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Gee turns $1,000 into $472,479

Updated: June 10, 2010, 4:16 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

The second $1,000 event of the WSOP attracted a 3,042-player field consisting of mostly amateurs looking to strike it big. Steve Gee wasn't just another player in the field, however, as the poker veteran took down his first bracelet and earned $472,479 in the process. The Sacramento, Calif., native defeated Matt Vance to wrap up the five-day tournament.

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WSOPPhotos.comA 30-year grind at the felt finally resulted in a first bracelet for Steve Gee

Gee has been playing poker for more than 30 years, spending his time in the California casinos primarily playing lowball. He transitioned into hold 'em after working a "regular" job in the late 1980s as a software developer, but decided that poker was his true passion. Gee only played cash games until five years ago when he attempted tournament poker. This was his first WSOP final table.

"When I first started playing, there was no online poker or videos," said Gee. "I learned from the school of hard knocks. I put in my time. It's really big [to win]. It's not that I'm insecure. I'm very secure about what I do, but this is a validation if you are a poker player. The thing about poker today is that no matter how good you are in cash games, even if you crush the games, nobody knows who you are. The tournament players are the rock stars today. So, this is what you do if you want to be known and get validation for what you do as a poker player."

A wide variety of talented players occupied the seats at the Event 13 final table. Jared "thewacokidd" Hamby finished eighth for $46,077. He has 10 WSOP cashes including two main-event cashes in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, Hamby earned $1.3 million primarily due to a second-place finish on the World Poker Tour. David Baker made his 23rd WSOP cash with his third-place finish and earned $206,813. Baker has over $1 million in career earnings as well. Vance's second-place finish was notable, as it was his third cash in three huge WSOP fields this year. While the first two cashes were only for a couple thousand dollars, this payday was much more significant, as he'll be taking home $292,232.

Other notable finishers from Event 13 include Carl Olson (28th), Andy Black (32nd) and Ylon Schwartz (34th). This was Schwartz's third cash of the WSOP.

Below are the complete results of Event 13 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 13: no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,000
Entries: 3,042
Prize pool: $2,737,800
Players in the money: 324

1. Steven Gee ($472,479)
2. Matthew Vance ($292,232)
3. David Baker ($206,813)
4. Nicholas Heather ($149,702)
5. Jeffrey Gross ($109,621)
6. Daniel Thomas ($81,203)
7. Kyung Han ($60,833)
8. Jared Hamby ($46,077)
9. Mats Gavatin ($35,290)
10. Daniel Duong ($27,323)
11. Gerald Domagalski ($27,323)
12. Clint Schafer ($27,323)
13. Jasper Wetemans ($21,382)
14. Christopher Brammer ($21,382)
15. Marios Savvides ($21,382)
16. Jeremy Defrande ($16,919)
17. Jonathan Tare ($16,919)
18. David Hong ($16,919)
19. Dalton Dawkins ($13,524)
20. Daniel Carter ($13,524)
21. Matthew Hankins ($13,524)
22. Jon Jiles ($13,524)
23. Carla Castelo ($13,524)
24. Mostafa Jamasbi ($13,524)
25. Patrick Khalafian ($13,524)
26. Andrew Walker ($13,524)
27. Vahan Sudzhyan ($13,524)
28. Carl Olson ($10,923)
29. Daniel Suied ($10,923)
30. Logan Trindade ($10,923)
31. Jack Powell ($10,923)
32. Andrew Black ($10,923)
33. Philip Sparta ($10,923)
34. Ylon Schwartz ($10,923)
35. Burt Boutin ($10,923)
36. Eric Blair ($10,923)
37. Michael Pollowitz ($8,925)
38. Lucas Greenwood ($8,925)
39. Shawn Lawrence ($8,925)
40. Gevork Kasabyan ($8,925)
41. Dylan Linde ($8,925)
42. Gregory Gabriel ($8,925)
43. Russel Pittman ($8,925)
44. Richard Harroch ($8,925)
45. Gregory Wilson ($8,925)
46. James Tutino ($7,364)
47. Johnny Silva ($7,364)
48. Nicholas Guagenti ($7,364)
49. Allen Chang ($7,364)
50. Bryan Kim ($7,364)
51. Chris Karagulleyan ($7,364)
52. Duane Blanchard ($7,364)
53. William Reynolds ($7,364)
54. Evelyn Iraheta ($7,364)
55. Anthony Nardi ($6,132)
56. Alan Goodman ($6,132)
57. Philip Collins ($6,132)
58. Kevin Dwyer ($6,132)
59. David Baker ($6,132)
60. Daniel Chamberlain ($6,132)
61. Harlan Redlick ($6,132)
62. Markus Faller ($6,132)
63. Simeon Sundelius ($6,132)
64. Patrick O'Connor ($5,147)
65. Steven Landfish ($5,147)
66. Jeffrey Fielder ($5,147)
67. Justin Gardenhire ($5,147)
68. Ryan Alderman ($5,147)
69. Garrett Thompson ($5,147)
70. James Kirk ($5,147)
71. Thomas Hilger ($5,147)
72. Dana Kellstrom ($5,147)
73. Victor Ramdin ($4,380)
74. Nathanael Seet ($4,380)
75. Paul Nguyen ($4,380)
76. Jason Lindh ($4,380)
77. Will Failla ($4,380)
78. Bryan Piccioli ($4,380)
79. Bryce Daifuku ($4,380)
80. Dao Bac ($4,380)
81. Jose Nadal ($4,380)
82. Nejdeh Yeroomian ($3,750)
83. Jean Hamel ($3,750)
84. John Phan ($3,750)
85. Michael Vik ($3,750)
86. Shaun Deeb ($3,750)
87. Donald Knavel ($3,750)
88. Vitaly Lunkin ($3,750)
89. Vincent Jacques ($3,750)
90. Emmitt Mcgill ($3,750)
91. Corey Hastings ($3,257)
92. Octavian Voegele ($3,257)
93. Ben Landowski ($3,257)
94. Kevin Kung ($3,257)
95. Mathieu Clavet ($3,257)
96. Shane Rose ($3,257)
97. Felipe Quijano ($3,257)
98. Christopher Tipper ($3,257)
99. Joseph Degeorge ($3,257)
100. Jason Jochem ($2,847)
101. Kyle Milam ($2,847)
102. Steve Cowley ($2,847)
103. Steven Mcloughlin ($2,847)
104. Huy Nguyen ($2,847)
105. George Panagakis ($2,847)
106. Andrew Youngblood ($2,847)
107. Dimitry Amiryan ($2,847)
108. Jeff Littlefield ($2,847)
109. Jered Klein ($2,847)
110. Travis Klein ($2,847)
111. Michael Pena ($2,847)
112. Mitch Schock ($2,847)
113. Robert Engel ($2,847)
114. Mark Smith ($2,847)
115. Mario Perera ($2,847)
116. Kurt Maier ($2,847)
117. Frank Sparti ($2,847)
118. William Hall ($2,847)
119. Jason King ($2,847)
120. Dimitri Hefter ($2,847)
121. Gregg Merkow ($2,847)
122. Donald Yarbrough ($2,847)
123. Elias Wolfl ($2,847)
124. Adam Heger ($2,847)
125. Shaun Hartlin ($2,847)
126. Adam Croffut ($2,847)
127. Juan Dediego ($2,847)
128. An Tran ($2,847)
129. Adam Katz ($2,847)
130. Joshua Norris ($2,847)
131. Jason Sackler ($2,847)
132. Jacob Bazeley ($2,847)
133. Ben Van De Wakker ($2,847)
134. Joseph Cappuccio ($2,847)
135. Thomas Lutz ($2,847)
136. Steven Schulman ($2,847)
137. William Seeholzer ($2,847)
138. Phung Ngo ($2,847)
139. Robert Fett ($2,847)
140. Thomas Carman ($2,847)
141. Navrro Jorge ($2,847)
142. Diogo Borges ($2,847)
143. Kenneth Kubey ($2,847)
144. Aubrey Vincent ($2,847)
145. Fisher Michael ($2,518)
146. Kevin Odonnell ($2,518)
147. Kevin Legerski ($2,518)
148. Vachagan Zakarian ($2,518)
149. Anthony Winters ($2,518)
150. Robert Diaz ($2,518)
151. Jose Quintas ($2,518)
152. Mikail Tulchinskiy ($2,518)
153. Zachary Fahmie ($2,518)
154. Jesse Milner ($2,518)
155. Joe Pittillo ($2,518)
156. Scot Levy ($2,518)
157. James Whittet ($2,518)
158. Stavros Andreadakis ($2,518)
159. Philip Loomis ($2,518)
160. Julien Billion ($2,518)
161. Nicholas Mitchell ($2,518)
162. Jeffrey Griffiths ($2,518)
163. David Levi ($2,518)
164. Tran Anthony ($2,518)
165. Teresa Charles ($2,518)
166. Joel Bullock ($2,518)
167. Manish Oza ($2,518)
168. Jeremy Mccann ($2,518)
169. Kevin Bryniczka ($2,518)
170. Ahmed Alashkar ($2,518)
171. Gary Lew ($2,518)
172. Cody Mcgehee ($2,518)
173. Frej Jakobsson ($2,518)
174. Dipak Bhakta ($2,518)
175. Guy Cicconi ($2,518)
176. David Reimann ($2,518)
177. Torn Saechao ($2,518)
178. Sandro Giambonini ($2,518)
179. Robert Garinger ($2,518)
180. Anthony Cousineau ($2,518)
181. Marc Naalden ($2,518)
182. Igor Chiriatti ($2,518)
183. Stuart Guite ($2,518)
184. Michael Chow ($2,518)
185. Laimis Bucnius ($2,518)
186. Michael Lederer ($2,518)
187. Kurt Fitzgerald ($2,518)
188. JR Wyatt ($2,518)
189. Liv Boeree ($2,518)
190. Valerio Coca ($2,244)
191. David Stefanski ($2,244)
192. Charles Robinson ($2,244)
193. Louie Green ($2,244)
194. Michael Shklover ($2,244)
195. Svetoslav Dorobanov ($2,244)
196. Shaun Riley ($2,244)
197. John Hammon ($2,244)
198. Marcello Del Grosso ($2,244)
199. Craig Motalbano ($2,244)
200. Francisco Loredo ($2,244)
201. William Ogden ($2,244)
202. John Byrd ($2,244)
203. Jack Drake ($2,244)
204. Jeremy Maher ($2,244)
205. Matthew Betti ($2,244)
206. Phounsavath Philachack ($2,244)
207. Daniel Adams ($2,244)
208. Ian Kim ($2,244)
209. Ronald Sipiora ($2,244)
210. Craig Crivello ($2,244)
211. Garry Bush ($2,244)
212. Chad Williams ($2,244)
213. Daniel Horowitz ($2,244)
214. Michael Leibgorin ($2,244)
215. Thomas Heinrich ($2,244)
216. Alexander Deutsch ($2,244)
217. John Bankston ($2,244)
218. Omar Mehmood ($2,244)
219. Adam Weinstock ($2,244)
220. Jacob Naguin ($2,244)
221. Antonio Micino ($2,244)
222. Frank "Spike" Gallas ($2,244)
223. Michael O'Brien ($2,244)
224. Talebi Rodeen ($2,244)
225. Michael Martin ($2,244)
226. Bryce Clark ($2,244)
227. Phil Gordon ($2,244)
228. Richard Rosen ($2,244)
229. Stephen Birkett ($2,244)
230. Scott Cook ($2,244)
231. Tamas Gombkoto ($2,244)
232. Daniel Dasilva ($2,244)
233. Kevin Jacobsen ($2,244)
234. Curtis Roberts ($2,244)
235. David Tomko ($2,025)
236. John Macdonald ($2,025)
237. Enrizue Melguizp ($2,025)
238. Vincent Burgio ($2,025)
239. Brent Catalano ($2,025)
240. Bob Kellie ($2,025)
241. Chase Johnston ($2,025)
242. David Zeitlin ($2,025)
243. Stefano Guido ($2,025)
244. Stuart Mcinroy ($2,025)
245. Daniel Noseworthy ($2,025)
246. Michael Atkinson ($2,025)
247. Andrew Yip ($2,025)
248. Andras Nemeth ($2,025)
249. William Chen ($2,025)
250. Yueqi Zhu ($2,025)
251. Rodney Doran ($2,025)
252. Claire Renaut ($2,025)
253. John Dombroski ($2,025)
254. Ross Krause ($2,025)
255. James Gibson ($2,025)
256. Alan Narra ($2,025)
257. Matijn Dee ($2,025)
258. Antonio Gutierrez ($2,025)
259. Keith Miller ($2,025)
260. Derrick Sanchez ($2,025)
261. Robbie Verspui ($2,025)
262. Roy Duleba ($2,025)
263. George Devlin ($2,025)
264. Everett Carlton ($2,025)
265. Laurence Grodin ($2,025)
266. Jason Zacharki ($2,025)
267. Pedro Reis ($2,025)
268. Bryan Paris ($2,025)
269. Michael Pomponio ($2,025)
270. Sarah Hannan ($2,025)
271. Daniel Guise ($2,025)
272. Jonathan Holsonback ($2,025)
273. Alexander Raymond ($2,025)
274. Jan Von Halle ($2,025)
275. Alex Jennings ($2,025)
276. Robert Bryan ($2,025)
277. Mark Harrington ($2,025)
278. Jena Delk ($2,025)
279. Jason Lee ($2,025)
280. Lawrence Rieder ($1,834)
281. Yashar Darian ($1,834)
282. Matthew George ($1,834)
283. Daniel Santoro ($1,834)
284. Eric Wilson ($1,834)
285. Curt Raines ($1,834)
286. Paul Wasicka ($1,834)
287. Frederick Brelot ($1,834)
288. (Did not report) ($1,834)
289. Denny Robinson ($1,834)
290. Mark Rumbaugh ($1,834)
291. Randall Holland ($1,834)
292. Jonathan Drane ($1,834)
293. Michael Basler ($1,834)
294. Christopher Platt ($1,834)
295. Raymond Szu ($1,834)
296. Sigbjorn Vagene ($1,834)
297. Robert Georato ($1,834)
298. Lawrence Kern ($1,834)
299. Anthony Pagani ($1,834)
300. Christopher Surel ($1,834)
301. George Lusby ($1,834)
302. Hugo Soares ($1,834)
303. Barry Kay ($1,834)
304. Perry Friedman ($1,834)
305. Parviz Razavian ($1,834)
306. Aliaksei Kastsiushyn ($1,834)
307. Robert Anderson ($1,834)
308. Chang Luo ($1,834)
309. Stephen Grey ($1,834)
310. Christopher Jaeger ($1,834)
311. Darren Grant ($1,834)
312. Stephan Talboom ($1,834)
313. Huatai Loon ($1,834)
314. Joseph Cutler ($1,834)
315. Joseph Tan torres ($1,834)
316. Steven Krupnick ($1,834)
317. John Nelson ($1,834)
318. Joseph Curcio ($1,834)
319. Alex Moore ($1,834)
320. Yitshak Flat ($1,834)
321. Dean Shultz ($1,834)
322. Robert Hein ($1,834)
323. Brian Pinkus ($1,834)
324. Thomas Cummings ($1,834)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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