1996 World Series of Poker

Due to technical difficulties the reporting on this event is abbreviated. We hope to be able to resume more complete reporting in subsequent events.

Chinese Poker

$5,000 Buy-in
Entries: 10
Rebuys: 10
Total Prize Money: $100,000

1995 Champion: Steve Zolotow

1996 Champion: Jim Feldhouse

The Winners

1. Jim Feldhouse $50,000
Akron, Ohio
2. Eli Balas $30,000
Las Vegas, Nevada
3. Tyler Wong $20,000
Nacogdoches, Texas

The Showdown

Binion's Horseshoe, May 5, 1996 - Jim Feldhouse, a 28-year-old computer network manager from Akron, Ohio, topped a field of 10 players last night to win the 15th event of the 27th annual World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe Hotel and Casino. For his first-place finish in the $5,000 buy-in Chinese Poker competition, Feldhouse was awarded $50,000 and a custom-designed 14-karat gold bracelet to commemorate his victory.

"I'm very happy - now I can delay getting a real job," said Feldhouse, a recreational player who began competing on a serious level just last November and won the Chinese Poker event at the Queens Poker Classic two months later. This is the first time he has entered a competition at the World Series.

Placing second in the Chinese Poker event and winning $30,000 was Eli Balas, an Israeli-born jeweler from Las Vegas. A 40-year-old recreational player, Balas holds one World Series of Poker title and now has seven in-the-money finishes at the Horseshoe's annual tournament. He also has cashed in several other major poker competitions.

Tyler Wong, a 23-year-old professional gamesman from Nacogdoches, Texas, won third place and $20,000. A former fiction writing and music student, Wong has finished in the money in several other Chinese Poker events, including those held during the Hall of Fame Poker Classic and the Queens Poker Classic.

The 1996 World Series of Poker continues at the Horseshoe through May 16. The $3,000 buy-in limit Texas Hold'em event begins today at noon, followed by the $2,500 buy-in limit Seven Card Stud competition on May 6.

More than 4,000 entrants - representing at least 20 countries - are expected to participate in this year's World Series, and the total money distributed is anticipated to be in excess of $11 million.

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