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2005 WSOP Event #31: $5,000 No Limit Holdem (Six-Handed)

, 2005-07-06, by Mercy

Submitted by: Ozone

At the start of the 2005 WSOP, three players (Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Hellmuth were tied with 9 career WSOP bracelets. In Event #25, Johnny Chan broke this three way tie by winning his 10th bracelet. But in Event #31, with the ESPN cameras rolling, 71 year old Doyle Brunson added to his massive legacy by tying Chan's feat of 10 career bracelets.

Chan was able to enjoy life on top of the pile for a mere four days before Doyle struck back and tied him at ten. The 301 entrants in the event did not stop Brunson from adding to his story-like poker legacy. "Texas Dolly" won $367,800, and more importantly, his 10th career bracelet.

Doyle's job at the final table was not easy. The 10 time WSOP champion had to deal with fellow professionals Minh Ly (who finished 2nd), Scotty Nguyen (3rd), Layne Flack (4th), and Jason Lester (6th). Men "the Master" Nguyen finished in 8th place, and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson finished 11th.

Allen Cunningham continued his marvelous series with a 29th place money finish. Brunson's good friend and fellow high-stakes player, David "Chip" Reese, also finished in the money at 30th. Baring a miracle in the Main Event, it appears Chan and Brunson will remained tied at ten at the close of this year's WSOP. Although he will be 72 next year, Brunson is playing just as well as anyone else in the world, and is sure to give a good shot at bracelet #11.

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