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2005 WSOP Event #6: $2,500 No Limit Holdem Shootout

, 2005-06-13, by TwoGun

WSOP Event #6 marks the first time the World Series of Poker hosted a shorthanded event. This six-man max per table event was coined a "shootout" by the WSOP. With its shorthanded structure and quickly escalating blinds, the event rewarded aggression significantly more so than a typical World Series of Poker tournament.

While this tournament was coined a "shootout," it still otherwise followed standard multi-table tournament structure. The tournament was not a series of single-table tournaments, which is what many refer to as a "shootout" tournament.

For the 4th time in 6 events so far this year, the prize pool exceeded one million dollars. The $2,500 buy-in event attracted 548 entrants. Sixty-six players were paid, and the first place prize was $315,125. The lucky winner of the bracelet and the cash was Issac "the General" Galazan.

Issac defeated Harry Demetriou ($163,850) heads-up to win the bracelet. Many remember Demetriou after ESPN aired segments of an ongoing saga he had with Josh Arieh at last years WSOP Main Event. Galazan, a resident of Thailand, was making his first WSOP final table appearance.

There was one well recognized face at the final table. Former WSOP and WPT champion Antonio Esfandiari finished in 6th place to earn $63,020. Other notable finishes included Mel Judah 11th ($12,605), John Juanda 17th ($10,085), and female bracelet winner Cynthia Violette 20th ($8,825). The shorthanded-style of tournament is expected to become one of the more popular events at the WSOP, as many are drawn to the style of play necessary to excel at this type of event.

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