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World Series Of Poker
 $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold 'em Result
12th June
June 2, 2005 – July 15, 2005

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Event : #11
Entries : 540 (324)
Buy-in : $2000
Prize Pool : $993,600
Report by Nolan Dalla

Money Leaders
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Edward Moncada Schenectady, NY $298,070
2 Steven Hudak Las Vegas, NV $159,970
3 David Cossio El Paso, TX $79,490
4 Ajay Shah Antwerp, Belgium $69,550
5 Kassem ‘Freddy’ Deeb Las Vegas, NV $59,615
6 Sharbel Koumi Birmingham, England $49,680
7 Marco Traniello Las Vegas, NV $39,745
8 Elia Ahmadian Washington, DC $29,810
9 Yoshitaka Oku Tokyo, Japan $19,870
10 Mike Sexton Las Vegas, NV $10,930
11 Steve Zolotow Las Vegas, NV $10,930
13 Garry Bush London $8,940
15 Berry Johnston Bethany, OK $8,940
26 Christopher Flint Blackpool, England $4,970
44 T.J. Cloutier Las Vegas, NV $2,980
Anyone questioning poker’s international popularity would be advised to take a look at the final table of the Pot-Limit Hold’em championship (Event #11) at the World Series of Poker. The setting looked more like a conference at the United Nations than a poker game. Eight different countries were represented – including Armenia, Belgium, England, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, and the United States. And, it just so happened that the American-born winner is nicknamed ‘Bolivia.’

Edward Moncada, a 31-year-old professional poker player now living in California, won first place and $298,070. He also captured his first gold bracelet in what amounted to his first and only WSOP in-the-money finish. Moncada seized the chip lead into the sixth hour of play when there were three players remaining. He then lost the chip lead when heads-up play began. But in the end, Moncada caught a powerful rush of cards, maximized his advantages by getting paid off, and locked up the victory.

The total prize pool amounted $993,600. In contrast to previous final tables so far at this year’s WSOP, this final table included only one former gold bracelet winner – Freddy Deeb. Shah Ajay, from Belgium, enjoyed a comfortable chip lead when play began.

Edward ‘Bolivia’ Moncada was born to Bolivian parents. He grew up in upstate New York and attended UC-Berkeley. He graduated with a degree in civil and environmental engineering in 1997. After working a few years in his chosen field as a project manager, Moncada decided he valued his independence over a structured corporate lifestyle. Playing poker gave him the freedom to pursue many of his personal interests, including music. Moncada crafted his new trade online and also received helpful advice from two close friends, Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari.

Official Report by Nolan Dalla – World Series of Poker Media Director
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