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Top prize at World Series of Poker $8.71M
World Series of Poker main event prize hits $8.71 million, with 6,865 players taking a shot
By The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) ' The winner at the World Series of Poker main event this year will get $8.71 million, slightly less than last year but more than many players and industry followers expected given recent legal problems for online cardrooms.

Series officials said Sunday night that 6,865 players entered the no-limit Texas Hold 'em tournament, generating a $64.5 million prize pool. Each entry costs $10,000.

The top 693 finishers will win at least $19,000, while each of the top eight finishers will be guaranteed at least a seven-figure payout.

Jonathan Duhamel topped a field of 7,319 players last year to win $8.94 million.

Only the main events last year and in 2006 topped this year's in terms of entrants.

Officials say 2,809 players entered the tournament on Sunday, its final starting day.

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