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Buy-In: $10,000
Prize Pool: $7,855,000
Entrants: 783

No-Limit Hold'em Championship

  • Nov 12, '05 - Nov 18, '05
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Updates on Final Day (Nov 18, 05)

 
 

WSOP Circuit Coverage Begins Tomorrow

Nick Schulman wins the 2005 WPT World Poker Finals at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino, winning $2,142,000. Starting tomorrow, CardPlayer.com will coverage the WSOP Circuit event at the Paris.
 

Nick Schulman Wins the WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals

Nick Schulman wins the 2005 WPT World Poker Finals at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino, winning $2,142,000, a Wampum belt (as a trophy), and a $25,500 seat into the WPT World Championship at Bellagio in the spring. Tony Licastro finishes in second place, earning $1,035,000.

It was overheard that Nick Schulman has turned down a Monday night appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" because he doesn't want to be famous. When asked if it was "Leno or nothing," Schulman responded, "Conan. I'd go on Conan." As the youngest-ever WPT champion (21 years old), Nick Schulman represents the younger demographic of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" anyway.
 

Nick Schulman Wins the WPT Foxwoods World Poker Finals ($2,142,000)

Hand #88 - Tony Licastro has the button, and he folds.

Hand #89 - Nick Schulman has the button, he limps for $80,000, and Licastro checks his option. The flop comes As-Ks-8d, Licastro checks, Schulman bets $120,000, Licastro raises to $300,000, and Schulman calls. The turn card is the 2s, putting three spades on the board. In a rush, both players are all in so quickly that it's hard to tell who pushed first. (My best guess is that Licastro pushed, and Schulman immediately called.) Schulman shows 9s-6s for a flush, while Licastro shows 8h-2d for two pair. Licastro will need to improve here by catching a deuce or an eight to stay alive. The river card is -- the 5s! Tony Licastro is eliminated in second place, earning $1,035,000.

Nick Schulman wins the 2005 WPT World Poker Finals at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino, winning $2,142,000, a Wampum belt (as a trophy), and a $25,500 seat into the WPT World Championship at Bellagio in the spring.
 

Hand #86 - Tony Licastro has the button, and he moves all in for $2.68 million.

Hand #87 - Nick Schulman has the button, he raises to $200,000, and Licastro folds.
 

Heads-Up Play; Shuffle Up & Deal!

The blinds are still at 40,000-$80,000, with a $10,000 ante. The players are ready to go, so it's time to shuffle up and deal!
 

Different Satellites

When asked how much he paid for his satellite to win entry, Tony Licastro replies "$225." Linda Johnson poses the same question to Nick Schulman, a renowned online player with the screenname "Takeover," and he answers, "About eight thousand." Apparently, it took more than one try for him to win his entry.
 

Money Presentation

The money presentation involved a traditional-looking dance from the Wampum tribe, as they carried baskets of money out to the table. Heads-up play should begin soon. Keep in mind that the button has the small blind, and acts first before the flop.
 

Official Chip Counts

Here are the official chip counts from the break:

Nick Schulman - $5,150,000
Tony Licastro - $2,690,000
 

Short Break

There will be a short break before the money presentation, and then it will be heads up between Nick Schulman and Tony Licastro for the top prize. Keep in mind that both of these players will become millionaires tonight, with $2,142,000 for first and $1,035,000 for second.
 

Bill Gazes Eliminated in 3rd Place ($759,000)

Hand #83 - Nick Schulman has the button in seat 2, Licastro moves all in from the small blind, and Gazes folds 9-2 in the big blind. Licastro picks up the pot.

Hand #84 - Tony Licastro has the button in seat 3, and everyone folds to Schulman in the big blind, giving him the blinds and antes.

Hand #85 - Bill Gazes has the button in seat 6, he moves all in for $615,00, and Schulman immediately moves all in behind him. Uh-oh. Gazes shows Kc-8s, while Schulman shows As-Qh. It's not as bad as it sounded for how quickly he called, but Gazes will need to improve to stay alive.

The flop comes Ac-Jh-4c, and Schulman takes the lead with a pair of aces. Gazes needs to catch something runner-runner to stay alive. The turn card is the 5h, and Gazes is drawing dead. (The meaningless river card isn't shown to the crowd.) Bill Gazes is eliminated in third place, earning $759,000.
 
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