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

Event #51 - $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table

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It took a little extra time to reach the final eight of the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event and the final table did not get started until nearly 8:30 in the evening. This is the problem you have sometimes when you play a limit event with over 800 participants in it. The final eight wasn't what you would call a star studded finale but any time you have Phil Hellmuth as one of the members, things get very interesting. The final eight were as follows:

1 - James Schaaf - 392,000
2 - Matt Grapenthien - 46,000
3 - Sam Silverman - 310,000
4 - Phil Hellmuth - 400,000
5 - Jason Dollinger - 346,000
6 - Tommy Hang - 680,000
7 - Victor Ramdin - 78,000
8 - Esther Rossi – 166,000

Matt Grapenthien was happy just to survive to make the final table and that would really be the only consolation he would receive... well that and $27,511 for his 8th place finish. In the Omaha 8 portion of the game on a board of A-K-Q-A, Grapenthien put his remaining chips into the middle with A-J-6-3 but was trailing the K-K-8-2 of Tommy Hang. No jack, 6, or 3 on the river was the end of the tournament for Grapenthien.

Outside of Phil Hellmuth, the most notable name at the final table was Victor Ramdin, who much like Hellmuth is more known for his NLHE prowess than his mixed games ability. Ramdin came in short and was never able to accumulate any chips. Forced to complete all in during the Stud portion of the game, James Schaaf hit two pair to eliminate Ramdin in 7th place which was good for $32,992.

Sam Silverman is a fixture in many of the limit tournaments at the WSOP and his final table finish here was his best of the 2008 Series. Silverman was down to his last 59,000 in chips and when his pocket 3's ran into the pocket 7's of Jason Dollinger in the Hold Em portion of the game he would be eliminated. Silverman finished in 6th place winning $42,966.

Jason Dollinger and Tommy Hang became involved in a raising war in the Stud High portion. Dollinger completed with a king showing and Hang raised with a 9 showing. Dollinger re-raised and Hang made the call. On 4th street, Dollinger received a 4 and led out and was called by Hang who had received a 7. 5th street was another king for Dollinger and he bet again. Hang took several minutes before deciding to re-raise, a bet that would be enough to set Dollinger all in. Dollinger made the call and Hang showed two more 7's in the hole for trip 7's. Dollinger had a 4 in the hole to give him two pair but he was going to need another 4 or king if he was going to surpass Hang. Neither of those cards came and Jason Dollinger was eliminated in 5th place winning $54,804.

Four handed it was mainly the James Schaaf and Tommy Hang show as these two players were involved in the majority of the pots. A short stacked Hellmuth would play occasionally, double up, and then go back into his corner. Esther Rossi seemed to only play the nuts and picked her spots very carefully. Like Hellmuth, she was also riding a short stack and it would be Hellmuth that would take her out when she put the last of her chips in with J-9 in Hold Em and Hellmuth's K-8 was good enough to eliminate her. Esther Rossi finished in 4th place winning $68,505.

Despite that win, Hellmuth was still riding on fumes and a few hands later was all in pre-flop in Omaha 8 with A-K-10-5 against Tommy Hang's Q-Q-8-4. Hellmuth was unable to overcome Hang's queens and was eliminated in 3rd place winning $93,168 and coming oh so close to bracelet #12.

Heads up play started with Hang holding a 2:1 chip advantage over Schaaf. Schaaf would win a big Razz hand to pull even and would pull ahead when he hit a full house in Stud-8. From there, Schaaf bullied his way to the victory, grinding Hang down until he had less than 300K left in chips. The final hand took place in Stud-8 when Hang's trip 7's were bested by Schaaf's trip 8's. Tommy Hang finished in 2nd winning $158,933.

At one point in the tournament, James Schaaf was down to 200 in chips and the last place he expected to be was at the final table much less winning it all. Schaaf was able to do just that and persevered over well known professionals like Victor Ramdin and Phil Hellmuth to win his first ever WSOP bracelet and $256,412. Congratulations on your win James!

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