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2005 WSOP Event #3: $1,500 Pot Limit Holdem

, 2005-06-06, by TwoGun

Submitted by: Ozone

The $1,500 Pot Limit Holdem event saw a bit of a growth spurt this year. Last year, Minh Nguyen beat a field of 363 to win this event. This year, the story is a little different. A record was set for the most entrants in a Pot Limit Holdem tournament, after 1,071 players paid the price to chase the gold bracelet. However, only one of these 1,071 would leave the victor.

This year, young Thomas Werthmann is the champion. Werthmann defeated crowd-favorite Layne Flack in a long heads-up duel to win the bracelet and $369,535. Layne Flack started the heads-up play with a 2.5-1 chip lead over Werthmann. But Werthmann was able to keep his composure as the two battled for nearly an hour of heads-up play. After some raising and re-raising on the final hand, Layne Flack got all in preflop with 55, and Werthmann happily called him with A2. With a fine chance to take a massive chip lead, Flack was unable to catch a 5 after the flop came AKQ. Layne Flack, one of the best holdem players in the world, came up just short in his efforts to win his 5th WSOP bracelet, but was able to take home $185,855 for the second place finish.

There was only one other well-known name at the final table. Two time bracelet winner, Hieu "Tony" Ma, finished in 3rd place and won $118,240. Other notable finishes include; Al Krux 13th ($13,300), Hoyt Corkins 25th ($7,390), and Jennifer Harmen-Traniello finished 28th to take home $5,175. Little known champion Thomas Werthmann quietly cashed in 177th place at the 2004 WSOP Main Event. This was his first WSOP Final Table.

More information about this event can be found here

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