2006 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 8 Final Table

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2006 World Series of Poker
Main Event Day 8
Final Table

The 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table was selected last night and will be played on August 10th at 2:00 p.m. This is one full day ahead of schedule. All participants will become instant millionaires regardless of where they finish. Here is some background on the final table players:
  1. Jamie Gold -- $26,650,000 chips
    Jamie is a television producer who lives in Malibu, California and is 36 years of age. He learned how to play poker from his mother. But his Ace in the hole is the fact that 10 time WSOP bracelet winner Johnny Chan is his expert teacher. His goal in winning is just to make his father proud who has little time left due to having Lou Gehrig's disease.
  2. Allen Cunningham -- $17,770,000 chips
    Being the most easily recognizable name at the final table, 29 year old Allen has four World Series of Poker bracelets to his credit with the most recent one earned on July 8th, 2006 at the Event #14 No-Limit Hold'Em with Re-Buys tournament. This quiet and reserved poker pro is highly favored to win. Allen also represents FullTiltPoker.
  3. Richard Lee -- $11,820,000 chips
    Richard has been playing poker for 40 years and hails from San Antonio, Texas. He is an investor, married with 3 children, this is the second time he has played in the World Series of Poker.
  4. Erik Friberg-- $9,605,000 chips
    23 years old and coming from Stockholm, Sweden Erik has stated he has been playing poker for 10 years. Now as a professional online poker player this is his first time playing at the World Series of Poker who earned his seat playing at PokerStars.com in a $160 Double Shootout tournament.
  5. Paul Wasicka -- $7,970,000
    Paul learned the game of poker 2 1/2 years ago playing with friends. Being 25 years old from Westminster, Colorado his other best finish in a tournament happened when he was 15th in another tournament.
  6. Doug Kim -- $6,770,000
    Doug who qualified for his Main Event seat at PokerStars.com at a $650 satellite tournament is 22 years old and has played poker for four years. He is a financial consultant with a degree in economics from Duke University. Doug lives in Hartsdale, New York.
  7. Rhett Butler -- $4,815,000
    This 44 year old father of three learned the game of poker 25 years ago from his father. An insurance agent who loves poker, also has a passion for golf which he plays when not at a poker table.
  8. Michael Binger -- $3,140,000
    29 years old and from Atherton, Califonia, Michael is a professional poker player and theoretical physicist which is backed by the PhD in theoretical particle physics he earned at Stanford University. He has played for six years and this is the second time he has played in the World Series of Poker.
  9. Dan Nassif -- $2,600,000
    Dan taught himself to play 3 years ago, and this is his second entry into the World Series of Poker. He is 33 years old and a account executive living in St. Louis and like Rhett enjoys golfing when not playing poker. Dan also earned his seat at PokerStars.com in a $160 Double Shootout as Erik did.

12:07 p.m. Play will begin at 2:00 p.m. with the following chip counts:
  1. Jamie Gold -- $26,650,000
  2. Allen Cunningham -- $17,770,000
  3. Richard Lee -- $11,820,000
  4. Erik Friberg -- $9,605,000
  5. Paul Wasicka -- $7,970,000
  6. Doug Kim -- $6,770,000
  7. Rhett Butler -- $4,815,000
  8. Michael Binger -- $3,140,000
  9. Dan Nassif -- $2,600,000
2:11 p.m. All partipants were introduced before play began by Jack Effel, and the crowd yelled and screamed for each one of them. It's hard not to get excited when everyone who is there will see one walk away from the table with the biggest cash prize in the history of the WSOP. ESPN has been setting up everywhere for filming the action. Joe Hachem who won the title last year wished all the players good luck and sent them to their seats. And with that, the final table has begun and players will continue at level 32 with blinds at $80,000/160,000 with a $20,000 ante. They will remain at this level for the next hour and 49 min.

2:33 p.m. Jamie Gold continues to flex his chip muscles by winning the first pot. Doug Lee raised $480,000 and Gold reraised $1,480,000. Doug folded and Gold picked up the pot. Couple of hands later Richard Lee won a face off with Paul Wasicka after moving all in with $10,000,000 in chips. Paul let Richard take the pot and Richard is up by another $3,000,000.

2:38 p.m. Dan Nassif has just been busted to go out in 9th place. Dan lost out to Jamie Gold when he moved all in after the flop showed 2c 3s 5s. Jamie called the all in with pocket 2's and Dan had Ac Kd. Turn card was a Ah and in a rare act of compassion, Jamie began to root for Dan to get the 4 to have the straight!!! But the river card was a 10s and Dan walked away a millionaire pocketing $1,566,858 for his efforts.

3:11 p.m. So far the play is at a very fast pace. Most of the hands are raise, reraise, fold or all in/fold. Gold is now up to $31,600,000 in chips. He is followed by Allen Cunningham - $16,800,000, Richard Lee - $10,000,000, Erik Friberg - $9,000,000 and Doug Kim - $6,600,000 finishing the top 5.

3:50 p.m. Jamie Gold's angel is definitely on his shoulder as he just won a massive pot of $11,800,000 most of which belonged to Allen Cunningham. This takes Gold's chip count to over $36,000,000 and Allen's down to $11,000,000.

4:42 p.m. Players are now back from a 20 min break. Final table action has been moved up to level 33 with blinds having been increased to $100,000/$200,000 and a $30,000 ante. Top 5 players and chip counts are #1 Jamie Gold - $33,000,000, #2 Richard Lee - $17,000,000, #3 Allen Cunningham - $12,900,000, #4 Doug Kim - $8,700,000 and #5 Rhett Butler - $5,400,000.

5:34 p.m. Erik Friberg is now gone in 8th place courtesy of Jamie Gold. Erik who was pretty low on chips, called a hand which got an immediate raise of $1,000,000 from Jamie who was on the button. Erik went all in with pocket J's which was called by Jamie who had pocket Q's. The board showed 7c 3s 2h 10c Qc, giving Gold trips and the win. Erik will receive $1,979,189 for his performance in this tournament.

6:21 p.m. Top 5 players are as follows: #1 Jamie Gold - $35,000,000, #2 Richard Lee - $21,280,000, #3 Allen Cunningham - $13,700,000, #4 Paul Wasicka - $9,100,000 and #5 Doug Kim - $5,600,000. Play is still moving pretty fast with none of the players afraid to go all in. Allen Cunningham is the most conservative one, playing tightly as others seem to be loose with their chips.

7:21 p.m. Doug Kim has been eliminated in 7th position after losing a hand to Paul Wasicka. Paul raised $700,000 and Kim calls from the button preflop. The table shows 4d 4s 3s and Paul bets $1,000,000. Kim went all in and Paul immediately called. Kim had pocket 9's, but Paul had pocket Q's. The remaining cards helped neither player and Kim goes to collect his portion of the prize pool which amounts to $2,391,520. Play is now at level 34 with blinds being increased to $120,000/$240,000 with a $40,000 ante.

7:46 p.m. Remaining players and chip counts are #1 Jamie Gold - 39,000,000, #2 Richard Lee - 17,600,000, #3 Paul Wasicka - 14,600,000, #4 Allen Cunningham -- 11,800,000, #5 Michael Binger 4,400,000 and #6 Rhett Butler 3,100,000. During a short break, the WSOP Main Event champions from Joe Hachem and Greg Raymer all the way back to Berry Johnston and Doyle Brunson were introduced to the crowd. Then they were seated to watch the remainder of the action between the 6 players who are left.

8:56 p.m. Richard Lee was busted out in 6th place by none other than Jamie Gold. In this hand Gold called from the cutoff and Richard raised $1,200,000 from the small blind. Jamie raised $4,000,000 and Richard went all in. Jamie called with pocket Q's and Richard showed pocket J's. All five cards proved to be no help in improving the hands of either player and Richard goes home a millionaire. With Richard having around $15,000,000 in chips, this win for Jamie has increased the size of his pile to a level that has never been seen at a final table in the history of the WSOP. Players are now officially on dinner break for 90 min.

10:38 p.m. Dinner break is over and play resumes. Here are the chip counts of the players that are left. #1 Jamie Gold - $51,175,000, #2 Paul Wasicka - $14,560,000, #3 Allen Cunningham - $13,680,000, #4 Michael Binger - $7,440,000 and #5 Rhett Butler - $3,235,000.

Follow Up: Forgot to mention that there was a brief money presentation of the $12,000,000 first prize that will be carried away by one of the 5 who are left. It was placed on another table next to the final table as it was so much money to where it would not fit on the final table.

11:38 p.m. All $10,000 chips have been removed from play. We are now at level 35 with blinds at $150,000/$300,000 with an ante of $50,000.

12:17 a.m. Top 5 players and chip counts are as follows. #1 Jamie Gold - 49,025,000, #2 Paul Wasicka - 16,400,000, #3 Allen Cunningham - 8,200,000, #4 Michael Binger - 7,800,000 and #5 Rhett Butler - 6,725,000. Cunningham's stack dropped down to just over 8 million after he lost about 4 million in a recent hand against Jamie Gold.

12:53 a.m. Rhett Butler leaves the Main Event in 5th place after losing a hand to Jamie Gold. In a 3 way hand involving Rhett Butler, Allen Cunningham and Jamie Gold, Allen raised 900,000 from the cutoff, Jamie called and Rhett went all in on the big blind. Allen and Jamie both called and the flop showed Jd 6h 5d. The turn card is a 2c and Allen folded after Jamie bet 2,000,000. Jamie had Kc Jh and Rhett had pocket 4's. River card was a 10c and Jamie's paired Jacks won out. Rhett walks away from the tournament with $3,216,182. Chip counts are now Jamie Gold - $54,500,000, Michael Binger - $12,800,000, Paul Wasicka - $12,500,000 and Allen Cunningham - $10,500,000.

1:44 a.m. Allen just lost close to 4 million on a bluff by Paul Wasicka. Updates on chips counts: #1 Jamie Gold - $47,500,000, #2 Paul Wasicka - $19,000,000, #3 Michael Binger - $15,400,000 and #4 Allen Cunningham - $7,600,000.

2:11 a.m. Play is now at level 36 with blinds having been increased to $200,000/$400,000 with a $50,000 ante.

2:20 a.m. Allen Cunningham has been eliminated in 4th place in the Main Event. And yeah, it was Jamie Gold who did it. What happened is that in a 3 way hand with Michael Binger, Allen Cunningham and Jamie Gold that Michael raised $1,100,000. Jamie called it and Allen moved all in with $6,500,000 preflop. Michael folded and Jamie called it holding Kd Jd. Allen held 10c 10d. The table showed As Ks 8h 7c 3s which gave Jamie a pair of Kings, beating the pocket 10's held by Allen. For 4th place Cunningham will receive $3,628,513 from the prize pool.

3:05 a.m. Michael Binger was sent to the rail in 3rd place by Jamie Gold who has just been devestating on this final table. What happened is Gold and Wasicka limped in and Binger raised to $1,500,000 of which Gold and Wasicka called. 10c 6s 5s came up on the flop and Wasicka checked, Binger bet $3,500,000 and Gold decided to move all in. Wasicka folded and Binger called. Binger has Ah 10h and Gold has 4s 3c. Turn card is a 7c, river card is a Qs giving Gold his straight and at the same time ending the chance for Michael Binger to become Main Event champion. Binger will receive $4,123,310 for his finish. So now it is heads up between Jamie Gold with $78,975,000 in chips and Paul Wasicka with $11,225,000 in chips. Stay with us to see what will happen next!

3:47 a.m. Jamie Gold is the Main Event champion!!! Six hands after eliminating Michael Binger, Jamie Gold won the Main Event. Here is how the last hand happened. Gold raised to $1,700,000 and Wasicka made the call. Qc 8h 5h came on the flop. Wasicka bet $1,500,000 and Gold moved all in. Wasicka called and shows his pocket 10's, but Gold turns over Qs 9c for a higher pair. The turn is the A and the river is the 4 which improved neither hand and this is how we have our new Main Event champion!
  1. Jamie Gold -- $12,000,000
  2. Paul Wasicka -- $6,102,499
  3. Michael Binger -- $4,123,310
  4. Allen Cunningham -- $3,628,513
  5. Rhett Butler -- $3,216,182
  6. Richard Lee -- $2,803,851
  7. Doug Kim -- $2,391,520
  8. Erik Friberg -- $1,979,189
  9. Dan Nassif -- $1,566,858
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