“It’s all about maturity, it affects how you play the game,” Madsen said. “I’ve always tended to be a streaky player. But as I get older I am trying to be more consistent….As for which (WSOP) win is the best, the first win is better because it gives you money and confidence to keep on playing. So, I would say the first win.”
“I have fun and love what I’m doing,” Madsen said when asked about his future goals and plans.
Following behind Madsen in the top spot, the descending order of results was as follows:
Second Place: When play was heads-up Jean-Marc Thomas appeared to be a serious threat to Madsen’s quest for a fourth WSOP win. Thomas drew close to even at one point in chips, but was still playing catch up during most of the two-hour duel. He lost the final hand to Madsen’s trip 6s. For Thomas, who is a 47-year-old real estate investor from Paris, this was a mixed emotional reaction – coming so close to the gold bracelet but also collecting $185,548.
Third Place: Rami Boujai put up a good fight, and with a break or two might have won the event. However, a cold run when play reached three-handed doomed the San Diego poker player who was striving for his second WSOP gold bracelet, following a win back in 2009 in a Mixed Pot-Limit Hold’em/Omaha. Boujai collected $123,976 for this, his 16th time to cash at the series.
Fourth Place: Richard Tucker, a 61-year-old owner of a construction company in Charlotte, NC, took 4th place. He’s a proud Vietnam War veteran who once served as a helicopter pilot. Since then, he’s owned and operated three successful companies. This was Tucker’s third time to cash at the series. He also has 9 WSOP Circuit cashes. Fourth place paid $92,003.
Fifth Place: Sun Kwak from Hicksville, NY took 5th place. He s 33-year-old poker pro originally from South Korea. This is the third WSOP Kwak has attended and marks his second time to cash. His payout amounted to $69,004.
Sixth Place: John O’Shea, from Dublin, hoped to become this year’s first winner from Ireland. However, he came in 6th place instead. The 30-year-old poker player now has 12 cashes and 2 final table appearance on his WSOP resume, with 5th place his best showing back in 2008.
Seventh Place: Huarong Ma, originally from China, took 7th place. He’s 47-years-old. For Ma, this was his first time to finish in the money at the WSOP.
Eighth Place: David “ODB” Baker, from the Houston suburbs, took 8th place. This was his third cash at this series, and 44th over the course of his career as a poker pro. Baker, the winner of a gold bracelet in 2012 (Eight Game Mix), now has close to $1.9 million in winnings at the WSOP dating back to 2004.
Ninth Place: Spencer Chen, a 34-year-old retiree and former Wall Street analyst from Las Vegas, rounded out the final table by finishing 9th. Chen made his first career cash in this event. Chen describes himself as a “miracle of medical science.” He’s survived 8 major operations and had 3 open heart surgeries.
OTHER IN-THE-MONEY FINISHERS:
Aside from the final table finishers, other notable players who cashed included – Michael Gracz (10th), Robert Mizrachi (12th), John Reading (17th), Jonathan Duhamel (19th), Tom Schneider (31st), Perry Green (36th), Jeremy Ausmus (42nd), and Fabrice Soulier (51st).
Entries broken down by gender amounted to 468 males and 12 females.
The average age of participants was 39 years and 10 months.
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Written by Nolan Dalla (WSOP Media Staff)