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The Grand Old Man of Poker

If you haven't lost a game to Johnny Moss, you haven't really played poker.
Michael Konik
From the Print Edition:
Tom Selleck, Winter 95/96

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The 1995 World Series of Poker, the gambling community's most revered event, will be remembered as the year in which female poker players proved emphatically that the cards have no regard for age, race or sex. Women placed in the money 11 times, eliminating dozens of befuddled good ol' boys in the process. While only one woman, Vera Richmond, has ever won a World Series of Poker event (the Ace to Five Draw Poker event in 1982), several this year came thrillingly close. Indeed, history was made in the main event when Barbara Enright, a two-time women's world poker champion (in 1986 and 1994), became the first female ever to make the final table. She finished fifth and earned $114,180.

Meanwhile, the main event produced a new world champion, Dan Harrington, from Downey, California, whose victory in the $10,000 buy-in, no-limit, hold 'em World Series competition earned him $1 million. Like many who compete in the Horseshoe's tournaments, Harrington gained entry into the big show by winning a $220 buy-in mini-tournament, proving yet again that in Las Vegas, little dreams sometimes blossom into prodigious realities.

In perhaps the World Series' most stunning poker development, playing in only her third poker game, a female photographer representing Cigar Aficionado took 10th place in the prestigious Horseshoe Press Tournament. For the record, that photographer's name is Stephanie Ellis Konik.


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