EVENT #185/8/98

SEVEN CARD STUD (Limit) $5,000
The Final Table
How they finished
Live From the 'Shoe
The Play-by-Play

The View from the Rail


For only the second time in World Series history, a brother and sister make the Final Table. Probably no surprise that it's the same brother and sister.


Jerri Thomas was down to the nub. She went all-in with split 10's, and didn't improve. Men Nguyen didn't have to improve his Queens. Jerri was a muffin in 19th.

John Hoang couldn't believe his eyes when Mickey Appelman showed him an 8 high straight flush. That hand took all but one of John's chips, which was lost as an ante in the next hand. Hoang finished 18th.

There is one more to eliminate before the money. Now it gets complicated. Try to hang in there.

Joe Gualtieri was having a bad time. He had been chip leader at his table when the quarter chips came off, so he bought them all to speed things up.

About an hour later, Joe noticed there was a quarter chip in his stack of 100's. He called Jeff Vanderlip over to tell him about it. As Jeff was putting the chip away, Gualtieri said he wanted the quarter chip exchanged for a $100 chip. Vanderlip said that wasn't allowed. Any quarter chips found after the race-off, were out of play.

Gualtieri became livid. He said that he'd been stiffed by one of the players at the table. Someone had taken one of his $100 chips in exchange for a $25 one, and he wanted compensation. First Steve Morrow, then Jack McClelland came over to try and calm Gualtieri down.

Ranting about how unprofessional his treatment was, Gualtieri wouldn't calm down.

Next, while still on tilt, Gualtieri got into an argument with Howard Lederer, over a hand that Howard mucked. Gualtieri had asked to see it before Lederer pitched it. Joe thought that the dealer should have tried to find it in the muck and show it to him.

Finally, completely beside himself, Gualtieri used some abusive language, that got him a 20 minute penalty.

This is all leading to the the elimination of the last player before the money.

A morose Gualtieri is sitting at the next table, seeing his stack evaporate, while Thomas and Hoang are done in.

When Gualtieri returns, only he and Phyllis Kessler are short stacked. They are at the same table.

In the hand that decides who gets paid, Phyllis Kessler can't throw away hidden Kings, even though she knows that Gualtieri only has one chip left. She raises all-in against Men Nguyen.

Now Joe Gualtieri has a decision to make. If he calls, and loses to Kessler, he finishes one out of the money. If he folds, and Kessler wins, he'll only have one chip left, and will surely finish 17th.

If he calls and Men Nguyen wins, he will split the 16th money with Phyllis Kessler.

Gualtieri calls all-in. Kessler has Kings, Nguyen has Jacks and Gualtieri has deuces. No one improves through 6th street. On the river Nguyen catches a second pair to win the hand. Kessler and Gualtieri split the $5,200 16th place money, $2,600 each.


Larry Kantor doesn't show his all-in hand when Roy Flowerday spreads Kings up. Kantor isn't singing as he goes out 11th.

Mike Sexton just can't quite get there in this year's World Series. He too pitches his hand when Flowerday shows him 9's up.

Mickey Appleman had stacked a lot of John Hoang chips when he made a straight flush earlier. Now on the bubble to make the Final Table, Mickey finds himself on the wrong end of Don Barton's quads. The family table is set.


The relatives and friends:

Seat 1Howard Lederer$67,000Las Vegas
Seat 2Paul Begun7,000Salt Lake City UT
Seat 3Don Barton108,500Pahrump NV
Seat 4Jan Chen129,500Princeton NJ
Seat 5Annie Duke53,000Las Vegas
Seat 6Humberto Brenes4,000San Jose COSTA RICA
Seat 7Roy Flowerday74,500Boksberg S AFRICA
Seat 8Andy Blumen76,000Las Vegas

Prize Money


Two years ago Howard Lederer and his younger sister Annie Duke were at the Final Table of a Pot Limit event. Then they finished 9th and 6th. Now they were back in a Family Reunion. They were to do only a little better this time.

Paul Begun didn't. Well, they'd only just Begun when Paul finished. He was short stacked and caught no pair. Andy Blumen didn't have any pair either, he had trip 9's. Paul had Begun to warm his seat when he had to leave it, in 8th place.

Annie Duke just had a baby. When Roy Flowerday turned over his Kings full, Annie looked like she just had a cow. She had threes full, and caught Queens full on the river, but had been drawing almost dead, and didn't know it. The Family Reunion was spoiled when Sis had to leave in 7th.

When you invite a lot of guests over, and prepare food and drink, it's not polite to ask them to leave just because you have to.

So when Howard Lederer missed on his up and down straight draw, and Humberto Brenes showed a pair of 3's, Howard let the party go on without him. Lederer went over to Jack to recoup some of his money for 6th place.

With the hosts gone, it was time for some serious partying.

This was Andy Blumen's third Final Table of the World Series. He finally looked relaxed enough to make a run at a title, but a few expensive beats left him low stacked. Andy thought it was a Blumen shame he couldn't catch even one pair, and his Ace high lost to a rivered King high straight from Humberto Brenes. Even though he brings enough chips to these Final Tables, Andy can't seem to blossom when it really matters. Blumen wilted to 5th.

Humberto Brenes was lucky to be here at all. He barely missed being eliminated the previous day. Once here with only $4,000, though, he made a terrific run. Doubling up three or four times on all-ins. His luck finally ran out.

Brenes' Kings were shown an A high straight by Don Barton, and Humberto, who tried to invite HIS poker playing brother Alex to the Family Reunion, but couldn't, picked up a nice piece of change with 4th place.

It wasn't to be a Flowerday for Roy. A dominating presence early, Flowerday saw his stack wither, like spring flowers in the summer heat. Don Barton was the source of that heat in Roy's last hand. Barton caught a second pair and Roy didn't, which sent Flowerday to the mortuary in 3rd.

At the beginning of heads up play, Don Barton had a $285,000 to $235,000 lead on Jan Chen. The money had already been locked when there were more players, so Barton and Chen were primarily playing for the bracelet.

As we see repeatedly, deals change momentum. In a monstrous pot, Barton had his Queen high flush snapped off my Chen's King high flush.

Barton put his case $23,000 in the pot with a pair of 7's, Chen called and saw a Queen come on the river to give him a pair of Queens and the title.

The guests had eaten all the food and drunk all the booze. It was time to call an end to the Family Reunion.


$5,000 7 Card Stud
104 Entries - $520,000 Prize Pool

1.Jan ChenPrinceton NJ$208,000
2.Don BartonPahrump NV104,000
3.Roy FlowerdayBoksberg S. AFRICA52,000
4.Humberto BrenesSan Jose COSTA RICA31,200
5.Andy BlumenLas Vegas26,000
6.Howard LedererLas Vegas20,800
7.Annie DukeLas Vegas15,600
8.Paul BegunSalt Lake City UT10,400
9.Mickey ApplemanFt. Lee NJ7,800
10.Mike SextonLas Vegas7,800
11.Larry KantorWoodland Hills CA7,800
12.Alan BostonLas Vegas7,800
13.Don HoltHenderson NV5,200
14.Fred Sigur Jr.Chalmette LA5,200
15.Men "The Master" NguyenBell Gardens CA5,200
16.Phyllis KesslerLas Vegas2,600
16.Joe GualtieriMississauga CANADA2,600


(Patty Hughes and Rudy Lotief)

The No-Limit Super Satellites start each evening at 8:40 PM in the Satellite area. The Entry Fee is $220 for $200 in Tournament chips and there are unlimited $200 re-buys during the first hour, if you have less than $200 in Tournament chips. You may also make a single or double add-on at the end of the re-buy period. Blinds start at $5/$10 and increase every 20 minutes. Available monies will be converted into non-negotiable, non-transferable, non-refundable seats in the $10,000 World Championship event, with at least $5,000 in cash and $500 Lammers being divided among the final table players.



Which is tougher to win, an open event with men, or an all women super satellite? Ask Maria Stern.

Tonight, 66 players bought 116 re-buys bringing the prize pool to, $7,280.

The following were the rewards for making the final table:

1stA $1,000 Seat and $90$1,090
2ndA $1,000 Seat and $901,090
3rdA $1,000 Seat and $901,090
4thA $1,000 Seat and $901,090
5thA $1,000 Seat and $901,090
6thA $1,000 Seat and $901,090
7th$380 Cash380

The Final Table:

Seat 1Victoria Tagle$3,000Placerville CA
Seat 2Jan Fisher6,000Las Vegas
Seat 3Joan D'Agastino1,200Pasadena CA
Seat 4Gloria Kuehn4,000Las Vegas
Seat 5Maria Stern6,000Las Vegas
Seat 6Juanda Ridgway8,000Las Vegas
Seat 7Sandra Sterling900Las Vegas
Seat 8Mary Clifford2,000Dublin IRELAND

Joan D'Agastino brought insufficient funds to the Final Table, and was out quickly. That left everyone in the money, but one would have to go seatless.

All the women were wearing bracelets, but one had her name on it, as a World Series Event champion. That bracelet was owned by Maria Stern, who won last year's $1,500 7 Card Stud title. That was an open event with 257 players, the vast majority of whom were men.

This was a 7 Card Stud event too. The buy-in was $50 and the re-buys were $40. Last year's title was worth $140,000 for Maria Stern, the winner tonight would get a $1,000 seat in the Ladies event the next day.

When I saw this lineup, I actually felt sorry for these women, who would have to play against one of the best 7 Card Stud players in the world. I would have bet my rent money on Maria.

I would have been homeless.

In turn, Sandra Sterling, followed by Mary Clifford and Victoria Tagle went all-in, only to win the pots they contested. Suddenly, it was Maria Stern who was in trouble.

Throwing in her last few chips, Maria was out kicked by Jan Fisher's A K Q high to Stern's A K J high.

Maybe Maria Stern will go back to beating up on men, it's more profitable and might even be easier.

The winners for the Ladies Super Satellite #2 were:

Jan Fisher
Juanda Ridgway
Sandra Sterling
Mary Clifford (who wants to say hi to all her friends in Ireland)
and Victoria Tagle for the second time

WSOP SUPER SATELLITE #23 Saturday 9 May 1998


We had nine NEW dancers make the grade tonight, a record for this year's World Series. They are going to get to dance their hearts out, starting Monday in the Big One.

Tonight, 248 players bought 263 re-buys bringing the prize pool to, $102,200.

The following were the rewards for making the final table:

1stA $10,000 Seat and $500$10,500
2ndA $10,000 Seat and $50010,500
3rdA $10,000 Seat and $50010,500
4thA $10,000 Seat and $50010,500
5thA $10,000 Seat and $50010,500
6thA $10,000 Seat and $50010,500
7thA $10,000 Seat and $50010,500
8thA $10,000 Seat and $50010,500
9thA $10,000 Seat and $50010,500
10th15 Lammers and $2007,700

Some of the "names" who competed were:

Mallie Hoyer
Tom McEvoy
Luis Santoni
Marsha Waggoner
Mel Judah
Pat Fleming
Dewey Weum
O'Neil Longson
Thor Hansen
Mike Laing
Vic Kramer
Jim Bucci
Ken Flaton
Willard Noyes
Debbie Burkhead
Kathy Kohlberg
Sue Byrd
John Spadavecchia
Louis Asmo
Tahoe Andrew
Roy Dudley
Paul Ladanyi
An Tran
JC Pearson
Paul Rowe

None of these esteemed players made the final table.

With nine Championship seats being given away at the Final Table, the action was at the second table.

Pat Callahan had reason to hope. He had J J for his all-in hand in the big blind. J P Massar hated to have to bet, but did with A Q of Spades. An Ace on the turn sent Callahan home in 15th.

Bill Rothchild may sound rich, but he is poor in seats. His 8's came up against Judge Boothe's Kings. Rothchild was Judge'd a loser in 14th.

All-in for the big blind, Dave Alan couldn't pair and left 13th with a King high to Jim Mascher's Ace high.

The exact same thing happened to Jeff Theda. Only John Goodfellow did pair, with his Ace deuce. An Ace flopped and Jeff flopped into 12th.

Last year Mel Judah made over $500,000 in the World Series. This year he can't get arrested. He hung on valiantly with no chips for the last two hours.

If Judah doesn't win a Super, or a one table tomorrow, he may have to pull $10,000 off the wad he collected last year and pay to get into the Big Dance.

Mel was all-in for the big blind with the computer hand Q 7. The computer crashed and so did Judah when Martin Canavon showed Q J and caught a Jack on the river.

Since they were giving away ten prizes, Patti Hughes and Rudy Lotief decided to make the Final Table ten handed.

The Final Table:

Seat 1C. Xanthos$13,000London ENG
Seat 2John Strzemp18,500Las Vegas
Seat 3Ronnie Williams3,500Lawton OK
Seat 4Frank Edinger3,500Bellingham WA
Seat 5Judge Boothe6,500Harrisonburg LA
Seat 6John Goodfellow12,000Liverpool ENG
Seat 7David Monico8,500Sugarland TX
Seat 8J.P. Massar8,500Cambridge MA
Seat 9Martin Canavon18,000Los Alamitos CA
Seat 10Jim Mascher22,000Kansas City MO

J.P. Massar tried to save everyone the aggravation of playing a hand at the Final Table, by suggesting a $300 payout by nine players to anyone who didn't want to play in the Championship event. Jim Mascher didn't feel the need to part with any money so the deal was off and play was on.

It was over quickly. Frank Edinger went all-in with A 8, Ronnie Williams had an A K. An 8 never came.

A Chorus Line had passed auditions and were now ready to strut their stuff. The winners for Super Satellite #23 were:

C. Xanthos
John Strzemp
Ronnie Williams
Judge Boothe
John Goodfellow
David Monico
Martin Canavon
Jim Mascher
And J.P. Massar, a frequent contributor to the poker Usenet group - Rec.Gambling.Poker


(Becky Kerber, Barbara Lotief and Terry Vanderlip)

Single Table Satellites are run continuously 21 hours every day (8:00 AM until 5:00 AM) and usually last around 90 minutes. There are featured Satellites each day for the next day's event, as well as other Satellites depending on demand. Single Table Satellites for the $10,000 Main event and for the next no-limit Holdem event are spread frequently. Binion's charges $10 per player in a Satellite.

For the $1,010 buy-in Single Table $10,000 Satellites, ten players start with $4,000 each in chips. The blinds start at $25/50 and increase every 20 minutes. The winner gets a non-transferrable seat in the Championship Event.


The Temperature sign atop Binion's Horseshoe read 80 degrees at 3:00 PM on Saturday afternoon. The sky was partly cloudy, sunny, blue and hazy. The wind was out of the SW at 10 to 20mph most of the day.


ESPN will be doing TV coverage of the Final Table of the $10,000 Championship event, and it is scheduled to be aired on 12 July.

The Final Table will be held in the Special Events room (which has been the location of the 20 table Poker room during the 1998 WSOP) and Vince Van Patten will be the Celebrity Host for the telecast. Bleachers will surround the Final Table in the Special Events room, and a large screen TV will be set up in the Tournament Pavilion.

Jim Albrecht says "We expect to exceed the record 312 entries of last year."


rgp'er J.P. Massar, who won a $10,000 seat in last night's Super Satellite, has been a regular in a $25 per point Chinese Poker game in the high limit area, that is being spread most evenings.


Won't happen this year. Last year's attempted live internet coverage didn't work out too well, and Jim Albrecht says "We'll have to wait until the technology catches up, before we try it again."

1998 WSOP vs 1997 WSOP

Things are starting to wind down a bit at the 1998 WSOP, which is the normal pattern of the past. Many players have come, lost their stakes, and are now on the rail, or have gone back home. The long lists for games that were prevalent a week ago are much shorter now, and there actually was an empty table in the main Poker room around 6:00 PM today.

Jim Albrecht said that overall, the 1998 WSOP is about "flat" from last year. The Tournament Prize Pool is down, but has been picking up the last couple of days.

Supervisor John "Scoff" Sheffield said that the high-limit side action is down from last year, and Jimmy Stefan said things were about the same as last year in the main Poker room. Super Satellites are up, and Single Table Satellites are about the same.

A Survey of 26 players in the high-limit side action games, showed six believing that the side action area was busier this year, eight feeling that it was slower, and twelve who thought it was about the same.


Humberto Brenes had several vocal supporters among the onlookers at Saturday's Final Table. At one point, Jack quipped that Humberto's friends were from Miami, the capital of Cuba.


One section of bleachers, around the Final Table area is reserved for the Press, and has a prominent sign so stating. Last year this section was scrupulously policed to keep non-Press persons out, and was almost empty every day.

This year there isn't much of an attempt to exclusivize it for the Press, and our Mike Paulle often finds it difficult to squeeze in edge-wise, when his hopping around takes him to the Final Table area.


19981997CUM DIFF
Event #1$2000 Holdem5:322:36+ 2:56
Event #2$1500 Razz4:374:023:31
Event #3$1500 Omaha3:003:592:32
Event #4$1500 Stud2:393:581:13
Event #5$1500 PL Omaha5:063:412:38
Event #6$1500 Stud Hi/Lo 83:513:083:21
Event #7$2000 NL Holdem1:593:221:58
Event #8$2000 Omaha Hi/Lo 83:493:282:19
Event #9$2000 PL Holdem4:123:113:20
Event #10$2500 Stud4:103:124:18
Event #11$2500 PL Omaha3:213:453:54
Event #12$2500 Stud Hi/Lo 85:314:125:13
Event #13$3000 Holdem5:084:265:55
Event #14$3000 Omaha Hi/Lo 83:084:264:37
Event #15$3000 PL Holdem3:562:236:10
Event #16$5000 NL 2 to 73:182:416:47
Event #17$5000 NL Holdem2:543:386:03
Event #18$5000 7 Stud2:243:484:39
Event #98$5000 Holdem3:12
Event #20$1000 Ladies 7 Stud?
Event #21$10000 NL Holdem3:47


First 16 Events: $8,322,000 (1998) vs $8,484,000 (1997)


It is likely that a Deal was made when they got down to four players at today's $5000 7 Card Stud Final Table.

Event #1$2000 HoldemDeal Unlikely
Event #2$1500 RazzDeal Unlikely
Event #3$1500 OmahaDeal Probable
Event #4$1500 7 StudDeal Probable
Event #5$1500 PL OmahaDeal Probable
Event #6$1500 Stud Hi/LO 8Deal Probable
Event #7$2000 NL HoldemDeal Unlikely
Event #8$2000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8Deal Probable
Event #9$2000 PL HoldemDeal Unlikely
Event #10$2500 7 StudDeal Probable
Event #11$2500 PL OmahaDeal Unlikely
Event #12$2500 Stud Hi/Lo 8Deal Probable
Event #13$3000 Limit HoldemDeal Unlikely
Event #14$3000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8Deal Probable
Event #15$3000 PL HoldemDeal Unlikely
Event #16$5000 NL Deuce to SevenDeal Unlikely
Event #17$3000 NL HoldemDeal Probable
Event #18$5000 7 StudDeal Probable
Event #19$5000 Holdem
Event #20$1000 Ladies 7 Stud
Event #21$10000 NL Holdem

Formal, official Deals at the WSOP are done in private, under the supervision and guidance of Jack McClelland, WSOP Tournament Co-ordinator. Deals represent a reallocation, or split of the announced remaining prize pool, that is agreeable to all remaining players. All remaining players do not have to participate in an official Deal, as long as all remaining players give their consent.

All pay outs by Binion's, and the tax reporting will reflect the Deal allocation, but press releases and official WSOP earnings reflect the scheduled, announced pay outs.

Jack McClelland tries to immediately squelch any "Deal talking" in the Final Table area, and will stop the playing clock and allow a "Deal break" at any time.

A normal Deal will probably allocate the bulk of the remaining prize pool equally (or unequally, relative to chip count, perceived ability, bargaining skills etc.) between the remaining participants, with a small portion (perhaps 10 % or so) and the Title going to the eventual winner. Some deals may earmark some of the un allocated portion to the eventual second or third place finisher, in addition to the allocation for the first place money.

Binion's attempts to prevent private Deals, which are unenforceable and may present tax complications, by the participants. Binion's probably would prefer a Deal free environment all together, but recognizes that a top heavy pay out structure is conducive to Deals, and has arrived at the current procedure as the best solution.


Any player abusing employees or other players, either verbally or physically (swearing, throwing cards, etc.) or disrupting the tournament will be penalized. The following will be the MINIMUM penalty imposed:

FIRST OFFENSE - 20 minutes away from the table. (Blinds and/or antes to be forfeited)
SECOND OFFENSE - 40 minutes away from the table.
THIRD OFFENSE - Disqualification

The WSOP Floorpeople will be strictly enforcing the rules, with zero tolerance. Every player starts each Event with a clean slate as far as penalties are concerned.


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Barry Shulman20 Minutes
Ray Dehkharghani20 Minutes
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Phil Tanner20 Minutes
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Thi Thi Tran20 Minutes
Phil Tanner20 Minutes
Paul Kroh20 Minutes
Joe Macchiaverna20 Minutes
Joe Gualtieri20 Minutes


Jack McClelland is assisted by Steve Morrow and Jeff Vanderlip as Assistant Tournament Coordinators.

The 1998 WSOP continues the two-day format that was inaugurated last year, for most of the tournaments. Also, all two-day events start one level lower than in past years, and each level at the Final Table has been lengthened from 60 minutes to 80 minutes. Limit Holdem and Omaha events have two new levels of betting. First day play continues until the field is reduced to the Final Table, and Final Table play begins at 4:00 PM on the second day.

In addition to the money and a gold bracelet, each winner of a 1998 WSOP Event will get free rooms at next year's WSOP. If you win more than one Event, you can roll subsequent hotel accommodations over to later years.

The extra betting levels added to this year's WSOP Events, and the longer duration of levels at the Final Table, "promised increased playability and a higher expected return for the skilled player."

If "skilled player" equates to well known "world class player", then the the higher expected return for the skilled player has not been happening.

Except for a few scattered exceptions, the 1998 WSOP has been dominated by lesser lights and relatively unknown players.


Shift Supervisors Jimmy Stefan, John Buchanan, Tony Shelton and Cathy Wood run the Poker room where the lower limit games are played.

Games being spread on 30 April:

2 - 1/4/8 Holdem2 - 10/20 Omaha 8
2 - 4/8 Holdem2 - 15/30 Holdem
1 - 4/8 Omaha Hi2 - 20/40 Holdem
1 - 1/5 7Stud1 - 20/40 Omaha 8
1 - 4/8 Omaha 82 - 30/60 Holdem
2 - 10/20 Holdem1 - 20/40 ROE
1 - 10/20 Omaha Hi


Shift Supervisors John "Scoff" Sheffield, Kathy Hudson and Marshall Kassoff run the higher limit games on the south end of the Tournament Pavilion.

Games being spread on 30 April:

1 - 5/5/10 PL Omaha/PL Holdem2 - 50/100 7Stud 8
3 - 5/5/10 PL Holdem1 - 10/25 PL OmahaPL
1 - 25/25 PL Holdem1 - 75/150 Holdem
1 - 25/50 PL Holdem1 - 75/150 7Stud 8
1 - 25/50 PL Omaha1 - 50/100 Razz
1 - 50/100 7Stud1 - 200/400 HORSE
1 - 50/100 Holdem1 - 100/200/400 2 to 7
1 - 100/200 Omaha1 - 150/300
2 - 50/100 Omaha 81 - 150/300 ROE
1 - 10/10 NL Holdem1 - 600/1200 HOE


Updated Through 8:00 PM Saturday 9 MAY 1998

1.Brent Carter
2.Randy Holland
3.Gary Lent
4.Hieu Ma
5.Milt Meyers
6.Marsha Waggoner
7.Michael Pancer
8.Bob Walker
9.David Tagg
10.Steve Kaufman
11.Barbara Enright
12.Steve Rydel
13.Joe Baumgartner
14.R. London
15.Paul Hoenke
16.Allen Cunningham
17.John Bonetti
18.Frank Hernandez
19.R.W. Miller
20.Men "The Master" Nguyen
21.Casey Kastle
22.J.C. Pearson
23.John Morgan
24.Jim Bechtel
25.Peter Vilandos
26.Bill Lester
27.Cliff Davis
28.Debbie Burkhead
29.James Brown
30.Jack Green
31.Peter Brehm
32.Don Barton
33.John Richman
34.Luis Santoni
35.Jack Fox
36.Flan "Irish Mike" Pilkington
37.Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
38.O'Neil Longson
39.Thor Hansen
40.Frank Landen
41.Greg Turk
42.John Gledhill
43.Ralph Hoots
44.David Rubin
45.Justin Westmoreland
46.John Juanda
47."Super" Mario Esquerra
48.Jim Bayton
49.Doug Segers
50.John Spadaveccia
51.Greg Alston
52.Jan Lundberg
53."Miami" John Cernuto
54.John Heaney
55.Don Holt
56.John Gordon
57.Kent Hori
58.Fariborz Azima
59.Hans "Tuna" Lund
60.Bob Karp
61.Erik Seidel
62.David Welch
63.Rick Young
64.Asher Derei
65.Charles Watkins
66.Paul Honas
67.Paul Ladanyi
68.Blair Rodman
69.Huck Seed
70.LA Hung
71.Frank Wong
72.Bill Gazes
73.Tony Lantz
74.Brian Kruger
75.Bob Loar
76.Jim Karambinis
77.Howard Lederer
78.Robert Perry
79.Larry Satterwhite
80.Andy Lin
81.Chris Tsiprailidis
82.Louis Asmo
83.Lucy Rokach
84.Scott Gray
85.Kevin Song
86.Nhut Tran
87.Lee Watkinson
88.Roy Flowerday
89."Amazon" Erik Alps
90.William Strother
91.H.R. Smith
92.Mark Rose
93.Mark Napolitano
94.Amarillo "Slim" Preston
95."Q" Knopow
96.Richard Harroch
97.Gary Haubelt
98.Bruce Yamron
99.Gus Echeverri
100.Andrew Black
101.Junior Sample
102.Tom Jacobs
103.Matt Lefkowitz
104.Michael Konik
105.Susie Isaacs
106.Dana Ronald
107.Pete Haugan
108.John Franjesh
109.Fred Sigur
110.Paul Martin
111.Richard Tatalovich
112.Earl Key
113.David Roepke
114.Randall Skaggs
115.Robert Kojfer
116.Max Stern
117.David "Devil Fish" Ulliott
118.Paul Rowe
119.John Aglialoro
120.Jim Ward
121.An Tran
122.Al Stonum
123.John Galbraith
124.Jack Culp
125.Ralph Perivoskin
126.Pat Fleming
127.Mike Laing
128.Vasilis Lazarou
129.David Travernier
130.Don Thompson
131.Ron Weaver
132.Sven Arntzen
133.C. Xanthos
134.John Strzemp
135.Ronnie Williams
136.Judge Boothe
137.John Goodfellow
138.David Monico
139.Martin Canavon
140.Jim Mascher
141.J.P. Massar


John Aglialoro
"Amazon" Erik Alps
Greg Alston
Sven Arntzen
Derei Asher
Louis Asmo
Don Barton
Joe Baumgartner
Jim Bayton
Jim Bechtel
Andrew Black
John Bonetti
Judge Boothe
Peter Brehm
Jim Brown
Debbie Burkhead
Martin Canavon
Brent Carter
"Miami" John Cernuto
Jack Culp
Allen Cunningham
Cliff Davis
Gus Echeverri
Barbara Enright
Super Mario Esquerra
Azima Fariborz
Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
Pat Fleming
Roy Flowerday
Jack Fox
John Franjesh
John Galbraith
Bill Gazes
John Gledhill
John Goodfellow
John Gordon
Scott Gray
Jack Green
Thor Hansen
Richard Harroch
Gary Haubelt
Pete Haugan
John Heaney
Frank Hernandez
Paul Hoenke
Randy Holland
Don Holt
Paul Honas
Ralph Hoots
Kent Hori
LA Hung
Susie Isaacs
Tom Jacobs
Casey Kastle
Steve Kaufman
"Q" Knopow
John Juanda
Jim Karambinis
Bob Karp
Earl Key
Robert Kojfer
Michael Konik
Brian Kruger
Paul Ladanyi
Mike Laing
Frank Landen
Tony Lantz
Vasilis Lazarou
Howard Lederer
Matt Lefkowitz
Gary Lent
Bill Lester
Andy Lin
Bob Loar
R. London
O'Neil Longson
Hans "Tuna" Lund
Jan Lundberg
Hieu Ma
Paul Martin
Jim Mascher
J.P. Massar
Milt Meyers
R.W. Miller
David Monico
John Morgan
Mark Napolitano
Men Nguyen
Michael Pancer
J.C. Pearson
Robert Perry
Ralph Perivoskin
Flan "Irish Mike" Pilkington
Amarillo "Slim" Preston
John Richman
Blair Rodman
David Roepke
Lucy Rokach
Dana Ronald
Mark Rose
Paul Rowe
David Rubin
Steve Rydel
Junior Sample
Luis Santoni
Larry Satterwhite
Huck Seed
Erik Seidel
Doug Segers
Fred Sigur
Randall Skaggs
H.R. Smith
Kevin Song
Max Stern
John Spadaveccia
Al Stonum
William Strother
John Strzemp
David Tagg
Richard Tatalovich
Don Thompson
An Tran
Nhut Tran
David Travernier
Chris Tsiprailidis
Greg Turk
David "Devil Fish" Ulliott
Peter Vilandos
Marsha Waggoner
Bob Walker
Jim Ward
Charles Watkins
Lee Watkinson
Ron Weaver
David Welch
Justin Westmoreland
Ronnie Williams
Frank Wong
C. Xanthos
Bruce Yamron
Rick Young

The WSOP Report

Jan Chen, who had to learn the hard way that "tournaments are a matter of survival," conquered another WSOP record field to capture his first gold bracelet and the $5,000 Seven Card Stud title. For the 60 year-old Taiwanese-born competitor, it was the second final table finish this year and brought his earnings to $230,800.

Chen, owner of a worldwide construction equipment firm based in Japan, came to the U.S. in 1962 and became seriously interested in poker only a few years ago. Last year, at his first World Series, he wondered why players watched each other's chips so closely. He was eliminated 17th in a Stud Event having not realized that only 16 places were paid and therefore playing as if it were a side game. "I had to learn," he said. Demonstrably, he has.

"I'll probably retire pretty soon, and it's my dream to be a professional poker player then and sustain my lifestyle," Chen said. "I told my kids (all Harvard graduates, after attending public school in Princeton, N.J.where he still lives) I hope they'll be proud of me as a poker player."

Chen said "I'd like to pay all respect to the other players. They play as well as I do, and the majority of players who come to the World Series have a chance to win as I did."

Chen took his title after overcoming a slight heads-up chip disadvantage against Don Barton, steamrolling to victory in just 20 minutes. In the key hand, Chen made a K-J high flush to beat Barton's Q-J flush. He was finally victorious much less dramatically, pairing a queen on the river while Barton didn't improve a pair of sevens.

"I really wanted that gold bracelet, but Jan was a worthy and very very tough opponent," said Barton, a 48 year-old real estate broker who has now cashed three times this year, seven times overall and has won $198,768. A tournament circuit regular for the last year, Barton was all-in only once in the entire tournament before finishing runner-up, which was his best-ever payday.

Third place went to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)-born Roy Flowerday, 59, a geologist and former South African gold mine owner who has now cashed five times since 1990 for a total win of $115,137. "I'm disappointed, but the World Series is great fun," he said. Flowerday was eliminated when his starting deuces didn't improve against Barton's two pair.

Most excitement at the final table was provided by Humberto Brenes, the ebullient Costa Rican tournament veteran who started with only $4,000 in chips but finished fourth after some amazing river-card heroics. "This prize money is my present for my birthday yesterday when the tournament began," said Brenes, 51, owner of a three-station television network in his native country. He survived all-in with river-card catches five times and knocked out two opponents with other "miracle" last cards before his luck evaporated. This was the 22nd money finish for Brenes, who has two WSOP titles and has won $844,709. He was finally knocked out when Barton caught an ace-high straight to beat his pocket kings.

Andy Blumen, 46, Stratosphere Hotel Executive Vice President, took fifth, his third final-table finish this year. "All three times I started with the best hand and lost," he said. "I didn't like being drawn out on." He lost with an ace-high hand which led until the river when Brenes paired a queen.

Sixth place went to Howard Lederer, 34, a poker pro for 12 years who has now made 10 final tables in 12 cashes since 1987, with earnings totaling $265,205. "I just never had any cards to play," he said. Asked how it felt playing against his sister at a WSOP final table for the second time, Lederer said, "It was the same thing, we never got a chance to play." He was eliminated when he missed a straight while Benes caught a third trey on the river.

His sister, Annie Duke, took seventh in a startling hand which saw her queens full of threes beaten by Flowerday's kings full of nines. Duke, who remains second on the Women's Top Money Winners list, has now won $206,589. With this money finish, her 11th, she tied Marsha Waggoner for most cashes by a woman at the WSOP.

Eighth place went to Paul Begun, 56, an investment businessman, his first WSOP cash. "It was fun," he said, after being knocked out by Blumen who made a third nine on the river.

Play by Play

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