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Jeff Cabanillas denies Phil Helmuth 10th WSOP bracelet

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Jeff Cabanillas denies Phil Helmuth 10th WSOP bracelet

Every once in a while a sports event achieves �you shoulda been there� status. When a television broadcast, an online article, or any other type of retelling can�t replace the experience of physically witnessing the action firsthand.

The final table of the $5,000 no-limit hold�em tournament achieved �you shoulda been there� status.

On a day when the Rio�s Amazon Room played host to four separate WSOP events, the attention and buzz that surrounded the $5,000 no-limit table reached a pinnacle that may be topped only in 20 days�� when players sit down to participate in the Main Event.

$5,000 No-Limit Hold�em Final Table

The biggest news coming into day 3 revolved around ESPN�s decision not to have a full production crew cover the action. The nine remaining players, each engaging personalities, coupled with Phil Hellmuth�s quest for a tenth bracelet, made for a dream final table, but only one cameraman was on hand to capture the highlights.With a WSOP bracelet and an $818,546 first place prize on the line, the chip counts coming into the final table were as follows:

1.�Quoc Al �Vinnie� Vinh - $784,000 (Seat 1)
2.�Phil Hellmuth Jr. - $$461,000 (Seat 9)
3.�Marcel Luske - $458,000 (Seat 4)
4.�Isabelle Mercier - $301,000 (Seat 2)
5.�Jeff Cabanillas - $275,000 (Seat 5)
6.�Douglas Carli - $273,000 (Seat 6)
7.�Eugene Todd - $240,000 (Seat 3)
8.�Thomas Schreiber - $200,000 (Seat 8)
9.�Dan Smith - $117,000 (Seat 7)

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