Event #17 No-Limit Hold’em, $1,000 Buy-in Final Report

2006 World Series of Poker        
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
Official Results and Report
 
Event #17
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $1,000
Number of Entries: 2,891 
Total Prize Money: $2,630,810
Defending Champion (2005): Jon Heneghan
 
Official Results:
 
1.
Jon Friedberg
Las Vegas, NV
$526,185
2.
John “The Razor” Phan
Los Angeles, CA
$289,389
3.
Mike Pomeroy
Detroit, MI
$157,322
4.
Tom Hawkingberry
Pittsburgh, PA
$122,596
5.
Kevin O'Donnell
Scottsdale, AZ
$105,232
6.
Corey Chaston
Thorold, ON, Canada
$88,132
7.
Humberto Brenes
San Jose, Costa Rica
$74,715
8.
Mike Halford
Memphis, TN
$61,561
9.
Thang T. Luu
Las Vegas, NV
$49,722
10.
Carlos Mortensen
Las Vegas, NV
$38,936
11.
Karen Black
Whittier, CA
$35,516
12.
Lowell Kim
Las Vegas, NV
$32,622
13.
Terry Trevathan
Lufkin, TX
$29,991
14.
Shane McCarrell
Yuma, AZ
$27,360
15.
Matthew Palmucci
Nashua, NH
$24,730
16.
Nicholas Hill
Phoenix, AZ
$22,099
17.
Wei Chan
Chapel Hill, NC
$19,468
18.
Boulos Estafanous
Darien, IL
$16,837
19.
Tae Baik
Leonia, NJ
$14,206
20.
Richard Sparks
Beverly Hills, CA
$14,206
21.
Simon Ford
Albenia, Canada
$14,206
22.
David Parde
Beverton, OR
$11,576
23.
Mark R Wilds
Biloxi, MS
$11,576
24.
Steven Connally
Fountain Valley, CA
$11,576
25.
Jonathan N. Dull
Fresno, CA
$9,471
26.
Jeffrey Rosenblatt
Mont- Royal Quebec, Canada
$9,471
27.
Charlie Ng
Las Vegas, NV
$9,471
28.
William Kyle Orvis
Longmont, CO
$7,892
29.
Joseph Falcone
Hawley, PA
$7,892
30.
Zachary W. Shapiro
Los Angeles, CA
$7,892
31.
Jason Stern
San Jose, CA
$7,892
32.
John Shipley
Solihull, UK
$7,892
33.
Frank G. Huntress
Austin, TX
$7,892
34.
Nega A. Marucci, III
Las Vegas, NV
$7,892
35.
David Walton
Las Vegas, NV
$7,892
36.
George A. Auscomb Jr.
Frenkenmuth, MI
$7,892
37.
Randy A. Haddox
Houston, TX
$6,314
38.
Mark Burtenshaw
Idaho Falls, ID
$6,314
39.
Anthony Limantzakis
Salt Lake City, UT
$6,314
40.
John Bardwell
Haines City, FL
$6,314
41.
Marek Kolk
NA
$6,314
42.
John Repetti
Henderson, NV
$6,314
43.
Michael W. Chow
Honolulu, HI
$6,314
44.
Marlis Sawicki
Etobicoke, ON Canada
$6,314
45.
Robert Hutchins
Monterey, CA
$6,314
46.
Ronald Peterson
Kalispell, MT
$6,314
47.
Greg Mueller
Vancourver, CA
$6,314
48.
Matthew Rightnour
Clearfield, PA
$6,314
49.
Chris W. McCormack
Las Vegas, NV
$6,314
50.
Lore Cargile
San Juan Capistrano, CA
$6,314
51.
Ed Apodaca
Elizabeth, CO
$6,314
52.
Peter Boysen
Aarbus, Denmark
$6,314
53.
John Zaheri
Houston, TX
$6,314
54.
William P. Durkee V
Pittsburgh, PA
$6,314
55.
David Katz
Venice, CA
$5,262
56.
Colby Spere
Henderson, NV
$5,262
57.
Ashley Young
Pleasanton, CA
$5,262
58.
Gary Long
Naples, FL
$5,262
59.
Gregg Goldstein
Las Vegas, NV
$5,262
60.
James Russell
Arlington, VA
$5,262
61.
Daniel Lowe
Las Vegas, NV
$5,262
62.
Joseph M. Ebert
Rochester, NY
$5,262
63.
Ronnie R. Rogers
Edwardsburg, MI
$5,262
64.
Kevin O'Sullivan
Los Angeles, CA
$5,262
65.
Macello Del Grosso
Toronto, ON, Canada
$5,262
66.
Thomas J. Hayman
Macomb, MI
$5,262
67.
Bryan Connole
Palm Springs, CA
$5,262
68.
Yakir Retner
Tel Aviv, Israel
$5,262
69.
Todd Miskos
La Salle, ON, Canada
$5,262
70.
Carlos Lopez
Dallas, TX
$5,262
71.
Michael Katz
Manalapan, NJ
$5,262
72.
Steven Zoine
Merrick, NY
$5,262
73.
Michael Kilgoris
Huntsville, AL
$5,262
74.
Richard Spring
Las Vegas, NV
$5,262
75.
Samir Zoudo
Modesto, CA
$5,262
76.
Annand Ramdin
Bronx, NY
$5,262
77.
Sean Cain
San Jose, CA
$5,262
78.
Steve Vincent
Henderson, NV
$5,262
79.
Satish Vitha
Cerritos, CA
$5,262
80.
Michael Sanderson
Odenton, md
$5,262
81.
Paul Finn
Pueblo, CO
$5,262
82.
William Vosti
Arroyo Grande, CA
$4,209
83.
Peter Lawson
Salt Lake City, UT
$4,209
84.
Lara Covert
Lawrence, KS
$4,209
85.
Thomas Swanson
Duluth, MN
$4,209
86.
Isaac Galazan
Sunny Isles Beach, FL
$4,209
87.
Colin McDonnell
Studio City, CA
$4,209
88.
Justin Title
Austin, TX
$4,209
89.
Erik Sorensen
Copenhagen, Denmark
$4,209
90.
Gregg Grivas
Las Vegas, NV
$4,209
91.
Dennis Wu
Cleveland, OH
$4,209
92.
Camillo Calabrese
Las Vegas, NV
$4,209
93.
Randolf W. Sears
Victorville, CA
$4,209
94.
Corey W. Souther
Seattle, WA
$4,209
95.
Motoyuki Mabuchi
Osaka, Japan
$4,209
96.
Kevin Westcott
Blue Island, I
$4,209
97.
Clayton D. Connelly
Fort Smith, AR
$4,209
98.
Brian Hansen
Colorado Springs, CO
$4,209
99.
Kevin Song
Rowland Hgts, CA
$4,209
100.
Justin C.V. Tran
Sacramento, CA
$4,209
101.
Nhan Le
Huntington Beach, CA
$4,209
102.
Mike J. Sanchez
Tucson, AZ
$4,209
103.
Jared Smith
Reno, NV
$4,209
104.
Matthew H. Engel
Allen, TX
$4,209
105.
Brittani Simberg
Santa Monica, CA
$4,209
106.
William Shanks
Mays Landing, NJ
$4,209
107.
Rick Ruffman
Colts Neck, NJ
$4,209
108.
David Scheinbart
Woodland Hills, CA
$4,209
109.
Jacinto Lopez
Dallas, TX
$3,157
110.
Michael "Mickey" Seagle
Marion, NC
$3,157
111.
William Jensen
Silver Springs, MD
$3,157
112.
Terry Myers
Yuma, AZ
$3,157
113.
Paul Ahmed
Springdale, AR
$3,157
114.
Kevin Ho
Gainesville, FL
$3,157
115.
Steven J. Mitchell
Hillsboro, WI
$3,157
116.
Tom Russo
Peyton, CO
$3,157
117.
David Lataille
Surprise, AZ
$3,157
118.
Edmund Liu
Davis, CA
$3,157
119.
Quinn Do
Los Angeles, CA
$3,157
120.
Adam Naglich
Las Vegas, NV
$3,157
121.
Jeff Rasmussen
Carmel, IN
$3,157
122.
Frank Puleo
St. Louis, MO
$3,157
123.
Thomas Hover
Blue Diamond, NV
$3,157
124.
Stephen Ladowsky
Toronto, ON, Canada
$3,157
125.
Tina Bergstrom
Las Vegas, NV
$3,157
126.
Gee Way Lee
Houston, TX
$3,157
127.
John Hank Sitton III
Greenville, SC
$3,157
128.
Peter M. Falkenstein
Ann Arbor, MI
$3,157
129.
Jacob Hoffman
Nappanei, IN
$3,157
130.
Brad Mahon
Gilbert, AZ
$3,157
131.
Jean Gaspard
Evanston, IL
$3,157
132.
Kris Fields
Harrison, OH
$3,157
133.
Carl A. Davis
Levelland, TX
$3,157
134.
Gary N. Lew
Sugar Land, TX
$3,157
135.
Jeremy Armstrong
Beverly Hills, CA
$3,157
136.
Sheree Bykoesky
New York, NY
$3,157
137.
James Fox
Las Vegas, NV
$3,157
138.
Glyn Banks
Smithville, TN
$3,157
140.
Gary Gosewehr
Port Washington, WI
$3,157
141.
Joe Ramos
Tulane, CA
$3,157
142.
Joseph Yun
Honolulu, HI
$3,157
143.
Christopher Mudd
Kirksville, MO
$3,157
144.
James Thomas
Reno, NV
$3,157
145.
Craig Brockman
Las Vegas, NV
$3,157
146.
Larry Etherington
Phoenix, AZ
$3,157
147.
David Williams
San Marcos, CA
$3,157
148.
Anthony Renella
Aurora, IL
$3,157
149.
Mark Bonsack
Maple Valley, WA
$3,157
150.
Charles Lunn
Toccoa, GA
$3,157
151.
Gioi Luong
Westminster, CA
$3,157
152.
Ylon Schwartz
Brooklyn, N.Y.
$3,157
153.
John Huston
Helena, MI
$3,157
154.
Kevin Miller
Richmond Heights, MO
$3,157
155.
Patrick Breno
NA
$2,368
156.
Ryan Larson
Las Vegas, NV
$2,368
157.
Randolph Spain
Brewer, ME
$2,368
158.
Edward Zakaria
Windsor, ON, Canada
$2,368
159.
Joseph Holmes
Weston, FL
$2,368
160.
Duane Drushella
Albany, OR
$2,368
161.
Stephen Waldo
Corinth, TX
$2,368
162.
Richard Steinmetz
Ambridge, PA
$2,368
163.
Stanley Davis
De Forest, WI
$2,368
164.
Tomishau Krizanie
Oakland Park, FL
$2,368
165.
Jason Chung
Houston, TX
$2,368
166.
Richard Ferro
Dallas, TX
$2,368
167.
Gregg Merkow
Dallas, TX
$2,368
168.
Billy Cockman
Jacksonville, FL
$2,368
169.
Mats Eriksson
Stockholm, Sweden
$2,368
170.
Keith Noblett
Plano, TX
$2,368
171.
Jonathan Sedaghati
Tarzana, CA
$2,368
172.
Stephen Muszkat
Gordon, NSW
$2,368
173.
John Salmon
Maricopa, AZ
$2,368
174.
Michael Serrano
Hoffman Estates, IL
$2,368
175.
Barry Seedman
Henderson, NV
$2,368
176.
Leon Walk
Warren, OH
$2,368
177.
Lyly McKeany
Santa Barbara, CA
$2,368
178.
Grand "Tony" Cantalupo
Chatsworth, CA
$2,368
179.
Matthew Flynn
Milwaukee, WI
$2,368
180.
Ross Boatman
London, England
$2,368
181.
Dustin Carlton
Mantua, OH
$2,368
182.
Robin Schoder
Conifer, CO
$2,368
183.
Jon Loshbaugh
Denver, CO
$2,368
184.
Theo Osborne
U.K.
$2,368
185.
Brett Smith
Palmer, AK
$2,368
186.
Evan Peterson
Irvine, CA
$2,368
187.
Mark Green
Shelbyville, IN
$2,368
188.
Andrew Barciz
Scottsdale, AZ
$2,368
189.
Arthur Bressher
Manalapan, NJ
$2,368
190.
Michael Bokan
Sacramento, CA
$2,368
191.
Kully Burnet
Kailua, HI
$2,368
192.
Mats Millson
Sweden
$2,368
193.
Roy Vagderslvis
London, England
$2,368
194.
Jeremy Magal
Vancouver, Canada
$2,368
195.
Brandon Adams
NA
$2,368
196.
Richard Joel
Conyers, GA
$2,368
197.
John Helppi
Helsinki, Finland
$2,368
198.
Rick Montijo
Bakersfield, CA
$2,368
198B.
Mark Entwistle
NA
$2,368
199.
Peter Hedlund
NA
$1,578
200.
Terry Huggins
Palo Pinto, TX
$1,578
201.
Shannon Fadal
Los Angeles, CA
$1,578
202.
Jesse Petrake
NA
$1,578
203.
Michael Waiter
Phoenix, AZ
$1,578
204.
Gregory Eberlein
Surprise, AZ
$1,578
205.
Phillip Tague
Denver, CO
$1,578
206.
Eric Stanton
Lexington, KY
$1,578
207.
Theodore Mullikin
Gatlinburg, TN
$1,578
208.
Christoper Guinnup
Saline, MI
$1,578
209.
Talia Kahio
NA
$1,578
210.
Michael Tham
New York, NY
$1,578
211.
Philip Biho
Lahaina, HI
$1,578
212.
Art Diaz
Chula Vista, CA
$1,578
213.
Vaughn McClelland
Jersey Shore, PA
$1,578
214.
Gavin
NA
$1,578
215.
Bret McClame
Bristol, IN
$1,578
216.
Michael Q. McArdle
Gainesville, FL
$1,578
217.
Roger Pitsimmons
NA
$1,578
218.
Michael Airharut
Austin, TX
$1,578
219.
Phillip Gurian
NA
$1,578
220.
Michael Olson
Wauwatosa, WI
$1,578
221.
Jonathan Little
Pensacola, FL
$1,578
222.
Philip Ariganello
Ohaou, HI
$1,578
223.
John Walliser
Phoenix, AZ
$1,578
224.
Kevin Currey
Orlando, FL
$1,578
225.
Mark Barre
Pearland, TX
$1,578
226.
Steven Federspiel
North Liberty, IA
$1,578
227.
James Mattox
Kingsland, GA
$1,578
228.
William Forrest
Las Vegas, NV
$1,578
229.
Kendall Fukumoto
Honolulu, HI
$1,578
230.
Gary Braufman
Las Vegas, NV
$1,578
231.
Douglas Smith
Lenexa, KS
$1,578
232.
Steven Abt
Meadowbrook, PA
$1,578
233.
Charles Blankenship
Middle River Ba, MD
$1,578
234.
John Pires
Santa Clara, CA
$1,578
235.
Donato Bielli
Broken Arrow, OK
$1,578
236.
Parris Holmes
San Antonio, TX
$1,578
237.
Scott Mele
Lake Hiawatha, NJ
$1,578
238.
Justin Patel
Cary, NC
$1,578
239.
Terry Breeden
Spotsylvania, VA
$1,578
240.
John Saini
Sulmar, CA
$1,578
241.
Daniel Eskola
Stockholm, Sweden
$1,578
242.
Richard Basso
Saint Clair Shores, MI
$1,578
243.
Jonathan Crawford
Las Vegas, NV
$1,578
244.
Ronald Delcamp
Seattle, WA
$1,578
245.
David Drews
Los Angeles, CA
$1,578
246.
Jared Okun
Tampa, FL
$1,578
247.
Marc Aubin
Montreal, Canada
$1,578
248.
Kristopher Johnson
Loveland, CO
$1,578
249.
Richard Seward
Port Orchard, WA
$1,578
250.
Bradford Damm
San Diego, CA
$1,578
251.
Michael Gwyn
Woodstock, VA
$1,578
252.
David Gibbone
Mt. Royal, NJ
$1,578
253.
Branden Lee
Aiea, HI
$1,578
254.
Michael Vitullo
Woodland Hls, CA
$1,578
255.
Fred Finley
Arvada, CO
$1,578
256.
Sandro Gebert
Venice, CA
$1,578
257.
Glenn Theobald
Pembroke Pines, FL
$1,578
258.
Arnold Kirschenmann
Bakersfield, CA
$1,578
259.
Stephen Kujubu
Sacramento, CA
$1,578
260.
Kim Austin
Beaufort, SC
$1,578
261.
Michael Riebe
Mentor, OH
$1,578
262.
Michael Carlin
Golden, CO
$1,578
263.
John Rusk
Mahomet, IL
$1,578
264.
Markus Gonsalves
San Diego, CA
$1,578
265.
Mikhail Vaynshteyn
Alberta, Canada
$1,578
266.
James Pittman
Yorba Linda, CA
$1,578
267.
Steven Lance
Twinsburg, OH
$1,578
268.
Bryan Ellenburg
Valley Vlg, CA
$1,578
269.
Shawn Mattaro
Phoenix, AZ
$1,578
270.
Erik Behling
Wauuatosa, WI
$1,578
 
 
Nothing to Lose, Everything to Win
 
Jon Friedberg Pulls-Off Stunning Upset Victory
 
Mammoth 2006 WSOP attracts second-largest live poker tournament in history
 
 
Las Vegas, NV – Janis Joplin once sang, “freedom is just another word for – nothing left to lose.” What the 1969 song lyric meant was that it’s far easier to be daring and take chances when there is not so much at stake. Jon Friedberg, winner of the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship certainly understands this. He won the second-largest live poker tournament in history at the 2006 World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee’s Best Light.
Friedberg overcame a field of 2,891 players to win over half-a-million dollars in prize money. Only the main event of the 2005 WSOP attracted more entries. A whopping 270 players finished in-the-money. 
Friedberg, who won his first-ever gold bracelet, is a 31-year-old MBA graduate from Pepperdine University. He is a businessman and investor with a number of ongoing start-up ventures. Freidberg lives in Las Vegas. 
            It took two very long days to eliminate 2,882 participants. That left the final nine players, who returned for Day Three. When the final table started, Michael Pomeroy looked to be the player to beat. He enjoyed a sizable chip advantage. In fact, Pomeroy possessed one-third of the total chips in play. Only one former gold bracelet winner was present -- two-time champion Humberto Brenes. He won two WSOP titles in 1993, for Pot-Limit Omaha and Limit Hold’em.
 
Name
Chip Count
Seat #
John Phan
$747,000
1
Michael Pomeroy
$1,325,000
2
Humberto Brenes
$564,000
3
Tom Hawkingberry
$675,000
4
Corey Chaston
$229,000
5
Mike Halford
$89,000
6
Kevin O'Donnell
$222,000
7
Jon Friedberg
$189,000
8
Thang T. Luu
$314,000
9
 
About 15 minutes into play, Thang T. Luu lost most of his chips with ace-jack against pocket kings, and then was eliminated a few hands later. Luu, born in Vietnam and now living in Las Vegas, received $49,722.
Mike Halford went out on the very next hand. He was pot-committed with jack-seven when the flop came Q-7-6 and actually had the best hand against John Phan’s flush draw. However, a heart fell on the river making the flush, which busted Halford. The Las Vegas poker pro now has 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 10th-place finishes at the WSOP over the last two decades. He collected $61,561.
Costa Rican superstar Humberto Brenes’ bid for his first gold bracelet in 13 years was dashed when Mike Pomeroy spiked a queen holding ace-queen versus Brenes’ ace-king. Brenes, who owns several businesses in Central America and also has 41 cashes in his illustrious WSOP career, said adios and was paid $74,715 for seventh place.
Next, Canadian poker player Corey Chasten went out in a three-way pot won by Kevin O’Donnell. Chaston received $88,132 as the sixth-place finisher.
When play became five-handed, Mike Pomeroy increased his chip lead to 2 to 1 and had about half of the chips in play. Kevin O’Donnell was not so fortunate. Fresh off winning the big pot which eliminated Chasten, O’Donnell flopped top pair holding ace-jack. But Jon Friedberg hit a third eight on the river to make three-of-a-kind, which broke O’Donnell. He earned $105,232.
Jon Friedberg started making his move when play was at four-handed. He narrowed the gap with the chip-leader Pomeroy, who busted the next player from the tournament. Tom Hawkingberry, who works as a compressed gas plant operator, exploded when his ace-four was dominated by Pomeroy’s ace-jack. Pomeroy made a gratuitous flush, putting Hawkingberry out in fourth place. He earned $122,596.
            Which now brings us to singer Janis Joplin’s poker tournament strategy. In a post-tournament interview which occurred two hours later, Friedberg made an acute observation that summarized his reasons for success. He explained that it is sometimes easier to play a small stack than a big one. “I prefer to come into a tournament as a shorter stack than a big stack,” Friedberg said. “As odd as that sounds, when I am a short stack I feel like I have nothing to lose. But when I come in as a tall stack I am scared to lose my chips and it affects my game. To me, there are definite advantages to coming in with the short stack and I know it is uphill from there. I am willing to gamble, take chances, and play my game -- more so than if I have chips.”
Friedberg’s strategy proved effective. He pushed John Phan out of a few big pots and, in at least one sense, became the victim of his own success. Friedberg seized the chip lead and then annihilated the player who had dominated the final table up to that point. Mike Pomeroy lost all of his chips with queen-three against Friedberg’s pocket fives. Pomeroy caught a queen, but Pomeroy caught a five (making a set), which wrecked Pomeroy’s dreams of victory. Michael Pomeroy, an auto worker from Detroit, raced off with $157,322.
When heads-up play began, Friedberg enjoyed a 4 to 1 chip lead. Later, Friedberg reflected back on his feelings when initially faced with the prospect of playing against John Phan heads-up for the gold bracelet. “I think I needed a 4 to 1 chip lead to beat John. He is one of the very best players in the world. I’ll be honest -- I was scared to death to play him heads-up and even at 4 to1, I was scared to play against him.”
The fear certainly did not show. Phan was never seriously able to threaten Friedberg’s chip lead. About 90 minutes into heads-up play, the final hand of the night was dealt when Phan tried to make a pre-flop steal holding the less-than-desirable queen-four suited. Friedberg called the all-in move holding ace-seven suited. The final board showed 10-9-3-2-7, giving Friedberg a pair of sevens and his first WSOP victory.
As the runner up, John “The Razor” Phan received $289,389 in prize money. He was visibly disappointed with the outcome. “I have to try and keep my head up,” Phan said. “There is always tomorrow in poker. I’ll be back tomorrow.”
Friedberg agreed that he had dodged a bullet by not having to confront Phan from a competitive disadvantage. “(Phan) was the single most feared opponent I had at this table,” Friedberg said. “John is not going to be happy when he sees the (ESPN) television footage of me when I pushed him off some key hands. John is a great player and I feel very fortunate to have come out on top tonight.”
“I started off here on the final table eighth (in the chip count) out of nine players. I had a key double-up hand early. Then, I had a couple of very lucky suck outs and got some chips and was able to win. Every poker player’s dream is to win a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. I came here, and now did it. I really can’t believe it.”
 
Writer’s Note: 1969’s “Me and Bobby McGee” was actually written by Kris Kristofferson, but it was popularized by Janis Jopin.
 
 
by Nolan Dalla