Action continued at the Rio Casino for the second "day one" of the World Series of Poker. The field this year is so big that the first day had to be held over three days. Day 1B was just as exciting as Thursday's events. Approximately 1878 entrants from all over the world forked up a $10,000 buy in for their shot at poker history. Carolyn Gardner, the 1983 Ladies World Champion, sang the national anthem to commence Day 1B of the tournament. And what would a WSOP event be without some sort of fireworks from Phil Hellmuth?
About 260 players came out for the WSOP Celebrity/Media tournament. There were plenty of the celebs who participated: James Woods, Brad Garret, Dick Van Patten, Shannon Elizabeth, Penn Jillette, Oliver Hudson, Elvis, and Oklahoma Johnny Hale. Nicole Ritche was sweating her boyfriend DJ AM. Notable bloggers and media types: Lou Kreiger, Otis, the Poker Prof, Debi, Jen Leo, Tuscaloosa Johnny, John from Poker News, the Poker Pages crew (Amy, Dayrn, Sharla, and Steve), BJ, Jay Greenspan, NYC Poker Babe, The Irish Twins: Tom Murphy & Mike Lacey, Dan & Shane from Pokerati, and Sherry.
The longest serving member of the United States Supreme Court, 1939-1975, Justice William O. Douglas once said, "It seemed to me that I had barely reached the Court when people were trying to get me off."
During his 36 years on the Supreme Court, liberal Douglas, along with Justice Hugo Black, was responsible for many of the decisions which extended the rights and protection of the Constitution to the dissident, the deprived and the disenfranchised.
The final 2005 WSOP scheduled event before the start of the $10,000 main event ended before midnight this evening. The 39th event of this year's WSOP was a Duece-to-Seven No-limit Draw Lowball with rebuys tournament. Sixty-five players ponied up the $5,000 entry fee and then bought an additional 139 rebuys for a shot at the gold and diamond champion's bracelet and a share of the $986,860 prize pool.
The seven final table players with seat assignments and starting chip counts are:
SEAT 1: John Hennigan Philadelphia, PA $39,000
SEAT 2: Doug Booth Bowling Green, KY $81,000
The 37th event of the 2005 World Series of Poker crowned a champion early today. A few minutes after three this morning the final hand was played and Jon Heneghan won all the chips and the championship. He is the 2005 WSOP $1,000 buy-in No-limit Hold'em with Rebuys champion. Jon receives $611,015 first place money and one of the cherished gold 2005 WSOP Championship bracelets. Second place finisher, Paul Deng, goes away with $324,305 cash for his efforts.
Israeli poker player Rafi Amit wins half-million dollars and gold bracelet in Pot-Limit Omaha championship
The World Series of Poker would not be complete without an episode of controversy. The 2005 Pot-Limit Omaha world championship included an outburst which had the potential to change the outcome of the tournament and swing a quarter million dollars in prize money from one player to the other.
It took Todd Witteles two chances at a final table this year before he won his first WSOP bracelet. He had to outlast a field of 406 players who were competing for a prize pool of $1,120,560. Todd also had to survive a final table that included the leading Player of the Year point leader in Cyndy Violette.