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Monday, July 16, 2012
Nicco Maag and Jan Heitmann eliminated


The final day is here and during the first 90 minutes, two players have already been eliminated from the WSOP main event leaving 25 left to battle for the coveted nine spots.

Two Germans were the first two casulaties of the day. Nicco Maag was among the chip leaders during early Day 6 action, but finished the day as one of the short stacks. Maag moved all-in for 1.1 million in chips with A-J and was called by the A-Q of Russell Thomas. The board ran 9-8-4-3-2 and Magg was eliminated in 27th place.

When we think of magicians and poker players, Americans often reference Antonio Esfandiari. Germans think of Jan Heitmann. The Pokerstars-sponsored player went out in 26th at the hands of Daniel Strelitz as his 6-6 couldn't hit against Strelitz's 8-8.

Both Maag and Heitmann earned $294,601.

Maybe the bigger note on the Heitmann hand is how Strelitz really needed to that pot. After entering action with 12 million in chips, Strelitz lost a huge race early on with A-K to Michael Esposito's 10-10 and was down to his final three million. The majority of his stack was in the center against Heitmann and he most certainly would've been the next player out if he lost that hand. Since his win, he rebounded and entered the second level with over nine million in chips.

Action will continue on Day 7 until only nine players remain.