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

WSOP Day Fifteen Tournament Recaps

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Thirteen was the luckiest number for some, but for most of the poker players who made their way into the Amazon Room at the Rio for the World Series of Poker, it continued its unlucky ways. Lot's going on; here are the recaps for the day's action.

Event #23 - $2,000 NLHE

1,344 players started this event and after one day of play they had eliminated 90 percent of the field as 134 players remained. 99 players would get paid and there were several notable professionals who made the money but failed to reach the ultimate goal... a WSOP final table. Among those who made something but came up short were Bill Gazes in 88th place, Vivek Rajkumar in 52nd place, Barry Greenstein in 46th place, Jared Hamby in 41st place, and Young Phan in 34th place. The final table participants and chip counts are as follows:

Andrew Jeffreys 1,051,000
Blair Hinkle 1,030,000
Dustin Dirksen 867,000
David Steicke 611,000
Mark Brockington 552,000
Daniel O'Brien 465,000
Stephane Tayar 323,000
Chris Bjorin 247,000
Dominik Kulicki 241,000

One of the interesting stories at the final table is Blair Hinkle, who is the brother of Grant Hinkle. Grant won a bracelet earlier this Series and claimed that his brother Blair was the reason he was here playing. Can Blair join his brother in the winner's circle? Play will resume at 2 p.m.

Event #24 - $2,500 PLHE/PLO

After the first day of action, 85 of the original 457 entrants in this unique event still remained. It would take them until nearly five in the morning before they would reach the final nine. Among the notable players who made the money but not the final table were Howard Lederer in 12th place, Rolf Slotboom in 25th place, Sorel Mizzi in 29th place, and Hilbert Shirey in 35th place. The final table seating assignments and chip counts are as follows:

Seat 1: Max Pescatori (Milan, Italy) 212000
Seat 2: Jonathan Depa (Chicago, Illinois) 185000
Seat 3: Kyle Hegeman (Jacksonville, Florida) 198000
Seat 4: Kyle Kloeckner (St. Louis, Missouri) 494000
Seat 5: John-Paul Kelly (Brighton, United Kingdom) 79000
Seat 6: Greg Hurst (Tazewell, Tennessee) 197000
Seat 7: Lennart Holtkamp (Utrecht, Netherlands) 253000
Seat 8: Minh Ly (Las Vegas, Nevada) 174000
Seat 9: Allen Cunningham (Las Vegas, Nevada) 484000

Can Cunningham do the impossible and make it four years in a row winning a bracelet? Play will resume at 3 p.m.

Event #25 - $10,000 NLHE Heads Up


With a cap of 256 players, this is one of the smaller yet more prestigious events at the WSOP. Players played three rounds on day one, narrowing the field to 32. To make the money, you only needed to win your first two matches. Among those who did that but failed to advance to the fourth round were Theo Tran, Carlos Mortenson, Antonio diari, Chris Ferguson, Dustin Woolf, Anna Wroblewski, J.C. Tran, Justin Bonomo, and Nam Le. Today they will play an additional three rounds and the remaining field is a good one with some of the best No Limit players in the world still in contention. Here are the round four matches that will get underway at 2 p.m.

Jason Rosenkrantz vs. Brandon Adams
Emil Patel vs. Michael Banducci
Roman Paradiso vs. Sam Farha
Kenny Tran vs. Erick Lindgren
Thomas Lutz vs. John Patgorski
Gavin Griffin vs. Alexander Kostritsyn
Andy Black vs. Michael McNeil
Alex Jacob vs. Jonathan Jaffe
Brian Roberts vs. Alec Torelli
Scott Montgomery vs. Isaac Haxton
Daniel "Ansky" Stern vs. David Williams
Lyle Berman vs. David Podgurski
Jean-Claude Moussa vs. Robert Mizrachi
Jonas Entin vs. Evan Sofer
Cliff Cantor vs. Vanessa Selbst
Matt Giannetti vs. Michael Mizrachi

Event #26 - $1,500 Razz

453 players started this 5 p.m. event and they finished the day with 104 still remaining. 48 will get paid and first place will take home over 150K. Among the notables still left playing are day one chip leader Barry Greenstein, Cyndy Violette, David Levi, Ted Lawson, Shawn Sheikhan, Sam Grizzle, Mike Schneider, Tom Schneider , Dewey Tomko, Jeff Lisandro, Vanessa Rousso, Brett Jungblut, Kevin Saul, Lacey Jones, Mike Wattel, and Andy Bloch.

Play will resume today at 3 p.m.

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