Two players from the Philadelphia area are among the final three in the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table.
24-year-old Joseph "Joe" McKeehen of North Wales, Pennsylvania and 25-year-old Joshua Beckley of Marlton, New Jersey are joined by 61-year-old Neil Blumenfield of Chicago.
The chip counts of the final three players are McKeehen with 128,825,000, Blumenfield with 40,125,000, and Beckley with 23,700,000.
Thomas Cannuli of Cape May, New Jersey was the first player on day two to have his luck run out on his World Series of Poker dream.
The 23-year-old professional poker player who had a sizeable cheering section chanting for him and wearing "Holy Cannuli" T-shirts was knocked out with a pair of aces in the no-limit Texas Hold 'em tournament that ends Tuesday and promised $7.6 million to the winner.
Player Max Steinberg showed a pair of tens that quickly became an unbeatable three-of-a-kind when the dealer laid out the flop of community cards.
Cannuli gets $1.4 million for placing sixth.
They all last matched wits in July for the series' Main Event and returned to the Rio All-Suites casino-hotel in Las Vegas with their remaining chips for the final matchup. Each outlasted 6,420 entrants paying $10,000 each for the chance to win the no limit Texas Hold 'em event.
No limit Texas Hold 'em involves each player getting two cards unseen by the rest of the table and five community cards, the first three on the "flop," the fourth on the "turn," the fifth on the "river," with betting between each.
The final day of the World Series of Poker will air on ESPN Tuesday.
The AP contributed to this report.
Players from North Wales, Marlton in final 3 at World Series of Poker
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