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.

Texas Hold'em (Pot Limit)

$2,500 Buy-in
Entries: 180
Total Prize Money: $450,000

1995 Champion: Hilbert Shirey

1996 Champion: Barbara Enright

The Winners

1. Barbara Enright $180,000
Oceanside, CA
2. Stan Goldstein $90,000
Cerritos, CA
3. Lucy Rokach $45,000
Stoke-on-Trent, England
4. Pat Fleming $29,250
Las Vegas, NV
5. Carl McKelvey $22,500
Victoria, TX
6. Jennifer Harman $15,750
Las Vegas, NV
7. Wil Wilkinson $11,250
Pacheco, CA
8. Earl Odom $9,000
Albuquerque, NM
9. Alan Green $6,750
Juneau, AK
10. Hans "Tuna" Lund $5,400
Sparks, NV
11. Bobby Hoff $5,400
Downey, CA
12. Mike Laing $5,400
Franklin, PA
13. Alex Brenes $4,500
Miami Lakes, FL
14. Joe Beevers $4,500
London, England
15. Cesare Poggi $4,500
Milan, Italy
16. Jim Ward $3,600
Anchorage, AK
17. Fred Brown $3,600
Howell, MI
18. Brad Daugherty $3,600
Las Vegas, NV

The Showdown

Binion's Horseshoe, May 9, 1996 - Barbara Enright, a professional poker player from Oceanside, California, topped a record field of 180 entrants last night to win the 19th event of the 27th annual World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe Hotel and Casino. For her first-place finish in the $2,500 buy-in pot-limit Texas Hold'em competition, Enright was awarded $180,000 and a custom-designed 14-karat gold bracelet to commemorate her victory.

"I'm deliriously happy," Enright exhulted. "But actually," she added, "when I entered this event, I thought I could win it." Arguably the world's best woman player, Enright made history in 1994 when she became the only two-time Women's World Poker Champion and again last year when she became the first woman to make the final table of the World Series $10,000 buy-in championship competition. She is only the second woman to win an open event in the Horseshoe's annual tournament (Vera Richmond captured the Ace-to-Five Draw title in 1982).

With five in-the-money finishes at the World Series and total earnings of $350,960, Enright has strengthened her No. 1 position on the women's roster of all-time World Series money winners. She has played poker since childhood.

Of special note, Enright's first-place award of $180,000 is the highest payoff to date for a woman at the World Series. Moreover, three of the six finalists in this open event were women another first for the annual poker tournament.

Placing second in the $2,500 buy-in pot-limit Hold'em competition and winning $90,000 was Stan Goldstein, a 33-year-old professional player from Cerritos, California. This is the second in-the-money finish at the World Series for Goldstein, who began his poker-playing career at age 18. Asked how he felt about playing a three-way match against two women at the final table, he said, "I think it's great for poker."

Lucy Rokach, a professional poker player from Stoke-on-Trent, England, won third place and $45,000. This is the highest finish to date at the World Series for a foreign woman. With three times in the money, Rokach now ranks sixth on the women's list of all-time World Series money winners.

The 1996 World Series of Poker continues at the Horseshoe through May 16. The $5,000 buy-in limit Seven Card Stud event begins today at noon, followed by the $2,500 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold'em competition on May 10.

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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