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2006 WSOP Event #5: $2,500 Shorthanded No-Limit

WSOP, 2006-07-03, by TwoGun

One of the coolest additions to the WSOP in recent years has been the shorthanded tournaments. These tournaments feature just six players to a table as opposed to 9 or 10. The action is faster and the world's best players have a larger edge over the field due to the increased amount of skill needed to succeed. In this year's first shorthanded event, two world class players rose to the top of the 824 player field.

Last year's Main Event champion Joe Hachem came tantalizingly close to winning his second bracelet in just a small handful of lifetime events played. However, Hachem would have to settle for $256,000 and second place.

The only player to finish in front of Hachem was controversial poker figure Dutch Boyd. For Boyd, his first gold bracelet came in conjunction with a $475,000 first place prize. This is money that some patrons of the online poker world might feel entitled to. In 2000, Boyd became infamous after his online poker room "PokerSpot" lost all of its players' money, when it was unable to collect deposits from its credit card processing firm. Boyd never financially compensated those harmed by his botched online poker room.

Multiple bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu had a commanding chip lead for a large portion of this event, but had things evaporate while there were still eight players left.

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