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Play at the final table began at noon in Las Vegas and didn’t finish till nearly 4 a.m.

The finalists ranged in age from 22 to 62, and hailed from five nations: the United States, Canada, Russia, England and South Africa. By birthplace, players also were from Laos, Vietnam and Denmark.

Nine players who began the day were all that remained from a field of 6,358 players who began to play down in stages July 6. Everyone paid or won $10,000 to enter the main event, the biggest poker tournament of the year.