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2001 World Series of Poker

2001 WSOP Overview
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The 2001 World Series of Poker started on April 20 with the $500 Casino Employees Event. The Main Event was scheduled to run for five days starting on May 14, the 26th event of the festival, an increase of two from 2000.

WSOP Schedule
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14/20$500Casino Employees (Limit Hold 'Em)
24/21$2,000Limit Hold 'Em
34/22$1,500Omaha Hi/Lo Split Eight or Better
44/23$1,500Seven-Card Stud
54/24$2,000Texas Hold 'Em (No-Limit)
64/25$1,500Limit Omaha
74/26$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo Split Eight or Better
84/27$1,500Omaha (Pot-Limit)
104/29$3,000Limit Hold 'Em
114/30$2,500Seven-Card Stud
125/1$2,000Texas Hold 'Em (Pot-Limit)
135/2$1,500Seven-Card Razz
145/3$2,500Omaha (Pot-Limit)
155/4$2,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo Split Eight or Better
165/5$1,500Limit Ace-to-Five Draw
175/6$2,500Omaha Hi/Lo Split Eight or Better
185/7$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw
195/7$1,000The Seniors' Championship
205/8$3,000Texas Hold 'Em (Pot-Limit)
215/9$5,000Seven-Card Stud
225/10$3,000Texas Hold 'Em (No-Limit)
235/11$5,000Omaha Hi/Lo Split Eight or Better
245/12$5,000Limit Hold 'Em
255/13$1,000Women's Championship
265/14$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

Main Event Final Table
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Final Table Results

FinishPlayerPrizeStartStart Chips
1stCarlos Mortensen$1,500,0002873,000
2ndDewey Tomko$1,098,9257467,000
3rdStan Schrier$699,3156672,000
4thPhil Gordon$399,6105681,000
5thPhil Hellmuth Jr.$303,7053859,000
6thMike Matusow$239,7654767,000
7thHenry Nowakowski$179,82511,076,000
8thSteve Riehle$119,8858407,000
9thJohn Inashima$91,9109328,000

Main Event Final Hand
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After Mike Matusow (6th), Phil Hellmuth (5th), Phil Gordon (4th), and Stan Schrier (3rd) are eliminated, Carlos Mortensen takes a nearly 2-to-1 chip advantage into heads-up play against Dewey Tomko. He still has the lead when he looks down at suited royalty, raises Tomko's button limp, and sees a most interesting flop.

While he was a 17.6% underdog before the flop, he is up to 48.5% as the chips go all in. He misses his flush and straight draws on the turn but make his straight when a lovely Nine hits on the river. Mortensen has the victory and $1,500,000. Tomko takes home $1,098,925, the first runner-up prize to exceed a million dollars.

Carlos Mortensen
Dewey Tomko

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 14 to May 17
Players613 (45 cashed)
WinnerCarlos Mortensen ($1,500,000, Spain)
Runner-UpDewey Tomko ($1,098,925)
Final Table Bubble BoyArturo Diaz (10th, $179,825)
Money Bubble Boyunknown (46th)
Last Champ StandingPhil Hellmuth (5th, $303,705)
Last Woman Standingunknown (did not cash)
Last Celebrity Standingunknown (did not cash)
In 50 CharactersMortensen holds off Tomko, who finishes 2nd again.

WSOP Wrapup
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Nani Dollison overcame a record field of 615 players in the $2,000 Limit Hold 'Em for a women's record $441,440 first prize to become the leading female money winner in WSOP history. For good measure, she defended her Ladies Championship title ($41,130) to become the first woman with three bracelets.

Scotty Nguyen won both the $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha and the $5,000 Limit Omaha 8 or Better. He was one of four former Main Event winners to add bracelets along with Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, and Berry Johnston.

Jay Heimowitz won the inaugural WSOP Seniors World Championship for $115,430 and his sixth bracelet. Open to players 50 years and older, the tournament had been a non-WSOP event since 1994.

When Carlos Mortensen won the Main Event, he became the first player from Spain to earn a WSOP bracelet.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$500Casino Employees (Limit Hold 'Em)Travis Jonas$40,200224Hendon Link
2$2,000Limit Hold 'EmNani Dollison$441,440615Hendon Link
3$1,500Omaha Hi/Lo Split Eight or BetterChris Ferguson$164,735306Hendon Link
4$1,500Seven-Card StudAdam Roberts$146,430272Hendon Link
5$2,000No-Limit Hold 'EmPhil Hellmuth$316,550441Hendon Link
6$1,500Limit OmahaEddy Scharf$83,810144Hendon Link
7$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo Split Eight or BetterBarry Shulman$123,820230Hendon Link
8$1,500Pot-Limit OmahaGalen Kester$167,035287Hendon Link
9$2,000S.H.O.E.David Pham$140,455181Hendon Link
10$3,000Limit Hold 'EmJim Lester$233,490192Hendon Link
11$2,500Seven-Card StudPaul Darden$147,440152Hendon Link
12$2,000Pot-Limit Texas Hold 'EmBurt Boutin$193,800270Hendon Link
13$1,500Seven-Card RazzBerry Johnston$83,810144Hendon Link
14$2,500Pot-Limit OmahaScotty Nguyen$178,480184Hendon Link
15$2,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo Split Eight or BetterRich Korbin$159,080164Hendon Link
16$1,500Limit Ace-to-Five DrawCliff Yamagawa$73,915127Hendon Link
17$2,500Omaha Hi/Lo Split Eight or BetterBob Slezak$173,625179Hendon Link
18$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven DrawHoward Lederer$165,87076Hendon Link
19$1,000The Seniors' ChampionshipJay Heimowitz$115,430340Hendon Link
20$3,000Pot-Limit Hold 'EmSteve Zolotow$243,335226Hendon Link
21$5,000Seven-Card StudAllen Cunningham$201,760104Hendon Link
22$3,000No-Limit Hold 'EmErik Seidel$411,300382Hendon Link
23$5,000Omaha Hi/Lo Split Eight or BetterScotty Nguyen$207,580107Hendon Link
24$5,000Limit Hold 'EmHemish Shah$312,340161Hendon Link
25$1,000Women's ChampionshipNani Dollison$41,130106Hendon Link
26$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmCarlos Mortensen$1,500,000613Hendon Link

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