Severn's Dannenmann finishes fifth at poker Tournament of Champions

SPORTS DIGEST

Sports Digest

November 09, 2005|By BILL ORDINE

Anne Arundel County accountant Steve Dannenmann, who finished second at the World Series of Poker in July, won $100,000 yesterday when he finished fifth at the Tournament of Champions at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The Tournament of Champions, with a prize pool of $2 million, started Sunday with a field of 114 players including the highest point-earners from a national poker circuit sponsored by Harrah's Entertainment. The field included former World Series main event champions Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth and Johnnie Chan.

Colorful pro Mike "The Mouth" Matusow eliminated Dannenmann when the Severn resident, who had the short stack at the table, moved all-in with 54,000 chips and Matusow called. Dannenmann had ace-ten and Matusow called with king-queen. Matusow paired his queen on the flop, meaning Dannenmann needed an ace to survive. When he got no help, he was eliminated, leaving Hellmuth, Matusow, Hoyt Corkins and Tony Bloom to battle for the $1 million top prize.

When play began yesterday, Hellmuth was the leader with more than 281,000 chips, and Matusow was second with 179,000. Dannenmann started the final table exactly where he finished - in fifth - with 122,000 chips.

Dannenmann, whose playing experience prior to his World Series finish was at a regular Tuesday night home game, was down to just 1,800 chips early in the tournament Sunday before mounting a comeback.

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