Brunson scoots out with a spot on the leader board

Doyle Brunson darted out of the room on his motorized scooter to beat the crowd and get some sleep, and finally, the third day of the World Series of Poker Main Event was a wrap around 1 a.m.

Players bagged and tagged their chips, and the event staff worked on official counts. Maxx Coleman, from Derby, Kansas, is the leader with 1,071,500 in chips, followed by Joshua Prager (993,000), Max Steinberg (987,500) and Dick van Luijk (940,000).

The field has been cut to 666 players, 648 of whom will make the money. The total prize pool for the $10,000 buy-in No-limit Texas Hold ’em World Championship is $59.78 million. First place pays $8.3 million, and the last place paid is $19,106.

Brunson, 79, the Main Event winner in 1976 and 1977, was on the leader board with 626,000 in chips when the tournament clock expired.

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