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World Series Of Poker
 $1500 Razz Result  
29th June
June 2, 2005 – July 15, 2005

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Event : #30
Entries : 291 (195)
Buy-in : $1500
Prize Pool : $401,580
GGG Editor's Report
Report by Nolan Dalla

All Results
Money Leaders
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 O'Neil Longson $125,690
2 Bruno Fitoussi Paris $70,275
3 Al Barbieri $42,165
4 Archie Karas $30,120
5 Mike Wattel $24,900
6 Mick Wernick $19,675
7 Larry Cesareo $15,660
8 Hasan Kamoei $11,245
9 Randy Holland $7,230
10 Blair Rodman $7,230

If Doyle Brunson’s record-tying tenth World Series of Poker lifetime victory was poker at its finest, then the final table of the Seven Card Razz event was every poker fan’s worst nightmare. Think of working as a security guard on the graveyard shift in an empty warehouse. O’Neil Longson won the most punishing event thus far at this year’s World Series. He topped an all-time Razz turnout (291 entries) and collected $125,690 in prize money. This was gold bracelet Number Three for the near-comatose retiree and poker pro from Utah.

In every way, shape, and form the Razz finale was dreadful. First, it lasted a seemingly infinite 16 hours. On Day Two, play started off at 2 pm. The tournament did not end until 8 am the next morning. What brave (or insane) spectators remained who were scattered inside a near-empty tournament area were either snoozing or catatonic. The winner, O’Neil Longson showed little emotion after winning, most appropriate given the circumstances. A thrilling poker moment, this was not.

This is not to say that Longson, a widely-respected tournament veteran, did not put on a masterful performance. In fact, play at the final table was extraordinary. There were a number of highly-interesting poker personalities in the finale, which might have provided some riveting drama has the game been No-Limit Hold’em. But instead, the game was Razz – a hybrid of Seven-Card Stud in which the object of the game is to make the worst possible hand. There are no devastating rivers, nor coin flip showdowns in Razz. Instead, there are hours and hours and hours of tedious monotony. It’s poker version of an assembly line.

O’Neil Longson is a 71-year-old professional poker player, who lists ‘retired’ as his profession. But Longson shows no signs of slowing down, at least when it comes to winning tournaments. This was Longson’s second gold bracelet in two years.

This was a day of both similarities and contrasts. Poker legend Doyle Brunson won his gold bracelet on the same day. That meant that two players in their 70s have now won championships at the World Series. Poker may be a young man’s game, but Longson and Brunson are showing the world that the old-timers can win, as well.

Longson walked away from the nearly-empty poker room as he has many times, strolling casually and quietly back to his room at the end of a long day. Those who may have passed him en route would never have known by the stoic look on Longson’s expressionless face that he had just won six-figures and become a three-time WSOP winner.

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

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