Over 29,000 poker players came to Las Vegas from 40 different countries all over earth to play in 2005 World Series of Poker tournament events. This generated a total net prize pool of over $103,000,000 dollars, more than twice total prize pool amount in 2004. New records were being made and old ones being broken so fast challenge was to keep up with them all. Here is a "complete report" of what went on at this years World Series of Poker. It is complete because it covers tournament events #1 to #45.
Records were being made from start as 662 casino employees entered Event #1 which was "Casino Employee No-limit Hold'Em" tournament. The number broke record set last year, which was 279 entrants. Andy Nguyen, a poker dealer from Binionís in Las Vegas, won this event earning a payday of $83,390. Things really picked up as Event #2 "No-Limit Texas Hold'Em" began with an astounding 2,305 players signing up to play. For comparison, 2004 WSOP Main Event had 2,576 players in it. Allen Cunningham was recipient of a WSOP gold bracelet and $725,405 for winning this one. Event #3 "Pot-Limit Hold'Em" had Thom Werthmann pocketing $369,535 by overcoming tough play from Layne Flack in heads up match at final table. Another WSOP record was set when 21 year old Eric Froehlich became youngest person to earn a WSOP championship bracelet by winning Event #4 "Limit Hold'Em" and an additional $361,910 for his efforts. Pat Poels who quit his full time job to become a professional poker player won event #5 "Omaha Hi-Low Split". His paycheck that day was $270,100. Isaac Galazan won Event #6 "No-limit Hold'Em" a shootout tournament by defeating a determined Harry Demetriou and took home $315,125 for becoming champion.
Event #7 "No-Limit Hold'Em with Rebuys" was won by 24 year old poker tournament millionaire Michael Gracz, picking up an additional $594,460 for win. But Michael said he would give up all winnings just to have WSOP bracelet, that's how much it meant to him. Event #8 "Seven Card Stud" had online qualifier Cliff Josephy claim victory and $192,100. Erik Seidel picked up his 6th WSOP bracelet and $611,795 after winning Event #9 "No-Limit Hold'Em" tournament. Reza Payvar who saw a marathon 13 hour heads up match to end, won Event #10 "Limit Hold'Em". Reza, who received $303,610 and a WSOP bracelet, stated he dedicated win to his father who passed away last year. Reza missed 2004 WSOP to be with his father who had cancer. Online qualifier Edward Moncada won Event #11 "Pot-Limit Hold'Em" receiving his first WSOP bracelet and $298,070. The winner of Event #12 "Pot Limit Omaha" was Josh Arieh who earned his 2nd gold WSOP bracelet along with a $381,600 payday.
In his 58th major tournament win, T.J. Cloutier picked up his 6th WSOP bracelet by winning Event #13 "No Limit Hold'Em" event and pocketing $657,100 in process. Event #14 "Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split" lasted 36 hours, but in end Steve Hohn picked up his bracelet and $156,985. Steve even endured a 4 1/2 hour heads up battle with Mike Wattel at final table to capture this tournament victory! Mark Seif was able to place a desired crown on his poker resume by winning Event #15 "Limit Hold'Em Shootout" and $181,330 in his wallet. The champion for Event #16 "No-Limit Hold'Em Shootout" tournament was Anthony Reategui, proving himself best of 780 players for title of champion and $269,100. Quinn Do ended up with $265,975 for winning Event #17's "Limit Hold'Em" tournament. Denis Ethier came from behind as final table's short stack to win Event #18 "Seven Card Stud High-Low Split". Denis was rewarded with $160,682 for his effort. And Barry Greenstein became champion of Event #19 "Pot Limit Omaha" tournament gaining another $423,405 and a bracelet. Barry in his true humanitarian form dedicated his win to a terminally ill cancer patient named Charlie Tuttle. For Event #20 which was "Pot Limit Hold'Em", Brian Wilson won $370,685 for his efforts at WSOP.
Todd Brunson, son of Doyle Brunson was winner of Event #21 "Omaha High-Low Split" tournament. Todd won $255,945 and entered World Series of Poker history, as he and his father became only father and son to win championship bracelets. And Mark Seif captured his 2nd WSOP bracelet in a week plus $611,145 to boot by winning Event #22 "No-Limit Hold'Em" tournament.