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    Saturday, July 8th, 2006 by Mike

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 cant replace the experience of physically witnessing the action firsthand.

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

On a day when the Rios 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 Holdem Final Table

The biggest news coming into day 3 revolved around ESPNs decision not to have a full production crew cover the action. The nine remaining players, each engaging personalities, coupled with Phil Hellmuths 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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