champion? Keep it here at WSOP.COM for all the latest news, chip counts, and photos from the grand finale to find out. Be sure to tune in to ESPN’s telecast on Tuesday at 10 PM EST, to see how it all unfolded.