The Latest: Accounting error pauses World Series of Poker

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest on the no-limit Texas Hold `em main event in Las Vegas (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

An accounting error paused play for a few minutes at the final table of the no-limit Texas Hold `em main event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Organizers were forced to recount chips Saturday after a hand in which Daniel Ott doubled up to almost 70 million, while Benjamin Pollak dropped to about 23.3 million. But Pollak did not have that amount of chips in front of him after the hand.

Series spokesman Seth Palansky says 10 million chips were miscounted. He says the dealer had pulled chips from Pollak's stack, but he was unaware and ended up paying Ott, too.

Chips have no monetary value in the tournament. Each player will have to lose all his chips before he is eliminated from the final table.

Pollak, Ott and Scott Blumstein are the three remaining players vying for a grand prize of more than $8.1 million.


5:42 p.m.

The marquee no-limit Texas Hold `em main event of the World Series of Poker is down to the final three players vying for the top prize of more than $8.1 million.

Rookie Scott Blumstein is arriving at the table Saturday as the chip leader. The 25-year-old resident of Brigantine, New Jersey, has more than 226 million chips.

The players, who bested more than 7,200 others, at this point are guaranteed $3.5 million. The champion also will receive a gold bracelet made from white and yellow gold and diamonds and rubies.

Blumstein will be joined at the table by Daniel Ott of Altoona, Pennsylvania, and Frenchman Benjamin Pollak.

The 25-year-old Ott has more than 88 million chips, while 34-year-old Pollak is starting Saturday with over 45 million chips.

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