. The owner of a sports bar, Tsagaris has been a poker player for 20 years and has cashed in one other major competition. He had played Chinese Poker just five times prior to entering this tournament."It feels great to win a title, but I was very lucky," he said.
. When heads-up play began, Tsagaris had a substantial chip lead over runner-up Bruce Cohen. It was all over a few hands later when Tsagaris showed down the winning combination -- a pair of sevens in front, a pair of aces for the middle hand, and a club royal flush in back. Cohen set his final hand in the following manner: king high in front, two pair in the middle, and a jack-high diamond flush in back.
. Cohen, who is from Queens, New York, was awarded $23,805 for his second-place finish. A western boot retailer, he has played Chinese Poker for 13 years and has cashed in one previous World Series tournament. "I enjoy Chinese Poker a lot, and I like the tournament format," Cohen commented. "It's good to see the game here in Vegas."
. Matthias Rohnacher, the 34-year-old owner of a poker club in Heidelberg, Germany, finished in third place for $12,420. Formerly in the music business, Rohnacher holds a title from the 1992 Queens Poker Classic and was the runner-up in the 1994 European poker championship tournament.
. The $5,000 buy-in Chinese Poker competition -- also a new event in this year's World Series -- is scheduled at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. Rebuys will be permitted during the first three hours of play.
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