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Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

Runner-Runner Spades Keep a Poker Legend Alive

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Perry Green on Day 4.

At the start of the day, Perry Green, a living poker legend with World Series of Poker cashes dating back to 1976, gave the ceremonial, "Shuffle up and deal."

Green, who has three gold bracelets to his name (1976 $1,000 Limit Ace to Five Draw for $68,300; 1977 $5,000 Limit Ace to Five Draw for $10,000; and 1979 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em-Non Pro for $76,500) is the elder statesman left in the field at the age of 76, and is perhaps most recognizable for finishing runner-up to the legendary Stuey Ungar in the 1981 WSOP Main Event, which earned him a cool $150,000.

Green started the day on a fairly short stack, but recently found a bit of luck to extend his tournament life. It happened when Green moved all in under the gun for 146,000 holding {K-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and cleared the field all the way around to Michael Moreno, who called from the big blind with {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}.

It was a bad spot for Green, and the {7-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Spades} flop didn't provide much help. "He's got a sweat," someone at the table said when the {8-Spades} turned, giving Green a flush draw. Wouldn't you know it, the {A-Spades} peeled off on the river to complete the said flush and give Green a double.

"It's never easy," Green said as he clapped his hands together in celebration. Interestingly, this marks the first time Green has cashed in the Main Event since 1991 when he placed fifth for $69,000 and his fourth Main Event cash overall.

Chip Counts
Michael Moreno us 615,000 -158,000
Perry Green us 320,000 174,000

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