2005 World Series of Poker

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The 2005 World Series of Poker opened play on June 2, continuing through the Main Event No Limit World Championship starting on July 7. The conclusion of the Main Event on July 15 marked the close of play, and the largest prize in sports and/or television history at the time ($7,500,000) was awarded to the winner. ESPN's broadcast began July 19 with coverage of WSOP Circuit Tournaments, and coverage of the Main Event began October 11 and ended November 15.

All events were held at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino with the exception of the final two days of the Main Event which were held at Binion's Horseshoe.[1] This marked the last time the final table was held at Binion's Horseshoe.

Events[edit]

Number Event Winner Prize Runner-up Results
1 $500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em Andy Nguyen $83,390 Danilo Flores Results
2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Allen Cunningham $725,405 Scott Fischman Results
3 $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em Thom Werthmann $369,535 Layne Flack Results
4 $1,500 Limit Hold-em Eric Froehlich $361,910 Jason Steinhorn Results
5 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Pat Poels $270,100 John Lukas Results
6 $2,500 Short-Handed No Limit Hold'em Isaac Galazan $315,125 Harry Demetriou Results
7 $1,000 No Limit Hold'Em Michael Gracz $594,460 C. T. Law Results
8 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Cliff Josephy $192,150 Kirill Gerasimov Results
9 $2,000 No Limit Hold 'Em Erik Seidel $611,795 Cyndy Violette Results
10 $2,000 Limit Hold'em Reza Payvar $303,610 Toto Leonidas Results
11 $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'Em Edward Moncada $298,070 Steven Hudak Results
12 $2,000 Pot Limit Omaha Josh Arieh $381,600 Chris Ferguson Results
13 $5,000 No Limit Hold'Em T. J. Cloutier $657,100 Steve Zoine Results
14 $1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Steve Hohn $156,985 Mike Wattel Results
15 $1,500 Limit Hold' Em Shootout Mark Seif $181,330 William Shaw Results
16 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Anthony Reategui $269,100 Paul Kroh Results
17 $2,500 Limit Hold 'Em Quinn Do $265,975 Qi Chi Chang Results
18 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Barry Greenstein $128,505 Paul Vinci Results
19 $2,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Denis Ethier $160,682 Chad Brown Results
20 $5,000 Pot Limit Hold 'Em Brian Wilson $370,685 John Gale Results
21 $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Todd Brunson $255,945 Allen Kessler Results
22 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Mark Seif $611,145 Minh Nguyen Results
23 $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Jan Vang Sørensen $293,275 Keith Sexton Results
24 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Farzad Bonyadi $594,960 Lars Bonding Results
25 $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'Em Johnny Chan $303,025 Phil Laak Results
26 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Phil Ivey $635,603 Robert Williamson III Results
27 $1,000 Ladies' No Limit Hold'em Jennifer Tilly $158,335 Anh Le Results
28 $5,000 Limit Hold'em Dan Schmiech $404,585 Gabe Kaplan Results
29 $2,000 No Limit Hold 'Em Lawrence Gosney $483,195 Jarl Lindholt Results
30 $1,500 Seven-Card Razz O'Neil Longson $125,690 Bruno Fitoussi Results
31 $5,000 Short-Handed No Limit Hold'em Doyle Brunson $367,800 Minh Ly Results
32 $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split David Chiu $347,410 Russell Salzer Results
33 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Andre Boyer $682,810 Matthew Glantz Results
34 $1,000 Seniors' No Limit Hold'em Paul McKinney $202,725 Robert Hume Results
35 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Rafi Amit $511,835 Vinny Vinh Results
36 $3,000 Limit Hold'em Todd Witteles $347,385 Daryl Mixan Results
37 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Jiang Chen $611,015 Paul Deng Results
38 $1,000 Main Event Satellite
39 $5,000 No Limit 2 to 7 Draw Lowball David Grey $365,135 John Hennigan Results
40 $1,000 Main Event Satellite
41 Media/Celebrity Charity Event Randy Boman $10,000 Jake Witcher Results
42 $10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em Main Event Joe Hachem $7,500,000 Steve Dannenmann Results
43 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Ron Kirk $321,520 Adam White Results
44 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em John Pires $220,935 Eli Balas Results
45 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Willie Tann $188,335 Matthew Smith Results

Main Event[edit]

There were 5,619 entrants to the main event. Each paid $10,000 to enter what was the largest poker tournament ever played in a brick and mortar casino at the time. Many entrants won their seat in online poker tournaments.

Final table[edit]

Place Name Prize
1st Joe Hachem $7,500,000
2nd Steve Dannenmann $4,250,000
3rd John "Tex" Barch $2,500,000
4th Aaron Kanter $2,000,000
5th Andy Black $1,750,000
6th Scott Lazar $1,500,000
7th Daniel Bergsdorf $1,300,000
8th Brad Kondracki $1,150,000
9th Mike Matusow $1,000,000

Other High Finishes[edit]

NB: This list is restricted to top 30 finishers with an existing Wikipedia entry.

Place Name Prize
11th Shawn Sheikhan $600,000
13th Bernard Lee $400,000
15th Tiffany Williamson $400,000
19th Minh Ly $304,680
20th Phil Ivey $304,680
22nd Tom Vu $304,680
25th Greg Raymer $304,680

Fall of World Champions[edit]

See also[edit]

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