Swedish Poker Pro Mats
Rahmn Wins His First WSOP
Gold Bracelet
Event # 27 Final WSOP
Tournament Results and
Report. End of Day One, End of
Day Two and Final Tournament
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If It’s Thursday, This Must Be Sweden

Swedish Poker Pro Mats Rahmn Wins
His First WSOP Gold Bracelet  

Three Europeans dominate no-limit hold’em final table
Event #27
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In:  $1,500
Number of Entries:  2,126
Total Prize Money:  $2,901,990

2006 World Series of Poker        
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
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Official 2006 wsop Results:
Mats Rahmn
Richard Toth
Padraig Parkinson
Chris Birchby
James Sileo
Michael Binger
Jordan Morgan
Ashwin Sarin
Billy Duarte
William McKinney
Ben Stanfeneger
John Carver
Jorge Arias
Ray Abels
Antonio Pane
Daniel Smith
Shahryar Eslami
Michael Souza
Chris Tsui
Keith Wintermans
Khong Kham Phommaxahans
Wade Woelfel
Robert Vecchio
Robertus Holink
Eugene Todd
Amos Sharpe
Jon Musen
Dan Bokesch
Toben Nelson
Hoyt Corkins
Alan Engel
Chris Bjorin
Thayer Rasmussen
Francis Scapula
Larry Hicks
Justin Tran
William Sanford
Colin Burton
Josh Ronan
Hans Lund
Michele Whiteside
Eric Mizrachi
Joe Leibman
Jeffrey Larsew
Philip Gurian
Gino Battista
Harry Cheung
John Arellano
Jeff Khomari
Matt Smith
Duy Hung Le
Robert Lewis
Stuart Hosen
Jeff Fletcher
Mandy Calara
Alex Hskou
Bhupinder Kohli
Douglas Holcomb
Todd Huynh
Kevin Jessee
Tom Macey
Robert Odishoo
Miguel Mateo
Carlos Fernadez
Brendan Hopps
Ray Liu
Michael Mizrachi
Perry Friedman
James Lee
Eugene Hanley
Richard Pace
Eric Arreea
Ray La Pointe
David Sklansky
Dennis Otto
Grady Talbot
Michael Banducci
Gary Heberman
N. Eber
Carl Olson
Carl Ossbahr
Nathan Lang
Thomas Jean Marc
Peter Carini
John Phan
Donnocha O'Dea
Paul Incerto
Gregory Hurwitz
Danton Orosz
Ryan Schultz
Richard Tehan
Judson Hinton
Tim Le
Russell Minobe
John Gaudreault
Nick Stanley
Donald Barton
Paul Freidberg
Mallory Smith
Mike Baas
Dennis Andridla
Kevin Slaughter
John Johnson
Russell Hudson
Ernest Plutt
Jose Raul
Srinivas Varlagadda
Marina Baroco
Tony Nasr
Amir Nurani
Brian Micon
Mohammad Azar
Karen Kitchen
Mat Gherackal
Cornell Bowlson
Ryan Larson
Manuel Benites
Edward Teens
Joel Fischbein
Nathan Meyvis
Martin Henshaw
Amir Naderi
Jason Lilly
James Stone
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Tony Davis
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Allen Cunningham
Wendell Barnes
Alex Santiago
Joseph Santoro
David Choe
David Plastik
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Cory Ward
Canh Phan
David Van Overseem
Kendell Kim
Dennis Seagle
Todd Annoni
Bert Jones
Zachary Fritz
Jeffrey Philips
Wesley Chepler
Nick Peperone
David King
Brent Bibby
Richard Gregory
Aaron Lasater
Dominick Cantore
Michael Cummings
T.J. Cloutier
Orestes Melgarejo
Matthew Robertson
Nicholas Schulman
Kei Tanaka
Stephen Duggan
Mark Gregorich
Jason Sy
Daniel Becker
Cory Henen
John Anderson
John Shetter
Constantine Moustakis
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Bradley heffron
Michael Hill
Peter Jetter
Peter Nathan
Alan Bittikofen
Ronald Toledo
Laura Diamond
Helge Pederson
Eduardo Santi
Bobby Lee
Matthew Dunbar
Michael Laing
Yong Chen
Richard Tatalovich
Tian Ma
Tad Jurgens
Joseph Torres
Kyle Shigano
Andrew Bourne
Gerardo Campos
Randy McKay
Steven Cohn
Jean Harlan
Aristomenis Stauropolus
Mike Friedman
Aaron Ruppert
Nicholas Ronyerz
Paul Fredericks
David Chen
Paul Wolfe
Dennis Waterman
Anahit Galajian
Nevio Nicolich
Steve Shkolnik
Adam Meyer
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If It’s Thursday, This Must Be Sweden

Swedish Poker Pro Mats Rahmn Wins His First WSOP
Gold Bracelet  

Three Europeans dominate no-limit hold’em final table

Las Vegas, NV – Many people might be surprised to learn that Scandinavia is one of
poker’s hottest new markets.  Perhaps it’s the cold dark winters.  Perhaps it’s the
relatively high income and education levels.  Or, perhaps it’s the high-tech
sophistication of the region.  Scandinavians own more personal computers and cell
phones, per capita, than any other population group.  Not surprisingly, Swedes,
Fins, Danes, and Norwegians also play more online poker than any other region.
Leading the way is Sweden, with a total population nine million.  Right behind the
US, the UK, and Canada – Sweden sends more players to the World Series of Poker
than any other nation.  Adjusted for population size, Sweden is second only to the
United States in the total number of players who play in the WSOP main event.  
Sweden’s emergence as a poker hub is also now producing world champions.
Mats Rahmn, a 26-year-old professional poker player from Stockholm, won the
$1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship at the 2006 World Series of Poker,
presented by Milwaukee’s Best Light.  More impressive was the fact that Rahmn
topped a gigantic field of 2,126 players.          
After 2,117 players had been eliminated over two long days, nine players took the
final table on the Rio stage.  The nine finalists comprised a very tough lineup,
although none had previously won a WSOP gold bracelet.
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“Boston Billy” Duarte was the first player to exit.  The longtime poker pro, who plays
in big cash games and at major tournaments around the country, was eliminated
with ace-queen against ace-king.  Duarte failed to catch a queen, putting him out in
ninth place, which paid $58,040.  
Ashwin Sarin went out next.  The software engineer from Redmond, WA arrived at
the final table as the chip leader.  But Sarin suffered a horrible series of hands and
beats over a 90-minute period that melted his stack of chips.  Down to his last
200,000 after starting the day off with 591,000, Sarin moved all-in with pocket kings
after the flop came J-8-6.  His opponent called holding an eight, and then caught a
second pair to eliminate Sarin in eighth place.  He received $72,550.  
Jordan Morgan, a 22-year-old college student from Norman, Okalahoma finished in
seventh place when his pocket tens were run down a high pair.  Morgan moved all-
in with his last 125,000 and was called by a player with a flush draw.  Instead of
catching the flush however, Morgan’s opponent caught a queen to make a higher
pair, resulting in Morgan’s abolition.  The Oklahoman collected $87,060 at his first
WSOP final table.
Michael Binger had chips for a while, but then went card dead.  He tried to take a
pot with king-jack by making a 135,000 pre-flop raise.  He was called down by an
opponent with 10-7 who ended up flopping a seven, good for a pair.  That was all it
took to knock out the Stanford graduate (PhD).  Binger, a physician from California,
received sixth-place prize money totaling $101,570.
James Sileo went out next.  Hold’em’s most classic confrontation eliminated Sileo,
who held ace-king against pocket queens.  Board came with all low cards, a
disappointment to Sileo, who ended up taking fifth place and $116,080.  
Chris Birchby, a.k.a. “Marvin Garden” hit the rail in fourth place when he was
desperately low on chips and was forced to play a sub-par hand or risk being
blinded off.  He moved all-in with his last 100,000 in chips on a steal attempt, but
was down called by Mats Rahmn.  Birchby had queen-five versus Rahmn’s king-
seven.  A king flopped, and Birchby – the owner of a sunblock lotion company
(“Coola Sunblock”) got burned.  Fourth place paid $145,100.  
Anyone who still doubts that Europeans can play great poker would be advised to
look at the three finalists in this event.  After the six Americans had all gone bust,
that left an Irishman, a Hungarian, and a Swede to compete for what would be a
first WSOP gold bracelet.  Padriag Parkinson, who finished third in the WSOP main
event back in 1999 (the year fellow Irishman Noel Furlong won it), had to settle for
third place again this time around.  Parkinson took a horrible beat when his ace-four
was cracked by Richard Toth’s ace-three.  Both players flopped an ace, but a three
fell on the river to make two-pair for Toth.  Parkinson, who was cashing for the
fourth time at this year’s World Series, collected $203,139 for third place.
When heads-up play began, Richard Toth enjoyed a 2 to 1 chip lead over Mats
Rahmn.  The two players battled back and forth for nearly an hour before Rahmn
won the decisive final hand of the tournament.  The final hand came when Rahmn
was dealt pocket kings versus Toth’s jack-eight.  Toth called a pre-flop raise.  After
the flop came J-10-9, Rahmn bet out 150,000 and Toth moved all in for 500,000
more.  Rahmn called and showed his overpair.  Toth had top pair with an outside
straight draw.  However, two blanks hit the turn and the river, securing the victory
for Rahmn.  
As the runner up, Richard Toth received $333,729.  The Hungarian poker player, who
works in high-tech sales, was making his first-ever appearance at the WSOP.  Toth
will be a force in Europe and in years to come when he plays in North America.
Mats Rahmn had few words to express the jubilation of winning his first-ever WSOP
gold bracelet and $655,141.  “It feels amazing,” he said.


by Nolan Dalla


Overall Tournament Statistics (through end of Event #27):

Total Entries to Date:                          25,250

Total Prize Money Distributed:                $ 51,931,307
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Event # 27 Day One Results
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Player Name
James Sileo
Richard Toth
Mats Rahmn
Billy Duarte
Padraig Parkinson
Ashwin Sarin
Chris Birchby
Michael Binger
Jordan Morgan
Chip Count
$144,000
$447,000
$511,000
$96,000
$278,000
$591,000
$497,000
$325,000
$307,000
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