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First WSOP finalist out, 8 left in run for $8.53M

First WSOP finalist out, 8 left in run for $8.53M

CREATED Oct 30, 2012

(AP) -- A 57-year-old poker professional from Sacramento, Calif., has been eliminated in ninth place at the World Series of Poker, leaving eight players left competing for $8.53 million.

Steve Gee was eliminated less than two hours into play at the no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event Monday night after testing Russell Thomas with a tough wager for the last of his 11.4 million in chips.

Thomas called and showed a pair of queens, better than Gee's pocket eights.

Gee's ouster means he gets no more money after a break of more than three months. All nine finalists were paid nearly $755,000, the ninth place prize, after making the final table in July.

Thomas moved to roughly 40 million in chips after the hand.