Poker Players Face Elimination Tension - Saturday 21st of January 2006

AUSTRALIA As reported by the Australian Associated Press: "Thirty-six of the world's top poker players will try to conceal their nervous tension as the countdown to the final of the Aussie Millions poker championship begins.

"Day four of the tournament at Melbourne's Crown Casino sees more than $660,000 separating the lowest trailing contestant from US chip leader Kenna James, who resumed play with $700,500.

"The players are competing for a share of more than $US4 million ($A5.32 million) in the main event prize pool and the $US1 million ($A1.33 million) championship title.

"More than half of the remaining field are Australians, minus reigning homegrown poker champion Joe Hachem, who bowed out on Tuesday, despite winning the $US10 million ($A13.31 million) top prize at the world series of poker championships in Las Vegas last year..."

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