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2005 WSOP Event #13: $5,000 No Limit Holdem

, 2005-06-19, by TwoGun

Anyone who doubts the skills of T.J. Cloutier should re-examine Cloutier's poker record.. He won at least one bracelet during the World Series of Poker for two straight years. T.J. has 58 total major tournament victories in his poker career, far more than anyone else in poker history.

T.J. is often considered the "best poker player never to win the WSOP Main Event. After winning the $5,000 event, T.J. earned $657,100 to go along with his 6th career bracelet. The win moves him to 2nd on the all-time WSOP money list, with $3.7 million in career earnings. He trails only Greg Raymer, who has $5 million in earnings due to his gigantic payday by winning the 2005 Main Event.

Perhaps the most remarkable statistic about T.J. is that 2005 marks his 19th consecutive year that he has cashed in a WSOP event. With 47 career cashes, he is only one behind Phil Hellmuth and Berry Johnston who are tied for the lead at 48.

Coming in second place, Steve Zoine took home $352,620 after losing to Cloutier heads-up. Other than Cloutier, there were 3 other former bracelet winners at the final table; John Bonetti finished 3rd, John Hennigan finished 6th, and Tony Ma finished 9th.

With the ESPN cameras rolling on this star studded final table, one can expect an exceptionally entertaining episode that is scheduled to air in September. On top of the names already mentioned, Todd Brunson (poker playing son of superstar Doyle Brunson), WPT Champion Gavin Smith, and internet phenom Dustin "Neverwin" Woolf also played at the Final Table.

The event attracted 466 entrants. Forty-five of them made the money, including pros Jennifer Harman-Traniello and Antonio Esfandiari.

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