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SPANIARD WINS WORLD SERIES OF POKER

May 19, 2001 7:29 PM

Chris Mortensen outlasted eight rivals in a marathon final day to capture the World Series of Poker championship event Friday at Binion’s Horseshoe.

Mortensen, formally of Madrid, Spain, filled a king-high straight on the last card of the last hand to top Dewey Tomko’s two pair.

The victory was worth $1.5 million for Mortensen, while Tomko took home a record $1.1 million for second place.

Other finalists who reached the final table include Phil Gordon, Henry Nowakowski, John Inashima, Stan Schrier, Mike Matason, Phil Hellmuth and Steve Riehle.