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1996 World Series of Poker

1996 WSOP Overview
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The 1996 World Series of Poker started on April 22 with the $1,500 Chinese Poker. The Main Event was scheduled to run for four days starting on May 13, the 24th event of the festival, the same number as 1995.

WSOP Schedule
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14/22$1,500Chinese Poker
24/23$2,000Limit Hold 'Em
34/24$1,500Seven-Card Stud
44/25$1,500Limit Omaha
54/26$1,500Seven-Card Stud Split
64/27$1,500Seven-Card Razz
74/28$1,500Omaha 8 or Better
84/29$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
94/30$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha
105/1$1,500Pot-Limit Hold 'Em
115/2$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw
125/2$2,500Seven-Card Stud Split
135/3$2,500Omaha 8 or Better
145/4$1,500Limit Ace-to-Five Draw
155/4$5,000Chinese Poker
165/5$3,000Limit Hold 'Em
175/6$2,500Seven-Card Stud
185/7$2,500Pot-Limit Omaha
195/8$2,500Pot-Limit Hold 'Em
205/9$5,000Seven-Card Stud
215/10$2,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
225/11$5,000Limit Hold 'Em
235/12$1,000Women's Seven-Card Stud
245/13$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

Main Event Final Hand
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Dr. Bruce Van Horn begins heads-up play with a 2-to-1 chip advantage, but the Californian Huck Seed is playing extremely loosely and unpredictably. When Van Horn's next preflop raise is met by an all in, the Oklahoman thinks his Ace-Jack is in great shape. Unfortunately, this time Seed has a hand, pocket Queens, and he takes the chip lead.

Thirteen hands later, Van Horn holds King-Eight on a Nine-Eight-Four flop and again figures he is ahead despite Seed's bet. His raise is met by an all in, which he calls. The turn gives him nine more flush outs, but the river blanks, and Van Horn is out in second place for $585,000. Seed gets the title and the million bucks.

Huck Seed
Bruce Van Horn

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 13 to May 16
Players295 (27 cashed)
WinnerHuck Seed ($1,000,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpBruce Van Horn ($585,000)
Final Table Bubble BoyJ.P. Schmalz (7th, $78,000)
Money Bubble Boyunknown (28th)
Last Champ StandingBerry Johnston (16th, $23,400)
Last Woman StandingLucy Rokach (26th, $19,500)
Last Celebrity StandingHal Kant (24th, $19,500)
In 50 CharactersMontanan Huck Seed enters last but finishes first.

WSOP Wrapup
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Barbara Enright became the second woman to win an open bracelet, defeating a field of 180 for the $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold 'Em title to become the first woman with three bracelets.

Two years after his company, Toy Builders, filed for a patent, hole card camera inventor Henry Orenstein won his first and only bracelet in the $5,000 Seven-Card Stud.

David Chiu won $396,000 of the first million-dollar prize pool in a WSOP preliminary event, the 528-player $2,000 Limit Hold 'Em, which paid out $1,056,000 in prizes.

John Morgan won England's first WSOP bracelet in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold 'Em, and Freddy Deeb won Lebanon's first in the $5,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw.

Wendeen Eolis became the first woman to cash in the Main Event twice, adding a 20th-place finish for $12,000 to her 25th place finish in 1986.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$1,500Chinese PokerGregory Grivas$93,00062Hendon Link
2$2,000Limit Hold 'EmDavid Chiu$396,000528Hendon Link
3$1,500Seven-Card StudGary Benson$148,200247Hendon Link
4$1,500Limit OmahaDody Roach$102,600171Hendon Link
5$1,500Seven-Card Stud SplitJohn Anthony Cernuto$147,000245Hendon Link
6$1,500Seven-Card RazzRandy Holland$87,000145Hendon Link
7$1,500Omaha 8 or BetterAdeeb Harb$155,815277Hendon Link
8$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmJohn Morgan$227,815405Hendon Link
9$1,500Pot-Limit OmahaJim Huntley$168,600281Hendon Link
10$1,500Pot-Limit Hold 'EmAl Krux$156,375278Hendon Link
11$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven DrawKassem Deeb$146,25065Hendon Link
12$2,500Seven-Card Stud SplitFrank Thompson$94,00094Hendon Link
13$2,500Omaha 8 or BetterMen Nguyen$110,000110Hendon Link
14$1,500Limit Ace-to-Five DrawHans Lund$71,400119Hendon Link
15$5,000Chinese PokerJim Feldhouse$50,00020Hendon Link
16$3,000Limit Hold 'EmDonny Kerr$200,400167Hendon Link
17$2,500Seven-Card StudMarty Sigel$144,000144Hendon Link
18$2,500Pot-Limit OmahaSam Farha$145,000145Hendon Link
19$2,500Pot-Limit Hold 'EmBarbara Enright$180,000180Hendon Link
20$5,000Seven-Card StudHenry Orenstein$130,00065Hendon Link
21$2,500No-Limit Hold 'EmMel Weiner$250,315267Hendon Link
22$5,000Limit Hold 'EmHieu Ngoc Ma$236,000118Hendon Link
23$1,000Women's Seven-Card StudSusie Isaacs$42,000105Hendon Link
24$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmHuck Seed$1,000,000295Hendon Link

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