Event #31 No-Limit Hold’em, Buy-In: $2,000 Official Results

2006 World Series of Poker
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
Official Results and Report
Event #31
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $2,000
Number of Entries: 2,050
Total Prize Money: $3,731,000
Official Results:
 
1.
Detroit, MI
$842,262
2.
Gaithersburg, MD
$429,065
3.
Las Vegas, NV
$261,170
4.
Newport Beach, CA
$186,550
5.
Chattanooga, TN
$149,240
6.
Seattle, WA
$130,585
7.
Joshua Wakeman
Sandwich, IL
$111,930
8.
Coral Springs, FL
$93,275
9.
Atlanta, GA
$74,620
10
Sacramento, CA
$55,965
11
Kendall Fukomoto
Honolulu, HI
$52,234
12
Chandler, AZ
$48,503
13
Jacob Stearley
Spring Lake, MI
$44,772
14
Indiana Wells, CA
$41,041
15
Fairhope, AL
$37,310
16
London, UK
$33,579
17
Stephen Jones
Springfield, IL
$29,848
18
Ryan Fair
Coral Springs, FL
$26,117
19
Narimal Parmar
Lomita, CA
$22,386
20
Kayshan Muthy
London, UK
$22,386
21
Angel Garcia
Henderson, NV
$22,386
22
Miami, FL
$18,655
23
Santa Monica, CA
$18,655
24
Bridgenorth, UK
$18,655
25
Pittsburgh, PA
$14,924
26
Eduardo Sants
NA
$14,924
27
David Cesiano
Galveston, TX
$14,924
28
Phoenix, AZ
$11,193
29
Jose Severino
Panama
$11,193
30
Gulf Breeze, FL
$11,193
31
Lafayette, LA
$11,193
32
Plano, TX
$11,193
33
Westminster, CA
$11,193
34
Egg Harber, NJ
$11,193
35
London, England
$11,193
36
Los Angeles, CA
$11,193
37
Haymarket, VA
$9,328
38
Kevin Noel
Coral Springs, FL
$9,328
39
Brooklyn, NY
$9,328
40
Jeffrey Tahler
W. Hollywood, CA
$9,328
41
Horsbore, Sweden
$9,328
42
John Spanavecchia
Lighthouse Point, FL
$9,328
43
San Jose, Costa Rica
$9,328
44
Michael McIntyre
Tewersbary, MA
$9,328
45
Ottawa, Canada
$9,328
46
Joseph Nolan
Henderson, NV
$9,328
47
Tulsa, OK
$9,328
48
Las Vegas, NV
$9,328
49
Manalapan, NJ
$9,328
50
Tony Pirone
Boston, MA
$9,328
51
Bobby Poe
Commerce Twp, MI
$9,328
52
Winnetka, CA
$9,328
53
Belleive, NE
$9,328
54
Whittier, CA
$9,328
55
J.P. Vaughan
Campo, CA
$7,462
56
Mark Hope
Denver, CO
$7,462
57
Joe Myers
Gray's Lake, IL
$7,462
58
Liverpool, NY
$7,462
59
Newport Beach, CA
$7,462
60
Las Vegas, NV
$7,462
61
Howell, MI
$7,462
62
T.J. Yurkanin
Seattle, WA
$7,462
63
Downey, CA
$7,462
64
Chris Convery
Capetown, South Africa
$7,462
65
Nashville, TN
$7,462
66
Ocean Beach, CA
$7,462
67
Carolina, Puerto Rico
$7,462
68
John Lively
Houston, TX
$7,462
69
Rochester Hills, MI
$7,462
70
Uskov Alexander
Moscow, Russia
$7,462
71
Atlantic City, NJ
$7,462
72
Claude Marbeleu
Toolouse, France
$7,462
73
London, England
$7,462
74
Blake Mason
Atlanta, GA
$7,462
75
Anaheim, CA
$7,462
76
Sydney, Australia
$7,462
77
Raleigh, NC
$7,462
78
Jason Levine
Miami, FL
$7,462
79
Bari, Italy
$7,462
80
Torrance, CA
$7,462
81
Paul Andrzejewski
Park Ridge, IL
$7,462
82
Derek Lawless
Heartfordshire, UK
$5,597
83
Robert Ohl
Mansfield, OH
$5,597
84
Les Juliano
Austin, TX
$5,597
85
Huber Heights, OH
$5,597
86
Austin, TX
$5,597
87
Huber Heights, OH
$5,597
88
Jamad Rashid
Henderson, NV
$5,597
89
Theo Nerantzinis
Bethpage, NY
$5,597
90
Las Vegas, NV
$5,597
91
Sothenburg, Sweeden
$5,597
92
Perth, Australia
$5,597
93
Charles Balesteri
Island Park, NY
$5,597
94
Finley, ND
$5,597
95
James Basar
Burnswick, OH
$5,597
96
Tony Bueti
Mt. Kisco, NY
$5,597
97
Jarrod Ankeniman
Avon, CT
$5,597
98
David Stirling
Wellington, FL
$5,597
99
Los Angeles, CA
$5,597
100
Steve Karp
Dona, FL
$5,597
101
Culver City, CA
$5,597
102
Robert Lendgren
Richland, WA
$5,597
103
Brett Shaffer
Beloit, KS
$5,597
104
Los Angeles, CA
$5,597
105
Doris Homonicki
Victoria, Australia
$5,597
106
Raleigh, NC
$5,597
107
Jeremy Tutre
Salt Lake City, UT
$5,597
108
Zacharia Butler
Brierley Hill, UK
$5,597
109
Joseph Burkley
Lowell, MA
$3,731
110
Dow Sjolestad
Phoenix, AZ
$3,731
111
John Loisana
Chapel Hill, NC
$3,731
112
Andrew Stirling
Wellington, FL
$3,731
113
Eric Nelson
Sioux City, IA
$3,731
114
NA
$3,731
115
Fort Calhoun, NE
$3,731
116
Roy Wilder
Livermore, CA
$3,731
117
David Cussio
El Paso, TX
$3,731
118
Mark Davis
NA
$3,731
119
Las Vegas, NV
$3,731
120
Las Vegas, NV
$3,731
121
Claus Vallo
Copenhagen, Denmark
$3,731
122
Los Angeles, CA
$3,731
123
Baton Rouge, LA
$3,731
124
Paris, France
$3,731
125
Charlotte, NC
$3,731
126
Jason Fleurant
Vancouver, Canada
$3,731
127
Moneta, VA
$3,731
128
Johnny Kitchens III
Lake Mary, Fl
$3,731
129
Aarhus, Denmark
$3,731
130
Galsgow, Sweeden
$3,731
131
Buenos Aires, Argentina
$3,731
132
Vegard Nygard
Oslo, Norway
$3,731
133
Zack Stewart
Santa Monica, CA
$3,731
134
Craig Gold
Belmont, CA
$3,731
135
Javier Sarache
Pembrook Farms, FL
$3,731
136
Jeffrey Johnson
West Palm Beach, FL
$3,731
137
Kent, WA
$3,731
138
Brigantine, NJ
$3,731
139
Las Vegas, NV
$3,731
140
Sean Willis
Murrell's Inlet, SC
$3,731
141
Tommy Hang
Lynwood, WA
$3,731
142
Richard E. Park
Huntington, CA
$3,731
143
Jeffrey Lambert
Thousand Oaks, CA
$3,731
144
Brian Malcolm
Redmond, WA
$3,731
145
Anthony Consola
Chicago, IL
$3,731
146
John Vincent
NA
$3,731
147
Roger Pape
Fort Morgan, CO
$3,731
148
Orlando Moretti
Ontario, Canada
$3,731
149
Amir Nurant
El Cajon, CA
$3,731
150
Torrance, CA
$3,731
151
Alexander Dokunov
Las Vegas, NV
$3,731
152
Ernesto Espino
Las Vegas, NV
$3,731
153
Gregory Vamplew
NA
$3,731
154
Houston, TX
$2,798
155
Dublin, Ireland
$2,798
156
Adam Greens
New York, NY
$2,798
157
Jason Barnett
Oxford, AL
$2,798
158
NA
$2,798
159
NA
$2,798
160
Chicago, IL
$2,798
161
Jess Susi
San Diego, CA
$2,798
162
NA
$2,798
163
Jeff Samuelson
Doniphan, NE
$2,798
164
Portola Hills, CA
$2,798
165
Fort Wayne, IN
$2,798
166
Kevin O'Sullivan
CA
$2,798
167
Jason Ryan
Houston, TX
$2,798
168
Alexander Lieu
Pasadena, CA
$2,798
169
Stockholm, Sweden
$2,798
170
Riverside, CA
$2,798
171
Ludera Ranch, CA
$2,798
172
Mancepa, AZ
$2,798
173
Shell Knob, MO
$2,798
174
Boswell, GA
$2,798
175
Kevin Paulk
Lynn Hoven, FL
$2,798
176
Anahit Coalajian
Glendak, CA
$2,798
177
Paul Quadie
Highland Ranch, CO
$2,798
178
Gino Criscione
Laguna Niguel, CA
$2,798
179
Lake Elsinore, CA
$2,798
180
Fresno, CA
$2,798
181
Dan Gatto
Galt, CA
$2,798
182
Saul Prusoff
Alpharetta, GA
$2,798
183
Yorktown Heights, NY
$2,798
184
Ali Zayeu
El Paso, TX
$2,798
185
Farid Vaghefi
San Diego, CA
$2,798
186
Orlando, FL
$2,798
187
Henderson, NV
$2,798
188
Gregory Cartin
Brookline, MA
$2,798
189
Keith Block
Pomona, NY
$2,798
190
Michelle Law
Las Vegas, NV
$2,798
191
Chicago, IL
$2,798
192
NA
$1,632
193
Peter Calvo
NA
$1,632
194
Juan Moranjo
Miami Lakes, FL
$1,632
195
Keith Jacobs
Calabasas, CA
$1,632
196
Broc Segura
New Iberia, LA
$1,632
197
Commach, NY
$1,632
198
Davie, FL
$1,632
199
Farhem, Hampshire
$1,632
200
Mohammed Shafia
NA
$1,632
201
NA
$1,632
202
Samuel Silverman
Las Vegas, NV
$1,632
203
Marseille, France
$1,632
 
Easy Money
Justin Scott Wins Gold Bracelet and $842,262
Detroit poker player destroys final table in wire-to-wire victory
Las Vegas, NV –Justin Scott flew into Las Vegas and promptly lost his entire bankroll at a baccarat table. This would not be an unusual story, since millions of visitors arrive in the gambling capital of the world each year and then leave town with less money. Scott’s story is unique because out of the ashes of defeat in the pit, the 22-year-old professional poker player from Detroit scratched together a $2,000 buy-in for the No-Limit Hold’em championship and ended up winning $842,262 at the 2006 World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee’s Best Light.
Scott steamrolled over a staggering field of 2,050 players – one of the largest tournaments held thus far at the World Series. After 2,041 players had been eliminated over two long days, nine players took their seats at the final table upon the Rio poker stage. The nine finalists comprised largely an unknown group of poker players. None had previously won a WSOP gold bracelet. When play began, Justin Scott enjoyed a decisive chip lead. Nathan Templeton was second, with everyone else far off in the distance. ESPN television was on hand to film the seven-hour finale, which featured perhaps the most dominant victory by any player yet at this year’s WSOP.
 
Name
Chip Count
Seat
301,000
1
832,000
2
324,000
3
174,000
4
133,000
5
267,000
6
Josh Wakeman
319,000
7
1,500,000
8
224,000
9
 
Bryan Micon, a.k.a. “Neverwinpoker” fulfilled his namesake by being the first player to bust out. Micon took a horrible beat when his pocket kings were trounced by Jason Johnson’s ace-king. Johnson caught two devastating aces on the board to crush Micon. The Atlanta-based poker player took $74,620 for ninth place.
What goes around comes around. After busting-out Micon, Jason Johnson was himself eliminated when his ace-queen lost of Justin Scott’s ace-king. Neither player made a pair, but the king-kicker in Scott’s hand played and Johnson was knocked out. Johnson, a painter from Florida, cashed out for $93,275. Johnson’s elimination would mark the first of seven consecutive players to be eliminated by Scott. His play at this final table was so domineering, that as play progressed spectators could see the growing sense of frustration on the faces of Scott’s powerless opponents.
Dr. Josh Wakeman attended his first WSOP and this was his first-ever final table appearance. The chiropractor from Illinois had his back broken when his ace-jack was upset by Justin Scott’s queen-seven. Two queens flopped, and Dr. Wakeman was discharged in seventh place. In what has been a great year in poker for chiropractors (world champ Joe Hachem’s former profession), Wakeman collected $111,930 in prize money.
The Justin Scott express rolled on. Already ahead in chips by a 3 to 1 count, Scott’s total domination continued. Carl Olson went out next. His pocket sixes were flattened by Scott’s ace-seven. The proverbial toss-up situation with a pair versus two overcards went Scott’s way, when an ace flopped. Olson, a University of Washington graduate who now plays poker professionally, received $130,585 for sixth place.
If there was any thought that Justin Scott might eventually go card dead and take a few hits, it vanished when the chip leader busted out yet another player – this time holding pocket deuces. Scott’s deuce-deuce edged out Nathan Templeton’s queen-ten when the real estate investor from Tennessee failed to connect with a pair. Templeton’s share of the prize poll amounted to $149,240 for fifth place.
By this time, Justin Scott was an immovable force. He amassed the vast majority of the chips still in play, making the spectacle more of a contest for “second place” than any lingering suspense as to who would be the tournament winner. Scott obliterated yet another player when his ace-king broke Greg Glass’ king-ten. Both players flopped top pair when a king came. Drawing slim with two cards still to come, Glass failed to hit a ten. Was Glass half-full or half-empty? It depends on how one views a fourth-place finish. The 40-year-old poker player from California received $186,550 in prize money.
Things were not so bright for Bob Bright. The CEO of a stock trading firm in Las Vegas cashed out as the third-place finisher when his ace-six failed to connect with the board. Justin Scott’s pocket threes held up on the final hand, fizzling out Bright’s chances of a comeback victory. Bright, who won the “Best All-Around” player award at Caesar’s Las Vegas on this year’s WSOP Circuit, had to settle for $261,170 and third place, this time.
Looking at the chip discrepancy going into heads-up play, Farzad Rouhani must have felt like a stalled Hyundai sitting in the middle of the rail road tracks looking up at a roaring freight train. Rouhani was down nearly 13 to 1 – the single-largest lead going into heads-up play at the WSOP in over three years. Scott’s 3,800,000 in chips, festooned in dozens of neat columns looked like the Acropolis compared to Rouhani’s 290,000 shack.
Overlooked in Scott’s extraordinary victory was Rouhani’s remarkable survival skills. Perhaps no player had fewer key cards or bigger hands at this year’s World Series, and yet still managed to win more prize money ($429,065). On the previous day, when play had dwindled down to 35-players, Rouhani had less than 100,000 in chips and made a few key folds holding marginal hands which enabled him to survive longer in the tournament. Rouhani never had many chips in this event, yet still managed to outlast all but the last of 2,050 players.
Rouhani put all of his last chips into the pot as the favorite. His pocket eights were in the lead on the final hand of the tournament. But Scott simply could not be stopped. His queen-six made a pair when a queen landed on board, and Rouhani ended up as the last victim of what can only be described as poker’s closest thing to a massacre.
The new poker champion was interviewed afterward and began with a classic understatement. “I came in with 1.5 million,” Scott said. “I was able to use my chips to run over the table.”
Scott was complimentary toward his opponents, particularly Rouhani. “Maybe I’m going to write a poker book,” he said. “I’m going to put (Rouhani) in it for how to play short-handed in tournaments. He was simply amazing.”
Justin Scott’s trip to Las Vegas may have started off with a wimper. But it certainly ended with a bang. He went from being flat broke to $842,262 richer. “I’m going to pay off the rest of my dad’s home,” Scott said. “Then, I’m going to buy a home for myself.”
A bit of free advice – stay away from the baccarat tables.