2006 World Series of Poker
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino
– Las Vegas, End of Day One
Report. Event #9, No-Limit
Hold’em, Buy-In:  $5,000,
Number of Entries:  622,
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Latest WSOP champ pulls off stunning upset; denies Phil Hellmuth gold bracelet
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2006 World Series of Poker        
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
End of Day One Report

Event #9
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In:  $5,000
Number of Entries:  622
Total Prize Money:  $2,923,400

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Jeff Cabanillas
Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
Eugene Todd
Marcel Luske
Isabelle Mercier
Thomas Schreiber
Douglas Carli
Vinnie Vinh
Danny Smith
Dang Trinh
Thomas Fuller
Keith Tilston
Tommy Vedes
Paul Wasicka
Conor Cornelius
Robert Hollink
Van La Hung
Joseph Toth
Erik Cajelais
Michael McDonald
Jean-Robert Bellande
Michael McNeil
Stephen Crockett
Galen Kester
Wayne Boich
Matt Wolf
Danny Fuhs
Casey Kastle
Richard Tatalovich
Dustin "Neverwin" Woolf
Joe Monro
Thomas Koo
Carl Olsen
Chad Brown
Gabriel Thaler
Richard Freire
John Esposito
Steven Prentky
Shawn Chaconas
Elton Beebe
Kostantin Anastasyadis
Scott Numato
Robert Hume
Jeffrey Freedman
Nicholas Gibson
Marco Traniello
Brian Wilson
Brian Fleming
Rene Angelil
Chau Giang
Randy Haddox
Thomas D. McCormick
Dewey Tomko
Tom Roupe
Raymond Joll
Feming Chan
Richard Mornick
Stanley Goldstein
Scott Bohlman
Robert Fox, Jr.
Brian Lesser
Michael Mizrachi
Eric Ford
John Roueto
Los Angeles, CA
Palo Alto, CA
Brooklyn, NY
Amsterdam, Holland
Montreal, Quebec
Danielson, CT
Alliance, OH
Houston, TX
Folsom, CA
Toronto, ON
Boulder, CO
Austin, TX
Bullhead City, AZ
Westminster, CO
Manchester, UK
Groningen, Netherlands
Manhattan Beach, CA
Sharpsville, PA
Mascovche, Quebec
Wichita, KS
Los Angeles, CA
Wheeling, WV
Costa Mesa, CA
Senatobia, MS
Las Vegas, NV
New York, NY
Scottsdale, AZ
Chicago, IL
Scottsdale, AZ
Los Angeles, CA
Beverly Hills, MI
Burnaby, BC
Seattle, WA
Los Angeles, CA
NA
Miami, FL
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
New York, NY
Austin, TX
Amsterdam, Holland
Campbell, CA
Orlando, FL
Simi Valley, CA
Windsor, England
Las Vegas, NV
Fort Myers, FL
Bradenton, FL
Henderson, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Houston, TX
Fargo, ND
Winter Haven, FL
Houston, TX
Pittsburgh, PA
Cranbury, NJ
Montclair, NJ
Los Angeles, CA
Homer Glen, IL
Los Gatos, CA
Weston, MA
Hollywood, FL
Tigarel, OR
Shellville, GA
$818,546
$423,893
$233,872
$204,638
$175,404
$146,170
$116,936
$87,702
$58,468
$32,157
$32,157
$32,157
$26,311
$26,311
$26,311
$20,464
$20,464
$20,464
$14,617
$14,617
$14,617
$14,617
$14,617
$14,617
$14,617
$14,617
$14,617
$10,232
$10,232
$10,232
$10,232
$10,232
$10,232
$10,232
$10,232
$10,232
$8,770
$8,770
$8,770
$8,770
$8,770
$8,770
$8,770
$8,770
$8,770
$7,309
$7,309
$7,309
$7,309
$7,309
$7,309
$7,309
$7,309
$7,309
$5,847
$5,847
$5,847
$5,847
$5,847
$5,847
$4,386
$4,385
$4,385
$4,385
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The Doors of Perception

Jeff Cabanillas Makes Poker History

Latest WSOP champ pulls off stunning upset;
denies Phil Hellmuth gold bracelet Number Ten


Las Vegas, NV – When Jeff Cabanillas first strolled through the doors of the mammoth Rio
poker tournament room three days ago, few people recognized him.  Few appreciated his
talent.  Fewer still gave him any chance whatsoever to win one of the toughest
competitions in all of tournament poker -- the $5,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event at the
World Series of Poker.
Cabanillas is the epitome of all unknown poker players who walk through doors hoping
that on this day, at this moment, this will be the tournament where everything changes.  
On July 4, 2006 Cabanillas took his seat along with 621 other aspiring champions to
compete in an event rich in history and tradition.  The list of previous event winners -- in
what for years was been the second-toughest test in all of poker -- reveals the
prominence of the title – Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, and T.J. Cloutier, just to name a few.
Cabanillas won his way into this event through a single-table satellite.  He played the
best poker of his life and survived the first day.  On Day Two, Cabanillas made it into the
money.  Then, ten hours later -- he was all set to return for the final table on Day Three.  
And so, the Cinderella story that started 22-years ago in East Los Angeles now continues.
Cabanillas, who attended Cal-State-Los Angeles and owned a cell phone store before
becoming a low-stakes professional poker, was set to take a seat on poker’s grandest
stage.  When he sat down on the ESPN set in seat number five, few people recognized
him.  Few appreciated his talent.  Fewer still gave him any chance whatsoever to win.  
But this would be the tournament where everything would change.  
It was not just that Cabanillas won, but how he won and who he won it against.  Phil
Hellmuth – part icon, part bad boy, part poker legend, part egotistical leviathan -- all
wrapped up into a towering 6-foot, 5-inch frame just that is just as psychologically as
physically intimidating.  Hellmuth, poker’s Goliath facing a sea of potential slayers, and
one David in the end.  Hellmuth enjoyed other advantages, too.  It seemed almost
everyone sitting in the huge gallery packed inside the Rio Convention Center was rooting
for the nine-time WSOP gold bracelet winner.  Many of the biggest names in poker sat
right at ringside, including Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson, who both distanced
themselves from Hellmuth at last year’s World Series by winning their record-tenth gold
bracelets.  All were present to bear witness to poker history being made.  In the end, the
history they witnessed was a much different version that might have been expected.   
It’s hard to say how much pressure was on young Cabanillas.  In one sense, he may
have been on both an emotional and financial freeroll, which allowed him to continue
playing daring, but stress-free poker.  After all, no one except a few close friends lost in
the mob of Hellmuth worshippers expected the kid to win.
Fittingly, Hellmuth sat in the nine seat.  It is a seat he has, at least symbolically sat in for
three long years.  After winning his last WSOP title in 2003, Hellmuth (with nine WSOP
titles, currently second on the all-time list) was forced to take a backseat in the gold
bracelet chase to longtime legendary rivals Chan and Brunson.  Fact is, on this night
Hellmuth had the weight of the world upon his shoulders.  Every eye was on the
captivating 1989 world poker champion – every second or every minute of every hand.
From the onset of play on Day Three, it appeared that chip leader Vinny Vinh would be
Hellmuth’s biggest obstacle.  Dutchman Marcel Luske, French-Canadian star Isabelle
Mercier, and five other formidable opponents would also pose significant challenges.
In a World Series already packed with memorable moments – from Mike Sexton’s crowd-
pleasing victory in the Tournament of Champions two weeks ago to Dutch Boyd’s
conquest of world champ Joe Hachem a few days ago -- this final table was, quite frankly,
as good as it gets.  History, colorful personalities, and great poker – it was all there.
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The 2006 World Series of
Poker Opens with a Bang
Name
Vinny Vinh
Isabelle Mercier
Eugene Todd
Marcel Luske
Jeff Cabanillas
Douglas "Rico" Carli
Danny Smith
Thomas Schreiber
Phil Hellmuth, Jr.
Chip Count
$784,000
$301,000
$240,000
$458,000
$275,000
$273,000
$117,000
$200,000
$461,000
Seat #
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
A record 2,776 players
entered the event, making it
one of the largest poker
tournaments ever in history.  
Only the 2005 WSOP main
event attracted more
participants (5,619).  
Unfortunately, Danny Smith did not get the chance to stay around long enough to
witness much of the drama that would later unfold.  Smith, a student from northern
California was expelled from the final table and finished ninth.  He received $58,468.
The next player to go out was a total shock.  In a stunning reversal of fortune, the
reckless Vinny Vinh, who had arrived with a substantial chip lead, squandered most of his
chips off to Marcel Luske.  Then, what chips remained went over to Phil Hellmuth.  The
backbreaker was when Vinh moved all-in with king-queen suited, which was bested by
Hellmuth’s ace-ten after an ace flopped.  Vinny Vinh, the flamboyant Vietnamese poker
pro from Houston, collected $87,702 for a disappointing eighth-place finish.  
Next, Douglas Carli went out when he was short-stacked and was forced to play a
weaker hand than he would have liked under the circumstances.  Jeff Cabanillas made a
pair and knocked Carli off the stage.  Douglas Carli, a retired stockbroker from Ohio,
cashed out for $116,936.   
Thomas Schrieber was eliminated in sixth place when his pocket sevens were cracked by
the emerging table terminator, Cabanillas.  The ultimate victor showed ace-king and
made a straight.  The retiree from Connecticut received $146,170.                         Isabelle
“No Mercy” Mercier was making her first-ever WSOP final table appearance after enjoying
much success on the European circuit and at several major tournaments in the United
States.  The former attorney and casino host who formally worked at the Aviation Club in
Paris took a few tough beats and ran card-dead during her last hour, resulting in a fifth-
place finish.  It was a mixed blessing for Mercier, who collected $175,404.                 
Marcel Luske’s hopes that this would be a breakthrough victory were dashed in what
turned into a heartbreaker.  Luske, who has won just about everything in poker except a
WSOP title, seized the chip lead for a time before taking a number of beats that
obliterated his chip castle.  The Flying Dutchman few away in fourth place, good for
$204,638.
In what would foreshadow an eventual duel of epic proportions, Jeff Cabanillas provided
a hint of what was to come later when he bluffed Phil Hellmuth out of a monster-sized
pot.  After several rounds of cautious play, on the bluff hand the final board showed Q-J-
9-7-6.  With 400,000 in chips at stake, Cabanillas moved all-in for 600,000 more.  
Hellmuth thought long and hard before finally mucking his cards.  When Cabanillas flipped
over ace-king for no pair, the short fuse that is the Phil Hellmuth psyche was instantly lit.  
Hellmuth stood up and erupted, slamming his chair against the stage in an apparent rage
more directed at himself for not following his razor sharp instincts.  Hellmuth must have
sensed the bluff for how he reacted afterwards, and was angry for not making what
would have been a tough but courageous call.  He would certainly regret that gaffe much
later in the night.    
All that stood in the way of a Cabanillas-Hellmuth heads-up match was Eugene Todd,
who went out next.  Todd moved all-in with top pair on his final hand and lost to an
overpair.  Todd, who is a stockbroker from Brooklyn, NY had to ‘fuhgetabout’ a victory.  
Instead, third place paid $233,872.   
In what turned out to be the largest live audience in World Series history – hundreds of
spectators encircled the stage.  They were crammed a dozen deep around the stands.  
There was, quite simply, not an empty seat or free standing space anywhere within
viewing distance of the final table.  It was poker’s Times Square on New Years Eve.  
Those sitting and standing in the crowd and listening over the global Sirius satellite radio
network (Bluff Radio) who were expecting to see the 22-year old unknown crumble under
the pressure playing against one of poker’s biggest superstars were in for a very long
wait, and ultimately a shocking surprise.
Over the next fours hours, Hellmuth made a number of brilliant plays and took the chip
lead several times.  But just when it seemed Hellmuth might finish off his opponent,
Cabanillas somehow managed to reverse the momentum and frustrate his opponent.  
On a night with countless numbers of big hands and exciting moments, the finale was
dealt out at just after midnight.  Holding more than a 5 to 1 chip lead, Cabanillas called
Hellmuth’s all-in move after the flop came 6-4-3 (with two diamonds).  Cabanillas
revealed five-three of diamonds, for a straight flush draw.  Hellmuth showed five-four
offsuit, good for a pair with a straight re-draw.  Hellmuth caught another four on the turn,
which only added to the drama of the final seconds of the tournament.  The river card
was red, which is exactly what Hellmuth saw when a diamond crashed to the felt.  
Cabanillas won $818,546 with a flush.  Poker’s biggest name had been slain upon poker
biggest stage by the least-likely of challengers.  The final chapter in the Cinderella story
had been written.   
It was tough to predict just how many spectators in the crowd were present to see
Hellmuth throw a temper tantrum versus making poker history.  Many might have
expected the nine-time champ to be an emotional basket case following such a crushing
defeat.  Instead, Hellmuth, who collected $423,983 as the runner-up, was extraordinarily
considerate and complimentary.  Even Hellmuth, who has seen just about everything in
the world of poker, had to admit that Cabanillas had played an exemplary game and – as
tough as it was to admit – probably deserved to win.
Tomorrow, when Jeff Cabanillas walks through the very same door, into the poker room
at the Rio, with a shiny gold bracelet dangling from his right wrist, he will be perceived in
a very different way by friend and foe alike.  On July 6, 2006 a new era began for
Cabanillas.  His old life is now over.  His new life has begun.  He will be recognized and
immortalized as the man who did what few have done, someone who met poker’s
biggest test under the most trying of conditions, and won.  Henceforth, Jeff Casalla will
be remembered as a champion – forever.


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Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
End of Day One Report

2006 WSOP Results         Event #9
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In:  $5,000
Number of Entries:  622
Total Prize Money:  $2,923,400
CHIP COUNT:
Player Name
Erik Cajelais
Steve Prentky
Phil Hellmuth
Dang Trinh
Richard Freire
Jeff Cabanillas
Dustin Woolf
Steve Crockett
Michael McNeil
Richard Tatalovich
Keith Tilston
Vinny Vinh
Casey Kastle
Chad Brown
Rob Hollink
Randy Haddox
Danny Fuhs
Joe Monro
Douglas Carli
Joe Toth
Brian Wilson
John Esposito
Marco Traniello
Rene Angelil
Jean-Robert Balladi
Carl Olson
Marcel Luske
Conor Tate
Nick Gibson
Chau Giang
Bob Hume
Galen Kestee
Shawn Chawnes
Tommy Vedes
Hung LA
Matt Wolf
Michael McDonald
Eugene Todd
Dewey Tomko
Glynn Beebe
Wayne Boich
Danny Smith
Stan Goldstein
Thomas Schreiber
Jeff Freedman
Thomas Koo
Thomas Fuller
Isabelle Mercier
Paul Wasicka
Konstantin Anastasyadis
Gabriel Thaler
Brian Fleming
Feming Chan
Scott Numato
Ray Joll
Tom Roupe
Tom McCormick
Richard Murnick
Bob Fox
Scott Bohlman
Hometown
Montreal
Las Vegas, NV
Palo Alto, CA
Toronto, Ontario
Miami, FL

Los Angeles, CA
Costa Mesa
Wheeling, WV
Scottsdale, AZ

Houston, TX
Chicago, IL

Groningen, Netherlands
Houston, TX
Las Vegas, NV
Beverly Hills, MI
Alliance, OH
Sharpsville, PA
Ft. Myers, FL
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Henderson
Hollywood, CA
Seattle, WA
Amsterdam
Manchester, UK
Windsor, UK
Las Vegas, NV
Orlando, FL
Sanatobia, MS
New York, NY
New York, NY
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Wichita, KS
Brooklyn, NY
Winter Haven, FL
Austin, TX
Las Vegas, NV
Folsom, CA
North Fontana
Danielson, CT

Vancouver
Westminster, CO
Montreal
Westminster, CO
Netherlands
Copertino, CA
FL
Cranbury, NJ
Campbell
Pittsburgh, PA
Houston, TX
Fargo, ND
Montclain, NJ
Los Gatos, CA
Homer Glen, IL
Chip Count
$137,900
$131,600
$126,300
$124,700
$109,200
$100,800
$100,500
$93,600
$92,900
$88,800
$85,100
$83,400
$82,600
$72,400
$71,900
$70,500
$66,700
$63,600
$63,400
$61,100
$57,700
$56,400
$56,000
$54,300
$53,300
$53,300
$51,900
$51,000
$48,100
$44,900
$44,300
$42,600
$41,600
$41,500
$40,800
$39,600
$36,200
$36,100
$35,500
$35,200
$35,100
$30,000
$28,800
$27,500
$25,500
$25,400
$25,200
$24,400
$23,800
$22,000
$18,500
$17,500
$17,400
$15,500
$12,900
$8,500
$7,400
$5,300
$3,800
$1,300
Table #
156
115
114
118
119
119
118
118
114
114
116
115
118
116
115
115
116
122
115
122
119
114
115
122
114
119
122
114
122
122
119
116
115
118
114
116
116
119
116
118
116
118
118
119
116
118
122
119
122
114
119
115
115
114
115
122
122
114
119
118
Seat #
8
2
2
1
8
5
10
4
5
6
10
6
6
7
4
7
3
6
10
2
1
8
9
5
3
7
10
9
1
8
9
9
3
9
10
4
1

2
3
5
2
7
10
6
8
4
2
7
1
3
1
8
4
5
9
3
7
4
5
IN THE MONEY FINISHERS:
61.
62.
63.
64
Brian Lesser
Michael Mizrachi
Eric Ford
John Roueto
Weston, MA
Hollywood, FL
Tigarel, OR
Shellville, GA
$4,386
$4,385
$4,385
$4,385
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