Spaniard wins World Series!

May 22, 2001 11:23 AM

Chris Mortensen outlasted eight rivals in a marathon final day to win 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 2 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.

The final day of the five-day event began shortly after noon, and continued for more than seven hours. Previous final sessions have averaged half that.

The 27th and final World Series of Poker event capped a record tournament. There were 613 entrants, breaking last year’s record of 512.