Jeff Madsen Becomes the
Youngest Winner in WSOP
History

2006 World Series of Poker        
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas
Official 2006 WSOP Results and
Tournament Report

Event #22
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In:  $2,000
Number of Entries:  1,579
Total Prize Money:  $2,873,780
Defending Champion (2005):  
Erik Seidel
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Jeff Madsen Becomes the Youngest Winner in WSOP History

21-year-old UC-Santa Barbara college student wins $660,948

2006 World Series of Poker        
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Official 2006 wsop Results and Report
Day 2 Results
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Event #22
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In:  $2,000
Number of Entries:  1,579
Total Prize Money:  $2,873,780
Defending Champion (2005):  Erik Seidel

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Jeff Madsen Becomes the Youngest Winner in WSOP History

21-year-old UC-Santa Barbara college student wins $660,948

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Las Vegas, NV – For the third consecutive year, the record for youngest
World Series of Poker winner has been broken.  Back in 2004, Gavin Griffin
became the youngest player in history to win a gold bracelet.  Even then,
with so many young people turned on to poker, it seemed just a matter of
time before a younger star would emerge and eclipse the record.  Next came
2005, when Eric Froehlich won the $1,500 buy in Limit Hold'em
championship.  At 21 years, three months, and three days of age, Froehlich
established a new benchmark for the youngest poker champion.  Now in
2006, the record has been shattered again.
Jeff Madsen, aged 21 years, one month, and nine days, has likely set a
record that will not be broken for quite some time.  Madsen defeated a
whopping 1,578 players, who each put up $2,000 to enter Event #22 on this
year’s World Series of Poker schedule.  First place paid $660,948.  Not bad
for a young college student preparing to return to school next month for his
senior year.
It took two long days to eliminate most of the huge field.  On Day Three, the
nine finalists took the stage at the Rio Las Vegas to play for the
championship.  The final table included several well-established tournament
veterans.  However, this was the first open event in 2006 not to include at
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John Shipley was the first player out.  The British pro was low on chips and
was forced to play a sub-par hand in the end, resulting in elimination.  
Shipley, who won the European Poker Tour championship in London two
years ago and also made the final table of the WSOP main event in 2002
(one of two players at this table to do so), received $60,349 for ninth place.
Billy Duarte, who has been playing poker for 60 years and made several final
tables at major tournaments in recent years, was the next player to exit.  
Duarte arrived as the low stack and went out on the tenth hand of play
holding ace-eight suited.  His opponent had king-jack suited and flopped a
jack.  Duarte locked up eighth place, which paid $71,845.
Michael Chow followed next with pocket nines, which lost to pocket jacks.    
Chow, 230th in the main event last year (out of 5,619 entries), took seventh
place.  The Hawaiian said “aloha” and pocketed $83,340.
Robert Bright went out in sixth place with pocket fours, which were
steamrolled by a straight.  Bright, the CEO of a stock trading firm, cashed out
for $94,835 in prize money.
Robert Dylan Cohen was the next player to exit.  The New York actor and
comedian turned poker player was low on chips and lost his final hand with
jack-ten versus pocket queens.  Cohen had to settle for fifth place, which
paid $112,077.  
A few hands later, Troy Parkins made a very bold move with an all-in bet on a
straight draw.  Jeff Madsen made a tough call holding top pair.  When Parkins
missed his draw, it meant a fourth-place finish.  Parkins, an information
technology specialist from Leesburg, Virginia collected $132,194.  
Julian Gardner hoped to become the third main event runner-up to win a gold
bracelet this year.  So far, Sammy Farha (2003) and David Williams (2004)
have won events.  Gardner finished second in 2002 to world champion Robert
Varkonyi (earning $1.1 million).  This time he could do no better than third
place.  On his final hand, Gardner had top pair but lost to Jeff Madsen’s spade
flush.  Gardner, one of England’s top poker players, received $172,427 in
prize money.  
When heads-up play began, Jeff Madsen enjoyed a slightly better than 2 to 1
chip lead versus Paul Sheng.  It didn’t take long for the final hand of the
tournament to come.  Madsen had jack-seven versus Sheng’s ace-seven.  
Madsen’s hand was completely dominated, normally a bad situation.  But all
the chips went into the pot on the turn when the board showed 10-9-8-6.  
Both players had a seven, good for a straight.  However, Madsen also had a
jack, which meant a higher straight.  It was a brutal way for Sheng to lose,
but there was not much defense against a higher straight.  
As the runner up, Paul Sheng received $330,485.  The Taiwanese-born
software executive, who now lives in San Francisco, had his best showing
ever at the WSOP.  This is Sheng’s third year to play on poker’s biggest stage
and certainly won’t be his last.
Following his win, Jeff Madsen demonstrated why he has been so successful
in poker at such a young age.  Madsen displayed none of the bravado that
one might expect from someone who had just won $660,948 at the World
Series.  Remarkably, this was Madsen’s second big cash at this year’s WSOP.  
He also finished third in the Omaha High-Low championship held two weeks
ago – good for $97,552.  
Madsen is currently a film student at UC-Santa Barbara.  He says he hopes to
eventually get into film and perhaps try his hand at directing.  “I will definitely
finish college,” Madsen said afterward.  “College is very important, so it will
be part of my life.  But the reality is -- I’m still young, so I have some time to
figure things out.”
Despite his youth, Madsen has played live casino poker for nearly three
years.  He played regularly at various California Indian casinos near his
home, where the legal gambling age is 18.  Due to Nevada state law, this is
the first year he was eligible to play at the WSOP.
Madsen expects that his record might stand for quite some time.  “It’s going
to be tough (to break),” Madsen said.  “I’m just lucky that my birthday was so
close.  It’s going to be hard, since I’m 21 and one month.  It will sure be
tough to break that record.”


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Overall Tournament Statistics (through end of Event #22):

Total Entries to Date:                          21,148

Total Prize Money Distributed:                $ 44,399,912
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