Is the Pistons’ Williams being traded?

November 28, 2000 3:07 AM
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Word out of Detroit on Tuesday had Pistons forward Jerome Williams possibly being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for two players. Those mentioned were Tyrone Nesby and Corey Maggette.

The team expected that Williams would elect to move on when his contract expires at the end of this season.

Nesby has been shooting 34.2% during this season, averaging 8.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Maggette, who left college to pursue a professional career has seen limited action, averaging 5 points and 3.1 rebounds.

Former Binion’s poker champ finishes second at Foxwoods

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- A pair of well-known Nevada residents advanced to the final table of nine contestants, but it was Curt Kohlberg of Weston, Mass., who emerged as champion of the World Poker Finals 2000, which concluded Nov. 19 at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Kohlberg, playing $5,100 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold’em, captured a grand total of $165,200 in prize money, after edging Berry E. Johnston of Las Vegas on the final hand.

Kohlberg utilized his Queen as a kicker to clinch the crown, as the board hit with Ace to match both players’ card-in-hand, but the rest of the flop were low cards.

Johnston pocketed $81,600 in winnings, plus hotel accommodation to the 2001 championship. Johnston is known in Las Vegas as the 1986 world champion of the Binion’s World Series of Poker.

Placing sixth was Don Barton of Pahrump, Nev., who collected $18,360.

The event included various versions of poker, with John Cernuto of Miami named the best overall player of the three-week event, claiming a Rolex watch from Foxwoods poker operations director Kathy "Red" Raymond.

The final Texas Hold’en table was down to the last three participants when leader Gregory Raymer of Stonington, Conn., took a chance and made a big bet with four-cards-to-a-flush on the flop.

Kohlberg called him for $88,500 with a pair of Queens, but an Ace on the river gave Raymer the hand with a higher pair. However, the lead never lasted over the next two hours.

Grinding away at the advantage, Kohlberg made a trap bet with Ace-Deuce of diamonds. With an Ace-5, Raymer popped back and Kohlberg pushed all-in, as the two men stood to witness the flop.

With a pair of 7s and two diamonds, Raymer was hoping for black, but when the 10 of diamonds came on the turn, Kohlberg showed the nut flush.

Meanwhile, a conservative Johnston held about one-third the amount of chips than the leader had throughout the final table

On the very next hand after Raymer’s elimination, Johnston doubled up Kohlberg to leave him short-stacked, but the eventual champion did the same just a few hands later at the $1,500-$3,000 level, leaving the Nevadan with less than $80,000 of the $410,000 in play.

From there, Kohlberg needed just 10 more minutes to finish off the game.

Final standings

First: Curt Kohlberg, Weston, Mass., $165,200.
Second: Berry E. Johnston, Las Vegas, $81,600.
Third: Gregory Raymer, Stonington, Conn., $48,960.
Fourth: Jacob Horowitz, Sydney, Australia, $30,600.
Fifth: Alan Thompson, Kingston, R.I., $22,440.
Sixth: Don Barton, Pahrump, Nev., $18,360.