One of these poker players will win 8.7 million

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One of these poker players will win 8.7 million

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The final nine players in the World Series of Poker main event, as determined July 19 after an eighth session of no-limit Texas Hold em at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The finalists emerged from a field of 6,865 players and were competing Nov. 6-8 for the tournament's top prize of 8.72 million. Ninth place won 782,115, paid to all finalists in July; higher finishers win at least 1,010,015 and will be paid the difference from ninth-place money after they finish their run. Players are in order of their seating arrangement at the final table with their chip counts, with those eliminated at the bottom. ------ 1. Pius Heinz (107,800,000) AGE: 22 HOMETOWN: Cologne, Germany OCCUPATION: student, poker player PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: one cash in 2011 for 83,286 ------ 2. Ben Lamb (55,400,000) AGE: 26 HOMETOWN: Las Vegas OCCUPATION: poker professional PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: leads 2011 Player of the Year race; one bracelet, 12 cashes for 2.16 million ------ 3. Martin Staszko (42,700,000) AGE: 35 HOMETOWN: Trinec, Czech Republic OCCUPATION: poker professional PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: four cashes for 22,875 ------ ELIMINATIONS: 4th Matt Giannetti (3,012,700) AGE: 26 HOMETOWN: Las Vegas OCCUPATION: poker player PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: eight cashes for 205,541 THE BUST: Eliminated by Lamb after Lamb had taken most of his stack with a flush. Moved in with an ace-three and Lamb called with pocket kings. Lamb caught two kings on the flop to crush Giannetti's hopes with four of a kind. ------ 5th: Phil Collins (2,269,599) AGE: 26 HOMETOWN: Las Vegas OCCUPATION: poker player PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: eight cashes, 48,769 THE BUST: Eliminated by Heinz with ace-seven of diamonds. Heinz held pocket nines, and Collins failed to overtake him. ------ 6th: Eoghan O'Dea (1,720,831) AGE: 26 HOMETOWN: Dublin, Ireland OCCUPATION: student, poker player PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: five cashes for 37,516 THE BUST: Shoved his last 2.6 million in chips -- less than three big blinds -- with a queen-six and found a caller in Staszko with pocket eights. O'Dea didn't improve. ------ 7th: Badih Bounahra (1,314,097) AGE: 49 HOMETOWN: Belize City, Belize OCCUPATION: grocery wholesaler PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: one cash in 2008 for 7,582 THE BUST: Eliminated with ace-five to Staszko's ace-nine. Neither player hit the community cards. ------ 8th: Anton Makiievskyi (1,010,015) AGE: 21 HOMETOWN: Dnipropetrous'k, Ukraine OCCUPATION: poker player PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: none THE BUST: Eliminated by Heinz with two-pair versus Heinz' full house. Makiievskyi moved in with about a 50 percent chance to win and pulled ahead on the flop, but Heinz caught a third nine to match the pair in his hand to win. ------ 9th: Sam Holden (782,115) AGE: 22 HOMETOWN: Canterbury, United Kingdom OCCUPATION: poker professional PRIOR SERIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS: none THE BUST: Moved all-in before the flop with an ace-jack and was called by Lamb's ace-king. Lamb hit a flush on the turn.

Morning Update: Cubs pick up win No. 101, Sale leads White Sox past Rays

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Morning Update: Cubs pick up win No. 101, Sale leads White Sox past Rays

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John Lackey sees Cubs lining up for World Series run: ‘It’s all here’

PITTSBURGH — The Cubs have so much going for them, all this blue-chip talent, a clubhouse mix of young players and grizzled veterans, arguably the best manager in the game, an impactful coaching staff and a front office that blends scouting and analytics as well as anyone.

So, no, John Lackey is not at all surprised by the way this clicked into place, 101 wins and counting for the machine built with October in mind.

“Not really,” Lackey said after Tuesday night’s 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. “I had some pretty good offers from other people, and I chose this one for a reason. It’s all here.”

But to win the World Series — and get the jewelry Lackey talks about — you still need some luck, good health and the guts to perform in those Big Boy Games. That reality of randomness and matchups made a pregame announcement some 250 miles away from PNC Park so telling.

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos tore the ACL in his right knee, ending his MVP-caliber season. The National League East champions will lose a .307 hitter with 22-homer power from the middle of their lineup and a veteran presence for a playoff rotation that will likely be without injured ace Stephen Strasburg (right elbow) in the first round.

“That’s a tough one when you lose your catcher, a guy who’s that significant for the pitching staff,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Think about the pitching staff — it’s so different when you know the guy back there is your guy and he knows what’s going on. The communication’s different. The trust factor, all that stuff is different.”

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Within that big-picture context, the Cubs survived as Lackey limited the checked-out Pirates (77-80) to one run across five innings in his fifth start since recovering from a strained right shoulder and coming off the disabled list. Maddon then used six different relievers — staying away from Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon and Aroldis Chapman — during a three-hour, 49-minute game that felt more like the Cactus League.

After defecting from the 100-win St. Louis Cardinals team the Cubs bounced out of last year’s playoffs, Lackey finished the regular season at 11-8 with a 3.35 ERA and 188 1/3 innings.

“I’m going to get to 200,” Lackey said.

Beyond wins and losses, Lackey called this season his career best in terms of “those numbers that they’ve made up in the last few years” like WHIP (1.04) and opponents’ OPS (.646) and whatever. And, no, he doesn’t know his WAR, either: “Not even close.”

Yes, the Cubs got the old-school attitude they wanted when they signed Lackey to a two-year, $32 million deal before the winter meetings. For all the talk about the pitching deficit and the New York Mets after their young guns swept the Cubs out of last year’s NL Championship Series, the Cubs are getting their money’s worth with a guy who will turn 38 in October.

The amazing Mets have lost three of those frontline starters — Matt Harvey (thoracic outlet syndrome), Jacob deGrom (nerve damage in his right elbow) and Steven Matz (bone spur in his left elbow) — and are still holding onto the first wild-card spot, which says something about this playoff field.

This doesn’t guarantee anything in October, but the Cubs are just about as close to full strength as they could reasonably hope now. Instead of the silence that would have come with losing an irreplaceable player like Ramos, the sound system in the postgame clubhouse blasted Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Notorious B.I.G. after their 101st win.

“Yeah, we lost Dexter (Fowler) for a bit,” Maddon said. “We lost (Kyle) Schwarber all year. Otherwise, when a couple pitchers got banged up, whether you’re talking about Rondon or Strop, I don’t think that our injuries have been as magnified because we’ve covered them pretty well.

“We still had our moments, like everybody else has. But when you get to right now, we’re getting well, and hopefully that trend continues. But to lose somebody of that magnitude for them, that’s got to be difficult.”