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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2008 | WSOP 2008 Tournaments

WSOP Day 8 – From Shootout Excitement to Limit Coma

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The WSOP Day 8 was destined to be a busy and exciting one. Both final tables had big names, the shootout event promised an interesting line-up and results, and two Day 2 tournaments would find out who the final table participants would be.

Oh, and the limit hold’em tournament would also be starting late in the day; one of the absolute slowest tournaments to watch, it promised little thrill until the field thinned a bit. No offense intended toward limit players, as I am one of them, but it’s certainly not fun to observe.

12noon – Event #11 - $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout (Day 1)


Players, especially seasoned ones, always look forward to the shootout tournament. This event was capped at 360 players, so 36 tables were to play until one winner was left from each table. Each of them would be in the money and go into Day 2 looking to be a part of the final table six.

The names of the players involved in the event were impressive, with most of the recognizable pros in their seats. And the action, while beginning with some bust-outs of the likes of Nenad Medic and David Benyamine, play slowed and didn’t finish until late in the evening hours. The 36 finalists were guaranteed to be paid a part of the $1,677,900 prize pool.

Some of the names remaining to play another day are Joe Sebok, Michael Gracz, Isaac Haxton, Greg Mueller, Burt Boutin, Tony G, Alex Jacob, John Juanda, Eric Froehlich, Erik Seidel, Tim West, Eugene Katchalov, Adam Levy, and Jacobo Fernandez.

2pm – Event #9 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed (Day 2)


The six-handed events are also quite popular with the pros, as many believe that short-handed play requires more skill and calculating play. Therefore, the field was another pro-heavy one, though as the event moved forward, the list of amateurs seemed to outweigh the pros.

Coming into Day 2, the chip leader was poker author and pro Matt Matros, but Rep Porter was in hot pursuit of that lead. The top ten included noted poker book publisher Avery Cardoza, but the field was most certainly light on big names. Even so, play was exciting throughout the second day of play, and it didn’t end until the final six were decided.

Before midnight, an unusually early time for play to end on Day 2 thus far at the 2008 WSOP, the final table was set to begin at 2pm on Saturday, June 7th, with the following players and chip counts:

John Conkright 1,100,000
Michael Brummelhuis 740,000
Rep Porter 660,000
Nathan Templeton 535,000
Anatoly Shilyuk 350,000
Devin Porter 275,000

3pm – Event #10 - $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better (Day 2)

This type of event always brings an eclectic crowd to the tables – those who have spent a great deal of time in specialty games, honing skills in numerous poker variations, and being able to follow what can sometimes be a complicated game with highs and lows, splits and scoops. While the field was a mixed one, there were quite a few notables.

But by the time Day 2 rolled around and dwindled down, it turned out to be a slow road to the final table. By 3am, there were still 13 of the original 388 players, and nearing 5:30am there were still nine players. Finally, Brandon Cantu became the final table bubble, courtesy of Miami John Cernuto.

The players and corresponding chip counts going into the final table at 4pm on June 7th are as follows:

Farzad Rouhani 513,000
Greg Pappas 304,000
John Cernuto 285,000
Tom Chambers 235,000
Michael Mizrachi 231,000
John Racener 180,000
Daniel Mowczan 122,000
Yueqi Zhu 87,000

5pm – Event #12 - $1,500 Limit Hold’em (Day 1)


Ahhh, limit hold’em, one of the absolute player favorites but one of the least favorite to watch. No all-in moves, no massive chip movers… To prove its popularity, there were 881 players who packed the tables in the Amazon Room to play this game, and that resulted in a $1.2 million prize pool.

Near the top of the leader board at the end of the first day were 181 players, and in that list, some big names – Marco Traniello, the could-be-an-interesting-story Vinny Vinh, and recent bracelet winner Erick Lindgren. Day 2 may be a slow one, but it shouldn’t lack big poker names nor the anxious play that is inevitable as the final table approaches.

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