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World Series Of Poker
 $5,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Result 22nd July
June 25 – August 10 2006

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Event # 32 (3 day event)
Entries -- 378 (239)
Buy-in -- $5,000
Prize Pool -- $1,776,618
Jason Lester
(Miami, FL, USA)
wins $550,764 and
his bracelet
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Jason Lester FL $550,764
2 Alan Sass NV $284,256
3 Stuart Fox Birmingham, GB $142,128
4 Tony Hartmann MN $124,362
5 Michael Tedesco CA $106,596
6 Gregg Turk VA $88,830
7 Emad Tamtouh Melbourne $71,064
8 Tommy Smith MN $53,298
9 Kirill Gerasimov Moscow $35,532
14 John Shipley (Solihull, GB) $17,766
16 Cyndy Violette $14,213
23 Jeff Buffenbarger (Sandy, GB) $10,660
25 Gareth Derbyshire (London) $10,660
27 Joe Beevers (London) $10,660
33 Mark Tehscher (London) $7,106
34 Erik Seidel $7,106
Key Facts 
37 places paid.
Jason Lester Finally Wins a WSOP Gold Bracelet

Las Vegas, NV - When Jason Lester walks into any poker room, everyone seems to recognize him. He's been playing in poker tournaments for twenty years. He's cashed 16 times at the World Series of Poker, and made six final table appearances. He was part of poker's biggest story ever when Chris Moneymaker rocked the world and won the 2003 championship event. Lester finished fourth that year. Had a few key hands gone the other way, perhaps it would have been Lester's day and he'd be a world champion. But alas, that's poker.

In fact, it's more of a surprise to learn that Lester did not have a gold bracelet - at least not until the midnight hour on June 24, 2006. The Miami-based investor finally accomplished his breakthrough victory when he topped a highly-competitive field of 378 players and won the $5,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold'em event at the World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee's Best Light.

Lester added his name to this year's memorable list of tournament winners -- players who had previously been members of the WSOP's supporting cast, while others got the starring roles. Sammy Farha, David Williams, Chip Reese, Mike Sexton, John Gale, and now Jason Lester have all slain the poker demons of years past with gold bracelet victories. The Pot-Limit Hold'em championship was played over a three-day period. It took two long days to eliminate 369 players. The nine finalists returned to the Rio poker stage on Day Three. The final table consisted of several players with high-stakes experience. However, none had previously won a WSOP title.

Lester collected $550,746 in prize money. 'My background in game theory is really what got me here,' Lester answered when asked to assess his reasons for victory. 'It's my strategic skills. I play backgammon, chess, and other games and I eventually got into poker because it became so big. My win here really is the summation of all those things that came together - from experience, knowing the math, from my own style.' 'I will be playing the main event next week,' Lester concluded. 'Now, when I sit down, I am going to have more confidence and a renewed table presence. That's what winning (a WSOP gold bracelet) does for you.'

Report by Nolan Dalla
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