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Event #30 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em Short Handed Results & Report

37th Annual World Series of Poker

Event #30 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em Short Handed
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
3700 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV, 89103, US
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Jeff Madsen You've Got to be Kidding!
Jeff Madsen Wins Gold Bracelet Number Two! 21-year old college student sets World Series of Poker record unlikely to ever be...
Profile: Jeff Madsen
Date: July 20, 2006 Time: 12:00 PM

Buy-In: $5,000
Prizepool: $2,535,000
Entries: 507
Game Type: No Limit Hold'em

Place Country Name Prize
1 USA Jeff Madsen $643,381
2 USA Erick Lindgren $357,435
3 USA Captain Tom Franklin $214,461
4 USA Tony Woods $150,123
5 UK Jonathan Gaskell $119,145
6 UK Paul Foltyn $83,402
7 USA Cliff Cantor $69,104
8 USA Vanessa Rousso AKA "Lady Maverick" $61,955
9 USA Jenny Kang $54,807
10 USA Michael Banducci $47,658
11 Sweden Fredrick Halling $42,892
12 USA Paul Wasicka AKA "Kwickfish" $38,126
13 Canada Philippe Boucher AKA "PhiLLeDINGUE" $33,361
14 USA Joe Awada $29,786
15 UK Marty Wilson AKA "soso" $26,212
16 Denmark Peter Fischer $22,638
17 USA John Juanda $19,063
18 USA Gregg Merkow $15,489
19 USA Brian Willis $11,319
20 Sweden Mats Gavatin $11,319
21 USA Robert Williamson III $11,319
22 USA Kenna James AKA "Cowboy" $11,319
23 Denmark Mark Peterson $11,319
24 USA Donald Todd $11,319
25 USA Christopher W. Loveland $11,319
26 USA Marco Traniello $11,319
27 USA David "Dragon" Pham $11,319
28 USA Keith Tilston $11,319
29 USA Omar Khayat AKA "The Silver Fox" $11,319
30 UK Joe Beevers $11,319
31 USA Robert Ford $11,319
32 USA Ted Lawson $11,319
33 USA Michael Woo $11,319
34 USA Dustin Woolf AKA "neverpay" $11,319
35 USA Michael Berra $11,319
36 USA James Rumptz $11,319
37 USA Vincenzo M Beatrice $8,340
38 USA Harry Cheung $8,340
39 USA Chris Bell $8,340
40 Canada Robin Bergren $8,340
41 USA Jennifer Tilly $8,340
42 USA Sam Grizzle $8,340
43 Denmark Dan Pedersen $8,340
44 USA Phil Hellmuth Jr $8,340
45 USA David "C4" Plastik $8,340
46 USA Mark Gregorich $8,340
47 USA Joe Tehan $8,340
48 USA Craig Hartman $8,340
49 UK John Duthie $8,340
50 USA Steve Seidman $8,340
51 USA Scott Mayfield $8,340
52 USA David Singer $8,340
53 USA Bill Gazes $8,340
54 USA James Bechtel $8,340

Tournament Report

You've Got to be Kidding!

Jeff Madsen Wins Gold Bracelet Number Two!

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.

Name	             Chip Count	Seat
Tony Woods	      $354,000	1
Jonathan Gaskell      $727,000	2
Captain Tom Franklin  $365,000	3
Erick Lindgren	      $448,000	4
Paul Foltyn	      $438,000	5
Jeff Madsen	      $201,000	6

Paul Foltyn had a rough time at the final table. He was eliminated about two hours into play after taking a number of tough beats that left him severely short-stacked. Foltyn, a 22-year-old college student from England, was forced to play a weak hand and missed completely. He collected $83,402 for sixth place.

Proving that having chips at the start had no bearing on the outcome, the early big stack Jonathan Gaskell was the next player to go bust. Gaskell, another English player, experienced his Waterloo when his pocket kings were cracked by Erick Lindgren's ace-king. Lindgren certainly didn't like the view when the cards were tabled. But agony turned into ecstasy when an ace rained down on the river, giving Lindgren a monster-sized pot and the chip lead. Meanwhile, Gaskell was aghast and hit the rail in fifth place, good for a less-than-satisfying payout totaling $119,145.

Tony Woods went out next. The 41-year-old poker pro from California lost with ace-king to Erick Lindgren's pocket jacks. Woods failed to hit his pair, which meant a fourth-place finish and $150,123 in prize money.

This was 'Captain' Tom Franklin's second final table appearance this year. Franklin, a Vietnam veteran turned poker pro from Gulfport, Mississippi, went card dead at the worst possible time of the tournament. His two opponents -- Madsen and Lindgren -- applied relentless pressure, forcing Franklin into repeated folds when he could not call a large bet or a raise after missing the flop. Franklin's final hand came when he hit top pair, but was out kicked by Jeff Madsen. Franklin's queen-ten lost to Madsen's king ten, after a ten flopped. The Captain was saluted for his third-place finish, which paid $214,461.

Normally, a player in Madsen's unique position would be a huge crowd favorite, when heads-up play commenced. But this was not the case. Erick Lindgren, described by many of his peers as 'the best poker player not to have won a WSOP gold bracelet,' attracted a rowdy cheering section. For a time, it looked like Lindgren would not disappoint his legion of fans. The Vegas poker pro enjoyed the chip lead during most of the duel, but then suffered a horrendous turn of events that left everyone in a stunned state of disbelief.

After taking a few beats and losing coin flip situations (Lindgren's pocket eights losing to Madsen's ace-king when an ace flopped completely changed the momentum of the contest), Lindgren lost his final hand of the night holding ace-jack suited versus Madsen's queen-nine. The final board showed K-Q-2-5-3 - good for a pair of queens for Madsen.

Erick Lindgren could not have been more disappointed with a $357,435 payoff. No amount of consolation could ease the painful sting of defeat. However, like Gentleman John Gale the previous year - who lost a WSOP tournament in the most dramatic way possible, only to come back and win an event this year - Erick Lindgren's day shall come.

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 UC -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.'

by Nolan Dalla

Overall Tournament Statistics (through end of Event #30):
Total Entries to Date: 26,501
Total Prize Money Distributed: $ 56,462,207

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