World-renowned poker player Howard Lederer of Las Vegas, Nev., has won the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Sunday, the sixth stop on the World Poker Tour. The win netted him $320,400 and a World Poker Tournament seat in the championship game at the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas in April 2003. The final two contestants, Lederer and Layne Flack (also of Las Vegas), were the highest-earning players of the 89 contestants who entered the tournament which began on Thursday. The style of poker played at the event, no-limit Texas hold ’em, dealt each player two face-down cards, and three additional cards then dealt face-up for everyone to see. The strategy allows players to bluff, putting all their chips forward to fool others into folding. The final hand came to a climax when Lederer had a huge chip advantage. Flack placed all of his chips forward, indicating that round to be all or nothing for him. Lederer called his bluff and won with the best hand. “I thought it was best to knock him out with the chip advantage,” Lederer said after winning. “I didn’t want it to turn into a chess match, with a few chips going back and forth with each hand. He would have had the advantage.” Flack won $186,900 as runner-up.

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