Event #40 No-Limit Hold’em, Buy-In: $1,000 Official Report

2006 World Series of Poker        
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
Official Report
 
Event #40
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $1,000
Number of Entries: 1,100
Total Prize Money: $1,001,000
 
 
Official Results:
 
1.
London, UK
$230,209
2.
Anh Lu
Ohio
$120,120
3.
Baktosh Gulzarzada
Ranch Cucamonga, CA
$63,570
4.
France
$50,050
5.
Rockledge, FL
$40,040
6.
John Buttifant
Columbia, SC
$35,035
7.
Indialantic, FL
$30,030
8.
Nick Mehmeti
Brookfield, IL
$25,025
9.
Vijayan Nagarajan
Malaysia
$22,523
10.
Hudson Bethard
Brookhaven, PA
$20,020
11.
Jong Choi
Columbus, OH
$18,513
12.
Thomas Knudston
Denmark
$17,017
13.
England
$15,516
14.
John Ghiloni
Newark, OH
$14,014
15.
Slidell, LA
$12,513
16.
Oakville, ON
$11,011
17.
Sandy, UT
$9,510
18.
Al Mottur
Washington DC
$8,008
19.
Duane VanKeulen
Abbotsford, BC
$6,507
20.
Mark Jones
Manhatten, CA
$6,507
21.
Robert Puryear
Winston Salem, NC
$6,507
22.
Helsinki, Finland
$6,507
23.
unknown
$6,507
24.
Jared Okyn
Tampa, FL
$6,507
25.
Jon Jaffe
Miami Beach, FL
$6,507
26.
Gunner Burghardt
Belgium
$6,507
27.
Michael Vansickle
Brighton, MI
$6,507
28.
Big Sky, MT
$5,005
29.
Frankfurt, Germany
$5,005
30.
David Beaudoin
Quebec City, Canada
$5,005
31.
Andre Bouchard
Beauport, Canada
$5,005
32.
Scott Sanford
Pearland, TX
$5,005
33.
Jay Houston
Orlando, FL
$5,005
34.
Michael Mateo
Milwaukee, WI
$5,005
35.
Samuel Jacob
Tampa, FL
$5,005
36.
Tom Meixner
Gilbert
$5,005
37.
Joseph Noa
Miami, FL
$4,004
38.
Copperas Cove, TX
$4,004
39.
Houston, TX
$4,004
40.
Frankie O'Dell
Long Beach, CA
$4,004
41.
Martinsburg, WV
$4,004
42.
George McDonald
Glascow, UK
$4,004
43.
Jeff Lawrence
Alberta, Canada
$4,004
44.
Brian Waltz
Pataskala, OH
$4,004
45.
Daniel Williams
Golden Valley, MN
$4,004
46.
Bellerose, NY
$3,003
47.
Juha Reinikainer
Finland
$3,003
48.
Marius Skoglund Torbergsen
Norway
$3,003
49.
Brooks Rickard
Mount Horeb, WI
$3,003
50.
Michael Milano
Kings Park, NY
$3,003
51.
Dan Ladue
Henderson, NV
$3,003
52.
Duluth, GA
$3,003
53.
John Chou
Sunnyvale, CA
$3,003
54.
M.R. Garshofsky
Las Vegas, NV
$3,003
55.
San Mateo, CA
$2,503
56.
Fullerton, CA
$2,503
57.
John Stansell
Seattle, WA
$2,503
58.
Las Vegas, NV
$2,503
59.
Kjetil Flaten
Norway
$2,503
60.
Kenneth Haraughty
Moreno Valley, CA
$2,503
61.
 
$2,503
62.
Chris Dyer
Nashville, TN
$2,503
63.
Joseph Brandenburg
Portland, OR
$2,503
64.
David Masters
Ireland
$2,002
65.
Patrick Commarford
Delray Beach, FL
$2,002
66.
San Antonio, TX
$2,002
67.
Lawrence Merritt
 
$2,002
68.
Gregg Fisher
Eagle, ID
$2,002
69.
Walnut, CA
$2,002
70.
John Batchan
Avondale, AZ
$2,002
71.
Patrick Finnigan
Burlington, UT
$2,002
72.
Alliance, OH
$2,002
73.
Andrew Green
West Palm Beach, FL
$2,002
74.
Gary Kainer
Bay City, TX
$2,002
75.
Jonathan Demers
 
$2,002
76.
Matthew Todd
Troy, OH
$2,002
77.
Darrell Woerner
Crowley, TX
$2,002
78.
Raymond Popowich
Rochester, NY
$2,002
79.
Terry Black
San Antonio, TX
$2,002
80.
Martinez, CA
$2,002
81.
New York, NY
$2,002
82.
Paul Dilley
UK
$1,502
83.
Fadi Morsy
Ontario, Canada
$1,502
84.
Matthew Russell
Larchmont, NY
$1,502
85.
Johnny Olesen
Denmark
$1,502
86.
Las Vegas, NV
$1,502
87.
Mille Tystad
Norway
$1,502
88.
Redondo Beach, CA
$1,502
89.
James Walker
Dublin, GA
$1,502
90.
Mount Morris, MI
$1,502
91.
Kevin Hayes
Ireland
$1,502
92.
Anthony Torti
Marragansett, RI
$1,502
93.
Michael Kretch
Oceanside, CA
$1,502
94.
William Braxdale
Austin, TX
$1,502
95.
West Covina, CA
$1,502
96.
Mangus Ramkuist
Sweden
$1,502
97.
Angel Adams
Rapid City, SD
$1,502
98.
London, UK
$600
99.
Derek Zamora
Hugo, OK
$600
100.
Franklin, WI
$600
101.
Gerald Maggi
Ortonville, MI
$600
102.
UK
$600
 
A Simple Plan
 
Praz Bansi wins his first WSOP Gold Bracelet
 
London Consultant makes good during the not so main event
 
Nestled in the backdrop of the camera crews and countless numbers of spectators, players vied for $230,000 and a coveted championship bracelet during event #40 of the World Series of Poker. The two-day event began with just over 1000 players and ended with only 40 after the first day.
            While lacking the attention and prestige, the final table of the $1,000 no-limit Hold’em event displayed an array of competitors as focused as those participating in the $10,000 main event that encompassed it.
 
Name
Seat
Mark Petrrllo
1
Nick Memeti
2
Baktash Gulzarzada
3
John Buttifant
4
5
6
7
Anh Lu
8
N. Vijayan
9
 
A couple of hands after the final table was established, N. Vijayan was the first to be eliminated. The sales manager from Kuala Lumpur hit the rails with $20,020 only minutes before the remaining players recessed for dinner.
Shortly after the players returned from break, Nick Memeti was the next to go. Memeti called Anh Lu’s pre-flop raise of 30k and saw a 7c 4c 3h hit the board. After the 2h and 10c showed on the turn and river Memeti raised while Lu re-raised all-in. Memeti called and showed pocket 3’s for the set. However, Lu’s turned over A-5 giving him the straight and Memeti an eighth place finish.
Mark Petrillo helped to further the adage about pocket jacks as his all-in against Fabrice Soulier’s pocket As,Ah sent him to the rail. Salt was added to Petrillo’s wound as Soulier flopped a set before a meaningless turn and river.
Next out was John Buttifant. The 22-year old college student moved all-in while Soulier called. Buttifant’s pocket 9’s could not hold up against the Frenchman’s A-6 as Ah showed on the flop. The Kh on the turn and the 5h river sealed Butifant’s fate at sixth place.
Earl Coggins was eliminated next after going all-in with 6-8 suited. Baktash Gulzarzada called with Ad-Jc and eliminated Coggins with the high-card ace.
Soulier saw a 4th place finish after being crippled in a previous hand. His all-in Qc-7c was called by Lu’s 9c-Kc. Although Soulier flopped a pair of queens, jubilation turned into defeat after Lu caught a river Ks.
In third place was Baktash Gulzarzada. The Afghani-born mortgage broker moved all in for 384k. Bansi called. His Ah-Ks dominated Praz’s As-8s while the board failed to improve either player’s hand.
Heads-up action pit Praz Bansi against Anh Lu who experienced one of the most amazing comebacks of this year’s WSOP. Earlier in the day, a bad beat left Lu with a pitiful 10k stack. Unwavering, he built his stack back up to a phenomenal 250k through a miracle three-way all-in, a couple of more all-ins and further aggressive pre-flop strategy.
“A miracle,” Lu answered through his interpreter and mentor, Men “The Master” Nguyen when asked how he was able to come back from such a low stack.   
However, Bansi was the aggressor during heads-up action forcing his opponent to fold four times after reraising Lu pre-flop. Crippled, Lu could only go all-in with 8s-3s against Bansi’s ace-anything. An ace on the river gave Bansi the victory. “Amazing,” replied Bansi when asked how it felt to be a WSOP gold bracelet winner. “I started with 1500 chips, and just threw some up… I got moves,” Bansi said with a grin.
 
By Alan Fowler