Allen Cunningham attempted to become the first player to win $1 million dollars at the 2005 WSOP. He already made four final tables, won one bracelet, and was guaranteed his fifth cash at this year's WSOP before the final table even began. If Cunningham was one of the first two players eliminated at the final table, then he would fall short of the $1 million milestone. He had to survive a skilled final table that included a few international players and a three time bracelet winner in David Chiu.
Lawrence Gosney, poker pro from Leeds, wins first WSOP gold bracelet and collects $483,195
Anyone who doubts that poker has crossed international boundaries would be advised to glance at the players who made it to the final table of the $2,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em event at this year's World Series of Poker. Of the nine finalists, five reside outside the United States. Four Americans, three Englishmen, one Swede, and one Dane made up the most cosmopolitan of all WSOP final tables, thus far.
O'Neil Longson wins grueling Razz championship
If Doyle Brunson's record-tying tenth World Series of Poker lifetime victory was poker at its finest, then the final table of the Seven Card Razz event was every poker fan's worst nightmare. Think of working as a security guard on the graveyard shift in an empty warehouse. O'Neil Longson won the most punishing event thus far at this year's World Series. He topped an all-time Razz turnout (291 entries) and collected $125,690 in prize money. This was gold bracelet Number Three for the near-comatose retiree and poker pro from Utah.
Poker Legend Doyle Brunson Wins WSOP Gold Bracelet Number Ten
"Records are made to be broken."
-- Doyle Brunson after winning his tenth gold bracelet
Two years ago, Doyle Brunson won his (then-record) ninth World Series of Poker gold bracelet. His win came in the $2,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event. Many people who were in the crowd that memorable night wondered if they might be witnessing Brunson's last major tournament victory. Given that Brunson had been playing poker for more than five decades and was in his 70s hinted that the odds were stacked against Brunson ever getting a tenth.
Lawrence Gosney is in the construction business back in England. He understands that it takes time to build a masterpiece. He patiently built up a big stack on his way to his first WSOP victory in the $2,000 NL event that began with 1,072 players. The prize pool was $1,972,480 in yet another huge field.
The final table had a European flavor to it, with three players from England and one each from Sweden and Denmark. Here's who survived the three day event and made the final table:
Seat 1: Carlo Citrone (Newcastle, England) $151K
Seat 2: Shack Ko (Naperville, IL) $287K
Over 291 entrants competed for a prize pool of $401,580 in one of the largest Seven-card Razz tournaments in the history of poker. Razz is a brutal game that is usually reserved for sadists and others who enjoy hours of non-stop abuse at the tables. Last year's T.J. Cloutier decided not to play and entered a No Limit Hold'em event instead. Due to a large number of entrants, there was almost a riot when one of the tournament directors told the players they could not play to the end in a scheduled one day event, and would have to come back the next day to finish up.
Whenever his wife needs a slots "fix," the Colonel fires up their Olds 98 and they make the fifty-mile trip to my local casino. She plays quarter slots and he plays poker.
Phil Ivey wins fifth WSOP gold bracelet, defeats Robert Williamson in marathon heads-up match
What do Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, Bones Berland, T.J. Cloutier, Ted Forrest, Berry Johnston, Layne Flack, and Stu Ungar all have in common?