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Eli Elezra, old guard find success at U.S. Poker Open

Poker’s old guard is hanging with the young guns at the U.S. Poker Open.

Eli Elezra, a 60-year-old longtime high-stakes player and four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, prevailed in a field of 68 in the $10,000 buy-in 8-Game Mix event Wednesday at the PokerGO studio by the Aria, taking home $183,600.

Elezra won heads-up against 76-year-old Steve Zolotow, another longtime high-stakes player and two-time WSOP bracelet winner, who earned $136,000.

Zolotow has produced strong results at the U.S. Poker Open, with a fifth and third place in $10,000 No-limit Hold’em events to go with Wednesday’s runner-up finish. Those results have Zolotow second on the overall U.S. Poker Open leaderboard behind Joe McKeehen despite not winning an event.

Daniel Negreanu finished third in the 8-Game Mix for $88,400. The 8-Game Mix is a rotation of eight poker games — No-limit Hold’em, Pot-limit Omaha, 2-7 Triple Draw, Limit Hold’em, Omaha High-Low, Razz, Seven-card Stud and Seven-card Stud High-Low.

The U.S. Poker Open concludes Monday with a $50,000 No-limit Hold’em event; the final table will be played Tuesday.

All final tables are broadcast on the subscription video service PokerGO.

Here are the results from other U.S. Poker Open events:

— Jake Daniels beat a field of 95 in a $10,000 No-limit Hold’em event for $218,500.

— Sam Soverel beat a field of 65 in a $10,000 Pot-limit Omaha event for $175,500.

— Former WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen made quads on the final hand to knock out two players and beat a field of 77 in a $10,000 No-limit Hold’em event for $200,200.

— John Riordan beat a field of 48 in the $10,000 Big Bet Mix event for $163,200. Big Bet Mix is a rotation of No-limit Hold’em, Pot-limit Omaha and No-limit 2-7 Single Draw.

— Joey Weissman beat a field of 85 in a $10,000 No-limit Hold’em event for $204,000.

Contact Jim Barnes at jbarnes@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0277. Follow @JimBarnesLV on Twitter.

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