May 19, 1995
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary Winter (702) 382-1600
DAN HARRINGTON OF DOWNEY, CALIFORNIA, WINS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AND $1
MILLION IN 1995 WORLD SERIES OF POKER
LAS VEGAS -- Dan Harrington, a 49-year-old professional poker player
from Downey, California, topped a record field of 273 players over a
four-day period to win the championship event of the 26th annual World
Series of Poker tournament at Binion's Horseshoe Hotel and Casino. For
his first-place finish in the $10,000 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold'em
competition, Harrington was awarded $1 million and a custom-designed,
14-karat gold bracelet to commemorate his victory. Harrington entered
the championship tournament by winning a $250 buy-in satellite event, a
smaller contest held each day during the World Series, and parlayed
that $250 entry fee into the $1 million grand prize. His final winning
hand in the championship competition was two pair, queens and eights.
This is the second World Series title for Harrington, who claimed his
first title and $249,000 for his victory in the $2,500 buy-in no-limit
Hold'em event held May 12. With total World Series earnings of
$1,297,250, he now ranks No. 7 on the tournament roster of all-time
money winners. A former attorney, Harrington has been playing poker for
Placing second in the Texas Hold'em championship event and winning
$519,000 was Howard Goldfarb, a 33-year-old land developer from
Toronto, Canada. A recreational poker player, Goldfarb has cashed in
one previous World Series competition. He began playing poker just two
years ago. Brent Carter of Oak Park, Illinois, won third place and
$302,750. A 46-year-old retired businessman, Carter holds two World
Series of Poker titles, as well as titles from the Hall of Fame Poker
Classic, the Super Bowl of Poker, the L.A. Poker Classic, and the
Diamond Jim Brady Poker Tournament. His introduction to poker came
during grade school, when he began playing penny ante with his friends.
Hamid Dastmalchi, the 1992 World Champion of Poker, finished in fourth
place for $173,000. A 39-year-old real-estate investor from San Diego,
California, Dastmalchi holds three World Series of Poker titles and has
accumulated tournament earnings of $1,597,160. He currently holds down
the No. 3 spot on the roster of all-time World Series money winners.
Placing fifth and winning $114,180 was Barbara Enright, a professional
poker player from Van Nuys, California. This is the highest finish ever
for a woman in the championship no-limit Texas Hold'em event. The only
two-time Women's World Poker Champion (1986, '94), Enright has total
World Series earnings of $170,960 and now ranks No. 1 on the women's
roster of all-time tournament money winners. Among the other highlights
of this year's World Series of Poker are the following:
A record number of 4,146 entrants participated in the 26th annual World
Series of Poker, and the total prize money distributed was $10,904,500,
also setting a new tournament record.
- Hilbert Shirey of Winterhaven, Florida, won two consecutive events --
the $2,500 buy-in pot-limit Omaha contest on May 9 and the $2,500
buy-in pot-limit Hold'em competition on May 10 -- becoming only the
fourth player in World Series history to accomplish this feat.
- Men "The Master" Nguyen of Bell Gardens, California, also won two
events -- the $2,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split competition
and the $2,500 buy-in limit Hold'em contest.
- Starla Brodie, the only woman who has entered the Women's Seven-Card
Stud championship event all 18 years since it was first added to the
tournament schedule in 1977, finally won the Women's World Poker
Champion title and $35,200 in the 1995 competition.
- This year marks the first time in World Series history that a brother
and sister have competed at the same final table. Annie Duke placed
sixth in the $1,500 buy-in pot-limit Hold'em tournament, while her
brother, Howard Lederer, finished ninth. In addition, Duke cashed in
four events in the 1995 World Series and now ranks No. 4 on the women's
roster of all-time tournament money winners.
- T.J. Cloutier placed second in the $5,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud
event for $88,550 and now has total World Series earnings of
$1,008,610. He became the first player to top $1 million in tournament
earnings without winning the no-limit Hold'em championship event.