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June 7, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Mount Vernon man narrowly misses World Series of Poker win

Mount Vernon poker pro Scott Clements winning at the 2007 World Series of Poker. Photo by flipchip / LasVegasVegas.com

Mount Vernon poker pro Scott Clements at the 2007 World Series of Poker. Photo by flipchip / LasVegasVegas.com

Mount Vernon poker pro Scott Clements fell one spot short of winning his third World Series of Poker bracelet Thursday night in Las Vegas. Instead, Clements took home more than $292,000 for his second-place finish.

Clements, also known as Big Riskky in poker circles, had the chip lead for much of the final table of WSOP Event #11 – a special $2,500 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament in which players battle it out at six-handed tables.

The local pro had to compete against 923 other poker players vying for the top prize of $473,019. Ultimately, Levi Berger of Ottawa, Ontario bested Clements after an hour-long duel.

In the final hand of the match, Berger raised with pocket kings and Clements called with 10-9. When the flop came down 8-7-2, both players got all their money in, though Berger had the chip lead as well as a 2:1 advantage. The turn and river failed to complete Clements’ straight draw.

Shortly after the loss, Clements posted a tweet: “2nd is a very empty feeling. Will be 2nd guessing all my plays tomorrow while playing the HORSE 1500”

He was referring to another WSOP event scheduled to start at noon Friday, a $1,500 buy-in mixed game tournament featuring Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz, Stud, and Stud Hi-Lo.

Clements, who’s known as a mixed-game specialist, already has two WSOP wins under his belt as well as two World Poker Tour titles. In all, the Washington native has more than $5.5 million in tournament wins to his credit.

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