Pokerís World Series Down to 18 Players
By staff
Poker's top players and unknowns were in a high-stakes showdown Thursday, each looking to make the nine-person final table at the World Series of Poker's main event and grab a piece of gambling glory.

But not all will be playing today after round six of the No-limit Texas Hold 'em tournament moved to the legendary Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, where the World Series began 36 years ago. Only 18 players remained of the 27 who started Thursday, and last year's champ, Greg 'Fossilman' Raymer, along with pro Phil Ivey, were among those out of the game.

The last woman from an overall field of 5,619 players who began play at the Rio hotel-casino was amateur Tiffany Williamson. The London corporate attorney stood in 15th place with $1.1 million. No woman has ever won poker's richest and largest event, and only one has made it to the final table.

Expect Matusow and other pros with big chip stacks to test the surviving players repeatedly, forcing them to make difficult decisions while avoiding the tough ones themselves. 'For five days, I've kept my head together,' Matusow said. 'I just need to keep it together for two more. I've stayed phenomenally patient and picked my spots.'

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