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Forum staff reports, Published November 07 2010

Grand Forks' Senti eliminated from WSOP main event in 7th place, taking home $1.35 million

LAS VEGAS – Grand Forks native and University of North Dakota graduate Jason Senti was eliminated from the final table of the main event of the World Series of Poker late Saturday night in seventh place.

Senti, 28, will collect $1.35 million. He started the day in last place in chips among the nine remaining players, but two tablemates were knocked out early Saturday afternoon.

At about 11:40 p.m. CST on Saturday, Senti went all-in holding ace-king after a re-raise from Joseph Cheong. Cheong – holding a pair of 10s – made the call, putting Senti’s tournament at risk.

The flop was king-king-queen, giving Senti a set of kings and putting him in commanding position to win the hand and double up. But the turn and river were a jack and a 9, giving his opponent a straight and putting an end to Senti’s run in poker’s biggest event.

The main event started in July with 7,319 players. That field was reduced to nine, then those nine players started playing again Saturday. They are dubbed the “November Nine.”