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David Pham Wins 2006 WSOP Shootout Bracelet

Froehlich Takes Home Bracelet #2, Ralph Perry Wins $1.5K Omaha, $1,5K NLH Begins

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$2,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Final Table (Day 3 of 3)

It was high noon as the remaining 10 competitors took their seats to vie for the coveted WSOP bracelet in event #25, the $2,000 no-limit hold'em shootout tournament. Well, technically, it was 2 p.m. PDT. Each of the returning 10 players had battled through fierce opponents and taken first place in two single-table tournaments on each previous day of the event.

With two table wins under their belts, everyone started on even footing again at the final table, each having $200,000 in chips, and the seating assignments were as follows:

Seat 1 - Jeffery Heiberg
Seat 2 - Roland De Wolfe
Seat 3 - David Bach
Seat 4 - Chad Layne
Seat 5 - Dustin Woolf
Seat 6 - Jerald Williamson
Seat 7 - Adam Kagin
Seat 8 - David Pham
Seat 9 - Charles Sewell
Seat 10 - Jason Dewitt

It was almost two hours before the first elimination. Jeffrey Heiberg moved all in for $30,500 from early position. David Pham made the call from the small blind and Charles Sewell called from the big blind. The flop came Jdiamond 2club 2heart and both players checked. They checked a turn of Jheart and again checked the river of 5diamond. David Pham showed a 5 for two pair, jacks and fives. Both Sewell and Heiberg mucked and Heiberg was eliminated from the tournament in 10th ($16,380).

Just 15 minutes later, Adam Kagin moved all in on a board of Kclub 10spade 2club Adiamond and was called by Roland De Wolfe. Kagin Showed A-9 and was behind when De Wolfe flipped up Aclub Qheart. The Qdiamond on the river sealed Kagin's fate and he was sent home in ninth, earning him $21,840.

Dustin "Neverwin" Woolf was next to go when his Qdiamond Jdiamond didn't improve enough against Jason Dewitt's flopped trip kings. Woolf got a $27,300 payday for his eighth-place finish.

Twenty minutes later, De Wolfe raised from the button and David Bach moved all in from the small blind. De Wolfe immediately called and showed Kdiamond Kheart. Bach turned over Qclub Qdiamond and needed to improve. However, the board came Aheart 6heart 5spade 2club 2heart and David Bach was eliminated from the tournament in seventh ($32,760).

Eight hands later, Jason Dewitt was all in on the flop and showed pocket fours versus David Pham's flopped top pair. Dewitt would need another four or runners to complete a backdoor flush to survive. The turn gave Dewitt hope when one of his suit hit, but the river dashed his dreams and sent him packing in sixth place with $38,220.

Pham took out another player a half hour later when his pocket jacks held up against Chad Layne's A-10. Layne took home $43,680 for his fifth-place finish. Pham continued his streak in the very next hand when he called Jerald Williamson's all in and showed A-9, dominating Williamson's Q-9. The flop further improved Pham's hand when he spiked an ace, and the turn and river were no solace for Williamson as he was eliminated in fourth ($49,140).

David Pham kept on rolling and took a huge pot from Charles Sewell when he called $200,000 on the river and showed ace high. Sewell showed only queen high, for a bluff, and Pham took down a $900,000 pot to put him in an enormous lead. This lead was only furthered when the next player was eliminated.

Roland De Wolfe raised from the button and Pham called from the small blind. The flop came Adiamond 10club 2diamond and Pham checked. De Wolfe bet $90,000 and Pham made the call. The turn was the 7spade and Pham checked again. De Wolfe fired $250,000 and Pham moved all in. De Wolfe immediately called all in and showed Aclub 6club. Pham turned over Aheart 8heart for the lead. The river brought the Kdiamond and Pham won the pot and eliminated De Wolfe in third place ($65,520), increasing his lead.

David Pham now had a $1,757,000 to $243,000 chip lead over his opponent, Charles Sewell, and it was only three hands before their final showdown. Sewell moved all in from the button and Pham called. Pham showed Jdiamond Jspade and Sewell turned over Aclub 8diamond and was behind. The board came Qheart 10club 7spade 7heart 4heart and Charles Sewell got no help and was eliminated in second place, earning $124,488. Pham took first ($240,222) and the WSOP bracelet for the event.

$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha With Rebuys Final Table (Day 2 of 2)

The pot-limit Omaha with rebuys tournament, which was set in motion last minute on Monday, gathered 158 players. Tonight only 18 remained, all in the money. Play started at 4 p.m. PDT yesterday and it took five-and-a-half hours before the final table was set to take the main stage. In this time, some notable eliminations included Jeffrey Lisandro, Tony G, and Peter Costa.

The final table was a fierce battle between some huge names in poker, including Rafi Amit, Chau Giang, Eric Froehlich, and Bruno Fitoussi. Eric Froehlich was the eventual winner of the event, earning him his second WSOP bracelet in two years.

For more on this event, see its dedicated article in our "Featured Content" section.

$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Final Table (Day 2 of 2)


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Event #26, the pot-limit Omaha tournament, also determined a winner late last night. The 16 players remaining in this field took their seats at 2 p.m. PDT and it took just over eight hours for the field to be narrowed down to a winner. Rafael Perry took first place in the event and brought home the WSOP bracelet.

For all of the details on this event, browse our site's "Featured Content" section for its dedicated article.

$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Day 1 of 3)


With 2,126 players, day one of WSOP Event #27, the $1,500 no-limit hold'em tournament, kicked off at noon PDT.

Some notable eliminations in the event, before players hit the money, included Barry Greenstein, Kenna James, and Mike Matusow. The players burst the money bubble earlier in the night and all remaining players are in the money. Some notable in-the-money busts include Allen Cunningham, Huck Seed, and T.J. Cloutier (128th, 134th, and 152nd respectively, each earning $2,902).

Play will continue today at 2 p.m. PDT with 121 players and will play to the final table.

Stay tuned to CardPlayer.com for live updates, chip counts, photos, videos, and for new episodes of "The Circuit" and the "The Series."

For more information on bracelet winners and other WSOP news stories, please visit http://www.cardplayer.com/tournaments/wsop/2006s.