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2004 World Series of Poker

2004 WSOP Overview
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The 2004 World Series of Poker started on April 22 with the $500 Casino Employees Event. The Main Event was scheduled to run for six days (including two Day Ones to accommodate the increased field) starting on May 22, the 33rd event of the festival, a decrease of three from 2003.

In January, Harrah's Entertainment had bought the Binion's Horseshoe and the rights to the World Series of Poker. They kept the rights to the WSOP and sold the physical property a few days later to MTR Gaming Group.

Thanks to Tom McEvoy's lobbying, the WSOP made all tournaments smoke-free.

WSOP Schedule
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14/22$500Casino Employee's Limit Hold 'Em
24/23$2,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
34/24$1,500Seven-Card Stud
44/25$1,500Limit Hold 'Em
54/26$1,500Omaha Hi/Lo Split
64/27$1,500Pot-Limit Hold 'Em
74/28$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
84/29$2,000Pot-Limit Omaha
94/30$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em PSO Invitational
105/1$2,000Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo Split
115/2$2,500Limit Hold 'Em
135/4$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
145/5$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo Split
155/6$2,000Limit Hold 'Em
165/7$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw
175/7$1,500Limit Hold 'Em Shootout
185/8$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em Shootout
195/9$2,000Omaha Hi/Lo Split
205/9$1,000Ladies Limit Hold 'Em
215/10$2,000Pot-Limit Hold 'Em
225/11$5,000Omaha Hi/Lo Split World Championship
235/12$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
245/13$5,000Seven-Card Stud World Championship
255/14$3,000Pot-Limit Hold 'Em
265/15$1,500Seven-Card Razz
275/16$1,000Limit Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw
285/16$1,000Seniors No-Limit Hold 'Em
295/17$5,000Limit Hold 'Em
305/18$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
315/19$5,000Pot-Limit Omaha
325/20$1,500Limit Ace-to-Five Draw
335/22$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

Main Event Final Table
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Final Table Results

FinishPlayerPrizeStartStart Chips
1stGreg Raymer$5,000,00018,215,000
2ndDavid Williams$3,500,00061,575,000
3rdJosh Arieh$2,500,00033,205,000
4thDan Harrington$1,500,00052,245,000
5thGlenn Hughes$1,100,00042,275,000
6thAl Krux$800,00071,305,000
7thMatt Dean$675,00024,920,000
8thMattias Andersson$575,0009740,000
9thMichael McClain$470,4008885,000

Main Event Final Hand
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Greg Raymer reaches the final table with the chip lead and keeps it going into heads-up play. David Williams has moved from sixth place with a fifth of Raymer's chips to second with just over half.

On the final hand, Raymer calls Williams's preflop raise then check-raises the low flop. He bets again on the turn and gets a quick call.

With a third Deuce on the river, Raymer fires one more time, and Williams feels he doesn't have enough chips behind to fold. Because of the Moneymaker boom, the field has tripled, and first prize has doubled to a cool five million dollars. Even Williams's second prize of $3,500,000 is a million dollars more than the previous year's largest-ever first prize.

Greg Raymer
David Williams

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 22 to May 28
Players2,576 (226 cashed)
WinnerGreg Raymer ($5,000,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpDavid Williams ($3,500,000)
Final Table Bubble BoyMarcel Luske (10th, $373,000)
Money Bubble BoyDewey Tomko,
Dave Combs (226th)
Last Champ StandingDan Harrington (4th, $1,500,000)
Last Woman StandingRose Richie (98th, $20,000)
Last Celebrity Standingunknown (did not cash)
In 50 CharactersRaymer wins; Harrington back-to-back final tables.

WSOP Wrapup
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Scott Fischman ($1,500 No-Limit Hold 'Em and $2,000 H.O.R.S.E.) and Ted Forrest ($1,500 Seven-Card Stud and $1,500 No-Limit Hold 'Em) were both double-winners.

A record three women won open bracelets: Cyndy Violette ($2,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo), Kathy Liebert ($1,500 Limit Hold 'Em Shootout), and Annie Duke ($2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split).

Gavin Griffin became the youngest bracelet winner in WSOP history when he captured the $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold 'Em at age 22.

Dan Harrington reached his second consecutive Main Event final table, an impressive accomplishment given the field sizes.

Daniel Negreanu tallied six cashes, five final tables, and one bracelet to edge Ted Forrest for the first WSOP Player of the Year award.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$500Casino Employee's Limit Hold 'EmCarl Nessel$40,000279Hendon Link
2$2,000No-Limit Hold 'EmJames Vogl$400,000834Hendon Link
3$1,500Seven-Card StudTed Forrest$111,440258Hendon Link
4$1,500Limit Hold 'EmAaron Katz$234,940608Hendon Link
5$1,500Omaha Hi/Lo SplitCurtis Bibb$160,000374Hendon Link
6$1,500Pot-Limit Hold 'EmMinh "San Diego" Nguyen$155,420363Hendon Link
7$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmGerry Drehobl$365,9001,334Hendon Link
8$2,000Pot-Limit OmahaChau Giang$187,920301Hendon Link
9$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em PSO InvitationalScott Fischman$300,000831Hendon Link
10$2,000Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo SplitCyndy Violette$135,900224Hendon Link
11$2,500Limit Hold 'EmEli Balas$174,440237Hendon Link
12$2,000H.O.R.S.E.Scott Fischman$100,200166Hendon Link
13$5,000No-Limit Hold 'EmThomas Keller$382,020254Hendon Link
14$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo SplitHasan Habib$93,060213Hendon Link
15$2,000Limit Hold 'EmDaniel Negreanu$169,100287Hendon Link
16$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven DrawBarry Greenstein$296,200153Hendon Link
17$1,500Limit Hold 'Em ShootoutKathy Liebert$110,180240Hendon Link
18$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em ShootoutPhi Nguyen$180,000400Hendon Link
19$2,000Omaha Hi/Lo SplitAnnie Duke$137,860234Hendon Link
20$1,000Ladies Limit Hold 'EmHuong Doan$58,530201Hendon Link
21$2,000Pot-Limit Hold 'EmAntonio Esfandiari$184,860324Hendon Link
22$5,000Omaha Hi/Lo Split World ChampionshipBrett Jungblut$187,720121Hendon Link
23$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmTed Forrest$300,300834Hendon Link
24$5,000Seven-Card Stud World ChampionshipJoe Awada$221,000144Hendon Link
25$3,000Pot-Limit Hold 'EmGavin Griffin$270,420316Hendon Link
26$1,500Seven-Card RazzT.J. Cloutier$90,500195Hendon Link
27$1,000Limit Deuce-to-Seven Triple DrawFarzad Bonyadi$86,980235Hendon Link
28$1,000Seniors No-Limit Hold 'EmGary Gibbs$136,960519Hendon Link
29$5,000Limit Hold 'EmJohn Hennigan$325,360213Hendon Link
30$3,000No-Limit Hold 'EmMike Sica$503,160651Hendon Link
31$5,000Pot-Limit OmahaTed Lawson$500,000312Hendon Link
32$1,500Limit Ace-to-Five DrawNorm Ketchum Jr.$84,500184Hendon Link
33$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmGreg Raymer$5,000,0002,576Hendon Link

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