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

Event #10 – WSOP $2,500 Omaha 8/Stud 8 Mixed Final Table

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Slipping through the limelight comes a final table not short of stars. The $2,500 Omaha 8/Stud 8 Mixed final table included some old names like Miami John Cernuto, veteran Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, and up and coming John Racener. When it was all said and done though, it would be someone else who would take home the bracelet. Action got underway with the following seating assignments and chip counts:

Seat 1: Yueqi Zhu (Rowland Heights, California) 87,000
Seat 2: Tom Chambers (Chicago, Illinois) 235,000
Seat 3: Greg Pappas (Las Vegas, Nevada) 304,000
Seat 4: Michael Mizrachi (Las Vegas, Nevada) 231,000
Seat 5: Daniel Mowczan (Sterling Heights, Michigan) 122,000
Seat 6: John Racener (Tampa, Florida) 180,000
Seat 7: John Cernuto (Las Vegas, Nevada) 285,000
Seat 8: Farzad Rouhani (Germantown, Maryland) 513,000

Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi was the first player to join the fans on the rail. In the Stud 8 portion of the game, Mizrachi had four to a low and three over cards to Yueqi Zhu's lowly pair of sixes but he could get neither a low card to chop the pot or one of the overcards to scoop it. Mizrachi finishes in 8th place and wins $24,095.

Daniel Mowczan followed Mizrachi just moments later, this time in Omaha 8. Mowczan called all in for his last 8,000 in chips on a Q-J-7 two club flop. The turn was a jack and Mowczan's two opponents checked. The river was a 10 and John Racener led out with a bet, and Tom Chambers folded. Racener showed A-K-x-x for the broadway straight and Mowczan's A-4-5-6 was good for nothing but a swift kick. Daniel Mowczan finished in 7th place winning $28,557.

John Racener, who has had some success in NLHE tournaments in the past year, was our next victim, as he fell at the hands of chip leader Farzad Rouhani. It was Stud 8 and Racener had kings in the hole and hit two pair on 7th street, but it was not enough to overcome the diamond flush of Rouhani. John Racener finishes in 6th place and wins $37,481.

Yueqi Zhu survived innumerable all-ins which had to frustrate Greg Pappas as he patiently waited trying to move up the money ladder. It was to no avail though as Zhu could not be eliminated, no matter how hard people tried. It was in Omaha 8 and Pappas and Chambers went to war on a 10-9-7 two heart flop. The turn was a third heart which was good enough to give Chambers a flush. Pappas mucked but claimed he had flopped a straight. Greg Pappas is our 5th place finisher winning $48,190.

That was enough for Zhu and he was our next participant to be eliminated. It was again in Omaha 8 and Zhu and Rouhani, who had been running over the table, got it all in pre-flop. Zhu had A-5-9-Q but was going to need help against Rouhani's A-A-3-K. None came and Yueqi Zhu was our 4th place finisher. He won $63,807 for his efforts.

Miami John Cernuto sat patiently waiting for his opportunity to attack the talkative Rouhani. In Omaha 8, Cernuto found his chance and bet a J-10-7 two spade flop. Rouhani raised and Cernuto called. The turn was a red 5 and Cernuto put his last chips out in the middle. Cernuto had 10-7-5-3 for three pair, well ok two pair, and Rouhani had A-Q-9-5 with two spades for the big open ended plus flush draw. One of those outs came on the river in the form of a spade and John Cernuto was our 3rd place finisher winning $86,117.

Poor Tom Chambers never had a chance as Rouhani just continued to bulldoze him from the very beginning of the heads up match. It took only 30 minutes for Rouhani to do the honors of knocking out Chambers when in Omaha 8 the two players got it all in on a 7-3-3 flop. Chambers had nothing but a low draw with A-2-9-10 and Rouhani, of course, had a three with his 2-3-8-9. The turn was an ace which meant Chambers needed another ace to scoop the pot or a 4, 5, 6, or 8 to split it. The river was a third 3, giving Rouhani quads and knocking out Tom Chambers in 2nd place. Chambers won $142,784 for his fine finish.

Farzad Rouhani came in as the chip leader and despite the formidable talent at the final table, he was never really challenged as he ran away with the WSOP $2,500 Omaha 8/Stud 8 Mixed event title. Rouhani takes home a shiny new bracelet and $232,911 for his impressive victory. Congratulations Farzad!

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