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World Series Of Poker
 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Result 17th July
June 25 – August 10 2006

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Event # 26 (2 day event)
Entries -- 526 (291)
Buy-in -- $1,500
Prize Pool -- $789,000
Ralph Perry
(Las Vegas, NV, USA)
wins $207,817 and
his bracelet
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Ralph Perry NV $207,817
2 George Abdallah TX $109,644
3 Brian Kocur MD $57,330
4 Luzhe Zhang Vienna $50,164
5 Ray Lynn VA $42,998
6 Spiros Mitrokostas MT $35,831
7 Frank Henderson TX $28,665
8 Jason Newburger IL $21,499
9 Russell Salzer NY $14,333
19 David Williams $3,583
21 Berry Johnston $3,583
28 Donnacha O'Dea (Dublin) $2,508
35 Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott (Hull) $2,508
37 Kirill Gerasimov $2,150
43 Paul Jackson (Birmingham) $2,150
45 Miami John Cernuto $2,150
49 Men "The Master" Nguyen $1,792
54 Humberto Brenes $1,792
Key Facts 
54 places paid.
Four years after finishing third in the 2002 championship event, Perry finally tastes victory

Las Vegas, NV - 'The Butterfly Effect' is common expression which explains the unbreakable connection between all earthly things. It was first coined several years ago as a scientific concept.

The question posed was, 'Does a butterfly flapping its wings in Kansas create a typhoon in the South Pacific?' Since even a tiny butterfly affects the air current with the flapping of its wings, it then follows that a storm cycle months later and thousands of miles away is a distant by-product of the butterfly's initial motion.

'The Butterfly Effect' also applies to poker. Unfortunately, many fail to grasp its nuances. For instance, even the most subtle actions affect the outcome of a poker tournament. Consider the fact that any motion whatsoever - a laugh, a sneeze, or even the most ordinary of common distractions - will cause a poker dealer to shuffle a deck of cards in a slightly different way. Just one card out of place at any time, by consequence, changes the entire sequence of cards which follow the rest of the tournament.

Since the actions of one table very likely are seen and heard by players at adjoining tables, those secondary tables too, are affected by the initial motion. Then, the next tables are affected also, and so on. Sure, poker is a game of skill.

But it's also quite possible that an innocuous chuckle by the player in Seat Five on Day One at Table 164 at the 2005 World Series of Poker influenced the outcome of the biggest poker tournament in history. Joe Hachem's victory was a combination of billions of figurative butterfly wings flapping, combined with the talent to make a win possible.

Rafael 'Ralph' Perry was born in Russia. During his childhood, Perry's family immigrated to Israel. At the age of 17, Perry arrived in the United States. Perry's butterfly effect took place 15 years ago in Brooklyn, New York. The 25-year-old was invited into a pool hall one night and discovered a poker game going on in the back room. Perry decided to sit down in the game, and his life was never the same after that.

'The game was Seven-Card Stud,' Perry remembered fondly. 'I decided to play. I played for an hour. I ended up winning like twenty dollars. I played every single hand I loved the game so much.' After his win, Perry was invited by friends to go to a local card club in Brooklyn, where he quickly became a regular player. When poker was legalized in Atlantic City, Perry started playing there. Then, he heard about a place where there were even more poker games - Las Vegas.

'When I first came to Las Vegas, my intention was to get a job as a blackjack dealer. But, I never had to go out and get a job,' Perry said. 'I started playing in low-limit stud games. It was all I knew how to play. From that day forward, I started playing stud.' One afternoon, Perry was sitting down inside a local cardroom where the action was slow. 'I looked over at the next table and saw massive piles of chips in the center of the table. The pots were monsters,' Perry said. 'I asked the floorman, ‘what game is that?' He said, ‘Texas Hold'em.' I asked, ‘How do you play it?' They told me and I learned how to play.' Sure enough, that second butterfly effect created a typhoon a few years later. Perry won his way into the 2002 World Series of Poker's championship event and ended up finishing third. 'I had a horrible WSOP up until the main event that year,' Perry recalled. 'Then, I finished third and won half-a-million dollars. That was the most money I ever had.'

Four long years have since passed since Perry was thrust in the spotlight. He has made more than his share of cashes and final tables in tournaments, but for all his financial success, Perry had yet to earn a breakthrough tournament victory. That would all change on July 18, 2006.
by Nolan Dalla
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