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By Steve Dannenmann and Steve Dannenmann,Baltimoresun.com Staff | August 11, 2005
Steve Dannenmann finished second the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas on July 16. The 38-year-old Anne Arundel County accountant took home $4.25 million in the No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Championship. Matthew, Des Moines, Iowa: Did you qualify for this year's WSOP by playing poker online, and if so, how significant a role did this play in your success? Steve Dannenmann: My friend, Jerry Ditzell, and I put up $5,000 each. And right after the tournament Jerry and I went to the cashier's cage at the Rio and split the money.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
Even at the depths of a drug addiction that cost him a fortune and dulled his world-class poker skills, Greg Merson believed he could do something great. "He always had a lot of faith in himself," said his father, Stan. "I never saw him lose that. " Wednesday morning in Las Vegas, the North Laurel native showed the world that his faith was well-placed, winning the $8.5 million first prize in the World Series of Poker Main Event. "He's been through a lot, and a lot of people have told him he wouldn't make it at poker," said Stan Merson, still running on emotion as he watched a television replay in his hotel suite a few hours later.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
Even at the depths of a drug addiction that cost him a fortune and dulled his world-class poker skills, Greg Merson believed he could do something great. "He always had a lot of faith in himself," said his father, Stan. "I never saw him lose that. " Wednesday morning in Las Vegas, the North Laurel native showed the world that his faith was well-placed, winning the $8.5 million first prize in the World Series of Poker Main Event. "He's been through a lot, and a lot of people have told him he wouldn't make it at poker," said Stan Merson, still running on emotion as he watched a television replay in his hotel suite a few hours later.
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By Steve Dannenmann and Steve Dannenmann,Baltimoresun.com Staff | August 11, 2005
Steve Dannenmann finished second the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas on July 16. The 38-year-old Anne Arundel County accountant took home $4.25 million in the No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Championship. Matthew, Des Moines, Iowa: Did you qualify for this year's WSOP by playing poker online, and if so, how significant a role did this play in your success? Steve Dannenmann: My friend, Jerry Ditzell, and I put up $5,000 each. And right after the tournament Jerry and I went to the cashier's cage at the Rio and split the money.
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November 11, 2005
"I thought when I came here I had to be the professor of baseball. Rather, I just had to be the mentor of a team and leader of an organization." Bobby Valentine On adjusting to being a manager in Japan "You above everyone else should know the rules. ... You sell all those books and products. But you aren't a professional - you're a punk!" Steve Dannenmann Severn poker player, to nine-time world champ Phil Hellmuth, who ignored Dannenmann's requests to keep his chips in reasonable order at the Tournament of Champions final table
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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,Sun reporter | September 22, 2005
Anne Arundel accountant Steve Dannenmann, who finished second in the World Series of Poker main event in July, winning $4.25 million, just missed another poker payday yesterday. Dannenmann, playing in the World Poker Tour's stop at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., was eliminated in 50th place - five spots shy of making it into the money. The 45th-place finisher earns $12,489 and the top prize is nearly $1.5 million. The Borgata Poker Open, scheduled to conclude today, started with 516 players, and Dannenmann outlasted pros such as Chris Ferguson, Eric Seidel and Cyndy Violette.
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By BILL ORDINE | November 9, 2005
Anne Arundel County accountant Steve Dannenmann, who finished second at the World Series of Poker in July, won $100,000 yesterday when he finished fifth at the Tournament of Champions at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The Tournament of Champions, with a prize pool of $2 million, started Sunday with a field of 114 players including the highest point-earners from a national poker circuit sponsored by Harrah's Entertainment. The field included former World Series main event champions Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth and Johnnie Chan.
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By BILL ORDINE | November 9, 2005
Anne Arundel accountant Steve Dannenmann, who won $4.25 million at the World Series of Poker in July, advanced yesterday to the final table in the Tournament of Champions at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas . The Tournament of Champions, with a prize pool of $2 million , started Sunday with a field of 114 players including the highest point-earners from a national poker circuit sponsored by Harrah's Entertainment. The field included former World Series main event champions Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth and Johnnie Chan.
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By Peter Jensen | November 14, 2009
For all the reluctance to go "all in" on casinos (and only recent acceptance of slot machines), Marylanders know a thing or two about poker. Perhaps it's the nature of a state that wagered against the British Empire in 1776 and took Union (mostly) in the Civil War. We know a winning hand when it's dealt. But even that can't explain how lightning has twice struck state residents in the biggest event in poker, if not in all of gaming. Three years ago, an Anne Arundel County accountant named Steve Dannenmann finished second in the World Series of Poker No-limit Texas Hold 'em World Championship.
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By BILL ORDINE | May 2, 2008
Talk about your TV timeouts. The World Series of Poker Main Event, the biggest poker tournament of the year, will suspend play when it gets down to the final table (nine players) in mid-July and then resume nearly four months later Nov. 9. ESPN will broadcast the conclusion Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. ESPN is tentatively set to begin televising pre-Main Event tournaments July 22 (all telecasts are on Tuesdays) and Main Event coverage begins Sept. 2. A preview show of the final nine players is scheduled for Nov. 4. Final table survivors will pick up where they left off in the summer on Nov. 9 and play down to two. The one-on-one match is set to begin at about midnight Nov. 10. The timing means that the final two-hour show will air only a half day or so after a new champion wins millions of dollars, thereby giving the telecast more immediacy than normal.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,SUN STAFF | July 15, 2005
Steve Dannenmann has come a long way from his Tuesday night poker games in Anne Arundel County. When last night's round began, he was one of 27 players still alive in the famed No Limit Texas Hold 'Em Championship - part of the World Series of Poker held annually in Las Vegas. The winner gets $7.5 million. Dannenmann, a 38-year-old accountant who lives in Severn, was guaranteed to win at least $304,680. The tournament started with a field of 5,619. One would think a player with such skill would be hard to beat in the weekly local game.
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