Event 55 - $10,000 World Championship No Limit Holdem

Bill Edler: "The Stunning One"

Throughout this whole tournament, one player has truly stood out as a first-class act. His name is Bill Edler. You might remember Edler winning $904,000 for first place in Event #45 ($5,000 6-handed NLHE) where he took home his first WSOP bracelet.

Bill is not only a great poker player, but is modest, gracious, and has a very polite demeanor. He graduated from UC-Berkeley with a law degree, but has never practiced, instead electing to play poker. He started out as a cash-game player and has transitioned into the tournament world over the last two years. His best friends are Gavin Smith and Erick Lindgren. Smith even gave him his poker nickname-- "The Stunning One."

Edler has placed sixth, seventh and 13th in various World Poker Tour events, making the final table at Bay 101 in March 2007. He recently won the $10,000 NLHE Heads-Up Championships at Crystal Park Casino in Southern California where he defeated Daniel Negreanu in his first match and Barry Greenstein in the finals.

Make no mistake about Bill Edler-- he's a poker tournament machine. With 27 players left, he has 4.8 million chips and is in position to perhaps go all the way. Edler feels that in tournaments, if he finds himself in a coinflip situation, he has failed. According to him, there is an art to building a stack without too many coinflips where you're risking your tournament life.

Given the manner in which Bill handles himself with people, what a great ambassador for poker he could be as a WSOP Main Event Champion. Best of luck, Bill!

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