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Non-stop action at Binion’s tourney

Apr 30, 2002 3:35 AM

Even though the World Series of Poker is only into its second week of tournament play, the action has been hot and heavy.

The preliminary games got under way with a newly-implemented World Hearts Championship and World Gin Championship. The former was won by Agatha Denburg, who took home first place prize of $6,800. Getting second and third place were Brent Carter ($4,000) and Billy Wiley ($2,000), with cash prizes awarded through eighth place.

The Casino Employees event, which featured a $500 buy-in for Limit Texas Hold’em, attracted a record 272 entrants.

When the dust settled, a total of three tables, or 27 players, took home prizes from the $127,840 pool.

Capturing first place and the $47,300 prize was David Warga of Tempe, Arizona. Finishing second was Leon Wheeler ($24,280), who was one of two Las Vegans to make the final table; the other was Gary Braufman, who finished in fifth place, which was good for $5,760. Taking third was Mike Majerus (($12,140) of Ottawa, Illinois).

The "meat" of tournament action began with the $2,000 buy-in Limit Hold’em event on Saturday, April 20. The event drew 610 entrants, who shared in the total prize pool of $1,146,800.

Five tables were paid (45 players), with Majerus taking the first place prize of $407,120 and the World Series’ first gold (champion’s) bracelet.

David Chiu of Lakewood, California took second place ($206,420) and Ram Vaswani of London, England was third ($98,620).

Event No. 3 attracted 339 players, who ponied up $1,500 to compete in the Omaha Hi-Lo tourney. By the time the players reached the final table, it was clear that Perry "The Baiter" Friedman of Redwood City, California would take the gold bracelet and first place prize of $176,860.

Rounding out the top three finishers were Greg Mascio of Brea, California in second place ($90,820) and Chad Brown of Margate, Florida in third ($45,400).

Winners and top three finishers of other events (through Saturday) include:

  • $2,000 No Limit Texas Hold’em: Layne Flack of Las Vegas, first place ($303,880); Tom Jacobs of Las Vegas, second place ($156,160); and Harry Demetrion of London, England, third place ($80,200).

  • $1,500 Seven Card Stud: Phil Ivey of Atlantic City, first place ($132,000); Toto Leonidas of Glendale, California, second place ($67,780); and Gene Frank of Fernandina Beach, Florida, third place ($33,880).

  • $1,500 Omaha Limit: "Miami" John Cerranato of Las Vegas, first place ($73,320); Randy Holland of Orange, California, second place ($36,660); and Dave Russell or Redford, Michigan, third place ($18,320).

  • $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split: "Eskimo" Clark of New Orleans, first place ($125,200); Andrew Prock of Oakland, California, second place ($64,300); and George Shah of Paramount, California, third place ($32,120).

Here is a schedule of the remaining World Series of Poker events.

Date

 Event

 Buy-In

May 1 Razz

$1,500

May 2 Pot-Limit Omaha W/ Rebuys For 1st 2 Hours

$2,500

May 3 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split

$2,500

May 4 Pot-Limit Hold’em

$3,000

May 5 Ace To Five Draw Lowball

$1,500

May 6 No-Limit Hold’em

$1,500

May 7 Omaha Hi-Lo Split

$2,500

May 8 Pot-Limit Hold’em

$1,500

May 9 Seven Card Stud

$5,000

May 10 S.H.O.E. (7-Stud, Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo & 7-Stud Hi-Lo)

$2,000

May 11 Limit Hold’em

$5,000

May 12 Limit Hold’em Shootout

$1,500

May 12 Women’s Championship @ 2 P.M.

$1,000

May 13 Pot-Limit Omaha (No Rebuys)

$5,000

May 14 Limit Hold’em

$1,500

May 15 Omaha Hi-Lo Split

$5,000

May 16 No-Limit Hold’em

$3,000

May 17 1/2 Limit Hold’em -1/2 Seven Card Stud

$2,000

May 18 Deuce To Seven No-Limit W/ Rebuys For 1st 3 Hours

$5,000

May 18 Seniors Championship - No-Limit Hold’em @ 2 P.M.

$1,000

May 19 Triple Draw Lowball Ace To Five (1 Day Event)

$1,500

May 20 Championship Event - No-Limit Hold’em @ 1 P.M.

 $10,000

May 21 Championship Event Day #2
May 22 Championship Event Day #3
May 23 Championship Event Day #4
May 24 Championship Finals