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World Series Of Poker
 $2,500 No Limit Hold’em Result  
24th June
June 2, 2005 – July 15, 2005

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Event : #24
Entries : 1056 (New event)
Buy-in : $2500
Prize Pool : $2,428,800
Report by Nolan Dalla

All Results
Money Leaders
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Farzad "Freddy" Bonyadi  Laguna Hills, CA $594,960
2 Lars Bonding Aarhas, Denmark $317,625
3 Glynn Beebe Austin, TX $194,305
4 Robert Doyle North Palm Beach, FL $170,015
5 Mayen Grigorian Northridge, CA $145,730
6 Joe Zappia Toronto, Canada $121,440
7 Jason Tate Brentwood, TN $97,150
8 KJ Jordan Myrtle Beach, SC $72,865
9 Larry Watson Las Vegas, NV $48,575
10 Marvin Duartei Miami, FL $26,715
17 Ram Vaswani London $17,000
22 Richard Ashby Watford, England $12,145
26 John Juanda Marina Del Rey, CA $12,145
40 Chris Bjorn London $7,045
40 Evgeny Kafelnikov Moscow $3,645
76 Chris Bjorn Chris Bjorn $3,645
77 David Pham Cerritos, CA $3,645
82 Simon Trumper Guildorf, UK $3,035
Farzad Bonyadi topped a huge field of 1,056 players in the $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em event, held at the Rio in Las Vegas. Bonyadi, an Iranian-born poker player who now lives in Laguna Beach, CA, reigned supreme at the final table, which consisted almost entirely of newcomers to the World Series of Poker. The finale was taped for later broadcast on ESPN.

This is not to say Boyadi didn't face serious challenges along the way. In fact, he arrived fourth in the chip count. The initial chip leader was Danish player Lars Bonding, who enjoyed a decisive 5-2 lead over everyone else when play began on Day Three. After Jan Sorensen's win in the previous event, the relatively small nation of Denmark was going for its second straight win here at the World Series. Players were eliminated in the following order:

Farzad "Freddy" Bonyadi played a masterful tournament. He allowed Bonding to establish a dominant table presence and watched as other players were gradually eliminated. Coveting a heads-up confrontation, Bonyadi got what he wanted, then gave Bonding just enough freedom to choke himself on the final hand.

Bonyadi, age 46, now has three gold bracelets (lifetime) at the WSOP. He captured his first title in 1998 in the $2,000 buy-in Limit Hold'em event and won the Deuce-to-Seven championship in 2004. This was his largest payday ever -- $594,960.

With the victory, Farzad Bonyadi moves into at least two elite categories. He became the 49th player in WSOP history to win at least three bracelets. Bonyadi also moved into the WSOP "Millionaires Club." He now has won over one-million dollars in lifetime earnings at the world's longest-running and most prestigious tournament.

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