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2005 WSOP Event #2: $1,500 No Limit Holdem

, 2005-06-06, by TwoGun

Submitted by: Ozone

Who says a pro is not going to win the Main Event? The first open event of the 2005 WSOP was the $1,500 No Limit Holdem event. Last year, James Vogl beat a field of 834 to win this event. This year the event saw nearly triple that many entrants. An astounding 2,305 players coughed up the cash for this event. That was enough entries to blow away the record for most entrants in a non-championship WSOP event. However, the biggest story of the tournament was the names of the top three finishers in the event. Coming to the final table, Allen Cunningham had two bracelets, Scott Fischman also had two, and David "Devilfish" Ulliot possessed a single bracelet. These three superstars of the game found themselves playing three-handed at the end of the massive tournament, which made for an exciting conclusion to the record-setting event.

Today, only one of these three could add to their all-time bracelet count- Allen Cunningham. Allen mowed through the field of 2,305 and won his 3rd WSOP bracelet and a cool $725,405 to go along with it. All three of Allen's bracelets have come in different variations of poker; which has helped Allen earn the reputation as one of the most diverse young talents in the game today. Another young talent, Scott Fischman, came up just short on winning his 3rd No Limit Hold'em bracelet in two years. Losing to Cunningham heads-up, Fischman added $352,125 to his bankroll. The third well known name at the final table, David "Devilfish" Ulliot, finished in 3rd place earning $232,205 for the effort.

Notes: Phil Hellmuth tied the record for the most "cashes" in WSOP Events (47) by finishing 24th and taking home $15,905. Female limit cash game player Liz Lieu made her first WSOP Final Table appearance and finished 5th to take home $168,590. The tournament, which was originally scheduled as a 2-day event, did not finish until late on the 3rd day of play due to the large number of entrants.

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