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World Series Of Poker
 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout Result  17th June
June 2, 2005 – July 15, 2005

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Event : #16
Entries : 780 (400)
Buy-in : $1500
Prize Pool : $1,076,400
Report by Nolan Dalla

All Results
Money Leaders
Players begin with $1,500 in tournament chips. One player advances from each table of Rd 1 to Rd 2. The number of players advancing from each Rd 2 table to the Final Table will depend on the number of entries.
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Anthony Reategui Chandler, AZ $269,100
2 Paul Kroh Battle Mountain, NV $146,380
3 Phil Gordon El Paso, TX $75,350
4 Young Phan Irvine, CA $64,585
5 Kenny Robbins Las Vegas, NV $53,820
6 Ted Lawson Plantation, FL $43,055
7 Dariush Imani Layton, UT $32,290
8 Allen Goldstein Houston, TX $25,835
9 Erick Lindgren Las Vegas, NV $20,450
10 Keith Quilty Las Vegas, NV $16,145
Tie/14 Yevgeny Kafelnikov Miami, FL $7,535
Tie/14 Peter Costa Narborough, Leicester $7,535
Tie/14 Kirill Gerasimov Moscow $7,535
If Anthony Reategui ever decides to quit playing poker for a living and start a business, he might consider a career as a demolition man. He flattened a formidable final table lineup in such convincing fashion, that the outcome was foreseeable even when as many as seven players remained. When he busted his closest rival in chips and gobbled up more than half the chips in play, it appeared the remaining players were all competing for second place. Reategui effectively busted seven of his nine opponents, making a shambles of their confidence and leaving a wasteland where their chips once proudly rested.

Reategui’s victory came in Event #16. The No-Limit Shootout championship requires different skills than are required for standard poker tournaments. In a shootout, the goal is to outlast all the players at your table, much like the way a single-table satellite is played. The player who wins his/her respective table moves on to play in the next shootout round, until the final table takes place and the champion is determined. Each time a new shootout begins, all players start with the same number of chips. So, ‘early’ chip leaders are insignificant in the grand scheme of shootout strategy. Surviving, outlasting, and ultimately winning are the goals.

The total prize pool amounted to $1,076,400. The final table included one former gold bracelet winner – Ted Lawson who won $500,000 in the Pot-Limit Omaha championship last year.

Anthony Reagetui is a 29-year-old poker pro who was born in Chicago. However, he has spent most of his life in the Phoenix area. He worked in a car wash before he discovered poker six years ago. Since then, Reagetui has grinded out a steady income from online poker games and casinos in and around Phoenix.

Most interesting is the fact that Reagetui got his inspiration to enter the World Series from Pat Poels, who won the Omaha High-Low championship (Event #4) at this year’s tournament. “Before, I used to think I was dead money in these tournaments,” Reagetui said. “Then Pat (Poels) told me, ‘don’t worry about it, you’re a good player, you’ll get there.’ So, I decided to play and got red hot in this event. And look, here I am.”

Asked about his plans for some of the $269,100 in prize money, Reagetui says he intends to play more poker. “The best thing about winning is that I can stay in action longer. I can also play a bit higher, now. I also told all my friends that if I won we’d all go to Hawaii. That’s like six or seven of us.”

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