Jeff Madsen Grabs His Third Gold BraceletThursday, June 27th, 2013 by Ryan
In terms of multi-bracelet winners at the World Series of Poker, many people will often talk about the players like Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Scotty Nguyen, Doyle Brunson, and many other big named players. Obviously winning one gold bracelet though is incredibly impressive in its own right. The ability to win multiple gold bracelets is something that is almost impossible for many, but this year we’ve seen a few players go ahead and grab their second or third gold bracelets, and one of those players who jumped into that category is Jeff Madsen. Madsen has had one heck of a drought, as he was unable to win a gold bracelet in five years plus, but he rallied back this year and got his name back into the winners circle. Madsen was able to take down Event #35 at this years World Series of Poker, which was a $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha tournament, and the win was locked in on Friday night.
This is the third gold bracelet of Madsen’s career at the World Series of Poker, but he hadn’t been able to grab one since back in 2006. If you remember back to 2006 though, Madsen actually won back to back events, and in that year he was able to win the Player of the Year at the WSOP. This was an award that he earned not only because of the two wins, but also because of the four final tables that he pulled in that year. He hasn’t had that same success since 2006 though, and since then he has actually only made three final tables since, and during those final tables he has never finished above fourth place.
The event that Madsen took down featured a solid number of players at 640, and he also had a few tough players to beat out along the way. One player was another two time bracelet winner in scott Clements, who made it to the final table with Madsen. Poker pro Jason DeWitt also made it to the final table, but both players weren’t getting the same type of attention that Madsen was, as he actually entered the final day of the action with a very nice chip lead, and throughout the entire day it looked as if it was going to be all Madsen. When the final table was finished, we saw Madsen taking down the win as you know, but the other eight players finished as follows:
9th place- Jason DeWitt 8th place- Joni Jouhkimainen 7th place- William Black 6th place- Ryan Chapman 5th place- Scott Clements 4th place- Danny Hannawa 3rd place- Michal Maryska 2nd place- Douglas Corning
A little bit more about Madsen though. Just because he hasn’t been pulling in the final tables and wins at the World Series of Poker doesn’t mean that he completely disappeared off of the radar though. He was able to take down the 2010 Borgata Winter Poker Open, and also has two 6th place finishes under his belt at the World Poker Tour as well. Obviously this isn’t quite as big as what he was able to do when he was only 21 years old back in 2006, which included two first place finishes and two third place finishes, so many people were expecting big things from Madsen. He was also the third youngest player to ever win a gold bracelet at the World Series of Poker, and of course was the youngest Player of the Year winner as well.
Madsen handled the questions about his tough drought like a true pro, stating that many players never win a gold bracelet, which I agree is something that is very often overlooked. Winning a gold bracelet is something that is a ridiculously impressive accomplishment. While Madsen is still only 28 years old, he definitely is still in his prime, and it’s safe to say that we could still see very big things from him in the near future. His total career tournament earnings are now sitting just under $4 million, and we’ll be looking to hear more about him at this years World Series potentially, and I’m sure for many more years to come down the road.