. Among the 273 entrants in this year's championship event were 14 former World Champions: Puggy Pearson (1973), Doyle Brunson (1976, '77), Bobby Baldwin (1978), Stu Ungar (1980, '81), Tom McEvoy (1983), Jack Keller (1984), Berry Johnston (1986), Johnny Chan (1987, '88), Phil Hellmuth Jr. (1989), Mansour Matloubi (1990), Brad Daugherty (1991), Hamid Dastmalchi (1992), Jim Bechtel (1993), and reigning World Champion Russ Hamilton. Noticeably absent from the tournament line-up was Johnny Moss, the only three-time World Champion of Poker (1970, '71, '74). Because of the long hours and stress inherent in the four-day event, the 88-year-old "Grand Old Man of Poker" declined to play this year.
. Also participating in the championship event were 11 women, including Barbara Enright, who holds the distinction of being the only two-time Women's World Poker Champion; Marsha Waggoner, who ranks No. 1 on the women's roster of all-time WSP money winners; Annie Duke, who has cashed four times in this year's World Series; and Barbara Samuelson, who placed 10th in the 1994 championship tournament, the highest finish ever for a woman player.
. Although complete data is not yet available, records through May 12 show that 36 players entered the tournament through one-table satellites, 83 players came from super-satellites, and two players won satellites held elsewhere.
. After the first day of competition, 157 players are left. Leading the field with $52,750 in chips is Freddie Deeb of Long Beach, California. Holding down the No. 2 spot with $40,500 in chips is Howard Goldfarb, and in third place with $38,775 in chips is Bobby Hoff. Nine World Champions of Poker remain in the tournament, including reigning World Champion Russ Hamilton. Also still in contention for the title are six women: Cyndi Violette, Anne Spinetti, Kim Booth, Barbara Laux, Jenny Kaye, and Barbara Enright, who is currently No. 16 in chip position.
. The second day of the World Championship tournament begins May 16 at noon, and play will continue until only 27 competitors remain. All 27 semi-finalists will receive prize money.
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