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2002 World Series of Poker

2002 WSOP Overview
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The 2002 World Series of Poker started on April 19 with the $500 Casino Employees Event. The Main Event was scheduled to run for five days starting on May 20, the 35th event of the festival, an increase of nine from 2001.

WSOP Schedule
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14/19$500Casino Employees Limit Hold 'Em
24/20$2,000Limit Hold 'Em
34/21$1,500Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
44/22$2,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
54/23$1,500Seven-Card Stud
64/24$1,500Limit Omaha
74/25$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo
84/26$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha
94/26$2,500No-Limit Hold 'Em - Gold Bracelet Match Play
114/28$2,000Pot-Limit Hold 'Em
124/29$2,500Seven-Card Stud
134/30$3,000Limit Hold 'Em
145/1$1,500Seven-Card Razz
155/2$2,500Pot-Limit Omaha
165/3$2,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo
175/4$3,000Pot-Limit Hold 'Em
185/5$1,500Limit Ace-to-Five Draw
195/6$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
205/7$2,500Omaha Hi/Lo Split
215/8$1,500Pot-Limit Hold 'Em
225/9$5,000Seven-Card Stud
245/11$5,000Limit Hold 'Em
255/12$1,500Limit Hold 'Em Shootout
265/12$1,000Women's Championship (1/2 Hold 'Em 1/2 Stud)
275/13$5,000Pot-Limit Omaha
285/14$1,500Limit Hold 'Em
295/15$5,000Omaha Hi/Lo Split
305/16$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
315/17$2,0001/2 Hold 'Em - 1/2 Seven-Card Stud
325/18$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw
335/18$1,000Seniors Championship - No-Limit Hold 'Em
345/19$1,500Limit Ace-to-Five Triple Draw
355/20$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

Main Event Final Table
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Final Table Results

FinishPlayerPrizeStartStart Chips
1stRobert Varkonyi$2,000,0004640,000
2ndJulian Gardner$1,100,0007394,000
3rdRalph Perry$550,0003766,000
4thScott Gray$281,4006545,000
5thHarley Hall$195,0009161,000
6thRussell Rosenblum$150,0002927,000
7thJohn Shipley$125,00012,033,000
8thTam Minh Duong$100,0008231,000
9thMinh Ly$85,0005614,000

Main Event Final Hand
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Robert Varkonyi, an investment banker, and Julian Gardner, a British poker pro, enter the final table in fourth and seventh places respectively but survive to heads-up play, where the New Yorker builds a 6-to-1 chip lead. On the button, Varkonyi raises with two low honors. Gardner calls, sees a flop that gives him a flush draw, and check-raises all in.

Varkonyi calls with his top pair and is a 2-to-1 favorite. The turn isn't a club, but the river is. Unfortunately for Gardner, both cards also hit Varkonyi, who improves to a winning full house and becomes the first two million dollar champ. The young Gardner drowns his sorrows with the $1,100,000 second prize.

Robert Varkonyi
Julian Gardner

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 20 to May 24
Players631 (45 cashed)
WinnerRobert Varkonyi ($2,000,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpJulian Gardner ($1,100,000)
Final Table Bubble BoyDon Barton (10th, $125,000)
Money Bubble Boyunknown (46th)
Last Champ StandingPhil Hellmuth (did not cash)
Last Woman Standingunknown (did not cash)
Last Celebrity Standingunknown (did not cash)
In 50 CharactersVarkonyi shaves doubter Phil Hellmuth's hair off.

WSOP Wrapup
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Phil Ivey made his mark by jumping from one bracelet to four, winning the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud, the $2,500 Seven-Card Stud 8, and the $2,000 S.H.O.E.

Layne Flack won the $2,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em and the $1,500 No-Limit Hold 'Em.

Johnny Chan and Bill Baxter both won their seventh bracelets. Chan won heads-up against Phil Hellmuth, who had notched number seven the previous year.

Jennifer Harman won the $5,000 Limit Hold 'Em to become the first woman with two open event bracelets.

Three players won the first WSOP bracelet for their country:

Hellmuth made a buzz in the Main Event long after he exited, having lost most of his chips to Robert Varkonyi. Announcing for ESPN, the Poker Brat promised that if Varkonyi won, he'd shave his head, and he kept his word. After Varkonyi's victory, an electric razor was brought to the stage and the new champ removed the first locks of the 1989 champ's hair before Becky Binion took over to finish the job. The hair was then sold for charity.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$500Casino Employees Limit Hold 'EmDavid Warga$47,300272Hendon Link
2$2,000Limit Hold 'EmMike Majerus$407,120610Hendon Link
3$1,500Limit Omaha Hi/LoPerry Friedman$176,860339Hendon Link
4$2,000No-Limit Hold 'EmLayne Flack$303,880449Hendon Link
5$1,500Seven-Card StudPhil Ivey$132,000253Hendon Link
6$1,500Limit OmahaJohn Anthony Cernuto$73,320130Hendon Link
7$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/LoPaul Clark$125,200240Hendon Link
8$1,500Pot-Limit OmahaJack Duncan$192,560330Hendon Link
9$2,500No-Limit Hold 'Em - Gold Bracelet Match PlayJohnny Chan$34,00029Hendon Link
10$2,000H.O.R.S.E.John Hennigan$117,320156Hendon Link
11$2,000Pot-Limit Hold 'EmJay Sipelstein$150,240216Hendon Link
12$2,500Seven-Card StudDan Torla$115,600123Hendon Link
13$3,000Limit Hold 'EmJohn Hom$174,840155Hendon Link
14$1,500Seven-Card RazzBilly Baxter$64,860115Hendon Link
15$2,500Pot-Limit OmahaJan Sorensen$185,000194Hendon Link
16$2,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/LoPhil Ivey$118,440126Hendon Link
17$3,000Pot-Limit Hold 'EmFred Berger$197,400175Hendon Link
18$1,500Limit Ace-to-Five DrawThor Hansen$62,600111Hendon Link
19$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmLayne Flack$268,020528Hendon Link
20$2,500Omaha Hi/Lo SplitEddie Fishman$135,360144Hendon Link
21$1,500Pot-Limit Hold 'EmJohn McIntosh$177,380340Hendon Link
22$5,000Seven-Card StudQushqar Morad$172,96092Hendon Link
23$2,000S.H.O.E.Phil Ivey$107,540143Hendon Link
24$5,000Limit Hold 'EmJennifer Harman$212,440113Hendon Link
25$1,500Limit Hold 'Em ShootoutJoel Chaseman$96,400193Hendon Link
26$1,000Women's Championship (1/2 Hold 'Em 1/2 Stud)Catherine Brown$39,880107Hendon Link
27$5,000Pot-Limit OmahaRobert Williamson III$201,160107Hendon Link
28$1,500Limit Hold 'EmMeng La$190,920366Hendon Link
29$5,000Omaha Hi/Lo SplitMike Matusow$148,52079Hendon Link
30$3,000No-Limit Hold 'EmRandal Heeb$367,240352Hendon Link
31$2,0001/2 Hold 'Em - 1/2 Seven-Card StudDan Heimiller$108,300144Hendon Link
32$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven DrawAllen Cunningham$160,20066Hendon Link
33$1,000Seniors Championship - No-Limit Hold 'EmBill Swan$134,000396Hendon Link
34$1,500Limit Ace-to-Five Triple DrawJohn Juanda$49,62088Hendon Link
35$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmRobert Varkonyi$2,000,000631Hendon Link

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