Wichita auto dealer Brandon Steven finished in 10th place today in the World Series of Poker No-Limit Hold'em Championship in Las Vegas.
The 10th place finish means he just narrowly lost on the chance to play in the final table on Nov. 6 in Las Vegas. The top nine players in the tournament that ended today qualified to play in November for a top prize of $8.94 million and poker's richest title.
For his 10th-place finish, Steven, 36, won $635,011.
He had started the tournament on July 5 along with 7,318 other players and managed to survive each day until the final one, when he and the other finalists fought it out until early this morning.
He was eliminated after he pushed in all of his chips, holding an ace-king. That's when 25-year-old Matthew Jarvis, of Surrey, British Columbia, called with pocket queens. Steven didn't improve his hand and Jarvis took the rest of his chips.
According to bluffmagazine.com, the flop on the hand came out 10-4-3. The turn was a 4 and the river was a 5.