. This is the first World Series title for Roof, who has previously cashed in the Hall of Fame Poker Classic. An antique furniture dealer, he began playing poker with his family at the age of 12. "This competition was great -- I loved it," Roof said, adding that he just comes to the Horseshoe tournaments. "They're the best ones around."
. When heads-up play began, Roof and runner-up Tony Bolton were close to even in chips. Then Roof caught a rush and won pot after pot until he had Bolton almost down to the felt. The final hand came down when Bolton was forced all in for the big blind and drew four cards to a three. Roof drew three to 4-joker. Although Bolton made a K-9, his hand was no good when Roof turned over an 8-6 to win the pot and his first World Series title.
. For his second-place finish in the Ace-to-Five Draw event, Bolton received $40,800. A 44-year-old professional gambler from London, England, Bolton has cashed a number of times in previous World Series competitions and has won several tournaments at the Victoria Club in London. He began playing poker 18 years ago.
. Bill Ayers of San Diego, California, won third place and pocketed $20,400. A 57-year-old contracting officer for San Diego County, Ayers has cashed in several major poker competitions and holds titles from the Hall of Fame Poker Classic and the Diamond Jim Brady tournament. He has been a poker player for just seven years.
. Ayers was eliminated from the competition when he called all in before the draw against Roof, who had raised with a one-card draw to 9-6-4-A. Ayers rapped pat with a 10-9, but his hand was shot down when Roof caught a trey to take the pot.
. After losing with a 9-8 against Roof's 9-7, Wilbert Liebling of Los Angeles was precariously low in chips. A few hands later, he had to settle for fourth place and $12,240 when he was forced all in for the big blind and Roof called. On the draw, Roof showed down a pat 9-8. Liebling exposed a queen, then mucked his hand, acknowledging defeat.
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