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World Series of Poker Main Event -- Russell Thomas Eliminated In Fourth Place

Leaves Tournament After Finding His Ace Dominated


Russell Thomas was eliminated from the 2012 World Series of Poker main event shortly after midnight local time. He took home $2,851,537 for his efforts.

His last hand started with him raising to 1.5 million. His opponent Jacob Balsiger moved all in, having Thomas covered.

Thomas thought about it before eventually calling off his last 16 million or so.

Balsiger tabled A-K while Thomas was in trouble with A-9.

The board ran out QHeart Suit 8Club Suit 5Heart Suit 5Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit, and Thomas was gone.

Balsiger climbed to about 47 million thanks to the hand.

Play was suspended for the evening, as the remaining three will come back tomorrow to play it out for the title and the $8.5 million first-place prize.

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