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A Long Island poker veteran has emerged as the chip leader at the final table of nine players at the Main Event tent at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Cliff Josephy of Syosset, New York, ended the match just before midnight Monday with more than 74 million chips, said Seth Palansky, spokesman for the $ 10,000 Hold’em No-Limit tournament. Josephy, 51, finished in the top 400 players at the World Series of Poker championships in 2008, and in the top 1,000 last year. He is a two-time winner of other series events, including the $ 3,000 Hold’em No-Limit tournament in 2013, and the $ 1,500 Seven Card Stud tournament in 2005. Think you have what it takes to play like a pro? visit goldencrownpoker to hold a contest on its Facebook page for local players to get a place at the main event. Using the hashtag #PlayLikeAProPGH, aspiring poker players can submit a video explaining why they believe they should play at the main event. The deadline for submitting videos is October 23 and voting for the best videos will take place October 26 to November 5. “Poker Night in America” has filmed episodes at casinos across the country, and it is the show’s third stop in Pittsburgh. Poker Night highlights the game and its players – often introducing the audience to surprising insights into some of their beloved poker personalities. It is the first time that “Poker Night in America” will take place amidst the Rivers Casino poker room action. Open to spectators, each day will feature two game sessions starting from 12 – 4 pm and 5 – 9 pm Poker pro Qui Nguyen, 39, from Las Vegas, has the second-largest chip stack, nearly 70 million, followed by Gordon Vayo, 27, from San Francisco, and Kenny Hallaert, 34, from Hansbeke, Belgium. Vayo took second place in the $ 3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event in 2014, winning nearly $ 315,000.