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Tourney off to a Classic start!

Sep 3, 2002 3:20 AM

The Hall of Fame Poker Classic got under way at Binion’s Horseshoe last week with some exciting moments that will surely punctuate the tourney, which runs through Sept. 14.

In the fourth event of the tournament, the $1,000 buy-in Limit Hold’em, a virtual Who’s Who of poker make it to the final table.

When the dust settled, Daniel Negreanu of Las Vegas took the top prize of $24,820, from a total prize pool of $62,040.

Second place went to Humberto Brenes of Costa Rica, third to Peter Costa of Leicester, England, fourth to George Weiss of Yakima, Washington, and fifth place to Raj Awant of Topeka, Kansas.

Rounding out the money winners were former world champions, including Scotty Nguyen of Henderson (seventh place), T.J. Cloutier of Richardson, Texas (ninth place, John Pham of Long Beach (sixth place), and K.J. Davis of Plano, Texas (eighth place).

It’s interesting to note that Cloutier, winner of 51 major titles and one of the all-time top money winners in World Series of Poker history, started the table fourth in chips but failed to win a single hand!

Like Cloutier, former world champion Scotty Nguyen didn’t fare well at the final table. Nguyen won his first all-in hand and tripled up from one chip to three, but was eliminated on his second all-in when Humberto Brenes flopped kings up to beat Scotty’s 10-7 of diamonds.

In other early action, David Whittemore won the $500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em (Event No. 3), which was worth $25,190 from a total prize pool of $62,980. In second was Eric Holum ($12,600), with third to Tommy Garza ($6,300).

The first event in the Hall of Fame Classic, the $500 buy-in Limit Seven Card Stud, was won by Randy Allen ($11,280), with Karen Mengden taking second ($6,490) and Richard Ziskind ($3,380) in third.

Event No. 2, the $500 buy-in Limit Hold’em, was won by Mitch Mitchener ($20,870), with Eskimo Clark ($10,430) in second place, and Anthony Lazar ($5,220) in third.