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

2008 WSOP Event # 47 Recap

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On June 26th-28th the $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split championship, Event #47 attracted 544 entries. The top 56 finishers collected a share of the $742,560 prize pool. This was the second and last Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split event on the 2008 WSOP schedule. The first Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split event was the $5,000 buy-in World Championship, won by Sebastian Ruthenburg.

The first “split” game ever to be played at the WSOP was Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split, 32 years ago. In 1976, Doc Green became the first Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split World Champion, winning $12,750, which is close to what the 11th and 12th place finishers earned in this year’s event.

In 1986, this game was suddenly omitted from the WSOP schedule with no explanation. After several stud high-low enthusiasts protested, it was again put on the schedule and has been included on the poker menu every year. Since 1995, every WSOP has included at least two Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split events, one of them being the championship tournament.

Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split is a game in which the highest and lowest hands split the pot equally – the low hand must qualify with an “eight-low” or better, explaining why the game is often called Seven-Card Stud Eight-or-Better.

Event #47 was played over three consecutive days with the final table being played at a secondary area. The ESPN feature table on the main stage was being used for the conclusion of the $5,000 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em championship, Event #46.

Until this year, no player had ever won more than one gold bracelet in this game throughout the 32 year history of the event. Making WSOP history this year in the $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split championship event was Ryan Hughes, a 27-year old poker pro from Phoenix, AZ. Hughes first gold bracelet was won last year in the $2,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split championship.

Born in San Francisco, CA, Hughes has been playing poker as a pro for about five years and says his favorite game is Omaha High-Low Split. Oddly enough, in a post tournament interview, Hughes admitted that he does not play much Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split. “This is only the second time I have played since I won last year,” he said.

Hughes almost bypassed entering this event but changed his mind when a friend talked him into playing. Hughes was ready to go home to Phoenix but reluctantly stayed in Las Vegas a few more days. By listening to his friend and extending his trip, Hughes ended up with his second WSOP victory and $183,341for first place. Hughes said that he appreciated this victory far more than the first and cited the more exclusive club of two-time winners, which he is proud to be included amongst. Sixty-one players have won exactly two WSOP gold bracelets and with his second win, Hughes becomes the 111th player in WSOP history to win multiple gold bracelets.

As play was winding down at the final table, there was an unusual delivery for Hughes which arrived in a white paper sack. Hughes’ mother, who lives in Florida, had ordered a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to be delivered to her son at tableside. Hughes’ mother included a greeting card wishing him well and noted that she wanted to send him something that he always enjoyed as a youngster. Hughes noted that the sandwich was even sliced diagonally, just the way he liked it.
This list of well known one-time Eight-or-Better champions includes:

Johnny Moss
• Doyle Brunson
• Chip Reese
• Mickey Appleman
• Phil Ivey
• John Juanda
Max Stern
• Men “the Master” Nguyen
• Mike Sexton
• Artie Cobb
• Vince Burgio
• Cyndy Violette

The second-place finisher was former WSOP gold bracelet winner Ron Long, from Fort Wayne, IN. Since Long won his WSOP gold bracelet in this same game back in 1999, a two-time winner in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split was guaranteed this year once it became heads-up.

Living up to his name, Thomas Hunt III finished third, marking his second final table appearance this year.

Poker theorist, author and three time WSOP champion David Sklansky made it to the final table and finished eighth. This was the first time since 1983 that he clinched a WSOP victory. Had Sklansky won this tournament, he would have eclipsed the record set by the late Chip Reese as the player with the longest gap between WSOP victories; Sklansky now at 25 years versus Reese’s 24-year gap.

Day Two of the event ran longer than expected, so Day Three resumed with 13 players instead of eight. After two more hours of play on Day Three, the final table began at 4 p.m. and ended at 10 p.m., which totaled six hours of final table play.

Former WSOP gold bracelet winners who cashed in this event included:

• Vince Burgio - 16th
• Men “the Master” Nguyen - 17th
• Chris Bjorin - 22nd
• Phil Hellmuth - 33rd
• Brett Jungblut - 54th

Men “the Master” Nguyen cashed for the 60th time in his WSOP career, ranking him second behind Phil Hellmuth on the all-time cashes list. Chris Bjorin cashed for the 42nd time in his WSOP career, which ranks him 13th on the all-time cashes list. Phil Hellmuth cashed for the 66th time in his WSOP career, the most of any player in history, maintaining his six-time lead on Men “the Master’ Nguyen.
On this day, Nikolay Evdakov, from Moscow, Russia tied the record set for “Most WSOP Cashes in a Single Year,” shared by five players:

Michael Binger – 2007
Chad Brown – 2007
• Phil Hellmuth – 2006
• Richard Tatalovich – 2006
• Humberto Brenes - 2006, with eight.

The Five players who have cashed six times at this year’s WSOP are; Chau Giang, Rolf Slotboom, Alex Jacob, Jacobo Fernandez, and Roland Isra.

At the conclusion of Event #47 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 – Arizona
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

Nine different nations have produced a gold bracelet winner at this year’s WSOP. This list now includes Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Russia, and the United States.

The “Pro-Am” gold bracelet scoreboard reads:
• Professionals – 33 wins
• Amateurs -- 10 wins
• Semi-Pros -- 2 wins

The Milwaukee’s Best Light “Player of the Year” top five ranked players:
1. Jacobo Fernandez – 227 points
2. David Benyamine – 220 points
3. John Phan – 215 points
4. Barry Greenstein – 190 points
5. Erick Lindgren – 185 points

David Benyamine is now the leader on the 2008 prize money list, having won the most money at the WSOP to date with accrued winnings of$941,651. Through the end of Event #47 (omitting 45 and 46), twenty-seven players have now earned at least $500,000 at this year’s WSOP.

On the day of Event #47, three-time WSOP gold bracelet winner John Bonetti died at his home in Houston, TX. His life and passing were commemorated with a moment of silence at the start of the day. Bonetti will be missed by many in the poker community and the WSOP staff extended its most heartfelt condolences to surviving members of the Bonetti family.
Final results of Event #47:

1 Ryan Hughes $183,368 Phoenix Arizona
2 Ron Long $113,240 Fort Wayne Indiana
3 Thomas Hunt III $68,686 Las Vegas Nevada
4 Alessio Isaia $50,122 Cuneo Italy
5 Jonas Klausen $39,355 Odense Denmark
6 Tim D'Alessandro $30,444 West Chester Pennsylvania
7 Joshua Feldman $23,019 Kensington Maryland
8 David Sklansky $19,306 Las Vegas Nevada
9 James Richburg $15,593 Henderson Nevada
10 Margaret Macre $15,593 Castle Rock Colorado
11 Daniel Nicewander $11,880 Bluefield West Virginia
12 David Brooker $11,880 Stuart Florida
13 Mike Hefer $8,168 Dallas Texas
14 Ta Hoang $8,168 Westminster California
15 Dennis Seagle $6,237 Las Vegas Nevada
16 Vincent Burgio $6,237 West Hills California
17 Men Nguyen $4,752 Bell Gardens California
18 Lawrence Kozlove $4,752 Louisville Kentucky
19 Travis Erdman $4,752 San Francisco California
20 Mojgan Stringham $4,752 Houston Texas
21 George Markakis $4,752 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
22 Chris Bjorin $4,752 London England
23 Constantine Zdanowich $4,752 El Segundo California
24 John Bunch $4,752 Las Vegas Nevada
25 Steven Metzger $3,638 New York New York
26 Eugene Katchalov $3,638 New York New York
27 Craig Gray $3,638 Portland Oregon
28 Brenda Eskridge $3,638 Rome Georgia
29 Yueqi Zhu $3,638 Rowland Heights California
30 Jeffrey Burdsall $3,638 Las Vegas Nevada
31 Tor Gammelgard $3,638 Odsmal Sweden
32 Marco Traniello $3,638 Las Vegas Nevada
33 Phil Hellmuth $2,895 Palo Alto California
34 Benjamin Landowski $2,895 Hartland Wisconsin
35 Eric Friedman $2,895 Silver Springs Maryland
36 Filmore Humphreys $2,895 Las Vegas Nevada
37 Michelle Polgar $2,895 Orange City Florida
38 Marvin Glusac $2,895 Las Vegas Nevada
39 Greg Pappas $2,895 Las Vegas Nevada
40 Debra Burkhead $2,895 Las Vegas Nevada
41 Craig Popowcer $2,673
42 Ben Tang $2,673 Scottsdale Arizona
43 David Daneshgar $2,673 Westlake Village California
44 Jack Rosenfeldt $2,673 Redondo Beach California
45 Robert Armstrong $2,673 San Antonio Texas
46 Saundra Taylor $2,673 Las Vegas Nevada
47 Jesse Lamont $2,673 Hanover Ontario, Canada
48 Danial Devitis $2,673 Los Angeles California
49 Gary Smart $2,450 Newbury Park California
50 Bon Phan $2,450 Stockton California
51 Marvin Ryan $2,450 Flagstaff Arizona
52 Phillip Penn $2,450 Omaha Nebraska
53 Bart Hanson $2,450 West Hollywood California
54 Brett Jungblut $2,450 Las Vegas Nevada
55 Ryan Dreyer $2,450
56 Richard Tatalovich $2,450 Scottsdale Arizona

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