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World Series Of Poker
 $1,500 Razz Seven Card Result 22nd July
June 25 – August 10 2006

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Event # 33 (2 day event)
Entries -- 409 (291)
Buy-in -- $1,500
Prize Pool -- $558,285
James Richburg
(Long Beach, CA, USA)
wins $139,576 and
his bracelet
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 James Richburg CA $139,576
2 Juan Carlos Mortensen NV $94,908
3 Steven Diano NV $61,411
4 Cliff Josephy NY $39,080
5 Ron Ritchie GA $30,706
6 Richard Sklar CA $25,123
7 Miami John Cernuto NV $19,540
8 Jamie Brooks AZ $13,957
9 Chad Carpenter NV $7,258
23 Peter Costa (Leicester) $4,466
32 Chris Bjorin (London) $2,233
36 Bhupinder Kohli (GB) $2,233
Key Facts 
40 places paid.
James Richburg Wins Razz World Championship

Las Vegas, NV - Seven-Card Razz has developed a bad reputation. It's the proverbial step-child of poker games. While the rest of the poker world is playing Texas Hold'em, Razz is the quirky card game that pops up every now and then at a few major poker tournaments. The game attracts an admittedly older and more traditional crowd.

Razz gets a bad rap, which is unfair. After all, the game is full of subtle nuances and razor-thin margins. Perhaps one reason Razz will never rival Hold'em in terms of popularity is because it lacks excitement and drama. No-limit Hold'em is a test of courage. Razz is a test of patience. No-Limit Hold'em rewards the brave. Razz punishes the daring.

Few spectators were left in the audience to witness James Richburg's resounding first WSOP victory. He won his first gold bracelet precisely at 4:45 am early on a Monday morning in front of hundreds of empty seats and poker tables which had been filled to capacity only hours earlier.

Richburg won the tournament in typical Razz fashion - by simply outlasting everyone else, waiting for the right moments, and pushing small advantages which produced large gains. The Razz championship at the 2006 World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee's Best Light, attracted 409 entries.

The final table consisted of three former WSOP gold bracelet winners - 'Miami John' Cernuto (with 3 wins), Carlos Mortensen (with 2 wins), and Cliff Josephy (with one win) This was the 'oldest' final table so far at this year's WSOP, other than the seniors championship. The youngest player was age 38. In fact, the finalists ranged from 38 up to 62 years - in dramatic contrast to most hold'em final tables which have been dominated by twenty-somethings.

It took a few hours before James Richburg finally defeated his last rival. Carlos Mortensen put up a fight. But he was never able to seriously threaten Richburg for most of his chips. The 2001 world poker champion finally went out, losing to a 9-8 low shown by Richburg. Mortensen's cards were not seen. Mortensen earned $94,908 as the runner up. The Razz champion, James Richburg has a long history of play at the World Series of Poker.

He finished second in the 1991 Stud Eight-or-Better championship. Little did he know it back then, but that would be his last WSOP final table in 15 years. The past would be forgotten at this early morning hour. After all, it was the beginning of a new day.

Richburg collected $139,576 in prize money and his first WSOP gold bracelet as the sun peaked over the horizon. It's important to note that this year's Razz world championship attracted an all-time record of 409 entries. That's the most players ever in history for a Razz-only poker tournament. Contrast that number with 291 entrants in 2005 and 195 entrants in this same event back in 2004. Considering a 37 percent growth rate for Razz over last year, versus hold'em which is only up 24 percent, could that possibly mean that Razz is emerging as the fastest-growing poker game? James Richburg certainly hopes so.
Report by Nolan Dalla
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