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Duke grad places 7th at WSOP

Doug Kim, Trinity '06, finished in seventh place at the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event, earning a payout of $2,391,520.

Kim entered the final day of the $10,000 buy-in tournament in sixth place of nine remaining players, but busted out in seventh when Paul Wasicka's pocket queens held up over Kim's pocket nines.

The Main Event, considered the biggest tournament in poker, set a record this year with 8,773 entrants.

Jamie Gold, a former talent agent for poker players such as Johnny Chan, entered the final day as chip leader and never relinquished his lead as he went on to win his first WSOP bracelet and the $12-million first-place prize.

Kim's fellow Blue Devil, senior Jason Strasser, a former Chronicle sports columnist, made waves of his own at the World Series, finishing in the money in four separate events at the 2006 WSOP.

His best finish came in the $1,500 buy-in no-limit Texas hold 'em tournament, in which he came in seventh and received $108,661.

In his four cashes, Strasser earned a total of more than $170 thousand.

ESPN began televising the Main Event Tuesday and will do so every week at 8 p.m.

The final table will be shown Sept. 26 at 9 p.m.

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