Event #4 Final Report

2006 World Series of Poker        
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
Official Results and Report
 
Event #4
Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $1,500
Number of Entries: 1,068
Total Prize Money: $1,457,820
Defending Champion (2005): Erik Froehlich
 
 
Official Results:
 
1.
Kianoush Abolfathi
Marina Del Rey, CA
$335,289
2.
Eric Buchman
Valley Stream, NY
$174,938
3.
Josh Schlein
Owings Mills, MD
$101,318
4.
Michele D. Lewis
Houston, TX
$72,891
5.
Vipul Kothari
Edison, NJ
$58,313
6.
Hank Sparks
Long Beach, CA
$51,024
7.
Patrick Maloney
Las Vegas, NV
$43,735
8.
Lars Hansen
Copenhagen, Denmark
$36,446
9.
Matt Elsby
Los Angeles, CA
$32,801
10.
Brandon Bates
New York, NY
$29,156
11.
Sean Luckey
Las Vegas, NV
$26,970
12.
Robin Mezhibousky
Holmdel, NJ
$24,783
13.
Chad Davis
Greenville, TX
$22,596
14.
Kevin Manley
Arlington Heights, IL
$20,409
15.
Ron Burke
La Selva Beach, CA
$18,223
16.
Gary Margadonna
Granbury, TX
$16,036
17.
Stuart Krasney
Tustin, CA
$13,849
18.
Aaron Z. Bartley
Cary, NC
$11,663
19.
Genki Jinno
Kanagawa, Japan
$9,476
20.
Joe Cassidy
Costa Mesa, CA
$9,476
21.
Phil Ivey
Las Vegas, NV
$9,476
22.
Chris McHugh
Las Vegas, NV
$9,476
23.
Troy Tuggle
Brighton, MI
$9,476
24.
Chris Tsiprailides
Syracuse, NY
$9,476
25.
Steve Wong
Hoofddorf, Holland
$9,476
26.
Jonathan Little
Pensacola, FL
$9,476
27.
Ryan McGuire
Las Vegas, NV
$9,476
28.
Young Phan
Garden Crove, CA
$7,289
29.
Jason Gillis
San Clements
$7,289
30.
Selma Gluhbegovic
Las Vegas, NV
$7,289
31.
Wyley Lynch
Henderson, NV
$7,289
32.
Michael Russ
Nutley, NJ
$7,289
33.
Greg Mueller
Boamlager, Germany
$7,289
34.
Howard Boyd
Westchester, OH
$7,289
35.
Peter Dominie
Charlotte, NC
$7,289
36.
Julio Rodriguez
Baily, CO
$7,289
37.
Jorge Martinez
Key Largo, FL
$5,831
38.
Ed Sass
Wallingford, CT
$5,831
39.
Van Nguyen
Bell Gardens, CA
$5,831
40.
James Giuffre
Chicago, IL
$5,831
41.
Jed Pickerson
Oceanside, CA
$5,831
42.
Phil Gordon
Las Vegas, NV
$5,831
43.
James Green
Columbia, MO
$5,831
44.
Brad Anderson
Fresno, CA
$5,831
45.
Mitch Kroll
Solon, OH
$5,831
46.
Robert Vollmer
Springboro, OH
$4,373
47.
Ed Brodsky
San Diego, CA
$4,373
48.
Michael Hill
Wiesbaden
$4,373
49.
Aaron Ogus
Kimbland, WA
$4,373
50.
Jerry Dunning
Sarasota, FL
$4,373
51.
George Billias
E. Lyme, CT
$4,373
52.
Kuei Chi Chang
Taiwan
$4,373
53.
Bud Lavassani
Burbank, CA
$4,373
54.
Alan Schein
N. Miami, FL
$4,373
55.
Fi Tran
Los Angeles, CA
$3,645
56.
Jim Wavra
Spokane, WA
$3,645
57.
Jesse Martin
New York, NY
$3,645
58.
Christopher Feeney
Orlando, FL
$3,645
59.
Eugene Ji
New York, NY
$3,645
60.
Joshua Blanchfield
Boston, MA
$3,645
61.
Kendrick Roberts
Houston, TX
$3,645
62.
Phuong Nguyen
Auborn, WA
$3,645
63.
Paul A. Taylor
Las Vegas, NV
$3,645
64.
Victor I. Parashiv
Chicago, IL
$2,916
65.
David G. Pincus
Davis, CA
$2,916
66.
Gregory S. Wilson
Crystal Lake, IL
$2,916
67.
Kyle D. Miaso
Scottsdale, AZ
$2,916
68.
Keith N. Sexton
Henderson, NV
$2,916
69.
Eric J. Nickelson
San Jose, CA
$2,916
70.
Andre Ross
Montreal, Canada
$2,916
71.
Unknown
NA
$2,916
72.
John Jenkins
Walnut Creek, CA
$2,916
73.
Cal Namihino
Honolulu, HI
$2,916
74.
Jesse Jamison
Phoenix, AZ
$2,916
75.
Donald Sekorky
Medino, OH
$2,916
76.
B.I. "T.D." Dong
Palo Alto, CA
$2,916
77.
Tom Koral
Skokie, IL
$2,916
78.
Claudie Holland
Fayetville, NC
$2,916
79.
Jonathan Aquiar
Boston, MA
$2,916
80.
Vanessa Rousso
Las Vegas, NV
$2,916
81.
James Richburg
Long Beach, CA
$2,916
82.
Salem Valimahomed
Cambridge, MA
$2,187
83.
Kenny Chanthamalo
East Lyme, CT
$2,187
84.
Mark Jones
Manhattan Beach, CA
$2,187
85.
James Browwer
Marysville, WA
$2,187
86.
Andrew Wynn
New York, NY
$2,187
87.
James Gaill
Appomattox, VA
$2,187
88.
Michael Castelli
Ottowa, IL
$2,187
89.
Chad Burum
Muvato, CA
$2,187
90.
Eric H. Young
Ontario, Canada
$2,187
91.
Ernie Scherer III
Los Angeles, CA
$2,187
92.
David Stroj
Chula Vista, CA
$2,187
93.
Joel Black
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
$2,187
94.
Larry Thomas
San Leandro, CA
$2,187
95.
Christopher James
Castleton, NY
$2,187
96.
Kevin Kim
Los Angeles, CA
$1,749.60
97.
Denton Gleaves
North Las Vegas, NV
$1,749.60
98.
Allan Cunningham
Las Vegas, NV
$1,749.60
99.
Jeff Mervis
Las Vegas, NV
$1,749.60
100
Tim Post
Humcston, IA
$1,749.60
 
 
Kianoush Abolfathi Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet
 
Iranian-born student now living in Los Angeles
wins biggest limit hold’em prize in history!
 
 
Las Vegas, NV – Once upon a time there was a poker game called “Limit Hold’em.” It was the most popular game in the land. Everywhere you went, in each cardroom and every casino, limit was the game that was played. Then, the earth shook and the poker world changed -- perhaps forever.
            When ESPN began showing the 2003 World Series of Poker in prime time, millions of television viewers were exposed to an exciting “new” poker game for the very first time. No-limit hold’em, a game previously tucked away inside smoky backrooms played regularly only by a few dusty old-timers, skyrocketed in popularity and revolutionized poker and the way it is perceived everywhere.
            Limit hold’em has since become poker’s step-child. Sure, remains widely-played and is a staple game inside many cardrooms. But, in tournament poker, no-limit is king.
Limit poker requires a very different set of skills and strategies to win. Unlike the reckless “all in” mentality often present at no-limit tables, limit is a game of patience and percentages. For that reason it is not nearly as dramatic to watch, due to its more methodological qualities.
            Nevertheless, the first limit hold’em event at this year’s World Series attracted one of the largest “limit” fields in poker history. A whopping 1,068 players put up $1,500 each for the chance to win a gold bracelet. One-thousand, and sixty-eight entries. Ho-hum. Just another day at the 2006 World Series of Poker.
            The winner was a 29-year-old Iranian-born student from Los Angeles named Kianoush Abolfathi. He won $335,289 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Abolfathi’s comeback victory from one of the lowest stacks was as impressive as it was remarkable. He started at the final table eighth in the chip count. It took Abolfathi just under seven hours to obliterate eight would-be champions en route to his first major tournament victory.
After two long days of play, the limit final table was set with the nine survivors. When the first hand was dealt out, seating positions and chips counts were as follows:
 
Name
Chip Count
Seat #
Vipul Kothavi
$132,000
1
Matt Elsby
$51,000
2
Josh Schlein
$243,000
3
Michele Lewis
$225,000
4
Eric Buchman
$213,000
5
Kianoush Abolfathi
$75,000
6
Lars Hansen
$156,000
7
Hank Sparks
$243,000
8
Patrick Maloney
$259,000
9
 
The first player eliminated was the shortest stack. In fact, the hand would set the stage for what would ultimately become “the Kianoush Abolfathi show.” Matthew Elsby was dealt pocket aces and got into a raising war with Abolfathi after making trip kings (holding K-Q) when a third-king fell on the river. The big pot put Abolfathi up to third in the chip count, zooming from pretender to contender. Elsby earned $32,801 as the first player out.
Lars Hansen is one of many talented Scandinavian players who have fared well at the WSOP in recent years. However, he went out next when he lost a series of pots and had to commit his final chips with a dog hand. The dog failed to bark, and Hansen marched away in eighth place. He received $36,446.
Patrick Maloney suffered much the same fate – a few bad hands and then low on chips -- a forced final commitment with a weak hand. Maloney’s 7-6 failed to slay Michele Lewis’ Q-10 and the night was over for the Las Vegas-based poker pro. Seventh place paid $43,735.
Hank Sparks arrived as the co-chip leader at the start, but got a shock on his final hand of the night when his pocket nines lost to Michele Lewis’ pocket tens. Sparks, appropriately enough an electrical engineer by trade, got zapped and had to settle for $51,024 for sixth place.
Vipul Kothari, from Edison, NJ was eliminated next. Kothari left in a disappointing way, losing with A-K suited after the flop brought two cards to his suit. But the flush card of salvation failed to come. All of Kothari’s chips went over to Kianoush Abolfathi. Kothari went to the cage and collected $58,313 for fifth place.
The first female to make a final table appearance at this year’s WSOP was Michele Lewis, a real estate broker and full-time mother of two children. Lewis arrived within striking distance of the chip lead a few times, but suffered a tough beat on her final hand of the tournament. Lewis was dealt pocket aces against Josh Schlein’s Q-10 suited. After the flop came with two of Schlein’s suits, a raising war broke out. A spade on the river completed Schlein’s flush and paved the exit path for Lewis. Part of her $72,891 in winnings, she says, will go to a charity that works to promote and fund cancer research.
            Down to three players, just as it looked as though Josh Schlein might start to pull away from his two rivals, he took a number of disappointing beats with the second-best hand and ended up the victim of a complete chip reversal. Schlein finally busted-out with top pair (kings) which lost to Abolfathi’s set of deuces. Third-place paid $101,318.
            That big hand gave Abolfathi a 4 to 1 chip lead when heads-up play began. His lone opponent, Eric Buchman would prove to be a tough final blockade. Despite being out-chipped by a large margin throughout the final duel, Buchman won several key hands and did his best to pull off a comeback. He got close a few times, but in the end – the big stack and the more aggressive player who knew how to take advantage of the situation won.  After 90 minutes of scratching and clawing, Abolfathi finally delivered the knockout blow with a pair of tens to Buchman’s no-pair, and a new poker champion was crowned at the Rio.
            As the runner-up, Eric Buchman received $174,938 in prize money. The winner showed great appreciation for the moment and proudly snapped on the coveted gold bracelet. Abolfathi was the $1,500 Limit Event champion. 

by Nolan Dalla
 
 
Overall Tournament Statistics (through end of Event #4):
 
Total Entries to Date:                         6,178
 
Total Prize Money Distributed:            $ 7,305,690