. This is the first World Series title for Zolotow, who has cashed in several major poker competitions and also has won numerous bridge and backgammon tournaments. A semi-professional gambler, he has been playing both poker and bridge since childhood.
. When heads-up play began, Zolotow was outchipped 2-to-1 by runner-up Doyle Brunson. But the tide soon began to turn, and two hours later, Brunson was down to only one $5,000 chip. It was all over on the next hand when Zolotow showed down his winning combination -- four eights in back, kings up for the middle hand, and J-10-7 in front. Brunson set his final hand as follows: tens up in back, a pair of jacks in the middle, and A-K-Q in front.
. Brunson, the World Champion of Poker in both 1976 and 1977, received $62,500 for his second-place finish. A 61-year-old professional gambler from Las Vegas, Brunson won the first-ever Chinese Poker Championship tournament during the 1994 Hall of Fame Poker Classic. He holds numerous titles from major poker competitions -- including seven from the WSP -- and is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame. With total World Series earnings of $1,516,175, Brunson ranks No. 4 on the roster of all-time WSP money winners.
. Denny Axel of Las Vegas won third place and $37,500. The 45-year-old co-owner of Card Player magazine, Axel has cashed in one previous WSP tournament, as well as in several other major poker competitions. He has played poker on a serious level for 8 years.
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