Event #27 No-Limit Hold’em, Buy-In: $1,500 Official Results

2006 World Series of Poker        
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
Official Results and Report
 
Event #27
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $1,500
Number of Entries: 2,126
Total Prize Money: $2,901,990
 
Official Results:
 
1.
Mats Rahmn
Stockholm, Sweden
$655,141
2.
Richard Toth
Budapest, Hungary
$333,729
3.
Padraig Parkinson
Dublin, Ireland
$203,139
4.
Chris Birchby
Hollywood, CA
$145,100
5.
James Sileo
Burbank, CA
$116,080
6.
Michael Binger
Atherton, CA
$101,570
7.
Jordan Morgan
Norman, OK
$87,060
8.
Ashwin Sarin
Redmond, WA
$72,550
9.
Billy Duarte
Berthoud, CO
$58,040
10.
William McKinney
Princeton, WV
$43,530
11.
Ben Stanfeneger
Alliance, OH
$40,628
12.
John Carver
Hampton, IL
$37,726
13.
Jorge Arias
Indianapolis, IN
$34,824
14.
Ray Abels
Danville, CA
$31,922
15.
Antonio Pane
Las Vegas, NV
$29,020
16.
Daniel Smith
Folsom, CA
$26,118
17.
Shahryar Eslami
Van Nuys, CA
$23,216
18.
Michael Souza
San Diego, CA
$20,314
19.
Chris Tsui
Cupertino, CA
$17,412
20.
Keith Wintermans
Vancouver, BC, Canada
$17,412
21.
Khong Kham Phommaxahans
Arvada, CO
$17,412
22.
Wade Woelfel
Mankato, MN
$14,510
23.
Robert Vecchio
Sharyland, TX
$14,510
24.
Robertus Holink
Groningen, Netherlands
$14,510
25.
Eugene Todd
Brooklyn, NY
$11,608
26.
Amos Sharpe
Las Vegas, NV
$11,608
27.
Jon Musen
Phoenix, AZ
$11,608
28.
Dan Bokesch
Lewis Center, OH
$8,706
29.
Toben Nelson
Austin, TX
$8,706
30.
Hoyt Corkins
Las Vegas, NV
$8,706
31.
Alan Engel
Brooklyn, NY
$8,706
32.
Chris Bjorin
London, UK
$8,706
33.
Thayer Rasmussen
Largo, FL
$8,706
34.
Francis Scapula
Bastia, France
$8,706
35.
Larry Hicks
Mount Vernon
$8,706
36.
Justin Tran
Sacramento, CA
$8,706
37.
William Sanford
Bronxville, NY
$7,255
38.
Colin Burton
Belowna
$7,255
39.
Josh Ronan
Henderson, NV
$7,255
40.
Hans Lund
Sparks, NJ
$7,255
41.
Michele Whiteside
San Antonio, TX
$7,255
42.
Eric Mizrachi
Sunny Isles Bch, FL
$7,255
43.
Joe Leibman
Fort atkinson, WI
$7,255
44.
Jeffrey Larsew
West Jordan, UT
$7,255
45.
Philip Gurian
Boca Raton, FL
$7,255
46.
Gino Battista
Temecula, CA
$7,255
47.
Harry Cheung
Portola Valley, CA
$7,255
48.
John Arellano
Whittier, CA
$7,255
49.
Jeff Khomari
Turlock, CA
$7,255
50.
Matt Smith
Tallahassee, FL
$7,255
51.
Duy Hung Le
Los Angeles, CA
$7,255
52.
Robert Lewis
Miami Bch, FL
$7,255
53.
Stuart Hosen
Addison, TX
$7,255
54.
Jeff Fletcher
Danville, CA
$7,255
55.
Mandy Calara
Chicago, IL
$5,804
56.
Alex Hskou
Brooklyn, NY
$5,804
57.
Bhupinder Kohli
Nairobi
$5,804
58.
Douglas Holcomb
Roseburg, OR
$5,804
59.
Todd Huynh
Morton Grove, IL
$5,804
60.
Kevin Jessee
NA
$5,804
61.
Tom Macey
Chicago, IL
$5,804
62.
Robert Odishoo
Ladera Rch, CA
$5,804
63.
Miguel Mateo
NA
$5,804
64.
Carlos Fernadez
Sunny Isles Bch, FL
$5,804
65.
Brendan Hopps
Bellingham, WA
$5,804
66.
Ray Liu
Sunnyville, CA
$5,804
67.
Michael Mizrachi
Hollywood, FL
$5,804
68.
Perry Friedman
Tiltsville, NV
$5,804
69.
James Lee
Buena Park, CA
$5,804
70.
Eugene Hanley
Mantucket, MA
$5,804
71.
Richard Pace
Louisville, KY
$5,804
72.
Eric Arreea
Baldwin Park, CA
$5,804
73.
Ray La Pointe
Needham, MA
$5,804
74.
David Sklansky
Henderson, NV
$5,804
75.
Dennis Otto
Corpus Christi, TX
$5,804
76.
Grady Talbot
Carcadia, CA
$5,804
77.
Michael Banducci
Traverse City, MI
$5,804
78.
Gary Heberman
Fort Lauderdale, FL
$5,804
79.
N. Eber
Johannesburg, South Africa
$5,804
80.
Carl Olson
Seattle, WA
$5,804
81.
Carl Ossbahr
unknown
$5,804
82.
Nathan Lang
San Antonio, TX
$4,353
83.
Thomas Jean Marc
Paris, France
$4,353
84.
Peter Carini
Newark, CA
$4,353
85.
John Phan
Stockton, CA
$4,353
86.
Donnocha O'Dea
Dublin, Ireland
$4,353
87.
Paul Incerto
Norwalk, CT
$4,353
88.
Gregory Hurwitz
Sampscott, MA
$4,353
89.
Danton Orosz
Ontario, Canada
$4,353
90.
Ryan Schultz
St. Louis, MO
$4,353
91.
Richard Tehan
NA
$4,353
92.
Judson Hinton
Stockbridge, GA
$4,353
93.
Tim Le
Portland, OR
$4,353
94.
Russell Minobe
Aiea, HI
$4,353
95.
John Gaudreault
Elizabeth, Co
$4,353
96.
Nick Stanley
Spokane, WA
$4,353
97.
Donald Barton
Pahrump, NV
$4,353
98.
Paul Freidberg
NA
$4,353
99.
Mallory Smith
Aurora, CO
$4,353
100.
Mike Baas
Las Vegas, NV
$4,353
101.
Dennis Andridla
Hazlet, NJ
$4,353
102.
Kevin Slaughter
Las Vegas, NV
$4,353
103.
John Johnson
Valencia, CA
$4,353
104.
Russell Hudson
Glenwood Springs, CO
$4,353
105.
Ernest Plutt
Boise, ID
$4,353
106.
Jose Raul
Panama, Panama
$4,353
107.
Srinivas Varlagadda
Sarasota, FL
$4,353
108.
Marina Baroco
Pensacola, FL
$4,353
109.
Tony Nasr
Whittier, CA
$2,902
110.
Amir Nurani
El Cajon, CA
$2,902
111.
Brian Micon
Atlanta, GA
$2,902
112.
Mohammad Azar
Las Vegas, NV
$2,902
113.
Karen Kitchen
Grand Blanc, MI
$2,902
114.
Mat Gherackal
NA
$2,902
115.
Cornell Bowlson
Farmington Hills, MI
$2,902
116.
Ryan Larson
Las Vegas, NV
$2,902
117.
Manuel Benites
Minneapolis, MN
$2,902
118.
Edward Teens
Trion, GA
$2,902
119.
Joel Fischbein
Las Vegas, NV
$2,902
120.
Nathan Meyvis
Bloomfield Hills, MI
$2,902
121.
Martin Henshaw
UK
$2,902
122.
Amir Naderi
Santa Monica, CA
$2,902
123.
Jason Lilly
Mount Hope, AL
$2,902
124.
James Stone
Fairlawn, OH
$2,902
125.
Brian Fields
Berkeley, CA
$2,902
126.
Tony Davis
Ellijay, GA
$2,902
127.
David Franson
Pennsylvania
$2,902
128.
Allen Cunningham
Las Vegas, NV
$2,902
129.
Wendell Barnes
Charlton, MA
$2,902
130.
Alex Santiago
NV
$2,902
131.
Joseph Santoro
Orlando, FL
$2,902
132.
David Choe
Chicago, IL
$2,902
133.
David Plastik
Las Vegas, NV
$2,902
134.
Huck Seed
Orlando, FL
$2,902
135.
Cory Ward
Titusville, FL
$2,902
136.
Canh Phan
Richardson, TX
$2,902
137.
David Van Overseem
Manhattan Beach, CA
$2,902
138.
Kendell Kim
Corona, CA
$2,902
139.
Dennis Seagle
Marion, NC
$2,902
140.
Todd Annoni
Los Altos, CA
$2,902
141.
Bert Jones
Hermosa Beach, CA
$2,902
142.
Zachary Fritz
Las Vegas, NV
$2,902
143.
Jeffrey Philips
Bristow, VA
$2,902
144.
Wesley Chepler
Huntsville, AL
$2,902
145.
Nick Peperone
Vast Amherst, NY
$2,902
146.
David King
Hanover, MA
$2,902
147.
Brent Bibby
Canada
$2,902
148.
Richard Gregory
Bellevue, WA
$2,902
149.
Aaron Lasater
Noncross, GA
$2,902
150.
Dominick Cantore
Chicago, IL
$2,902
151.
Michael Cummings
Grover Beach, CA
$2,902
152.
T.J. Cloutier
Richardson, TX
$2,902
153.
Orestes Melgarejo
Pembroke Pines, FL
$2,902
154.
Matthew Robertson
Lubbock, TX
$2,176
155.
Nicholas Schulman
NA
$2,176
156.
Kei Tanaka
Tokyo, Japan
$2,176
157.
Stephen Duggan
Manhattan, NY
$2,176
158.
Mark Gregorich
Las Vegas, NV
$2,176
159.
Jason Sy
Houston, TX
$2,176
160.
Daniel Becker
Nashville, TN
$2,176
161.
Cory Henen
Trumbull, CT
$2,176
162.
John Anderson
San Antonio, TX
$2,176
163.
John Shetter
Colleyville, TX
$2,176
164.
Constantine Moustakis
Danvers, MA
$2,176
165.
NA
NA
$2,176
166.
W. Douglas Barnum
Columbia, SC
$2,176
167.
Bradley heffron
Pickerington, OH
$2,176
168.
Michael Hill
Canada
$2,176
169.
Peter Jetter
NA
$2,176
170.
Peter Nathan
Las Vegas, NV
$2,176
171.
Alan Bittikofen
Haywood, CA
$2,176
172.
Ronald Toledo
Edmonton, Canada
$2,176
173.
Laura Diamond
Evergreen, CO
$2,176
174.
Helge Pederson
NA
$2,176
175.
Eduardo Santi
Argentina
$2,176
176.
Bobby Lee
Sacramento, CA
$2,176
177.
Matthew Dunbar
Indianapolis, IN
$2,176
178.
Michael Laing
Las Vegas, NV
$2,176
179.
Yong Chen
BC, Canada
$2,176
180.
Richard Tatalovich
Scottsdale, AZ
$2,176
181.
Tian Ma
Chandler, AZ
$2,176
182.
Tad Jurgens
Chandler, AZ
$2,176
183.
Joseph Torres
Amityville, NY
$2,176
184.
Kyle Shigano
Pearl City, HI
$2,176
185.
Andrew Bourne
NA
$2,176
186.
Gerardo Campos
Weston, FL
$2,176
187.
Randy McKay
Finlay, ND
$2,176
188.
Steven Cohn
NA
$2,176
189.
Jean Harlan
Las Vegas, NV
$2,176
190.
Aristomenis Stauropolus
NA
$2,176
191.
Mike Friedman
Switzerland
$2,176
192.
Aaron Ruppert
Norman, OK
$2,176
193.
Nicholas Ronyerz
Goleta, CA
$2,176
194.
Paul Fredericks
Winchester, CA
$2,176
195.
David Chen
New York
$2,176
196.
Paul Wolfe
Apollo Beach, FL
$1,088
197.
Dennis Waterman
Myrtle Point, OR
$1,088
198.
Anahit Galajian
Glendale, CA
$1,088
199.
Nevio Nicolich
NA
$1,088
200.
Steve Shkolnik
Woodland Hills, CA
$1,088
201.
Adam Meyer
Weston, FL
$1,088
 
 
If It’s Thursday, This Must Be Sweden
 
Swedish Poker Pro Mats Rahmn Wins His First WSOP Gold Bracelet 
 
Three Europeans dominate no-limit hold’em final table
 
 
Las Vegas, NV –Many people might be surprised to learn that Scandinavia is one of poker’s hottest new markets. Perhaps it’s the cold dark winters. Perhaps it’s the relatively high income and education levels. Or, perhaps it’s the high-tech sophistication of the region. Scandinavians own more personal computers and cell phones, per capita, than any other population group. Not surprisingly, Swedes, Fins, Danes, and Norwegians also play more online poker than any other region.
            Leading the way is Sweden, with a total population nine million. Right behind the US, the UK, and Canada – Sweden sends more players to the World Series of Poker than any other nation. Adjusted for population size, Sweden is second only to the United States in the total number of players who play in the WSOP main event. Sweden’s emergence as a poker hub is also now producing world champions.
            Mats Rahmn, a 26-year-old professional poker player from Stockholm, won the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship at the 2006 World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee’s Best Light. More impressive was the fact that Rahmn topped a gigantic field of 2,126 players.  
            After 2,117 players had been eliminated over two long days, nine players took the final table on the Rio stage. The nine finalists comprised a very tough lineup, although none had previously won a WSOP gold bracelet.
 
Player Name
Chip Count
Seat #
James Sileo
$144,000
1
Richard Toth
$447,000
2
Mats Rahmn
$511,000
3
Billy Duarte
$96,000
4
Padraig Parkinson
$278,000
5
Ashwin Sarin
$591,000
6
Chris Birchby
$497,000
7
Michael Binger
$325,000
8
Jordan Morgan
$307,000
9
 
            “Boston Billy” Duarte was the first player to exit. The longtime poker pro, who plays in big cash games and at major tournaments around the country, was eliminated with ace-queen against ace-king. Duarte failed to catch a queen, putting him out in ninth place, which paid $58,040.  
            Ashwin Sarin went out next. The software engineer from Redmond, WA arrived at the final table as the chip leader. But Sarin suffered a horrible series of hands and beats over a 90-minute period that melted his stack of chips. Down to his last 200,000 after starting the day off with 591,000, Sarin moved all-in with pocket kings after the flop came J-8-6. His opponent called holding an eight, and then caught a second pair to eliminate Sarin in eighth place. He received $72,550. 
            Jordan Morgan, a 22-year-old college student from Norman, Okalahoma finished in seventh place when his pocket tens were run down a high pair. Morgan moved all-in with his last 125,000 and was called by a player with a flush draw. Instead of catching the flush however, Morgan’s opponent caught a queen to make a higher pair, resulting in Morgan’s abolition. The Oklahoman collected $87,060 at his first WSOP final table.
            Michael Binger had chips for a while, but then went card dead. He tried to take a pot with king-jack by making a 135,000 pre-flop raise. He was called down by an opponent with 10-7 who ended up flopping a seven, good for a pair. That was all it took to knock out the Stanford graduate (PhD). Binger, a physician from California, received sixth-place prize money totaling $101,570.
            James Sileo went out next. Hold’em’s most classic confrontation eliminated Sileo, who held ace-king against pocket queens. Board came with all low cards, a disappointment to Sileo, who ended up taking fifth place and $116,080. 
            Chris Birchby, a.k.a. “Marvin Garden” hit the rail in fourth place when he was desperately low on chips and was forced to play a sub-par hand or risk being blinded off. He moved all-in with his last 100,000 in chips on a steal attempt, but was down called by Mats Rahmn. Birchby had queen-five versus Rahmn’s king-seven. A king flopped, and Birchby – the owner of a sunblock lotion company (“Coola Sunblock”) got burned. Fourth place paid $145,100. 
            Anyone who still doubts that Europeans can play great poker would be advised to look at the three finalists in this event. After the six Americans had all gone bust, that left an Irishman, a Hungarian, and a Swede to compete for what would be a first WSOP gold bracelet. Padriag Parkinson, who finished third in the WSOP main event back in 1999 (the year fellow Irishman Noel Furlong won it), had to settle for third place again this time around. Parkinson took a horrible beat when his ace-four was cracked by Richard Toth’s ace-three. Both players flopped an ace, but a three fell on the river to make two-pair for Toth. Parkinson, who was cashing for the fourth time at this year’s World Series, collected $203,139 for third place.
            When heads-up play began, Richard Toth enjoyed a 2 to 1 chip lead over Mats Rahmn. The two players battled back and forth for nearly an hour before Rahmn won the decisive final hand of the tournament. The final hand came when Rahmn was dealt pocket kings versus Toth’s jack-eight. Toth called a pre-flop raise. After the flop came J-10-9, Rahmn bet out 150,000 and Toth moved all in for 500,000 more. Rahmn called and showed his overpair. Toth had top pair with an outside straight draw. However, two blanks hit the turn and the river, securing the victory for Rahmn. 
            As the runner up, Richard Toth received $333,729. The Hungarian poker player, who works in high-tech sales, was making his first-ever appearance at the WSOP. Toth will be a force in Europe and in years to come when he plays in North America.
            Mats Rahmn had few words to express the jubilation of winning his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet and $655,141. “It feels amazing,” he said.
 
 
by Nolan Dalla