Ott stays in contention into late hours of WSOP

Altoona native Dan Ott, who finished as the runner-up and won $4.7 million in last year’s event, outlasted more than 6,500 competitors at this year’s World Series of Poker’s Main Event in Las Vegas, but his fate was up in the air at press time Saturday night.

Ott began play Saturday with $192,900 in chips and improved his stack to more than $280,000 at one point before starting to slip.

Ott’s chip count fell to $130,000 midway through Saturday’s play and briefly rebounded to $165,000 before dropping to $85,000 in chips.

Needing only about 130 more eliminations to earn at least $15,000 in a cash prize at the dinner break Saturday, Ott’s chip stack was among the smaller ones remaining in the tournament. Check Monday’s paper for a full recap of how the rest of Ott’s night went.

— Michael Boytim