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World Series Of Poker
 $5,000 7 Card Stud Result
19th July
June 25 – August 10 2006

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Event # 28 (2 day event)
Entries -- 182 (192)
Buy-in -- $5,000
Prize Pool -- $855,400
Benjamin Lin
(Rockville, MD, USA)
wins $256,620 and
his bracelet
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Benjamin Lin MD $256,620
2 Shahram Sheikhan NV $171,080
3 Cyndy Violette NJ $102,648
4 Allen Kessler PA $76,986
5 Miami John Cernuto NV $55,601
6 Patrick Bueno Paris $38,493
7 Lupe Munquia TX $29,939
8 Mike Caro MO $21,385
9 Russell Salzer NY $12,831
14 David Grey ( $12,831
16 Lonnie Heimowitz $12,831
Key Facts 
16 places paid.
Maryland accountant thrashes all-star lineup at final table

Las Vegas, NV – When play at the final table of the $5,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud championship became three-handed, a few bystanders glanced at the remaining players up on the main stage at the Rio. They had the following exchange:
Spectator1: Who’s left?
Spectator 2: I see Cyndy Violette up there.
Spectator 1: Who else?
Spectator 2: There’s Sean “Sheik” Sheikhan.
Spectator 1: What about the other guy?
Spectator 2: I don’t know. He’s just some other guy.

Benjamin Lin represents all the “other guys” who play poker. He epitomizes many thousands of mostly-unknown names and faces who plow through huge tournament fields, make final tables, yet are not given the attention and admiration they probably deserve. While television and media focus mostly on the poker superstars, many “other guys” (and ladies, too) are out there day in and day out fighting for prize money and respect – not necessarily in that order.

Three days ago, Benjamin Lin walked into the Rio Las Vegas as a 31-year-old accountant from suburban Washington-DC, who liked to play poker in his spare time. After winning the Seven-Card Stud championship at the 2006 World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee’s best Light, Lin is walking out of the Rio as the latest WSOP gold bracelet winner. He pulverized a highly-competitive field of 182 entrants who each put up five grand in what has become known as the “world championship” of one of poker’s most long-established games.

After 174 players had been eliminated over two days, eight players took the final table on the Rio poker stage. The eight finalists comprised a formidable lineup. Two were former WSOP gold bracelet winners – “Miami John” Cernuto with three wins, and Cyndy Violette with one victory. This final table was exceptional for at least one reason. Perhaps no single individual has done more for poker during his lifetime than Mike ‘The Mad Genius” Caro. The former hippie used to destroy lowball draw games that were popular in California during the 1970s. Later, he started writing about poker and became one of the game’s top theorists. Caro played against (and beat) a computer, devised numerous strategies that helped thousands of poker players, and appeared on national television numerous times as the game’s top spokesman. In the 1990s, he founded “Mike Caro University,” which held classes at the Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles. Books, magazine articles, and seminars turned losers into winners. Yet for all of his contributions to poker science over the years, many newcomers still do not know of Caro’s profound impact on the game.

Benjamin Lin took his place in the elite class of 396 players (out of over a 100 million worldwide) who have won a WSOP gold bracelet over the entire 37-year history of the world’s premier poker spectacle. Lin’s winnings amounted to $256,620. Winning an event at the World Series changes everything. Perhaps the next time he makes it to a final table heads-up, the conversation will now describe Benjamin Lin as a poker champion – playing against the other guy.
Report by Nolan Dalla
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