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2005 WSOP Event #11: $2,000 Pot Limit Holdem

, 2005-06-17, by TwoGun

Submitted by: Ozone

In case there was not already enough evidence that poker is taking the world by storm, the composition of the final table of Event #11 is a perfect example of just how far poker has expanded. The nine players who made it to the final table were from eight different countries- Armenia, Belgium, England, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, and the United States.

The champion, Edward Moncada, took home $298,070 and his first WSOP bracelet. Moncada was born in upstate New York to Bolivian parents. He recently quit his job as a civil engineer to pursue a professional poker playing career. He credits his friends and fellow professionals, Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak, for helping him get off to a good start in his new profession.

Runner-up Steven Hudak, also an American, is a 22 year old student at the University of Maryland. He hopes to play poker professionally, so the $159,970 second place prize should get him off to the right start. Two other well known players Kassem "Freddy" Deeb (Lebanon) and Marco Traniello (Italy) finished 5th and 7th respectively. If the last name of Marco Traniello sounds familiar, it is because he is married to well known pro Jennifer Harman-Traniello. Coming to the final table, Deeb was the only former bracelet winner in the field.

World Poker Tour commentator Mike Sexton finished 10th. Another poker commentator, Celebrity Poker host Phil Gordon, finished 27th. Professional players Joe Cassidy and TJ Cloutier also finished in the money coming in 32nd and 44th respectively.

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