LAS VEGAS — Defending champion Joseph Hachem was knocked out of the main event at the 37th annual World Series of Poker on Saturday night and finished in 238th place.
Hachem, who earned $7.5 million last year, went all-in with a pair of aces, but lost to his opponent's three of a kind. Hachem settled for $42,882. Well-known pro Daniel Negreanu also was knocked out and made $42,882. Negreanu placed 229th.
Late Saturday night, Jamie Gold of Malibu, Calif., was the chip leader with 3.08 million, more than twice as many as second-place Andrew Schreibman (1.5 million).
Michael Binger of Atherton, Calif., and Alex Balandin of New York were tied for third place with 1.45 million chips.
High-profile pros still in the running for the $12 million top prize included Annie Duke (32nd with 750,000 chips), Humberto Brenes (45th with 660,000 chips) and Allen Cunningham (147th with 175,000 chips). The final table of nine will play down starting Thursday.
Dmitri Nobles, a pro who led the no-limit Texas Hold'em tournament earlier last week, had fallen to 20th place with 895,000 chips.
Notables knocked out early in the day included Kathy Liebert and Cyndy Violette.