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 World Series Report
Apr 21st - May 18th, 2001

Apr 21st -18th May - The World Series of Poker
Player total 5738 (+17%). Prize fund total $17,720,482 (+16%). Player Performances

The pre-tournament media attention for this first Series of the Millenium concentrated on the new 3% deductions to be made from the prize pools to pay staff and compensate for their lack of "tokes", the US slang for dealer tips. The local paper, Las Vegas Review Journal, managed an extra story as a player it had quoted with critical views was immediately banned from from the whole event. However, for 95% of the players, the only thing on their minds was poker and they turned out in force to break new attendence and prize records all through the series.

There was a buzz throughout the four weeks and all players returning reported a good time. For food, well er, and the accomodation, well er, nobody expected greatness in that area. If you wanted a poker game however, then your particular variety was waiting for you. If you wanted a half million sitdown game with ex-world champions, then a short taxi ride to the Regency would have you immediately satisfied.

There were numerous hot spots in the month. Nani Dollison winning the first and last tournaments and top all time women player, Siedel's revenge on Chan, Hellmuth's defeat of TJ Cloutier, Scotty's battering of Hellmuth or the Devilfish's two second spots in pot limit events. Its difficult however to go for anything other than Hellmuth moving from 3rd to 1st all time money winner with his 1st and 2nd places in series events and his eventfull 5th place in the World Championship event itself.

Difficult is not impossible of course and the players pick for the best story of the champioship was Steve Reihle's dream ticket into momentry stardom. He paid $200 to enter a super-satelite, won that to enter the Championship event and progressed into the final with a guaranteed minimum $91,000 prize. More interesting was his revelation that it was the first Series event he had ever played!

British success came when Hamish Shah picked up the last main tournament of the series, the $5000 Limit Holdem tournament, and with it a first prize of $312,340. David "Devilfish" Ulliot took two 2nd places and $190,000.

The series tournaments were however just a run-up to "The Big One" and what a big one it was. As expected the turnout rocketed by nearly 20% over last years and only just short of the 625 mark which would have made a $2,000,000 first prize. A quick view of the winner and the final details below.

The big news items for next year are the likelihood of a $20,000 entry fee for the Championship, all smoke free conditions at all poker tables in Vegas and big rival poker events at a Las Vegas Strip Casino to be announced.
Final Table Started:
Henry Nowakowski $1,076,000,
Carlos Mortensen $873,000,
Phil Hellmuth $859,000,
Mike Matusow $767,000,
Phil Gordon $681,000,
Stan Schrier $672,000,
Dewey Tomko $467,000,
Steve Reihle $407,000,
John Inashima $328,000.
The last nine players started at 12:45 Vegas time, 20:45 London time. Hellmuth started clear favourite. Nowakowski had won big European tournaments and Matusow is a previous Bracelet winner. Mortensen had picked titles elsewhere from Vegas and of course Dewey Tomko had seen everything before, being fourth in the number of all time cashes in the WSOP and second here in 1982 behind Jack Strauss.

It all finished at ten minutes before eight o'clock Vegas time when the dealer turned a nine to make 29 year old Carlos Mortenson a straight to take a $4 million pot and the title.
How the Final Finished
1 Carlos Mortenson $1,500,000
2 Dewey Tomko $1,098,925
3 Stan Schrier $699,315
4 Phil Gordon $399,610
5 Phil Hellmuth $303,705
6 Mike Matusow $239,765
7 Henry Nowakowski $179,825
8 Steve Reihle $119,885
9 John Inashima $91,910

Final Results/Prizes page is here - Jesse May reports - World Series Reports
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