Jamie Gold Dominates World Championship, Walks Away With $12 Million

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L.A. television producer Jamie Gold managed the seemingly impossible task of beating more than 8,700 players to win the 2006 WSOP Championship event in the early hours of August 11, 2006, and PokerListings.com, the world’s biggest and most extensive poker resource, was there to cover it from the first hand. After more than two weeks of non-stop poker action and 14 hours of intense final table play, Jamie won the last hand holding Q-9 for a pair of queens and booked the biggest payout in the history of poker: $12 million.

The PokerListings.com team was there to cover this incredible achievement from the first hand dealt to the last chip thrown into the pot, and we were amazed at Jamie’s focus, drive and talent throughout this year’s record-breaking event. We wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors and hope to see more of him as he takes his place as new poker’s newest ambassador.

On August 10, 2006, nine players sat down in the Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to conclude the battle for the largest prize pool in the history of sports, and top online poker guide PokerListings.com (http://www.pokerlistings.com/world-series-of-poker) was there to cover it from the first hand.

"PokerListings.com’s high standard of WSOP reporting continued unabated for the duration of final table play at the 2006 World Championship," said Staffan Rydin, editor in chief of PokerListings.com. "Our team worked around the clock to provide our dedicated readers with the latest results, news and showdowns as this year’s final table finishers battled for first place at the Rio Casino here in Las Vegas."

After more than 14 hours of final table play, former L.A. talent agent Jamie Gold (http://www.pokerlistings.com/poker-player_jamie-gold) walked away from the final table $12 million richer after beating second place finisher Paul Wasicka with a pair of queens. Jamie claimed the most sought after title in poker after just 20 minutes of heads-up play, a feat he said is dedicated to his ailing father who is suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He intends to use part of his winnings to provide for his father during the last days of his life.

Jamie entered the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event as a member of the Bodog.com celebrity team. A relentless force at the tables throughout the event, Gold left his fellow celebrities in the dust as he surpassed player after player to make it to the final table. He dominated the last four days of play, continuously increasing his chip stack at the expense of several, more seasoned players, including Allen Cunningham, and eventually went on to knock out seven of his eight final table competitors.

“Jamie Gold was simply unstoppable at this year’s World Championship event. He dominated the playing field almost from the start, and never slipped out of the top 100 chip leaders,” said Mr. Rydin. “The PokerListings.com team was there to cover this incredible achievement from the first hand dealt to the last chip thrown into the pot, and we were amazed at Jamie’s focus, drive and talent throughout this year’s record-breaking event. We wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors and hope to see more of him as he takes his place as new poker’s newest ambassador.”

The official results of the 2006 World Championship are as follows: Jamie Gold (1st - $12,000,000); Paul Wasicka (2nd - $6,102,499); Michael Binger (3rd - $4,123,310); Allen Cunningham (4th - $3,628,513); Rhett Butler (5th - $3,216,182); Richard Lee (6th - $2,803,851); Doug Kim (7th - $2,391,520); Erik Friberg (8th - $1,979,189); and Dan Nassif (9th - $1,566,858).

“All of the final table competitors exhibited extraordinary grace and focus under extreme pressure,” said Steven Williams, senior editor at PokerListings.com. “We’d like to extend our congratulations to each of this year’s top players and thank them for providing us with one of the most action-packed and exciting final tables at the 2006 World Series.”

PokerListings.com’s team of reporters, writers, editors, directors, producers, photographers and poker players arrived in Las Vegas on June 23, 2006, to begin coverage of the 2006 WSOP, complete with live updates, the latest tournament reports, news, player interviews, photos, daily videos, and results.

Throughout the seven week event, PokerListings.com sat down with some of poker’s most famous and talented players, including 2006 World Champion Jamie Gold, Humberto Brenes, William Chen, T.J. Cloutier, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Phil Gordon, Clonie Gowen, Barry Greenstein, Phil Hellmuth, Scott Lazar, Jeff Madsen, Mike Matusow, Mike "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Chris Moneymaker, Daniel Negreanu, John Phan, Greg Raymer, Chip Reese, Huck Seed, Erik Seidel, Mark Seif, Dave Ulliott and David Williams.

PokerListings.com also talked with Hollywood poker enthusiasts James Woods and Shannon Elizabeth, who both made their first WSOP cashes this year, "That 70’s Show" star Laura Prepon, and Ron Jeremy of "The Surreal Life," as well as with WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack, WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla, the World Poker Association’s Jesse Jones, and poker author Mike Caro.

In addition, new video interviews were filmed each day, giving readers insight into the poker careers, dreams and strategies of their favorite players. The daily video was produced by Point Pictures, a Vancouver-based television, film and Internet video production company. 2006 WSOP interviewees included Patrik Antonius, Andy Bloch, Noah Boeken, Johnny Chan, Dutch Boyd, Hoyt Corkins, Paul Darden, Antonio Esfandiari, Barry Greenstein, Liz Lieu, Marcel Luske, Mel Judah, Jeff Madsen, Mats Rahm, Vince Van Patten and Rob Varkonyi.

Log on to PokerListings.com to read about all your favorite 2006 World Series of Poker moments, and be sure to join us during the year as we give you all the latest news on the tournament action, bad beats, triumphant hands and record-breaking moments taking place in the poker world.

About PokerListings.com

PokerListings.com (http://www.pokerlistings.com) was launched in 2003 and quickly became the largest online poker guide. This free-to-use website provides poker players across the globe with in-depth analysis of all major online poker rooms as well as the world's best online poker deals, including sign-up bonuses and promotional offers, and detailed content on poker strategy, tournaments, news and freerolls.

About Point Pictures

Point Pictures is a film, television and Internet video production company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dani Elias, founder and CEO, has nearly a decade of experience working with television series’, major Hollywood blockbuster movies and independent films. The company has several projects in development internationally.

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