There were a few big stories in this year's World Series of Poker. The extremely strong play of Phil Hellmuth, which saw him capture his 10th World Series of Poker bracelet. The unbelievable crowds that have played at this year's World Series of Poker. The incredible $82 million dollar prize pool for the final event.
But the biggest story has undoubtedly been Jeff Madsen, the 21 year old poker phenom from Los Angeles, who has not only final tabled 4 events at this year's World Series of Poker, but he also captured two bracelets as well in the process.
The backstory on this player is even more amazing. In this day of the Internet player, Madsen actually got his start playing live tournaments, and actually doesn't play much poker on the Internet. This undoubtedly helped Madsen, as he probably has a strong table presence and doesn't give off tells. Most Internet players have no clue how to act at a live table, and Madsen undoubtedly capitalized on this.
Madsen, a college student, used the money he had saved up for college and entered into numerous WSOP events, with the blessing of his parents. The results were quite astonishing: over $1.4 million in total earnings in a 3 week period, four final tables and two World Series of Poker bracelets.
Madsen started his run by final tabling the Omaha Hi-Low 8/B event, then he proceeded to reel off two straight bracelet wins, in two No Limit Hold'em events, one short-handed and one full table. Then, he made another final table at the Seven Card Stud High/Low 8/OB. Madsen shows that not only is he a dominant No Limit Hold'em player, but that he also has a well-rounded game in other events.
Madsen signed on to become a Full Tilt Poker ambassador after his success, and looks to have an extremely bright future in front of him.
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