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World Series Of Poker
 $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em Result  
20th June
June 2, 2005 – July 15, 2005

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Event : #20
Entries : 239 (New Event)
Buy-in : $5000
Prize Pool : $1,123,300
Report by Nolan Dalla

All Results
Money Leaders
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Brian Wilson Ft. Meyers, FL $370,685
2 John Gale London $204,440
3 Derek Leforte Maple Ridge, Canada $112,330
4 Allen Cunningham Las Vegas, NV $89,865
5 Tony Cousineau Daytona Beach, FL $67,400
6 Steven ‘Lucky’ Liu Hong Kong $56,165
7 Cyndy Violette Atlantic City, NJ $44,930
8 Joe Sebok San Francisco, CA $33,700
9 Burt Boutin Las Vegas, NV $22,465
10 Matt Lefkowitz Carmel Valley, CA $15,725
14 David "Devil Fish" Ulliot Hull, England $13,480
16 Erik Seidelr Las Vegas, NV $11,235
Some generations are defined by popular slogans. “The Greatest Generation” referred to young people raised during the 1940s who made tremendous sacrifices. “Make Love, Not War” came to define the 1960s and a cultural revolution. “Greed is Good” typified the prevailing attitude during the ultra-materialistic 1980s.

If there’s a slogan which defines today’s youth, and more specifically a new generation of poker players which have recently flooded into the game, it is without doubt -- “No Fear.” There is quite simply a new breed of poker player which has trampled on tradition, ignored conventional thinking, and disregarded the poker establishment. At the poker table, these daring swarms of neophytes have absolutely no fear.

Shouts of -- “How could you call with that hand?” – “I can’t believe the bad beat I just took” – or “That’s the worst play I’ve ever seen” fill modern cardrooms and poker tournaments like music inside a symphony hall. The screams of disbelief are often accompanied some colorful expletive intended to humiliate the so-called ‘bad’ player. Brain Wilson doesn’t care. He has no fear.

“I had some players (in this tournament) tell me I’m a ‘bad player,” Wilson said immediately after winning $370,685 and his first gold bracelet in the $5,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold’em championship. “They had no idea what I was thinking or why I did what I did. Now, I’m sitting here and this is the greatest feeling in the world.”

In a post tournament interview, Wilson was asked about arriving at the final table and facing a formidable list of poker foes. Of the nine finalists, he was the player with the least amount of experience at this level. So some degree of trepidation might have been expected. But not according to Wilson.

“With all due respect to these great players, I wasn’t thinking about them at all,” Wilson said. “It didn’t’ matter to me who I was playing against. I just played my game and had no fear about anything. That’s they way you have to play if you want to win. If you come in afraid or scared, you have no chance to win.”

Wilson’s fearless attitude was the difference in a nine-hour final table that had a number of lead changes and exciting moments. The total prize pool in Event #20 amounted to $825,700. The final table included two former gold bracelet winners – Allen Cunningham (with 3 wins) and Cyndy Violette (with one win). In fact, this was Cunningham’s second final table appearance (he won Event #2) so far this year. This was Violette’s fourth time to cash and second final table, as well (she finished second in Event #9). On Day Three, Atlantic City-based poker pro Violette arrived as the chip leader. Wilson was close behind in third place.

The winner, Brian Wilson, is a 37-year-old real estate agent originally from Rockford, IL. He now lives in Ft. Meyers, FL. He has a fiancé, who has been very supportive of his poker playing. She can now share Wilson’s glory and the $370,685 in prize money. Wilson insisted that British pro David Colclough be acknowledged as a major influence on his improvement as a poker player. He played in some tournaments in Europe earlier this year and came to develop an appreciation for Colclough’s poker talent.

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