Mike Gracz from Raleigh, North Carolina outlasted a field of 826 players to win the largest rebuy tournament in the history of the World Series of Poker. Mike Gracz is fresh off his win on the Party Poker Million Cruise where he pocketed $1.5 million for his victory. Today, he captured his first WSOP bracelet and $594,460 for first place.
One Of A Kind: The Rise And Fall Of Stuey "The Kid" Ungar, The World's Greatest Poker Player
By Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson
Foreward by Mike Sexton
Atria Books, 2005
Gambling lore is filled with tales of colorful characters. Whether it's a Wild West card sharp cheating his way to the business end of a slug or a dot com millionaire finding his latest adrenaline rush playing poker against the world's top players, there are as many varied and engaging tales from the tables as there are black chips on the felt at the Bellagio.
Tournament millionaire and WSOP winner Mike Gracz has some good advice for young aspiring poker pros
Playing poker is great. But education is far more important. My parents made me stay in school and complete my degree. Then afterward, that's when I made the move to become a poker player.
-- Mike Gracz (2005 WSOP Champion -- $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em)
Latest WSOP champion gets 'a little help from his friends' and grabs seven-card stud championship
I'm three days back from a weekend in Vegas, and were it not for this job of mine (and my dog, and my house payment, and the cheese in my fridge that I have to finish before it goes bad), I would have staged a sit-in on that plane until they dropped me back off at McCarran. I love Vegas. Where else can I play poker for eighteen hours straight without worrying about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The confidence: When Isaac was asked about the exact point during the tournament when he thought that he could win it all, he mentioned, "As soon as I knocked out Greg Raymer." Whenever you eliminate the reigning World Champion, that's a huge ego boost, especially to a guy who does not have a tremendous amount experience playing against professionals.
Isaac 'the General' Galazan wins inaugural WSOP 'Shootout' championship, earns victory in first-ever tournament of its kind.
It seems that everyday history is being made at the 2005 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. This is the first year that the historic event has been moved from Binion's Horseshoe. It is curently being held at the Rio casino. The Rio has better facilities to handle the massive crowds of players, fans, and media. There have been more entrants playing in each event this year which means that the prize pools are also record breaking. Poker fans all over the world are interested in accessing real-time information about the final tables.