. This is the first World Series title for Stern, a pediatrician who splits his time between Las Vegas and his native Costa Rica. He has cashed in several previous World Series competitions, as well as in numerous other major poker tournaments. "It's an unbelievable feeling to finally win a World Series title," Stern said. "Among poker players, money goes back and forth, but being a champion is a great, great honor."
. Stern came to the final table as one of the chip underdogs, but over the next several hours, he managed to steadily build his stack. By the time heads-up play began, he had a nearly insurmountable advantage over runner-up Cong Do, and the end was nigh. The final hand came down when Do raised all in before the flop with AD KD 8H 2C and was called by Stern, who held QS 7S 4H 3D. The flop came 10D 9S 6S, and the 8C fell on the turn, giving Do the lead. But his hopes were dashed when the river brought the QC, giving Stern top pair to scoop the pot and secure his first World Series title.
. Do, a 27-year-old competitor from Falls Church, Virginia, received $70,200 for his second-place finish. Employed in his family's restaurant business, Do has played poker for just seven years. This marks the first time he has cashed in a major competition.
. Winning third place and $35,100 in the Omaha High-Low Split event was Lonnie Heimowitz of Monticello, New York. The 31-year-old president of United Beverage Company, Heimowitz began playing poker in 1982 and has cashed in one other major tournament, the Queens Poker Classic. He is the son of Jay Heimowitz, a talented competitor who has four World Series of Poker titles to his credit. "Though you have to learn on your own and develop your own style, without a doubt my dad has been very helpful to me," Heimowitz said. "He's a terrific poker player."
. Almost down to the felt, Heimowitz was eliminated from the tournament when he raised all in before the flop with AC JS 8C 5C and was called by both Stern and Do. The final board read AD 7D 5H 2H 6H and Do, who held AH QH 4H 2D, scooped the pot with an ace-high heart flush and a 6-5 low.
. In her second time to cash in this year's World Series, Annie Duke of Las Vegas finished in sixth place for $12,285. Her latest award brings Duke's total WSP earnings to $69,535, moving her past Robin Brown and Alma McClelland into the No. 4 spot on the women's roster of all-time World Series money winners.
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