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2006 WSOP Event #30: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Short Handed

WSOP, 2006-07-23, by Ozone

Nine days ago Jeff Madsen made WSOP history. With his win in Event #22 ($2,000 no-limit hold'em), he surpassed Eric Froehlich as the youngest player to win a WSOP bracelet. At the time, Madsen was 21 years, 1 month, and 9 days old. His Event #22 win paid $660,000 for navigating through a field of 1,579.

While that was quite the accomplishment, evidently Madsen was not content with resting on his laurels. Already at his third final table of this year's series, Madsen showed up as the short stack to battle for another $643,000 in first place prize money in Event #30. Poker pro Erick Lindgren, noted by some as the "best player not to have won a WSOP bracelet", found himself heads up with a sizable chip lead over Madsen. However, the youthful Madsen spoiled Lindgren's day in the sun and seized his second WSOP bracelet.

With his victory, Madsen joins William Chen as a two-time bracelet winner at this year's WSOP. Madsen also broke another Eric Froehlich record in becoming the youngest player with two career WSOP bracelets. He has now amassed $1,400,000 in prize money at this year's tournament. Can he make it 3 bracelets while barely old enough to gamble?

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