Russian lands $US 5 million poker prize

A Russian has netted more than $US 5 million in the World Series of Poker tournament. Ivan Demidov finished runner-up in the most prestigious competition held in the mecca of gambling, Las Vegas.

Demidov lost to Peter Eastgate from Denmark but even though he missed out on the title, his payday was more than satisfactory with $US 5.8 million.

The World Series of Poker, made up of over 50 stages, is the world's most renowned contest for card sharks.