Michigan man is chip leader in World Series of Poker

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LAS VEGAS (AP) The final nine players in the marquee no-limit Texas Hold `em main event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas are set to begin competing for $8.8 million.

The players who bested more than 7,800 others will play Thursday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino until three of them bust out. Each will take home at least $1 million.

Thirty-five-year-old Nic Manion is the chip leader. The resident of Muskegon, Michigan, is getting to the final table with over 112.7 million chips. He has cashed only once before at the series.

The youngest player at the table is 23-year-old Aram Zobian. The native of Cranston, Rhode Island, has more than 18.8 million chips.

Organizers say the remaining players represent the U.S., Australia, France and Ukraine.