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 (No Limit)

$1,500 Buy-in
Entries: 405
Total Prize Money: $607,500

1995 Champion: Richard Klamian

1996 Champion: John Morgan

The Winners

1. John Morgan $227,815
Wolverhampton, England
2. George Githens $115,425
Orlando, FL
3. Bobby Hoff $57,713
Downey, CA
4. Dewey Tomko $39,488
Winterhaven, FL
5. Hans "Tuna" Lund $27,338
Sparks, NV
6. Buddy Williams $21,263
Lawton, OK
7. Dr Phil Earle $15,188
Houston, TX
8. Carl Walsh $12,150
Beverly Hills, MI
9. Ed Hill $9,112
Las Vegas, NV
10. Thomas Sparks $7,290
Houston, TX
11. Eli Balas $7,290
Las Vegas, NV
12. Angelo Papakostas $7,290
Corpus Christi, TX
13. Pat Callihan $6,075
Las Vegas, NV
14. Quinton Nixon $6,075
Charlotte, TX
15. Don Kidder $6,075
Biloxi, MS
16. Billy Duarte $4,860
Berthoud, CO
17. Lucy Rokach $4,860
Stoke-on-Tent, England
18. Humberto Brenes $4,860
Miami Lakes, FL
19. Bruddy Jordan $3,037
Santee, CA
20. R David Baxter $3,037
Corpus Christi, TX
21. Dave Crunkleton $3,037
Las Vegas, NV
22. Alan Green $3,037
Juneau, AK
23. Bob Loar $3,037
Rowlett, TX
24. Robert Hull $3,037
Mt Vernon, OH
25. John Bonetti $3,037
Houston, TX
26. Jay Moriarty $3,037
Studio City, CA
27. Randall Heeb $1,519
Chicago, IL
28. Ray Hall $1,518
Huntsville, AL

The Showdown

Binion's Horseshoe, April 30, 1996 -- John Morgan, a 46-year-old businessman from Wolverhampton, England, topped a record field of 405 players last night to win the eighth event of the 27th annual World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe Hotel and Casino. For his first-place finish in the $1,500 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold'em competition, Morgan was awarded $227,815 and a custom-designed 14-karat gold bracelet to commemorate his victory.

"It's a great feeling - fantastic," he said. "I'm over the top." This was only the second attempt at a World Series title for Morgan, who placed fifth in this same event last year. He also has finished in the money in several European poker tournaments, including the British championship competition.

Placing second in the no-limit Hold'em event and winning $115,425 was George Githens, 23, of Orlando, Florida. A part-time student and a poker supervisor at Grand Casino in Gulfport, Mississippi, Githens entered the World Series of Poker for the first time this year.

Bobby Hoff of Downey, California, finished in third place and won $57,713. With his latest award, Hoff now has to his credit six in-the-money finishes at the World Series and also has cashed in numerous other major poker competitions.

The 1996 World Series of Poker continues at the Horseshoe through May 16. The $1,500 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event begins today at noon, followed by the $1,500 buy-in pot-limit Texas Hold'em competition on May 1.

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 in anticipated to be in excess of $11 million.

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