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World Series Of Poker
 $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Result 11th July
June 25 – August 10 2006

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Event # 18 (2 day event)
Entries -- 590 (540)
Buy-in -- $2,000
Prize Pool -- $2,891,000
Eric Kesselman
(New York, NY, USA)
wins $311,403 and
his bracelet
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Eric Kesselman NY $311,403
2 Hyun Kim CA $164,291
3 Chris Viox IL $85,905
4 Kevin Ross OH $75,166
5 Jason Sagle ON, Canada $64,428
6 Jim McManus IL $53,690
7 Dustin Holmes GA $42,952
8 Christopher Black CA $32,214
9 Harry Thomas OH $21,476
14 Kirill Gerasimov (Moscow) $9,664
15 Joe Hachem (Melbourne) $9,664
21 David Poole (UK) $5,369
36 Jason Lester $3,758
40 Padraig Parkinson $3,221
44 Men "The Master" Nguyen $3,221
45 Keith Hawkins (Darlington, UK $3,221
Key Facts 
54 places paid.
Former attorney and public defender gets winning verdict in $311,403 settlement

Las Vegas, NV - Life is full of tough decisions. Success depends on the decisions that we make. Those who make wise decisions are typically successful in life. Those who make wrong decisions commonly fail. Of course, 'luck' makes some of our decisions irrelevant.

Three years ago, Eric Kesselman faced a very tough decision. He had just turned 30-years old. He had earned his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and graduated from New York University Law School. He passed the bar exam in New York State and was working as a public defender on Long Island. He enjoyed all of the trappings of a successful life and career. The trouble was - Kesselman wasn't happy.

'Basically in law, I feel like there are jobs where you can make a lot of money versus jobs where you may have a lot of fun and which provide an opportunity to do something rewarding. In law, very few jobs have both,' Kesselman explained. 'When you see the workload and experience the monotony, it is tough. When you see legal cases you have worked hard on, and then the defendants are back two weeks later (charged with crimes again) it gets very depressing. That's very common in being a public defender.'

At a personal and professional crossroads, Kesselman made a decision. He quit his job. What he decided to do next shocked even those who knew Kesselman best. The ex-attorney decided to become a professional poker player. 'I decided I did not want to practice law anymore,' Kesselman said. 'I had some friends who were gamblers and got into poker largely because of them. After losing a bit at first, I started to learn from my mistakes and improved my game. Eventually I started winning, turned professional and have been supporting myself through ( playing mostly online) poker ever since.'

2006 marked the third consecutive year that Kesselman made the annual pilgrimage to the World Series of Poker. Although he made enough money the rest of the year to pay the cost of his buy-ins and expenses, Kesselman's tournament results up until July 12, 2006 had been a disappointment. Fact was, he had never cashed at the WSOP. That would all change suddenly, in a very big way.

The 18th event at this year's World Series of Poker presented by Milwaukee's Best Light was the $2,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold'em competition. The event began with 590 entries. After two days of play, the final table included only one former gold bracelet winner - Harry Thomas, Jr. (the $5,000 Seven-Card Stud champion in 1985). Two players had previously cashed in the WSOP main event - writer Jim McManus (5th in 2000) and Jason 'Big Bird' Sagle (23rd in 2004). When the first hand was dealt out, Sagle enjoyed a slight chip lead over Kesselman, with the rest of the players back in the pack.
by Nolan Dalla
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