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World Series Of Poker
 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Result  
22nd June
June 2, 2005 – July 15, 2005

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Event : #22
Entries : 2013 (834)
Buy-in : $1500
Prize Pool : $2,777,940
Report by Nolan Dalla

All Results
Money Leaders
David ‘Devil Fish’ Ulliott becomes the 45th millionaire at the WSOP and ranks 45th on the all-time list.
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Mark Seif Incline Village, NV $611,145
2 Minh Nguyen Lake Elsinore, CA $329,975
3 Bill Gazes Miami, FL $202,790
4 Webber Kang Dallas, TX $175,010
5 Peter Lee Queens, NY $147,230
6 Greg ‘Fossilman’ Raymer Stonington, CT $119,450
7 Steve Carter Frisco, TX $91,670
8 Steve Rassi Morton, IL $63,895
9 David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott Hull, England $47,225
10 Farzad Rouhani Germantown, MD $30,555
14 Toto Leonidas Los Angeles, CA $25,000
60 Bradford Daugherty Las Vegas, NV $5,555
101 Dave Colclough Birmingham, UK $2,780
How great a week has this been for Mark Seif? Just six days ago, he won his first gold bracelet ever in the $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold’em Shootout. Seif collected $181,330 for his victory.

A few days later, Seif entered the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event. If climbing the first mountain was high (with 450 entries) this one was poker’s version of Mount Everest. A whopping 2,013 players entered Event #22, making it the third-largest live tournament in history. Seif plastered through a gigantic field, at various points making a mockery of the tournament with his mammoth chip stacks. For instance – in the middle of Day Two, Seif had accumulated so many chips that his innumerable stacks swelled across three table positions. Being stuck next to Mark Seif at the table was akin to sitting in coach next to a hungry elephant on a cross-country flight

If there was a downside to the elephant man’s first WSOP win earlier this week, it was that it came at 5:00 o’clock in the morning. The victory might have come in prime time for die-hard poker fans following the live Internet coverage over in Kyrgystan, but the remainder of the poker world was snoozing away. Much later in the day, friends of Mark Seif would learn of the former Los Angeles attorney’s breakthrough victory in the world’s most prestigious poker tournament.

This time, Seif did a victory dance on the most majestic of poker stages – at the World Series of Poker in front of the bright lights of ESPN television cameras. Better still, he defeated an all-star poker lineup. In an event which is sure to top ratings when it’s later shown on ESPN, Seif arrived as one of four former gold bracelet winners. It was a stellar finale which included 2004 world champion Greg Raymer (one bracelet), charismatic English playboy David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott (one bracelet), rock-solid tournament pro Minh Nguyen (two bracelets), and Mark Seif himself arriving as the newest member of the WSOP club of elites (one bracelet, working on number two). The remaining group of players was a colouful cast of characters and talent guaranteed to add flavor to an eclectic final table.

The winner was Mark Seif, a 37-year-old professional poker player from Incline Village, NV (located on Lake Tahoe). Seif has played poker as a pro for about five years.

Back in 2001, Seif quit his regular job, as a highly-successful defense attorney. In retrospect, that decision turned out to be a wise one. He won $611,145 for first place. With the previous win amounting to a couple of hundred grand, the total of Seif’s tournament earnings now total $792,475 – plus two gold and diamond bracelets.

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