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Strip Poker: Binion's Poker Open Ends

Eskimo Clark and Mike Coglianese Chop First in the Main Event for More Than $28,000 Each


The Binion's Poker Open culminated yesterday with a Tournament of Champions, which took place just after the $1,000 Jerry Yangbuy-in no-limit hold'em main event that attracted 124 players, including the reigning World Series of Poker main-event champion, Jerry Yang.

Yang cashed in the main event but was eliminated before the final table. It came down to long-time Las Vegas poker pro Eskimo Clark and Mike Coglianese. The total prize pool was nearly $111,000. Clark and Coglianese, also a Las Vegas resident, decided to do an even chop. Each received a little more than $28,000.

Both players also won a seat into the Tournament of Champions. Each Binion's Poker OpeEskimo Clarkn event awarded one seat for every 50 entrants, and two percent of each event's prize pool was withheld to make up the purse for the TOC. Brad Russell defeated 30 other players to win the lion's share of an $8,600 prize pool.

In all, the Binion's Poker Open saw the turnover of more than 2,300 players who generated a cumulative prize pool of more than $385,000.

"It was absolutely terrific. Everyone was happy with the tournaments, and we've had nothing but great comments from the players. We are definitely going to have the Binion's Poker Classic again this summer, as well as the Binion's Poker Open next year. This will hopefully be an ongoing series," said Binion's poker manager Gary DeWitt.

For complete results on the Binion's Poker Open, click here.