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World Series Of Poker
 $2,500 Limit Hold’em Result  
18th June
June 2, 2005 – July 15, 2005

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Event : #17
Entries : 373 (237)
Buy-in : $2500
Prize Pool : $857,900
Report by Nolan Dalla

All Results
Money Leaders
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Quinn Do Seattle, WA $265,975
2 Chi Chang Los Angeles, CA $137,265
3 Mike Davis Spokane, WA $68,630
4 Tony Nasr Pico Rivera, CA $60,055
5 Tom Franklin Gulfport, MS $51,475
6 Sammy Arzoin New York, NY $42,895
7 Rodeen Talebi Dallas, TX $34,315
8 Spencer Sun Novato, CA $25,735
9 Noah Boeken Amsterdam, Holland $17,160
10 Greg Debora Toronto $10,295
19 Carlos Mortensen Madrid $5,145
22 David Plastik Las Vegas, NV $5,145
35 Steve Zolotow Las Vegas, NV $3,430
Every road to the World Series of Poker is different. Distinctive paths and turns along the way make every player’s avenue a unique story. Sadly, most players fail to reach their target. They crash and burn along the way. They are defeated in side games and satellites, and get busted out of tournaments.

Broken dreams litter the ‘bad beat highway,’ which has become the fitting nickname ascribed to the hallway leading from the poker tournament arena back to the Rio’s main casino.

This year, out of the tens of thousands of poker players who come to Las Vegas from all over the world, only 45 will return home as WSOP champions. The rest will walk the Rio’s long hallway, exchanging their tales of despair with anyone unfortunate enough to get trapped and have to listen. But not all poker tales are bad. Some have happy endings. Some are even captivating. The latest champion is a 29-year-old semi-professional poker player and restaurant owner from Seattle, WA, named Quinn Do.

Quinn Do arrived in the United States at the age of 11. He attended the University of Washington, where he came within a few credits of graduating with a degree in criminology. Do’s ambition was to work in criminal justice – and he considered a career as a private investigator.

“It’s very interesting to me -- trying to understand why people act the way they do,” Do explained. “In criminology, you get into people’s minds. The psychological part of it really appealed to me.”

As much as criminology appealed to Do, he discovered he could make better money by opening up a restaurant. Do’s life took its first major detour when opened a Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant, which turned out to be very successful. That was just the beginning. His life was to take another route entirely when a few friends walked in one day and started to talk about poker.

“I was sitting there and my friend told me she made a lot of money playing poker. I already knew how to play, so I went to some of the local clubs and played $10-20 (limit hold’em). I did that for about three months. But I really got a lot better at it when I started playing online. I did that for a year before I started to play in tournaments.”

The total prize pool for the Limit Hold’em event amounted to $857,900. The final table included one former gold bracelet winner –‘Captain Tom’ Franklin, a three-time champion. The chip leader was Chi Chang, who enjoyed a substantial lead against the rest of the field.

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