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World Series Of Poker
 $1,500 7 Card Stud Result
5th July
June 25 – August 10 2006

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Event # 10 (3 day event)
Entries -- 487 (472)
Buy-in -- $1,500
Prize Pool -- $652,470
David Williams
(Las Vegas, NV, USA)
wins $163,189 and
WSOP bracelet
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 David Williams NV $163,189
2 John Hoang CA $110,920
3 Jack Duncan WA $71,772
4 Michael Ledis CA $45,673
5 Miami John Cernuto NV $35,886
6 Ivan Swertzer CA $29,361
7 Johnny Chan NV $22,836
8 Matthew Hawrilenko PA $16,312
9 Mark Dickstein NY $8,482
14 Jim McManus $8,482
18 John Hennigan $5,220
19 Humberto Brenes $5,220
37 David Sklansky $2,610
37 O'Neil Longson $2,610
Key Facts 
David Williams - Winner Event 10
40 places paid.
2004 main event runner-up earns well-deserved top prize in Seven-Card Stud championship .

Las Vegas, NV - Aside from the multi-million dollar financial boon of a second-place finish in the championship event at the World Series of Poker, the runner-up position may very well be poker's most frustrating end-result. Just imagine - day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year - suffering through the torment of poker flashbacks. If I would have played that hand this way, or done something different, maybe I would have been the world champion. Instead, the name of the WSOP runner-up often becomes lost. Years later, it is little more than the answer to a trivia question rather than a revered figure inside the poker world. Just ask Julian Gardner, Alan Goehring, Kevin McBride, Dr. Bruce Van Horn and several other top-quality poker players how many celebrity contracts they have signed lately. All of these would-be champions were just one big hand away from poker immortality.

David Williams finished second in the main event at the 2004 World Series of Poker at a time when the popularity of poker was soaring. Like Sammy Farha before him and Steve Dannenmann the following year, Williams became something of a cult figure in poker circles following his countless appearances on ESPN's multitude of poker broadcasts. Williams' natural charisma made him the perfect pitchman to a new, hipper, more energetic generation than the one previous. And although Williams has made the most of his fame, the one thing that had still eluded the 26-year-old poker pro, thus far, was winning a WSOP gold bracelet.

Recognizing that all glory is fleeting, on July 7, 2006, David Williams erased two years of uncertainty and conjecture by winning his first-ever WSOP title. To everyone's surprise, Williams won his poker prize in a game for which he is not particularly known - seven-card stud.

"I play a lot of the mixed games against some very good players," Williams later explained. "I play with Chau Giang, David Singer, Mike Wattel, and top players who really know the game. I picked up on some of the things they do, and that really helped me. I also talked to (noted sports handicapper) Alan Boston who is a very solid stud player and got some very good advice from him."

Whatever the stud specialists shared with Williams must have worked. Williams topped a field of 474 players in the $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud championship and won $163,118 for first place. With all due respect to the other competitors, Williams' victory almost looked too easy. On the scale of tough final tables, this one was certainly high up on the list. Three of the eight finalists were former gold bracelet winners - including Johnny Chan (with 10 wins), Miami John (with three wins), and Jack Duncan (with one). David Williams arrived as the chip leader.
by Nolan Dalla
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