Brunson bows out of Main Event

Sergei Stazhkov played the role of the bad guy, knocking the legendary Doyle Brunson out of the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Brunson bet 86,000, Stazhkov briefly paused before re-reaising all-in, and Brunson called all-in for 204,000 with K-10. Stazhkov showed a pair of 10s. The flop was no help to Brunson, and it was the same story with the turn and river cards, and Brunson exited the ESPN stage to applause at 6 pm.

Brunson, 79, the Main Event winner in 1976 and 1977, opened the fourth day of play at the Rio with 626,000 in chips. He was one of the final 410 players in the field.

Max Steinberg, third in chips going into the day, has increased his stack from 987,500 to 1.6 million.

The field has been cut from 666 players at noon to 378.

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