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World Series Of Poker
 $1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split Result  15th June
June 2, 2005 – July 15, 2005

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Event : #14
Entries : 595 (213)
Buy-in : $1000
Prize Pool : $541,450
Report by Nolan Dalla

All Results
Money Leaders
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Steve Hohn Overland Park, KS $156,985
2 Mike Wattel Phoenix, AZ $88,800
3 Al Ruck Esch Germany $51,440
4 Jonathan Paul Easton, PA $39,525
5 Peter Phillips Atlantic City, NJ $32,485
6 Sheila St. Michael Las Vegas, NV $25,450
7 Men ‘the Master’ Nguyen Bell Gardens, CA $20,035
8 Giacomo D’Agostino Providence, RI $14,080
9 Jeffrey Shulman Las Vegas, NV $8,665
10 Brad Daugherty Las Vegas, NV $8,665
13 Huck Seed Las Vegas, NV $4,875
17 Pescal Parrault Paris, France $2,165
It was the longest Seven-Card Stud High-Low event in poker tournament history. Clocking in at just over of 36 total hours, Event #14 at this year’s World Series of Poker was just as much a test of stamina as poker skill. Day One lasted 14 hours. Day Two lasted 11 hours. And Day Three lasted 11 hours. In fact, the third day extended so long that the midnight hour was crossed and Day Four began.

The final heads-up marathon lasted a grueling 193 hands. Sore necks, stooped backs, and bloodshot eyes were relieved when 56-year-old poker pro Steve Hohn won his first gold bracelet. For Hohn, the win was more than gratifying. It was way overdue and marked the crowning achievement for ten years spent as a professional.

Hohn had previously finished second and third in this event. His runner-up finish came exactly 10 years ago. His third-place showing came in 2000. He must have thought he was trapped in a time warp at one point. When Hohn got down to a heads-up confrontation against mighty Mike Wattel, he watched as his lone opponent built up a mountain of chips. Down by a seemingly insurmountable 9 to 1 disadvantage, Hohn staged a dramatic comeback, seized the chip lead, and eventually closed with a victory as several down poker zombies looked on with a mix of exhaustion and disbelief.

Seven-card stud is known for being an East Coast game. Until a few years ago, stud (and its variations such as High-Low Split) was the most popular game to be found in Atlantic City and Connecticut, which are the hotbeds of poker action in the northeast. Of the eight finalists, three players were from the East Coast. But it was the man from Kansas who took the championship.

The total prize pool amounted to $541,985. Due to the large number of entries and length of the event, a third day was added. On Day Three the final table included two former gold bracelet winner – Men ‘the Master’ Nguyen (with 6 wins) and Mike Wattel (with one win). When play began, it was a two-player race between Mike Wattel and Jonathan Paul contending for the chip lead.

Steve Hohn is a former stockbroker who was born in St. Louis. He attended the University of Kansas and settled down in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City. In 1995, Hohn quit his job trading stocks to play poker full-time. That turned out to be a wise decision, as Hohn has made a living at the game ever since. He prefers to play in cash games (about 75 percent of the time, he says). But coming to the World Series has special meaning.

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