Jeff Madsen, the 2006 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, is on a serious heater. At one point today, he was down to 1,400 chips, but moments ago, we walked by his table in the Silver Section of the Brasilia Room to see that his stack has ballooned to over 30,000 chips.
"I've won six of the last eight hands," he told us.
When Madsen won his first bracelet in 2006, he was only 21 years and five weeks old, making him the youngest player to do so at the time. He found himself at three more final tables that same summer, and won a second bracelet as well. Since 2006 however, Madsen has only reached two WSOP final tables (one in Vegas), and in 2011, he only earned $33,218 in live tournaments.
There's definitely no quit in Madsen though - he still grinds the majority of the events here at the WSOP, and is determined to recapture some of the magic he experienced in 2006. He's off to a great start today, and we'll see if he can parlay it into a deep run.