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Grand Forks man doesn't win national poker tourney, still wins $1.36 million

LAS VEGAS -- Jason Senti has been eliminated at the World Series of Poker in seventh place after losing an about-even race to 24-year-old Joseph Cheong, 24.

Jason Senti
Jason Senti plays a hand Saturday during the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Should he outlast just one of the final nine, Senti will be a millionaire.

LAS VEGAS -- Jason Senti has been eliminated at the World Series of Poker in seventh place after losing an about-even race to 24-year-old Joseph Cheong, 24.

Senti, a former Grand Forks resident and a UND graduate, lost the last of his chips in the no-limit Texas Hold 'em tournament with an ace-king despite catching two kings on the flop to move squarely ahead of his opponent.

Cheong caught running straight cards to match his pocket tens and save him from losing the vast majority of chips.

Senti won $1.36 million for seventh place after coming into the final table with the least chips.

The hand was the second hand to eliminate a player by giving him the lead from behind, then taking it away on the last card.

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The final six players will win at least $1.77 million.

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