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World Series of Poker contenders for prize down to 1,200

  • Players competed during the main event at the World Series of Poker Wednesday, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS » The crowd of would-be World Series of Poker champions has narrowed to about 1,200 players, each wagering $10,000 each in hopes that some of the $60.3 million prize pool ends up in their bank accounts.

The last 1,000 players will win at least $15,000. The final nine players are guaranteed at least $1 million.

Poker stars Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu remain in the no-limit Texas Hold ’em main event.

Comedic duo and stars of "Everybody Loves Raymond" Brad Garrett and Ray Romano are both out. Romano lost most of his chips late Thursday when his aces and nines fell to an ace-high straight. He lost the last of his chips with an ace and six. Garrett was out Friday after he went all-in Jack-high. His opponent had a flush.

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