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World Series Of Poker
 $2,000 Pot-Limit Omaha with Rebuys Result  13th June
June 2, 2005 – July 15, 2005

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Event : #12
Entries : 212 (145)
Rebuys : 395 (156)
Buy-in : $2000
Prize Pool : $1,180,080
Report by Nolan Dalla

Money Leaders
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Josh Arieh Atlanta, GA $381,600
2 Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson Pac. Palisades, CA $210,460
3 Ron Graham Takoma, WA $115,640
4 Tony Sevnsom Houston, TX $92,510
5 Max Pescatori Milan, Italy $69,385
6 Arturo Diaz San Diego, CA $57,820
7 David Colclough Birmingham, England $46,225
8 Doug Lee Calgary, Canada $34,690
9 Erik Seidel Las Vegas, $23,130
10 Jim Bechtel Gilbert, AZ $16,190
16 Joe Beevers London $11,565
17 John Juanda Marina Del Rey, CA $11,565
The Pot-Limit Omaha championship (Event #12) attracted 212 entries. The total prize pool amounted to $1,180,080. The final table included four former gold bracelet winners – Erik Seidel (with 7 wins); Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson (with 5 wins); and Josh Arieh and Ron Graham (with one win each). In addition, WSOP Circuit winner Doug Lee made it to the final table. But it was Arturo Diaz who enjoyed the chip lead when play began. There were 18 places paid.

Josh Arieh is a 30-year-old poker pro who was born in Rochester, NY. He now lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children. The first thing Arieh did following his victory was compliment his opponents -- especially Chris Ferguson.

“Chris is such an amazing player. I am nowhere near the player Chris is – he is such a role model. Up until today, I had not played that much with him,” Arieh said. “I play a lot of pot-limit Omaha and that I know he plays all of these games at such a high level. So, to win against him was thrilling for me.”

Arieh also reflected on his reaction to winning his second gold bracelet over the first, which came back in 1999. “When I won here six years ago, I took it all for granted. I was single. I was gung ho. I didn’t care about the same things I care about now. Today, I know what it means and understand how tough it is to win one of these (gold bracelets) and it’s a huge load off my back.”

Arieh also offered a bit of poker advice: “I play a lot of heads-up poker. It’s all about position. Every time I played a big pot, I had position (acting last). It’s very uncomfortable to play big pots out of position. I did my best not to do that. It all boiled down to a few big hands where I had position and got my money in with the best hand.”

With one month still to go at the 2005 World Series, and over twenty events still to be played, Arieh believes his level of confidence has improved to the point where he will make it to another final table, and possibly win another title. “When I play, I think what I am doing is right. But when I win, I know what I am doing is right. This is the best feeling in the world.”

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