Event #22 No-Limit Hold’em, buy-in $2,000

2006 World Series of Poker        
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
Official Results and Report
 
Event #22
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $2,000
Number of Entries: 1,579
Total Prize Money: $2,873,780
Defending Champion (2005): Erik Seidel
 
Official Results:
 
1.
Jeff Madsen
Los Angeles, CA
$660,948
2.
Paul Sheng
San Francisco, CA
$330,485
3.
Julian Gardner
Manchester, UK
$172,427
4.
Troy Parkins
Leesburg, VA
$132,194
5.
Robert Dylan Cohen
New York, NY
$112,077
6.
Robert Bright
Las Vegas, NV
$94,835
7.
Michael Chow
Honolulu, HI
$83,340
8.
Billy Duarte
Berthold, CO
$71,845
9.
John Shipley
Solihull, UK
$60,349
10.
Efrain Lopez
Miami, FL
$48,854
11.
Mats Gavatin
Sweden
$45,980
12.
Anthony Tamborello
Seffner, FL
$43,107
13.
Greg Gossard
San Diego, CA
$40,233
14.
Michael Odeh
Metairie, LA
$37,359
15.
Steve Crockett
Costa Mesa, CA
$34,485
16.
Steve Malezentes
Santa Maria, CA
$31,612
17.
Anthony Toscano
Huntington Beach, CA
$28,738
18.
Ben Armstrong
Tulsa, OK
$25,864
19.
Jason Strasser
New York, NY
$22,990
20.
Reza Zand
Henderson, NV
$22,990
21.
Shane Littlefield
Manchester, MD
$22,990
22.
Stuart Moody
Cary, NC
$20,116
23.
David Byer
Las Vegas, NV
$20,116
24.
Thomas H. Ostrander
Tampa, FL
$20,116
25.
Thomas Dykema
Holland, MI
$17,243
26.
Cory Ward
Titusville, CA
$17,243
27.
Alex Brenes
San Jose, Costa Rica
$17,243
28.
Francois Scapula
Bastia, France
$14,369
29.
Chang Huang
Fort Myers, FL
$14,369
30.
Michael R. Scuza
San Diego, CA
$14,369
31.
Jonathan S. Mann
Portland, OR
$11,495
32.
Eugene Todd
Brooklyn, NY
$11,495
33.
Philip S. Mazen
Syosset, NY
$11,495
34.
Gabriel Nassif
Paris, France
$10,058
35.
Tyrone Bayne
Paris, France
$10,058
36.
Reza Payvar
Tarzana, CA
$10,058
37.
Jonathan Little
Pensacola, FL
$8,621
38.
Darryl Dauenhauer
Laughlin, NV
$8,621
39.
Brian Kelley
Ft. Myers, Fl
$8,621
40.
Edward Lundon
Edinburgh, UK
$8,621
41.
Thomas L. Franklin
Gulfport, MS
$8,621
42.
Kevin D. Whitaker, III
San Francisco, CA
$8,621
43.
Daniel MacLean
Highland Ranch, CO
$8,621
44.
Parris Holmes, Jr.
Palm Desert, CA
$8,621
45.
Douglas Gladstone
San Francisco, CA
$8,621
46.
Walter Chambers
Baton Rouge, LA
$7,184
47.
Andy Davenport
Horsham, PA
$7,184
48.
Samir Khoueis
Sydney, Australia
$7,184
49.
Delainey Blakeney
Brandon, MS
$7,184
50.
Philip Carver
Chandler, AZ
$7,184
51.
Ben Staufeneger
Anderson, SC
$7,184
52.
Douglas Carli
Alliance, OH
$7,184
53.
Jason Stern
San Jose, CA
$7,184
54.
Paul Tschernia
Henderson, NV
$7,184
55.
Miguel Mateo
San Juan, Puerto Rico
$5,748
56.
Marc Schneiderman
Rockaway Park, NY
$5,748
57.
Ayad Hussein
Tinley Park, IL
$5,748
58.
Richard Sharpe
Henderson, NV
$5,748
59.
Rich Pasquini
Newbury Park, CA
$5,748
60.
Peter Verey
Victoria, Australia
$5,748
61.
Nathan Doodney
Dallas, TX
$5,748
62.
Thomas Bradford, JR
Douglasville, GA
$5,748
63.
Ronald Weems
Overland Park, KS
$5,748
64.
Srivatsa Shankam
Las Vegas, NV
$5,748
65.
Jeff Shulman
Las Vegas, NV
$5,748
66.
Carl Sciandri
Napa, CA
$5,748
67.
Robert Mastrosimone
Islip, NY
$5,748
68.
Michael Guadano
San Diego, CA
$5,748
69.
Brian Mogelefsky
Huntington, NY
$5,748
70.
Courtney Harrington
Morresville, NC
$5,748
71.
Jeremy Scharf
Valley Village, CA
$5,748
72.
Shannon Shorr
Birmingham, AL
$5,748
73.
Robert Spicuzza
Lexington, KY
$4,311
74.
Asher Derei
Sherman Oaks, CA
$4,311
75.
Dante Pugliese
North Hollywood, CA
$4,311
76.
Peter Lee
Northridge, CA
$4,311
77.
Adam Daniels
Ottawa, Canada
$4,311
78.
Hung Van La
Manhattan Beach, CA
$4,311
79.
Vincent Sokalski
Allentown, PA
$4,311
80.
Ernie Scherer
NA
$4,311
81.
Baris Yazici
Las Vegas, NV
$4,311
82.
Jamin Styers
Ocala, FL
$4,311
83.
Bert Boutin
Henderson, NV
$4,311
84.
Stephen Well
Milford, NH
$4,311
85.
David Brannen
Plymouth, UK
$4,311
86.
Douglas Hartman
Dallas, TX
$4,311
87.
David Barbet
Royersford, PA
$4,311
88.
Jon Karmar
Chorley, UK
$4,311
89.
Adam Zinn
Henderson, NV
$4,311
90.
Simon Ford
Calbary, Alberta, Canada
$4,311
91.
Mark Migdal
Woodland Hills, CA
$4,311
92.
Dave Colclough
Birmingham, UK
$4,311
93.
Mark Lillge
Kensington, CA
$4,311
94.
Steven Friedlander
Reno, NV
$4,311
95.
Samuel Mallard
Tampa, FL
$4,311
96.
David Hiben, JR
Bloomington, MN
$4,311
97.
Steven Rassi
Morton, IL
$4,311
98.
Michael Landers
Las Vegas, NV
$4,311
99.
Feming Chan
Cranbury, NJ
$4,311
100.
Donnie Sitic
Las Vegas, NV
$4,311
101.
Christopher Rizzo
Portland, ME
$4,311
102.
Young Phan
Garden Grove, CA
$4,311
103.
Johan Storakers
Sweden
$4,311
104.
Jeffrey Gottesman
Huntingdon Valley, PA
$4,311
105.
Tony Fasulo
Ontario, Canada
$4,311
106.
Mark Tarich
North Miami Beach, FL
$4,311
107.
Gioi Luong
Westminster, CA
$4,311
108.
Yeang Kuy
Fresno, CA
$4,311
109.
Gregory Fleming
Alberta, Canada
$2,874
110.
Ari Konyalian
Glendale, CA
$2,874
111.
Joshua Schlein
NA
$2,874
112.
Robert Loucks
Redford Township, MI
$2,874
113.
Stephen Wilsdon
NA
$2,874
114.
Howard Hu
San Diego, CA
$2,874
115.
David Shotwell
NA
$2,874
116.
Jeremy Burron
NA
$2,874
117.
Peter Gould
England
$2,874
118.
Jeffrey Rosenblatt
NA
$2,874
119.
Brandon Greulich
Del Mar, CA
$2,874
120.
Marc McCormick
North Las Vegas, NV
$2,874
121.
Dennis Mattingly
Las Vegas, NV
$2,874
122.
Robert S
NA
$2,874
123.
Michael Ta
Portland, OR
$2,874
124.
Gerald DeNicholas
Tampa, FL
$2,874
125.
David McGrath
Hermosa Beach, CA
$2,874
126.
Joseph Demarco
Seattle, WA
$2,874
127.
David Stamm
Granite Bay, CA
$2,874
128.
Erik Seidel
Las Vegas, NV
$2,874
129.
Eddie Gravalese
Revere, MA
$2,874
130.
Yan Chen
Las Vegas, NV
$2,874
131.
Dao Bac
Garden Grove, CA
$2,874
132.
Andre Ridges
Columbia, SC
$2,874
133.
Charles Ambrogi
Dublin, OH
$2,874
134.
Paul Hughes
Brownsville, MN
$2,874
135.
Mitchell Smith
Winnsboro, SC
$2,874
136.
Louis Asmo
Dublin, OH
$2,874
137.
Steve Fetterman
Apollo, PA
$2,874
138.
Peter Hedlund
Sweden
$2,874
139.
Jing Xia
Las Vegas, NV
$2,874
140.
Peter Nam
Los Angeles, CA
$2,874
141.
Noel Martinez
Gilbert, AZ
$2,874
142.
Men "The Master" Nguyen
Bell Gardens, CA
$2,874
143.
Nam Le
NA
$2,874
144.
Michael Labarbera
San Jose, CA
$2,874
145.
George Williams
Concord, CA
$2,874
146.
Jason Urchek
Ravenna, OH
$2,874
147.
Tony Bloom
London, England
$2,874
148.
Shawn Lusher
Kansas City, KS
$2,874
149.
Lawrence Lossia
Southfield, MI
$2,874
150.
James Godfrey
Killington, VT
$2,874
151.
Khenh Chanthamala
East Lyme, CT
$1,437
152.
Daniel Gati
New York, NY
$1,437
153.
Bradley Berman
Minnetonka, MN
$1,437
154.
Matthew Keikoan
Richmond, CA
$1,437
155.
Richard Weisman
Las Vegas, NV
$1,437
156.
Jean Gaspard
Evanston, IL
$1,437
 
 
A Summer Job that Pays $20,000 an Hour
 
Jeff Madsen Becomes the Youngest Winner in WSOP History
 
21-year-old UC-Santa Barbara college student wins $660,948
 
 
Las Vegas, NV –For the third consecutive year, the record for youngest World Series of Poker winner has been broken. Back in 2004, Gavin Griffin became the youngest player in history to win a gold bracelet. Even then, with so many young people turned on to poker, it seemed just a matter of time before a younger star would emerge and eclipse the record.  Next came 2005, when Eric Froehlich won the $1,500 buy in Limit Hold'em championship.  At 21 years, three months, and three days of age, Froehlich established a new benchmark for the youngest poker champion. Now in 2006, the record has been shattered again.
Jeff Madsen, aged 21 years, one month, and nine days, has likely set a record that will not be broken for quite some time. Madsen defeated a whopping 1,578 players, who each put up $2,000 to enter Event #22 on this year’s World Series of Poker schedule. First place paid $660,948. Not bad for a young college student preparing to return to school next month for his senior year.
It took two long days to eliminate most of the huge field. On Day Three, the nine finalists took the stage at the Rio Las Vegas to play for the championship. The final table included several well-established tournament veterans. However, this was the first open event in 2006 not to include at least one former gold bracelet winner.
 
Name
Chip Count
Seat #
Troy Parkins
$451,000
1
Bob Bright
$365,000
2
Billy Duarte
$102,000
3
Jeff Madson
$413,000
4
Julian Gardner
$628,000
5
Michael Chow
$125,000
6
Robert Dylon Cohen
$419,000
7
John Shipley
$166,000
8
Paul Sheng
$569,000
9
 
 
John Shipley was the first player out. The British pro was low on chips and was forced to play a sub-par hand in the end, resulting in elimination. Shipley, who won the European Poker Tour championship in London two years ago and also made the final table of the WSOP main event in 2002 (one of two players at this table to do so), received $60,349 for ninth place.
Billy Duarte, who has been playing poker for 60 years and made several final tables at major tournaments in recent years, was the next player to exit. Duarte arrived as the low stack and went out on the tenth hand of play holding ace-eight suited. His opponent had king-jack suited and flopped a jack. Duarte locked up eighth place, which paid $71,845.
Michael Chow followed next with pocket nines, which lost to pocket jacks.    Chow, 230th in the main event last year (out of 5,619 entries), took seventh place. The Hawaiian said “aloha” and pocketed $83,340.
Robert Bright went out in sixth place with pocket fours, which were steamrolled by a straight. Bright, the CEO of a stock trading firm, cashed out for $94,835 in prize money.
            Robert Dylan Cohen was the next player to exit. The New York actor and comedian turned poker player was low on chips and lost his final hand with jack-ten versus pocket queens. Cohen had to settle for fifth place, which paid $112,077. 
            A few hands later, Troy Parkins made a very bold move with an all-in bet on a straight draw. Jeff Madsen made a tough call holding top pair. When Parkins missed his draw, it meant a fourth-place finish. Parkins, an information technology specialist from Leesburg, Virginia collected $132,194. 
            Julian Gardner hoped to become the third main event runner-up to win a gold bracelet this year. So far, Sammy Farha (2003) and David Williams (2004) have won events. Gardner finished second in 2002 to world champion Robert Varkonyi (earning $1.1 million). This time he could do no better than third place. On his final hand, Gardner had top pair but lost to Jeff Madsen’s spade flush. Gardner, one of England’s top poker players, received $172,427 in prize money. 
            When heads-up play began, Jeff Madsen enjoyed a slightly better than 2 to 1 chip lead versus Paul Sheng. It didn’t take long for the final hand of the tournament to come. Madsen had jack-seven versus Sheng’s ace-seven. Madsen’s hand was completely dominated, normally a bad situation. But all the chips went into the pot on the turn when the board showed 10-9-8-6. Both players had a seven, good for a straight. However, Madsen also had a jack, which meant a higher straight. It was a brutal way for Sheng to lose, but there was not much defense against a higher straight. 
            As the runner up, Paul Sheng received $330,485. The Taiwanese-born software executive, who now lives in San Francisco, had his best showing ever at the WSOP. This is Sheng’s third year to play on poker’s biggest stage and certainly won’t be his last.
            Following his win, Jeff Madsen demonstrated why he has been so successful in poker at such a young age. Madsen displayed none of the bravado that one might expect from someone who had just won $660,948 at the World Series. Remarkably, this was Madsen’s second big cash at this year’s WSOP. He also finished third in the Omaha High-Low championship held two weeks ago – good for $97,552. 
Madsen is currently a film student at UC-Santa Barbara. He says he hopes to eventually get into film and perhaps try his hand at directing. “I will definitely finish college,” Madsen said afterward. “College is very important, so it will be part of my life. But the reality is -- I’m still young, so I have some time to figure things out.”
Despite his youth, Madsen has played live casino poker for nearly three years. He played regularly at various California Indian casinos near his home, where the legal gambling age is 18. Due to Nevada state law, this is the first year he was eligible to play at the WSOP.
            Madsen expects that his record might stand for quite some time. “It’s going to be tough (to break),” Madsen said. “I’m just lucky that my birthday was so close. It’s going to be hard, since I’m 21 and one month. It will sure be tough to break that record.”
 
 
by Nolan Dalla