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World Series Of Poker
 $5.000 No Limit Hold'em Short Handed Result 20th July
June 25 – August 10 2006

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Event # 30 (3 day event)
Entries -- 507 (301)
Buy-in -- $5,000
Prize Pool -- $2,535,000
Jeff Madsen
(Los Angeles, CA, USA)
wins $643,381 and
his bracelet
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Jeff Madsen Bushey, GB $643,381
2 Erick Lindgren NV $357,435
3 Captain Tom Franklin MS $214,461
4 Tony Woods CA $150,123
5 Jonathan Gaskell Wigan, GB $119,145
6 Paul Foltyn Doncaster, GB $83,402
7 Cliff Cantor CA $69,104
8 Vanessa Rousso FL $61,955
9 Jenny Kang OR $54,807
17 Iwan Jones (Cardiff) $9,048
27 Carlo Citrone (Newcastle) $6,463
29 Richard Redmond (London) $4,524
38 Daniel Negreanu $3,878
45 John Shipley (Solihull) $3,878
46 Kathy Liebert $3,232
47 Mike Sexton ( $3,232
Key Facts 
54 places paid.
21-year old college student sets World Series of Poker record unlikely to ever be broken

Las Vegas, NV - The unthinkable happened on July 22, 2006 when 21-year-old Jeff Madsen won his second gold bracelet within a week. Even more remarkable is the fact that Madsen turned '21' just six weeks ago. This was Madsen's third final table at this year's World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee's Best Light. He is one of only two players to hold such a distinction. Madsen now has two firsts and one third-place finish on his WSOP resume.

No player has ever skyrocketed to the top of the poker world so quickly, or so effortlessly. Not Stu Ungar. Not Johnny Chan. Not Phil Hellmuth. At 21, Ungar was still hustling gin games in New York. Chan was washing dishes in his parent's restaurant. Hellmuth was a University of Wisconsin student, playing in $20 buy-in hold'em games.

Contrast those memoirs with Jeff Madsen, who already has two gold bracelets and $1,401,881 in WSOP winnings. And, here's a notion that should make the poker world shake and shudder - he's not finished yet.

The $5,000 buy-in Short-Handed No-Limit Hold'em world championship attracted 507 entries. The tournament was played six players to a table. After 498 players had been eliminated over two long days, finalists took the final table on the Rio poker stage.

The six players comprised a tough lineup, most notably two former gold bracelet winners -- 'Captain Tom' Franklin and Jeff Madsen. Noted tournament professional Erick Lindgren was also competing for his first WSOP win. When play began, Jonathan Gaskell enjoyed a comfortable chip lead. Jeff Madsen was dead last in the chip count coming into the final table. That would certainly not be the case seven hours later, when the tournament ended and history was made.

The question everyone is now asking is - what will Jeff Madsen do next? He will be competing for what could be a record-third gold bracelet over the next week. Madsen will also play in the main event, which begins on July 28th. But beyond that, what does a 21-year-old college student do with $1.4 million and two WSOP titles? Demonstrating maturity and composure far beyond his years, Madsen said he expects to return to college in the fall for his senior year. The Cal State-Santa Barbara film student still wants to pursue a career in movies. Perhaps Jeff Madsen's first film should be a remake of 'Kid Millions.'
Report by Nolan Dalla
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