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Jamie Gold Wins 2006 WSOP Main Event

The year is 2006 and poker is at its peak in popularity. The WSOP main event is taking place, and the prize is the largest that it has ever been a cool $12 million to the winner.

The field for the tournament was 8,773 and on the last day there were over 300 fans lined up two hours before the day began. The nine players at the final table were; Dan Nassif, Michael Binger, Rhett Butler, Doug Kim, Paul Wasicka, Erik Friberg, Richard Lee, Allen Cunningham and Jamie Gold. 

Just ten minutes after starting, the first person, Dan Nassif was eliminated. He raised pre-flop and was called by the chip leader Jamie Gold. Gold hit a set of two’s on the flop to eliminate him. Gold then took out Friberg a few hands later. 

Another hour went by and Wasicka took out the third victim, Doug Kim. Richard Lee followed just a bit later, finishing in 6th place and taking home $2,803,851. Gold ended up taking out two more players.

Going into head to head action Jamie Gold was sitting with $78,975,000 while Paul Wasicka had just over $11 million. Heads up play between the two only lasted about 20 minutes. During the final hand, Gold raised to $1,700,000. The flop came down Q-8-5 and Wasicka made the bet. Gold pushed all in and Wasicka eventually called and turned over his pair of tens. Gold had a Q-9, and his hand held up to give him the win. 

Jamie Gold is from Malibu, California and a television producer. Throughout the latter half of the tournament, he dominated the tables. He was the chip leader for four consecutive days, which is something that will probably never be done again.

Since the tournament, Antonio Esfandiari overtook Jamie Gold with the biggest live tournament win with his victory at the one drop tournament. However, the chances of there being a bigger WSOP prize pool then the one Jamie Gold one is unlikely. 

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