LAS VEGAS (AP) — Three card professionals from Germany, the Czech Republic and Las Vegas will finish a marathon battle for $8.72 million after battling through a gauntlet at the final table of the World Series of Poker main event.

Matt Giannetti called an all-in bet from Ben Lamb with pocket jacks, finding himself a 2-1 favorite when Lamb revealed an ace-seven. But Lamb hit a flush on the turn to win the hand and leave Giannetti with fewer than seven minimum bets.

Giannetti doubled to 14.4 million through Martin Staszko, but lost the last of his chips to Lamb after Lamb crushed his ace-high with an unnecessary four of a kind.

Lamb, Staszko and Pius Heinz are guaranteed $4 million each and will settle the title on Tuesday.

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