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

WSOP Event #44 Recap

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The ESPN main stage was set on June 25th-27th for Event #44, the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Championship. Being one of the most popular offerings on the WSOP schedule, the event attracted 879 players, of which 81 would end up with a share the $3,240,174 prize pool. The prize pool of $3.2 million was a milestone, being the largest in WSOP history for this event. The event played out over three days, with Bluff Media on hand to broadcast the five hour and thirty minute final table live on ESPN360.

The $1,000 buy-in with re-buys tournament was first added to the WSOP schedule in 2004. The event proved so successful, that two of these events have been scheduled every year since then, gaining in popularity every year. While the total re-buys are unknown, one anonymous player made 17 re-buys but still failed to place in the money.

Previous winners of this event include:
• Gerry Drehobl-2004
• Jiang Chen- 2005
• Maciek Gracz -2005
• Phil Hellmuth -2006
• Allen Cunningham -2006
• Michael Chu -2007
• Michael Graves -2007

Michael Graves, the defending champion for this event did not enter, bringing the current streak to 44 straight non-cashes for defending champions in their respective events.

This year’s Event #44 champion is Max Greenwood, a 23-years-old college graduate from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Greenwood graduated from the University of Toronto where he received a degree in political science, just two weeks prior to his WSOP victory. After he graduated, Greenwood set out to fulfill his plans to travel internationally, with his first stop being the World Series of Poker. After receiving his first gold bracelet, Greenwood said, “I have no specific career goals and still have not decided what I plan to pursue”.

With this win, Greenwood becomes the third Canadian citizen to win a gold bracelet at this year’s WSOP. Along with the coveted bracelet, Greenwood won $693,444 for first place and says he plans to use his winnings to buy a house in Toronto. Greenwood has played in the WSOP for two years now and although this was his first win, he has racked up five cashes including finishing 53rd, 42nd, 24th, and 48th.

Rene Mouritsen was the second-place finisher, coming to the WSOP from his home in Aarhus, Denmark. The Heads-up match between Greenwood and Mouritsen attracted a large and enthusiastic cheering section. Due to all the cheering during the final stages of play, the atmosphere resembled a European soccer match more than a poker game. Mouritsen’s fan club of Danes sported golden crowns, while Max Greenwood’s Canadian supporters decorated their section with a trail of empty cans of Milwaukee’s Best Light beer. At the end of the heads-up match, the rival camps came together and toasted the winner’s.

In the last two years at the WSOP, Mouritsen has been relegated with the runner-up position three times, which is more than any other player. He came in second in last year in both the Mixed Hold’em championship and the Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship. His three runner-up finishes however have netted him over $1 million, proving that even second pays well in these WSOP events. Money aside, it was obvious Mouritsen was disappointed that he wasn’t able to become the second Dane to win a WSOP gold bracelet within a week.

• Former WSOP gold bracelet winners who cashed in this event were:
• Eric Froehlich-13th
• Mark Seif-23rd
• Men “the Master” Nguyen-57th
• Humberto Brenes-77th
Scott Clements-81st

By cashing in this event, Men “the Master” Nguyen now has 59 in-the-money finishes in his WSOP career, ranking him second on the all-time list. Humberto Brenes now has 52 in-the-money finishes in his WSOP career, which ties him for sixth place on the all-time list.

One semi-celebrity cashed in this event, television producer and writer Sam Simon, from Sherman Oaks, CA. Simon, one of the creators of The Simpsons, placed 53rd.

As of Event #44, four players have cashed six times at this year’s WSOP:
• Chau Giang
• Rolf Slotboom
• Alex Jacob
• Roland Isra

At the conclusion of Event #44, the gold bracelet count by nations and states read:
10 – Nevada
7 – California
4 – New York
3—Canada
3 – Germany
2 – Italy
2 – Missouri
1 – Belgium
1 – Denmark
1 – Florida
1 – France
1 – Georgia
1 – Holland
1 – Maryland
1 – Michigan
1 – Ohio
1 – Pennsylvania
1 – Russia
1 – South Carolina
1 – Wisconsin

The “Pro-Am” gold bracelet scoreboard tally reads:
Professionals – 32 wins
Amateurs -- 10 wins
Semi-Pros -- 2 wins

Final results for Event #44:
1 Max Greenwood $693,392 Toronto Canada
2 Rene Mouritsen $445,523 Aarhus Denmark
3 Albert Iverson $267,314 Aarhus Denmark
4 Scott Freeman $223,572 Los Angeles California
5 Jesse Chinni $183,069 Ellicot City Maryland
6 Aliaksandr Dzianisau $144,187 Vitebsk Belarus
7 Curt Kohlberg $111,786 Weston Massachusetts
8 Phung Ngo $87,484 Commerce Michigan
9 Alex Bolotin $63,183 Brooklyn New York
10 James Rosen $39,854 Las Vegas Nevada
11 Ivan Demidov $39,854 Moscow Russia
12 Peter Feldman $39,854 Harper Woods Michigan
13 Eric Froehlich $31,753 Springfield Virginia
14 Gioi Luong $31,753 Westminster California
15 Edward Brogdon $31,753 Thorndale Texas
16 Joe Tehan $23,653 Las Vegas Nevada
17 Thomas Love $23,653 Marietta Ohio
18 Bob Lauria $23,653 Norwich Connecticut
19 Jean-Claude Perrot $18,144 Madrid Spain
20 Nikolaj Adamsen $18,144 Helsingor Denmark
21 John Hoang $18,144 Fountain Valley Louisiana
22 Christopher Podlewski $18,144 Las Vegas Nevada
23 Mark Seif $18,144 Henderson Nevada
24 J.C. Tran $18,144 Sacramento California
25 Alan Sass $18,144 Las Vegas Nevada
26 Matthias Neu $18,144 Weilbach Germany
27 Ian Kim $18,144 San Diego California
28 Faraz Jaka $14,904 Champaign Illinois
29 Randy Haddox $14,904 Houston Texas
30 Nicolas Levi $14,904 London England
31 Keven Stammen $14,904 Coldwater Ohio
32 Edmund Liu $14,904 Burbank California
33 Terrence Chan $14,904 Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
34 Jeff Williams $14,904 Dunwoody Georgia
35 Joseph Gualtieri $14,904 Mississauaga Ontario, Canada
36 Conor Tate $14,904 Manchester England
37 Matthew Molinari $11,664 New York New York
38 Gustavo Echeverri $11,664 Miami Florida
39 Steven Levy $11,664 Peabody Massachusetts
40 Alec Torelli $11,664 Orange California
41 Edgar Macias $11,664
42 Sean Picquelle $11,664 Costa Mesa California
43 Justin Pechie $11,664 Thompson Connecticut
44 William Haughey $11,664 Glasgow Scotland
45 Jan Helfeld $11,664 Falls Church Virginia
46 Mark Dickstein $10,692 New York New York
47 Robert Erhart $10,692 Taby Sweden
48 Timothy Blake $10,692 Wansford England
49 Simon Ravnsbaek $10,692 Denmark
50 Brent Hanks $10,692 Las Vegas Nevada
51 Gil George $10,692 Desoto Texas
52 Giovanni Nervo $10,692 Rome Italy
53 Samuel Simon $10,692 Sherman Oaks California
54 Constantin Karrys $10,692 Glendale Arizona
55 Stuart Paterson $9,720 Boca Raton Florida
56 George Abdallah $9,720 Houston Texas
57 Men Nguyen $9,720 Bell Gardens California
58 Lauren Koch $9,720 Kihei Hawaii
59 Nhut Tran $9,720 Las Vegas Nevada
60 Don Toporowski $9,720 Toronto Ontario, Canada
61 Alan Jaffray $9,720 Silver Springs Nevada
62 Stuart Fox $9,720
63 Thomas Nielson $9,720
64 Joshua Evans $8,748 Dallas Texas
65 Anahit Galajian $8,748 Glendale California
66 Michael Stanko $8,748 Chicago Illinois
67 James O'Mealia $8,748 Rumson New Jersey
68 Michael Skomac $8,748 Kalamazoo Michigan
69 Michael Watson $8,748 St. Johns Newfoundland, Canada
70 Jens Eriksson $8,748 London England
71 Roy Vandersluis $8,748 London England
72 Travis Pearson $8,748 Las Vegas Nevada
73 Bryan Asch $7,776 Port Orange Florida
74 Dan Lu $7,776 Murrieta California
75 Eric Semel $7,776 Las Vegas Nevada
76 Benjamin Fineman $7,776 Las Vegas Nevada
77 Humberto Brenes $7,776 San Jose California
78 Jamel Maistriaux $7,776 Marcinelle Belgium
79 James McCrink $7,776 Las Vegas Nevada
80 Saifuddin Ahmad $7,776 Newport Coast California
81 Scott Clements $7,776 Mount Vernon Washington

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