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World Series Of Poker
 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Result  
19th June
June 2, 2005 – July 15, 2005

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Event : #19
Entries : 291 (New Event)
Buy-in : $1500
Prize Pool : $423,405
Report by Nolan Dalla

All Results
Money Leaders
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Barry Greenstein Rancho Palos Verdes, CA $128,505
2 Paul Vinci Shell Beach, CA $70,680
3 Chris Lindenmayer Pickerington, OH $36,140
4 Toto Leonidas Los Angeles, CA $28,110
5 Tim Martz Butte, MT $24,094
6 Paul Maxfield Stoke-on-Kent, England $20,080
7 Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson Pacific Palisades, CA $16,065
8 Sam Silverman Las Vegas, NV $12,045
9 Eric ‘Blue’ Bloore N. Hollywood, CA $8,030
10 Phil Hellmuth, Jr. Palo Alto, CA $5,080
11 Jay Heimowitz Bethel, NY $5,080
15 Julian Gardner Manchester, England $4,235
20 Roy Brindley Hampshire, England $2,540
At halftime of the 1928 Notre Dame-Army game, coach Knute Rockne reportedly told his players a rousing story about George Gipp, a great football player who died a tragic death. Stirred by the emotional sermon, the team returned to the field and ended up winning the game. The scene was later immortalized in a 1940 movie Knute Rockne – All American starring Ronald Reagan. “Win one for the Gipper” eventually became a catchphrase used to inspire down and out causes.

When professional poker player Barry Greenstein heard the heartbreaking story of a terminally ill cancer patient named Charlie Tuttle, he was so touched that he vowed to dedicate his victory in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha to Charlie. During a seven-hour final table battle, Greenstein played with unparalleled determination. In one of the most flawless performances ever seen in the 36-year history of the World Series of Poker, Greenstein played mistake-free poker and captured his second gold bracelet. Although $128,505 was paid for first place, money and fame were the last things on Greenstein’s mind.

Showing uncharacteristic emotion, Greenstein took comfort in the arms of mutual friends who share a special connection to a young man now resting in the Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt Hospital. For a few minutes immediately following his personal triumph, Greenstein was unable to speak and silently bowed his head trying to conceal his obvious empathy and compassion. The muse for Greenstein’s rousing victory was Charlie Tuttle, a 26-year-old online poker player who lives in Clarksville, Tennessee. Sadly, Charlie was diagnosed with cancer which has now spread throughout his body. Charlie has tumors pressing against his lungs and has difficulty breathing. Some time ago, Fellow poker pro Marcel Luske found out about Charlie and made a special effort to comfort a man he had never seen nor met in-person before. In fact, during one stirring telephone exchange, Luske called Charlie and sang to him over the phone while resting in the hospital. Those who were with Charlie at the time recall him “laughing for the first time in several weeks,” when he heard Luske’s singing voice.

The total prize pool in Event #19 amounted to $426,315. The final table included three former gold bracelet winners – Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson (with 5 wins), Barry Greenstein (with one win at the start), and Toto Leonidas (with one win). Formidable tournament and live-action pro Barry Greenstein arrived as the chip leader.

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