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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

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Three other previous champs, Greg Raymer (2004), Huck Seed (1996) and Harrington (1995) were still alive. Harrington has made it to four final tables, including two in the last two years.

Harrington, along with Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer and Sam Farha, were considered favorites to win the crown jewel of poker. All remained in the hunt.

Before play resumed Sunday, Haakon Waerstad of Oslo, Norway, was in the lead with $169,200 in chips. Sam Farha, who came in second to Moneymaker two years ago, was in second place with $156,600.

Johnny Grooms, the tournament's director, said Seed and Farha stood a good chance of making a run at the title and earning the $7.5 million first-place prize.

Farha, a well-known pro, is looking for some redemption after Moneymaker bluffed him at that final table in 2003 and scored a huge pot of chips on the way to winning the title.

Lady Luck has also not been kind to the best women, either. Jennifer Harman, Kathy Liebert, Annie Duke, Cyndy Violette and Evelyn Ng were knocked out in the first round.

"I guess I could give you a lot of excuses," Ng said. "But I kind of played bad."

Hopes for a woman to win the World Series for the first time appear to rest with Liz Lieu and Barbara Enright, the only woman ever to make a final table. Enright finished in fifth place in 1995.