2006 World Series of Poker – Player of the Year

Jeff Madsen Quick Facts

  • Birthdate: June 7, 1985
  • Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA
  • Resides: Los Angeles, California, USA

Jeff Madsen Profile

The 2006 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, Jeff Madsen, is also the third-youngest winner of a World Series of Poker bracelet.

At the time he broke the record at 21 years and five weeks and earned $660 948 for his maiden victory. The new record, held by Annette Obrestad at 18 years 364 days, cannot be broken in Las Vegas because in Nevada the legal gambling age is 21.

When he won the 2006 Player of the Year Award, Madsen was playing in his debut World Series of Poker. His maiden bracelet came less tan two weeks after he placed 3rd in the $2 000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Event.

Six days after Madsen won his first bracelet he claimed another, winning the $5 000 No-Limit Hold’em Shorthanded Event.

He followed this up with another 3rd place in the $1 000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Event, completing a never-seen-before haul of Top 3 finishes in four different poker variants in his rookie season.

As of 2007, Madsen has won 2 bracelets, finished in the money 8 times and has tournament winnings exceeding $1,600,000.

He has also finished in the money on the World Poker Tour, placing 8th at the 2007 Bay 101 Shooting Star Championship.

Madsen began playing casino poker three years before becoming the 2006 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, finding action at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California, where the legal gambling age is 18.