Event #11 Final Report

2006 World Series of Poker        
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
Official Results and Report
 
Event #11
Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $1,500
Number of Entries: 701
Total Prize Money: $956,865
Defending Champion (2005):  Reza Payvar
 
Official Results:
 
1.
Bob “Big Red” Chalmers
Vancouver, BC
$258,344
2.
Tam Ho
Las Vegas, NV
$135,396
3.
Warren Woolridge
London, UK
$76,549
4.
Thanh Nguyen
Kent, WA
$66,981
5.
Doug Saab
Trussville, AL
$57,412
6.
Jan Sjavik
Oslo, Norway
$47,843
7.
Graham Duke
Kitchener, ON
$38,275
8.
Bob Bartmann
Stillwater, OK
$28,706
9.
David Calla
Farmingville, NY
$16,137
10.
Michelle Lancaster
Avon, CT
$10,526
11.
Adam Smith
Mansfield, TX
$10,526
12.
David Baker
Katy, TX
$10,526
13.
Zack Fritz
Las Vegas, NV
$8,612
14.
Alan Steinberg
Gardena, CA
$8,612
15.
Guy Cicconi
Chadds Ford, PA
$8,612
16.
Robert Lee Addison
Santa Barbara, CA
$6,698
17.
Bobby Law
Chetek, WI
$6,698
18.
Sasson E. Eliyaho
Holon, Israel
$6,698
19.
Matthew Hilger
Atlanta, GA
$4,784
20.
Lawrence Wein
Los Angeles, CA
$4,784
21.
Peter Inglis
Erie, CO
$4,784
22.
Edwin Bob Roth
Saratoga, CA
$4,784
23.
Joseph Sebok
RPV, CA
$4,784
24.
Phuong C Nguyen
Auburn, WA
$4,784
25.
Jason Eakes
Las Vegas, NV
$4,784
26.
Ryan McGuire
Las Vegas, NV
$4,784
27.
Richard Joel
Conyers, GA
$4,784
28.
Derek Andrew
Henderson, NV
$3,349
29.
Richard Okazaki
Honolulu, HI
$3,349
30.
Robert Willis
Mallow, Ireland
$3,349
31.
Adam Wallace
Edmonton, Canada
$3,349
32.
Jeffrey Heiberg
Buffalo, WY
$3,349
33.
Gregory Weldon
Toms River, NJ
$3,349
34.
Andreas Hagen
Slavanger, Norway
$3,349
35.
Donnie Sitic
Las Vegas, NV
$3,349
36.
Christopher Ziajka
Naples, FL
$3,349
37.
Doug Ikeda
Lavergne, TX
$2,775
38.
Steve Del Borrell
Laurel Pg, MD
$2,775
39.
Dawson Dvorak
Lincoln, NE
$2,775
40.
Tom McCormick
Fargo, ND
$2,775
41.
Harold Lockwood, Jr.
Weathorford, TX
$2,775
42.
Carlo Citrone
UK
$2,775
43.
Steven Diano
Las Vegas, NV
$2,775
44.
Barbara Candin
Tampa, FL
$2,775
45.
Benjamin Williams
San Antonio, TX
$2,775
46.
Daniel Anderson
N Pomona, CA
$2,249
47.
Kevin Daniel
Newnan, GA
$2,249
48.
Anthony Pirone
Watertown, MA
$2,249
49.
Alexander Vuong
RPV, CA
$2,249
50.
John Hurst
Dallas, TX
$2,249
51.
Chris Hartman
Fairbanks, Alaska
$2,249
52.
Gary Gosewehn
Port Washington, WI
$2,249
53.
Christopher Lamell
Deer Park, TX
$2,249
54.
Rory Duncan
Calgary, Canada
$2,249
55.
Chris Bell
Raleigh, NC
$1,914
56.
Gevin Trung Diep
Gilroy, CA
$1,914
57.
Michael Shanahan
Sendia, GA
$1,914
58.
Richard Sweetman
Londonberry, NH
$1,914
59.
Jeff Mervis
Las Vegas, NV
$1,914
60.
Alex Morteh
Las Vegas, NV
$1,914
61.
Raul Paez
Barcelona, Spain
$1,914
62.
Randy McKay
Finley, ND
$1,914
63.
Jose Torres
Hollywood, FL
$1,914
64.
Brent Shaw
Langley, BC, Canada
$1,675
65.
Tanya Bui
San Jose, CA
$1,675
66.
Cliff Flachsenhar
Belgrade, MT
$1,675
67.
Michael Schultz
Atascadero, CA
$1,675
68.
Paul Taylor
Cathedral City, CA
$1,675
69.
Claude Sanders
Houston, TX
$1,675
70.
Rovert Gilbert
Laurel, MD
$1,675
71.
Emil Gunnarson
Sweden
$1,675
72.
Peter Nathan
Las Vegas, NV
$1,675
 
 
“Big Red” Takes the Big Money
 
Bob Chalmers, a.k.a. “Big Red,” Wins First-Ever WSOP Gold Bracelet
 
Canadian businessman takes top prize in Limit Hold’em championship, earns $258,344
 
 
Las Vegas, NV – Those who have never played poker for big money often fail to appreciate the physical and emotional sacrifice that it takes to win. Winning poker is work, not play. Unfortunately, television frequently portrays poker as an effortless game. There are no clocks which display the drawn-out passage of time. Hundreds of arduous hands are edited out. The players’ mental and physical dexterity is impossible to calculate.
            Bob Chalmers embodies the type of player who approaches poker as a test of both will and patience. The 56-year-old business consultant from Vancouver, British Columbia vanquished 700 challengers in the $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold’em world championship. Chalmers, nicknamed “Big Red” for his distinctive auburn-tinged crest, won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Chalmers’ extensive business background served him well at this final table.
“What I realized from playing at this final table is that it takes a lot of work to win,” Chalmers said in a post-tournament interview. “Sure, some luck helps. But, it’s really hard work. There was not a time when I was not thinking of my stay at the final table as like working.  It seemed like a long time. The easy thing for me was to understand that (winning) wasn’t going to happen in just a hand or two, but it rather would be a process that took time -- so I looked at it that way.”
            Indeed, Chalmers was “all business” on this night. His $1,500 investment paid of handsomely, to the tune of $258,344 as the top cash prize.
            Several new faces made it to the final table for the first time. The only former WSOP gold bracelet winner present was Doug Saab, who arrived second in the chip count. Fittingly, the early chip leader was Chalmers, who enjoyed the chip advantage during much of the nine-hour final table.
 
Player Name
Chip Count
Seat #
David Calla
$147,000
1
Thanh Nguyen
$72,000
2
Bob Bartmann
$64,000
3
Jan Sjavik
$37,000
4
Bob Chalmers
$175,000
5
Doug Saab
$150,000
6
Graham Duke
$184,000
7
Tam Ho
$149,000
8
Warren Wooldridge
$74,000
9
 
            David Calla certainly wasn’t intimidated by the pressure of playing at his first-ever WSOP final table. After all, Calla is a New York City police detective, accustomed to some unusual demands. Calla went card-dead from the start. His initial 148,000 stack was blinded down, and at betting limits of 6,000-12,000, Calla moved his remaining chips into the pot holding king-queen suited. Graham Duke called and showed jack-ten suited. A ten flopped and Calla was discharged as the ninth place finisher. He received $16,137.
            Bob Bartman was also making his first final table appearance. The Oklahoman went out when he was forced to play a weak hand from the small blind and was beaten by Jan Sjavik’s pair of eights. Bartman collected $28,706.
            Just two hands later, Graham Duke was eliminated. Duke went out with queen-seven, good for top pair after the flop came 7-3-2. Doug Saab faded the all-in bet holding an overpair (pocket tens). Duke failed to improve which locked the software developer into seventh place. He earned $38,275.
            A top European player, Jan Sjavik holds a poker record which is unlikely ever to be matched. Back in 2002, Sjavik won ten super-satellite entries into the main event of the WSOP. No player on record has ever won more. Sjavik has also won No-Limit championships in London, and elsewhere. However, he could finish no higher than sixth place in this event. Sjavik went out on a draw (holding possibilities to both a straight and a flush), missing everything. His opponent had pocket kings, which held up. The Norwegian collected $47,843.
            Doug Saab suffered a brutal final half-hour. His chip stack evaporated until the point came where Saab had to take some risks. He tripled up from a low stack before finally going bust with pocket threes versus Thanh Nguyen’s pocket kings. Threes versus kings produced the expected result and Saab drove off in fifth place. For former gold bracelet winner from Alabama earned $57, 412.
            Thanh Nguyen went out in fourth place on a hand where his cards were not revealed. Two players split up Nguyen’s chips holding pairs of aces. Nguyen, the Vietnamese-born engineer and consultant from Washington State, picked up $66,981 in prize money.
            The next decisive hand took place when Bob Chalmers scooped a monster-size pot. On a final board showing A-A-4-4-A, Chalmers raised Warren Woolridge on the final round, got called, and flipped over an ace – good for quad aces. Prior to that hand, Woolridge held a brief chip lead. That hand would prove to be the homestretch for Chalmers. He then set his sights on the finish line and outpaced his last two rivals over the next 45 minutes with aggressive play and keenly accurate decisions.
            Warren Woolridge broke down in the final stages of the tournament, unable to recover from a series of tough spots and second-best hands. Woolridge was eliminated holding a less-than-satisfactory “ace-high,” which was steamrolled by Chalmers’ full-house. This was Woolridge’s third time to cash at the WSOP. He enjoyed his best finish yet in this tournament, third place – good for $76,549.  
            With slightly more than 1,000,000 in play and betting limits of 15,000-30,000 Bob Chalmers and Tam Ho started off heads-up play about even. From the onset, Chalmers seized control of the table. It took him only 28 minutes to commandeer every single chip off of Tam Ho’s stack. The final hand of the night came when Ho was all-in with ace-three (good for top pair) versus Chalmers’ queen-three (which made two pair). The final board showed K-Q-4-A-3 sealing Ho’s fate as the runner up and giving the proud Canadian his first WSOP victory. Ho collected $135,396 for second place.
            As the new poker champion Chalmers sat down and did an interview carried live on Bluff Radio over the Sirius Satellite Radio Network, it became immediately obvious that winning would not change the man.
“I tell you, the money is fantastic,” Chalmers said. “I have a couple of friends that supported me (to play in this tournament). I will certainly share some of this with them….The gold bracelet is going to mean a lot to me in other areas – I mean nobody can put a bracelet on a WSOP bracelet. But – we do play poker for money.” 
            Spoken like a true businessman.
 
               
by Nolan Dalla