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World Series Of Poker
 $3,000 Limit Holdem Result
15th July
June 25 – August 10 2006

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Event # 23 (3 day event)
Entries -- 341 (406)
Buy-in -- $3,000
Prize Pool -- $941,161
Ian Johns
(Seattle, WA, USA)
wins $291,755 and
his bracelet
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Ian Johns WA $291,755
2 Jarrod Ankenman CT $150,586
3 Javier Torresola AZ $172,427
4 Theo Tran NV $65,881
5 Mark Newhouse NC $56,470
6 Tad Jurgens AZ $47,058
7 Brendan Taylor NV $37,646
8 Benjamin Robinson FL $28,235
9 Fi Tran CA $18,823
17 Juan Carlos Mortensen $7,529
21 Barry Greenstein $5,647
Key Facts 
37 places paid.
21-year-old poker player turns $6 into half-a-million

Las Vegas, NV - One of poker's classic quips came from 'Amarillo Slim' Preston back during the 1970s. Slim was asked what made the World Series of Poker so special. He answered, 'It's where a poker player can turn a toothpick into a lumberyard.'

The latest lumberjack is Ian Johns, a 21-year-old professional poker player from Seattle, Washington. A few years ago, Johns started playing poker for fun. He deposited $50 into an online poker account and began playing in low-stakes games. Within a few days, his bankroll was depleted and down to just $6. Johns told his then-girlfriend (now wife, Mandy) he would quit playing poker if he lost his last six bucks.

Johns studied the game and slowly started to improve. Within a few weeks, his bankroll has swelled to a few hundred, then a few thousand dollars. By the time he was 21-years-old -- and eligible to enter the 2006 World Series of Poker -- John's bankroll had blossomed into half a million dollars.

Mandy Twiggs-Johns, the wife of the latest WSOP champion admits she was not happy at first about her husband's line of work. 'Then, he started winning, and we took the cash and bought a new house,' she said. 'I now see that poker is a game of skill and Ian really enjoys playing, so I have accepted what he does.'

The Johns are now in a quandary. Since so much of the family income depends on his online poker activities, they were shocked to learn about a new Washington State law, which makes it a felony to play poker online. 'It's ridiculous,' Johns said when asked about the new state law which prohibits his livelihood. 'I have not played online poker since June 7th (when the new law went into effect). We will probably be forced to move (out of Washington State) because of the law.'

This was the first year that Johns played in the World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee's Best Light. Self-confident in his poker skills, Johns hoped to come to Las Vegas for the first time, play in a few events, and perhaps make a few extra dollars. Little did he know that he would win poker's most coveted prize - a WSOP gold bracelet.

The 23rd tournament on the WSOP calendar was the $3,000 buy-in Limit Hold'em competition. A total of 341 entries produced a total prize pool of nearly a million dollars. It took two full days to eliminate most of the sizable field. On Day Three, nine finalists returned to the Rio Las Vegas to compete for the championship. The final table was a testament to the recent youth movement in poker. Only two players were aged over 30. This was only the second open event in 2006 not to include at least one former gold bracelet winner.
by Nolan Dalla
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