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2005 WSOP Event #4: $1,500 Limit Holdem

, 2005-06-07, by TwoGun

Submitted by: Ozone

The record Gavin Griffins set as the youngest winner of a WSOP bracelet did not last long. Gavin won a Pot Limit Holdem event in last years series at the age of 22, which made him the youngest bracelet winner of all time. Today, that record has been broken by young Eric Froehlick. At the age of 21 years, 3 months, and 28 days, Eric has set the record as the youngest champion of a WSOP event.

To go along with this record, he was given a coveted gold bracelet, as well as a hefty $361,910, which is not a bad start to a poker career. In an all-California heads-up duel, Eric knocked off Jason Steinhorn after a back and forth match to win the bracelet. Steinhorn earned $182,040 for the 2nd place effort. In a field of 1,049; there was not one celebrity-caliber professional player at the final table. The highest recognizable name on the winners list was Annie Duke who won $10,135 for finishing 16th. Former bracelet winner Christian Van Hees finished 5th to earn $86,855. European pro Peter Costa finished 7th to win $57,905.

Another major WSOP record was broken in this event. Phil Hellmuth Jr. set the record for the most "cashes" in WSOP events over the span of a career. After finishing 42nd ($4,200), Hellmuth passed Berry Johnston on the all-time "cashes" list. It was the 48th time Hellmuth finished in the money of a WSOP event. Quite an accomplishment for someone who started playing WSOP events in 1989, nearly 20 years after the WSOP was founded.

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