World Series of Poker champ to be crowned, win $7.6 million

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The World Series of Poker main event returns Sunday offering a $7.6 million prize to the victor. While it appears to be 24-year-old Joe McKeehen's to lose, there's no knowing what the cards may hold.

The Pennsylvania poker pro and mathematics grad has more than twice the chips of his nearest competitor.

He's battling eight other men for the top prize and title bracelet.

Among them are the oldest competitors in recent history to make it this far: a 61-year-old from San Francisco and a 72-year-old from Belgium. They're two of the nine players still competing after 6,420 entered.

The World Series of Poker tournament began in May and continued for 51 days with 68 events, culminating with the annual no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event. It's a 45-year tradition that got its start with casino owner Benny Binion as an invitation-only event.