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Justin Scott Wins 2006 WSOP $2K No-Limit Bracelet

Justin Scott Takes Down $2K No-Limit Hold'em, $1.5K Razz Bracelet Battle Continues, $5K Pot-Limit Reaches Final Table, $1K No-Limit/Rebuys Begins

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The Rio Hotel and Casino's Amazon Room was again full of anticipation and excitement as four different events narrowed their fields in search of worthy bracelet winners. Three forms of Hold'em filled the room as the $2,000 No-Limit tournament decided a winner, the $5,000 Pot-Limit event locked in its final table and the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em with Rebuys event kicked off. The Seven Card Razz event also gave away a bracelet today, making for two total final tables full of nerves and cheers.

$2,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table (Day 3 of 3)
WSOP Event #31

The nine remaining players in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament were each looking to take home the coveted gold WSOP bracelet and the event's $842,262 first prize when they took their seats at 3 p.m. PDT. However, the odds were against them going into the final table as Justin Scott had five-times the chip stack of almost seven of his competitors and had his closest rival covered by close to $700,000.

The chip counts going into the final table were:

1. Justin Scott - $1,500,000
2. Nathan Templeton - $832,000
3. Robert Bright - $324,000
4. Josh Wakeman - $319,000
5. Carl Olson - $301,000
6. Gregory Glass - $267,000
7. Bryan Micon - $224,000
8. Jason Johnson - $174,000
9. Farzad Rouhani - $133,000

Just over an hour into the action, Justin Scott raised and Bryan Micon moved all-in over the top. Jason Johnson moved all-in for even more the small blind and Scott folded. Micon showed KheartKdiamond and Johnson turned over AclubKclub. The board came Aspade4heart3diamond5diamondAheart twice hitting the Ace that Johnson needed to overtake Micon. Micon was eliminated in ninth place ($74,620).

However, Johnson didn't have long to enjoy his newfound wealth as he found himself all-in preflop against Justin Scott. Johnson flipped up AdiamondQspade and was dominated when he saw Scott's AheartKdiamond. The board improved neither player and Johnson earned $93,275 for his eighth place finish.

The next elimination occurred as a battle of the blinds. Greg Glass moved all-in from the small blind and was called all-in by Josh Wakeman in the big blind. Glass showed Qdiamond7diamond and Wakeman turned over AheartJclub for the lead. The flop was horrible news for Wakeman as it came QclubQspade8club. The turn and river were no help when they put the 3club and the 2spade on the board and Wakeman busted in seventh for $111,930.

It took almost three hours before another player was eliminated. On a flop of Adiamond8diamond3spade, Carl "colson10" Olson pushed all-in and was called by Justin Scott, who showed Aspade7diamond for top pair. Olson had only pocket 6's and was eliminated when the turn and river did not improve his hand. Olson will take home $130,585 for his sixth place finish.

Justin Scott also eliminated Nathan Templeton 30 minutes later when his pocket 2's held up against Templeton's Qclub10spade. Templeton pocketed $149,240 for his fifth place finish and Scott's chip stack continued to grow. In fact, Scott's stack showed no signs of reaching a plateau as he took out the next player.

Greg Glass limped from the small blind and Justin Scott raised from the big blind. Glass then moved all-in and was immediately called by Scott. Glass showed Kheart10spade and Scott turned over AdiamondKclub. The board came KdiamondJheart6heart6spade2spade and Glass was been eliminated in fourth place ($186,550).

Justin Scott kept on rolling as both he and Farzad Rouhani called when Bob Bright pushed all-in. Scott and Rouhani both checked every street as the board came Jclub9spade5diamond9heart8diamond. Bright turned over A-6 but was trumped when Rouhani flipped up A-Q. They were both denied the pot as Scott showed pocket 3's for two pair. With this pot, Bright was eliminated in third, making him $261,170, while Scott's stack was left dominating Rouhani's with over a 12-1 chip advantage.

Despite such a huge chip lead, it was still a reasonably long 40 minutes before the final hand at 11:15 p.m. PDT. Farzad Rouhani called all-in, not even being able to cover Justin Scott's big blind. Rouhani turned over 8club8diamond and Scott showed Qheart6spade and would need to improve. However, he did just that when the board came AspadeQspade6club4heart3diamond and Scott took the pot with two pair, Queens and 6's. Rouhani finished the tournament in second place and earned $429,065.

Justin Scott won the gold bracelet and $842,262 first prize in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event.

$1,500 Seven Card Razz Final Table (Day 2 of 2)
WSOP Event #33

The Razz event kicked off to a quick start today at 4 p.m. PDT with its remaining 41 players. Despite taking over four hours for the first elimination on the tournament's first day, there were four eliminations within the first half-hour at the start of today. This pace continued until players hunkered down for the final table's action.

Play continued throughout the night. As of this article's publication, five players remained in the running for the event's bracelet and the $139,576 first prize, including Cliff Josephy ($190,000), James Richburg ($162,000), Steven Diano ($89,000), Juan Carlos "The Matador" Mortensen ($70,500) and Ron Ritchie ($70,000).

For more on this event, see its dedicated article in our "Featured Content" section shortly after its completion. Meanwhile, keep up to date on the tournament here by checking out our live updates and chip counts.

$5,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em (Day 2 of 3)
WSOP Event #32

Thirty-five players returned for the second day of the $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em event. The action kicked off at 3:00 p.m. PDT.

The final elimination of the night occurred when Nam Le's pocket Queens ran into the pocket Kings of Alan Sass. Sass's crowd of supporters on the rails chanted "Ship it!" throughout the hand, until the dealer finally did when Le's hand did not improve by the river. The hand eliminated Le and locked in the last nine players for the final table.

The final table is set tomorrow with chip counts below:

1. Alan Sass - $431,000
2. Michael Tedesco - $278,000
3. Tommy Smith - $238,000
4. Jason Lester - $222,000
5. Stuart Fox - $214,000
6. Tony Hartmann - $163,000
7. Kirill Gerasimov - $124,000
8. Gregg Turk - $122,000
9. Emad Tamtouh - $97,000

The final table will be at 2 p.m. PDT tomorrow.

$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em with Rebuys (Day 1 of 3)
WSOP Event #34


A field of 754 entrants participated in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em with Rebuys event today at 12:00 p.m. PDT. The entrants made a total of 1,691 rebuys, putting the total prize pool at $2,340,238. First place will stand to make $631,863.

Daniel Negreanu had $25,000 in tournament chips in front of him at the beginning of the event, ready for rebuying, and eventually made 48 total rebuys. Within the first few minutes of the tournament, Mike Matusow had already used a rebuy.

Some notable players who dropped out of the field during the first day's action include Gioi Loung, Vanessa Rousso, Greg Raymer, Mark Vos and Annie Duke.

The 61 remaining players began bagging up their chips at 12:45 a.m. to conclude play for the evening. All players left in the tournament are now in the money, making at least $4,095 for their efforts.

The $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament will resume at 2:00 p.m. PDT tomorrow.

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

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