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Youngest poker winner does it again


Last week 21 year film student, Jeff Madsen, broke records by becoming the youngest player ever to win a coveted WSOP bracelet.

This week he has shown it was no fluke and he intends to stay put on the world poker scene.
Borrowing from a college fund and his parents he managed to scrape together $9,500 to pay for buy-ins for WSOP events. His risk has certainly paid off as he has now collected a cool $1.4 million in winnings. But it might not end there, Madsen is continuing to play.

"It feels amazing," said Madsen, who just turned the legal gambling age in Nevada on June 7. "It's surreal."

A week ago Madsen raised eyebrows by beating a field of 1,578 players over three days to earn $660,948.

On Saturday evening, he was raking in chips again, this time at a final table from renowned pro Erick Lindgren, despite having a stack about half of Lindgren's.

On the final hand, Madsen was holding a queen and nine. The flop gave him a pair of queens and he pushed all-in. Lindgren called, holding a suited ace and jack. The board showed king, queen, two, five and three, giving Madsen the winning pair, victory over 506 players and $643,381.
Madsen, who has been playing since age 18 at an Indian casino in California, earlier placed third in an Omaha high-low event to collect $97,552.

Tournament media director Nolan Dalla called Madsen's cool performance stunning.
At the same age, 10-time bracelet winner Johnny Chan was washing dishes in his parents' restaurant, and the late three-time World Series main event champ Stu Ungar was hustling gin rummy games in New York, Dalla said.

"That's how far this kid is ahead of them," he said. "That doesn't mean he'll go on to be the greatest of all time, but it's pretty remarkable."

 

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