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2006 WSOP Event #21: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Short Handed

WSOP, 2006-07-16, by TwoGun

Prior to this year's World Series, William Chen's biggest claim to fame was having been referred to as "the smartest poker player alive" by poker theory expert, David Sklansky. Now Chen has made Sklansky's claim look pretty believable by winning his second bracelet in the last two weeks. After winning Event #7 for his first bracelet, Chen struck again in Event #21, a $2,500 no-limit hold'em short handed event. The event drew 740 entrants. Chen's Event #7 bracelet came from a field of 415.

Along with his second career bracelet Chen notched a $442,000 payday and enough points to give him an impressive lead in the WSOP Player of the Year standings. However, do not assume the award is Chen's for the claiming. Mark Seif, the only player to win two braclets in 2005, failed to win Player of the Year due to Allen Cunningham's impressive series.

Harry Demetriou, a strong British player finished 6th which was good for $58,000. Nath Pizzolatto earned $238,000 for second place. Twenty-four events remain at this year's series. It will be interesting to see if William Chen can pull off the near-impossible hat-trick at the WSOP.

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