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World Series Of Poker
 $1,000 No Limit Holdem Result 10th July
June 25 – August 10 2006

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Event # 17 (3 day event)
Entries -- 2891 (New)
Buy-in -- $1,000
Prize Pool -- $2,891,000
Jon Friedberg
(Las Vegas, NV, USA)
wins $526,185 and
his bracelet
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Jon Friedberg NV $526,185
2 John Phan CA $289,389
3 Michael Pomeroy MI $157,322
4 Tom Hawkingberry PA $122,596
5 Kevin O'Donnell AZ $122,952
6 Corey Chaston ON, Canada $88,132
7 Humberto Brenes FL $74,715
8 Michael Halford TN $61,561
9 Thang Luu NV $49,772
10 Juan Carlos Mortensen $38,939
32 John Shipley (Solihull, UK) $7,892
180 Ross Boatman (London, UK) $2,368
193 Roy Vandersluis (London, UK) $2,368
Key Facts 
270 places paid.
Mammoth 2006 WSOP attracts second-largest live poker tournament in history

Las Vegas, NV - Janis Joplin once sang, 'freedom is just another word for - nothing left to lose.' What the 1969 song lyric meant was that it's far easier to be daring and take chances when there is not so much at stake. Jon Friedberg, winner of the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em championship certainly understands this. He won the second-largest live poker tournament in history at the 2006 World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee's Best Light. Friedberg overcame a field of 2,891 players to win over half-a-million dollars in prize money. Only the main event of the 2005 WSOP attracted more entries. A whopping 270 players finished in-the-money.

Friedberg, who won his first-ever gold bracelet, is a 31-year-old MBA graduate from Pepperdine University. He is a businessman and investor with a number of ongoing start-up ventures. Freidberg lives in Las Vegas. It took two very long days to eliminate 2,882 participants. That left the final nine players, who returned for Day Three. When the final table started, Michael Pomeroy looked to be the player to beat. He enjoyed a sizable chip advantage. In fact, Pomeroy possessed one-third of the total chips in play. Only one former gold bracelet winner was present -- two-time champion Humberto Brenes. He won two WSOP titles in 1993, for Pot-Limit Omaha and Limit Hold'em.

by Nolan Dalla
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