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Turning a Toothpick into a Lumberyard

Ian Johns Wins Limit Hold’em WSOP

21-year-old poker player turns $6 into half-a-million
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Event #23
Limit Hold’em
Buy-In:  $3,000
Number of Entries:  341
Total Prize Money:  $941,160
Defending Champion (2005):  Andre Boyer

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Turning a Toothpick into a Lumberyard

Ian Johns Wins Limit Hold’em WSOP

21-year-old poker player turns $6 into half-a-million

Las Vegas, NV – One of poker’s classic quips came from “Amarillo Slim” Preston
back during the 1970s.  Slim was asked what made the World Series of Poker
so special.  He answered, “It’s where a poker player can turn a toothpick into a
The latest lumberjack is Ian Johns, a 21-year-old professional poker player from
Seattle, Washington.  A few years ago, Johns started playing poker for fun.  He
deposited $50 into an online poker account and began playing in low-stakes
games.  Within a few days, his bankroll was depleted and down to just $6.  
Johns told his then-girlfriend (now wife, Mandy) he would quit playing poker if
he lost his last six bucks.  
Johns studied the game and slowly started to improve.  Within a few weeks, his
bankroll has swelled to a few hundred, then a few thousand dollars.  By the
time he was 21-years-old -- and eligible to enter the 2006 World Series of
Poker -- John’s bankroll had blossomed into half a million dollars.
Mandy Twiggs-Johns, the wife of the latest WSOP champion admits she was not
happy at first about her husband’s line of work.  “Then, he started winning, and
we took the cash and bought a new house,” she said.  “I now see that poker is
a game of skill and Ian really enjoys playing, so I have accepted what he
The Johns are now in a quandary.  Since so much of the family income depends
on his online poker activities, they were shocked to learn about a new
Washington State law, which makes it a felony to play poker online.  “It’s
ridiculous,” Johns said when asked about the new state law which prohibits his
livelihood.  “I have not played online poker since June 7th (when the new law
went into effect).  We will probably be forced to move (out of Washington
State) because of the law.”
This was the first year that Johns played in the World Series of Poker,
presented by Milwaukee’s Best Light.  Self-confident in his poker skills, Johns
hoped to come to Las Vegas for the first time, play in a few events, and
perhaps make a few extra dollars.  Little did he know that he would win poker’s
most coveted prize – a WSOP gold bracelet.
The 23rd tournament on the WSOP calendar was the $3,000 buy-in Limit Hold’
em competition.  A total of 341 entries produced a total prize pool of nearly a
million dollars.  It took two full days to eliminate most of the sizable field.  On
Day Three, nine finalists returned to the Rio Las Vegas to compete for the
championship.  The final table was a testament to the recent youth movement
in poker.  Only two players were aged over 30.  This was only the second open
event in 2006 not to include at least one former gold bracelet winner.

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Fi Tran was the first player to exit.  The medical salesman from southern
California arrived low on chips from the start.  He went out in ninth place.  Tran
collected $18,823.   
Ben Robinson, a.k.a. “Kid Rock” was the senior citizen at this final table, at the
advanced age of 49.  Robinson, who plays guitar in a Florida rock band called
“Top Priority” was cut from the group of eight when his ace-jack was terribly out
of tune against ace-queen.  Robinson’s royalties for this tournament amounted
to $28,235.
Brendan Taylor was the next player out.  The Henderson, Nevada poker player
was making his first-ever WSOP final table appearance.  Taylor’s exit hand was
dealt when he flopped top pair with kings but ended up losing to a straight.  
Taylor locked up seventh place, which paid $37,646.  
Tad Jurgens ran into every poker player’s worst nightmare when he was dealt
pocket kings, against his opponent’s pocket aces.  All the money went in by the
turn.  The aces held up and Jurgens was softly-handed sixth-place prize money,
good for $47,058.
Mark Newhouse went out a short time later.  The 22-year-old poker player and
student was eliminated in fifth place.  Newhouse added $56,470 to his poker
Theo Tran is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.  Like many of his peers,
Tran found he could make extra money playing poker.  On his final hand of the
night, Tran’s ace-ten lost to Jerrod Ankenman’s ace-king.  Fourth place paid
Down to three just players, Javier Torresola was getting low on chips and
moved all-in.  He lost his remaining chips on his final hand of the night.  The M.I.
T. graduate who works as an engineer received $75,293 for third place.
Ian Johns enjoyed a sizable chip lead over Jerrod Ankenman during most of
their heads-up play.  Ankenman tried his best to make things interesting.  But
he never held the necessary cards or caught a big break that might lead to a
comeback.  The gold bracelet was clearly on Ankenman’s mind throughout play
at the final table.  As the co-author of the forthcoming book “The Mathematics
of Poker,” Ankenman had been forced to watch from the sidelines as his
talented co-author Bill Chen won two gold bracelets at this year’s WSOP.  
Clearly a win for Ankenman would have boosted book sales and been a great
story.  Note:  The Chen-Ankenman book will likely be successful anyway, but
another WSOP gold bracelet couldn’t hurt the promotion.
Ankenman’s final breath came about seven hours into play.  The last hand of
the tournament was won by Johns, who made two-pair holding ace-three.  
Ankenman’s final hand was not shown.  Jerrod Ankenman, a Pepperdine
University graduate now living in Connecticut who is now a professional poker
player, received $150,586 as the runner up.
Ian Johns lifted his wife into the air as he celebrated winning his first-ever
WSOP gold bracelet.  Already outrageously successful from playing poker online,
John’s prize money in this tournament amounted to $291,755.
“This is a dream come true for me,” Johns said immediately following his victory.  
“It really has not quite sunk in yet.  All I know is – I hope to be sitting up here
again soon.  I expect to play many more tournaments over the next year”        
Which now begs the question Amarillo Slim would have asked.  It may have all
started with a toothpick.  But can a poker player turn a lumberyard into a forest?

by Nolan Dalla

Overall Tournament Statistics (through end of Event #23):

Total Entries to Date:                          21,489

Total Prize Money Distributed:                $ 45,341,072
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