Dennis Phillips, the chip leader at the start of play at the final table of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), was eliminated in third place yesterday (November 9th).
The Canadian truck salesman started with 26.295 million chips, putting him almost two million ahead of second-placed Ivan Demidov and eight million ahead of Peter Eastgate.
However, when it came down to the last three players, Phillips had failed to add to his stack, watching it dwindle to just 19.925 million.
Eastgate led the trio at thispoint with almost 65 million and Demidov looked the most likely to progress as he had over 52 million.
Phillips' deep run ended when he pushed all-in and was called by Eastgate when the flop was dealt J-4-3.
When they turned over their cards, Phillips held 10-9 and the Dane revealed pocket threes, giving him a set.
An ace on the turn was no help to Phillips and a nine on fifth street gave him a pair, but this was not enough to keep him in the competition.
He was sent to the rail $4.5 million richer, leaving the Russian and Danish players to battle it out in heads-up play the next day.