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

WSOP Day 21 Tournament Recaps

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With another $1,500 NLHE event getting underway, day 21 of the WSOP saw another jam packed Amazon and Brasilia room as poker players from all over the world attempted to reach their ultimate dream of winning a bracelet and the piles of cash that comes with it. Here is a brief recap of the non-final table events that took place.

Event #34 - $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha with Rebuys

Considering only 320 players started this event, the total prize pool of over 2.4 million was even more impressive. A total of 1,350 rebuys and add ons were made meaning the average player put in more than $7,500 into this $1,500 event. After day one, 48 players remained and they were not quite in the money yet. Notable players that would go on to make the money but come up short of the final table included Clonie Gowen in 34th place, Nikolay “The Cashing Machine” Evdakov in 30th place, Tony Hartmann in 29th place, Barny Boatman in 28th place, Erik Seidel in 21st place, Jeff Williams in 20th place, Thomas Wahlroos in 14th place, and Kevin O'Donnell in 10th place. The final table players, seating assignments, and chip counts are as follows:

Seat 1: Frank Vizza (Cold Spring Harbor, New York) 378,000
Seat 2: Dario Alioto (Palermo, Italy) 659,000
Seat 3: Tim West (Los Altos, California) 187,000
Seat 4: Daniel Makowsky (Zurich, Switzerland) 493,000
Seat 5: Kyle Kloeckner (St. Louis, Missouri) 845,000
Seat 6: Jacobo Fernandez (Hollywood, Florida) 348,000
Seat 7: Layne Flack (Las Vegas, Nevada) 601,000
Seat 8: Michael Guzzardi (Melbourne, Australia) 751,000
Seat 9: Ted Forrest (Las Vegas, Nevada) 757,000

It's a solid final table containing veterans Layne Flack, Ted Forrest, and Fernandez and up and coming professionals like Tim West and Dario Alioto. Play will resume at 2 p.m.

Event #35 - $1,500 Seven Card Stud


What's the difference between a $1,500 Seven Card Stud tournament and a $1,500 NLHE tournament? About 2,000 people as only 381 players started this event. 70 of them had survived to the 2nd day which meant there was still work left if a player wanted to at least get their buy in back. There were a number of notables who cashed but came up short of the final table including John Hennigan in 35th place, Alan Jaffray in 34th place, Chip Jett in 17th place, Chad Brown in 16th place, Sabyl Landrum in 11th place, and Bryan Devonshire in 10th place. The final table for the most part consists of unknown players looking to change that fact. The participants, seating assignments, and chip counts for the final table are as follows:

Seat 1: Levon Torosyan (Los Angeles, California) 114,500
Seat 2: Al Barbieri (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 252,500
Seat 3: Max Troy (Los Angeles, California) 88,500
Seat 4: Michael Rocco (Las Vegas, Nevada) 255,000
Seat 5: Giacomo D'Agostino (North Providence , Rhode Island) 123,000
Seat 6: Andre Boyer (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) 106,000
Seat 7: Jeffrey Siegal (Daly City, California) 150,000
Seat 8: Danny Kalpakis (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) 55,000

Event #36 - $1,500 NLHE

Another impressive field for a $1,500 NLHE as 2,447 players started the day building a prize pool of over 3.3 million dollars. They would play just inside the money bubble as 198 players got paid and there are 187 remaining at the end of the day. They all come back with their eye on that first place prize of $610,304, an amount that is nearly 400 times the initial buy in. That's what you call getting value on your money. Among the notable players still in the hunt for this sizable sum are Isaac Haxton, J.C. Tran, Freddy Deeb, Dustin Dirksen, Aaron Kanter, Dag Martin Mikkelsen, Cody Slaubaugh, and a mass of unknown amateurs and professionals looking to make a name for themselves.

Play will resume at 2 p.m.

Event #37 - $10,000 Omaha High Low

The big buy in event of the day was the $10,000 Omaha High Low Split World Championships and there was no shortage of superstar talent taking part in this event. 235 of the world's best players started the day and over half the field remained when they called it a night. 127 players will return at 3 p.m. as they continue the long, slow process of trying to make it into the money. Among the players still in the hunt are Chris Ferguson, Tom Schneider, Johnny Chan, Greg Raymer, Daniel Negreanu , John Juanda, Barry Greenstein, Doyle Brunson, Shannon Elizabeth, Jennifer Harman, Erik Seidel, Dutch Boyd, Mike Matusow, Alexander Kravchenko, David Chiu, Jeff Madsen, Brad Booth, Annie Duke, and Erick Lindgren. It should be interesting to see who can make it through this very tough field.

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