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Jamie Gold

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Biography

Jamie Gold is an American poker player and TV producer who won the 2006 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.

The 2006 WSOP Main Event was the largest Main Event in history, with 8,773 entries and Gold's first prize of $12,000,000 was the highest payday in any poker tournament until the 2012 WSOP Big One for One Drop.


Read More: Jamie Gold Wins 2006 WSOP Main Event


Biography

Gold was born in Kansas City, Missouri on August 25, 1969. He moved to Paramus, New Jersey and earned a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and later studied entertainment law at UCLA.

Using hard-earned experience and his education, Gold was able to build a good reputation throughout the entertainment industry. With this, he was able to become the youngest franchised agent at only 21 years old and soon went on to start his own talent agency, JMG Management.

He first got into poker when he began working with former WSOP Main Event winners Johnny Chan and Chris Moneymaker for an upcoming television show.

2006 WSOP Main Event

Gold entered the 2006 WSOP Main Event, and held a significant chip lead from Day 4 onwards. He ate blueberries at the final table, with his final table performance noted for his relentless aggression and table talk.

He defeated Paul Wasicka heads-up to win the largest World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event in history, earning $12,000,000.


Read More: Jamie Gold Looks Back on the 2006 WSOP


In 2013, Gold's Main Event braceletwas auctioned off for $65,725. It later transpired that Gold was not in fact the person auctioning the bracelet.

Gold has cashed a further 10 times at the WSOP, with his best finish since winning the Main Event a fifth-place finish in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event at the 2015 WSOP.

Jamie Gold Top Five Poker Cashes

YEAREVENTBUY-INPLACEPAYOUT (USD)
July 2006WSOP Main Event$10,0001st$12,000,000
March 2016WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino$1,6752nd$139,820
June 2015WSOP NLHE$1,5005th$120,952
September 2007WSOPE Europe Main Event£10,350£27,150 
April 2005Stars & Striples Los Angeles$2251st$54,225

Courtesy of The Hendon Mob. Last Updated May 2021

WSOP Main Event Winners 1997-2006

YEARENTRIESCHAMPIONCOUNTRYPRIZE
20068,773Jamie GoldUnited States$12,000,000
20055,619Joe HachemAustralia$7,500,000
20042,576Greg RaymerUnited States$5,000,000
2003839Chris MoneymakerUnited States$2,500,000
2002631Robert VarkonyiUnited States$2,000,000
2001613Carlos MortensenSpain$1,500,000
2000512Chris FergusonUnited States$1,500,000
1999393Noel FurlongIreland$1,000,000
1998350Scotty NguyenVietnam$1,000,000
1997312Stu UngarUnited States$1,000,000

Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #75: $1,000+111 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em
510th $2,170
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #42: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack
156th $1,357
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #3: BIG 50 - $500 No-Limit Hold'em
3962nd $750
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #56: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em
195th $5,044
2010 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship
$20,000 Heads-up Championship
16th $25,000
2007 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE)
Event 3 - £10,000 No-Limit Holdem Main Event
35th £27,150
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 52 - $1,000 No Limit Holdem w/ rebuys
84th $4,840
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 45 - $5,000 No Limit Holdem 6 Handed
44th $9,238