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Las Vegas, NV - Standing on the upper row of the aluminum rafters looking down upon the expansive poker combat zone that is the 2006 World Series of Poker is normally not a very good vantage point. But at 7:38 pm on Sunday, July 2, 2006 - it very well might have been the best seat in the house.
Las Vegas, NV -- June 30, 2006 -- Phil Hellmuth, Jr. is the greatest poker player in the world. And if you don't believe it, just ask him. Hellmuth reached a new milestone today when he became the first player in World Series of Poker history to reach "50" in-the-money finishes. With his 67th-place finish in an colossal field of 2,776 entries in the $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold'em event, Hellmuth eclipsed two longtime poker rivals - Berry Johnston and Men "the Master" Nguyen, each currently with "49" cashes.
Las Vegas, NV - There are exceptionally rare instances when both the poker tournament and the actual winner jointly possess such astonishing depth of character and convolution that words, sentences, paragraphs, and narratives cannot possibly depict the full magnitude of both man and feat. Event #3 at the 2006 World Series of Poker was just such a tournament.
Before the second event of the 2006 WSOP began, history had already been made. 2,776 players entered the $1,500 buy-in event. Aside from last year's main event, that was the second largest field for any WSOP tournament. Harrah's also accepted over 400 hundred alternates. I suspected that over 3,000 players wanted to play in the first open event of the 2006 WSOP but the Rio could not accommodate the extra players. They were already seating 11 players at some tables and could not fit any more.
Las Vegas, NV - The 2006 World Series of Poker opened with a bang. The world's largest and most prestigious poker spectacle began with the first open event on the schedule - the $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold'em competition. A record 2,776 players entered the event, making it one of the largest poker tournaments ever in history. Only the 2005 WSOP main event attracted more participants (5,619). The total prize pool amounts to $3,789,240.
The Tournament of Champions kicked off the start of the WSOP festivities at the Rio on Sunday. Twenty-seven players were invited to this epic event including every player who made the final table of the 2005 WSOP main event. The winners of various WSOP circuit events were also invited to participate in the $2 million freeroll where first place would walk away with a cool $1 million in prize money.
A record number 1100 players signed up for the $500 NL Casino Employees event at the WSOP. Last year there were 663 and the number of entrants almost doubled this year. The top 101 players won prize money and at the end of day one, only 18 players remained.
Marsha Woggoner, who is the the wife of Kenna James, made the final table and finished in 8th place. After two days of action, Chris Gros from Henderson, NV won his first bracelet and $127,616 in cash. Gros' 3-4o cracked Bryan Devonshire's A-K when he flopped trips.
Here's the list of today's money winners in Event #1:
Poker's greatest ambassador and popular television commentator outlasts Daniel Negreanu in grueling 17-hour final table marathon, and takes million dollar first-prize.
Las Vegas, NV - The third-annual Tournament of Champions concluded today at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. TOC competitors included the top World Series of Poker and WSOP Circuit players of the past year. The high-level of competition and intense play makes the TOC one of the most prestigious titles in poker.
Shuffle Up and Deal! With those four magic words Robert Daly, 2006 World Series of Poker Tournament Director, officially opened the 2006 WSOP at the precise hour of Noon. The Rio Resort in Las Vegas welcomed the thousands of fans and players to this year's big poker show located in the Amazon room of the Pavilion Convention Center.