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World Series Of Poker
 $2,000 No Limit Holdem Result 14th July
June 25 – August 10 2006

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Event # 22 (3 day event)
Entries -- 1579 (1403)
Buy-in -- $2,000
Prize Pool -- $2,873,780
Jeff Madsen
(Los Angeles, CA, USA)
wins $660,948 and
his bracelet
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Jeff Madsen CA $660,948
2 Paul Sheng CA $330,485
3 Julian Gardner Manchester, GB $172,427
4 Troy Parkins VA $132,194
5 Robert Cohen NY $112,077
6 Robert Bright NV $94,835
7 Mike Chow HI $83,340
8 Billy Duarte CO $71,845
9 John Shipley Solihull, GB $60,349
40 Edward Lundon (Edinburgh) $8,621
41 Captain Tom Franklin $8,621
92 Dave Colclough (Birmingham) $4,311
128 Erik Seidel $2,874
142 Men "The Master" Nguyen $2,874
147 Tony Bloom (London) $2,874
Key Facts 
156 places paid.
Jeff Madsen Becomes the Youngest Winner in WSOP History

Las Vegas, NV – For the third consecutive year, the record for youngest World Series of Poker winner has been broken. Back in 2004, Gavin Griffin became the youngest player in history to win a gold bracelet. Even then, with so many young people turned on to poker, it seemed just a matter of time before a younger star would emerge and eclipse the record. Next came 2005, when Eric Froehlich won the $1,500 buy in Limit Hold'em championship.

At 21 years, three months, and three days of age, Froehlich established a new benchmark for the youngest poker champion. Now in 2006, the record has been shattered again. Jeff Madsen, aged 21 years, one month, and nine days, has likely set a record that will not be broken for quite some time. Madsen defeated a whopping 1,578 players, who each put up $2,000 to enter Event #22 on this year’s World Series of Poker schedule. First place paid $660,948. Not bad for a young college student preparing to return to school next month for his senior year.

It took two long days to eliminate most of the huge field. On Day Three, the nine finalists took the stage at the Rio Las Vegas to play for the championship. The final table included several well-established tournament veterans. However, this was the first open event in 2006 not to include at least one former gold bracelet winner.

Madsen is currently a film student at UC-Santa Barbara. He says he hopes to eventually get into film and perhaps try his hand at directing. “I will definitely finish college,” Madsen said afterward. “College is very important, so it will be part of my life. But the reality is -- I’m still young, so I have some time to figure things out.”

Despite his youth, Madsen has played live casino poker for nearly three years. He played regularly at various California Indian casinos near his home, where the legal gambling age is 18. Due to Nevada state law, this is the first year he was eligible to play at the WSOP.

Madsen expects that his record might stand for quite some time. “It’s going to be tough (to break),” Madsen said. “I’m just lucky that my birthday was so close. It’s going to be hard, since I’m 21 and one month. It will sure be tough to break that record.”

by Nolan Dalla
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