Allegany native Bryan Piccioli bowed out of the World Series of Poker Main Event shortly before 1 a.m. EST Saturday, finishing sixth out of 7,221 entrants, the event's biggest field since 2010.
Piccioli took home a gaudy $1.675 million for his sixth-place finish.
The final table was cut from nine to seven after five hours of play Thursday night into Friday morning, and the field would be narrowed to three before Saturday's final session. Argentina's Damian Salas was the first to go on Friday night, finishing in seventh place. Piccioli was eliminated next after going all in with an ace-seven off-suit pair and less than $18 million in chips, which had him in last place at the time, and getting beat by Dan Ott's pair of kings.
Entering Saturday night, the three remaining players and their chip totals are: Scott Blumstein (226,450,000); Dan Ott (88,375,000) and Benjamin Pollak (45,850,000). All are guaranteed at least $3,500,000 and the winner will get $8,150,000.
After an 84th-place finish at the Main Event in 2016, Piccioli, 28, leaves Las Vegas with by far and away the biggest payday of his young poker career.