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

2008 WSOP Event #52 Recap

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The $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship, Event #52, was held on June 30 through July 2 and attracted 2,693 entries. The huge field created a prize pool totaling $3,675,945, with the top 270 finishers collecting a share of the prize money. This was the final of seven $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournaments on this year’s WSOP schedule. This level of buy-in has proved to be the most popular at the WSOP and all seven events combined had a total of more than 18,000 entries.

At the conclusion of Event #52 a new WSOP record was set; more countries have now cashed this year than any time previously at any major tournament held anywhere in the world. A total of 104 different countries have now had players at the WSOP who finished in-the-money, compared to just 87 nations last year. With the Main Event still up for grabs, even more countries are expected to be added to the roster. For the first time in WSOP history, several nations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East have also been added to the list, reflecting the true international flavor of the yearly tournament series.

Event #52 was played over three consecutive days with the final table being played on the main stage. All of the final table action was filmed by Bluff Media for airing on the website ESPN360.

The 2008 $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em champion is a venture capitalist and investor from Westlake Village, CA, David Daneshgar. This was Daneshgar’s eighth time to cash at the WSOP since 2005 and his first WSOP gold bracelet victory. Besides the coveted gold bracelet, Daneshgar collected $625,443 in first place prize money. Daneshgar has an impressive record of tournament accomplishments for a part-time player, with 51 cashes in live tournaments since 2004 his total winnings are over $2 million dollars. Daneshgar is considered a semi-professional poker player and once taught a poker class in college called “The Probabilities and Statistics of Gaming.” His semi-pro status is due to the fact he has a full time job and does not play poker full time.

The second-place finisher was Scott Sitron, From Milwaukee, WI. Sitron took home $385,974 for his runner-up finish in the event.

Former WSOP gold bracelet winners who cashed in this tournament included:
• Dan Heimiller - 3rd
• Farzad “Freddy” Rouhani - 4th
• An Tran - 56th
John Esposito - 81st
• Michael Chu - 196th

Through the conclusion of Event #52, the gold bracelet count by nations and states read:
12 – Nevada
10 – California
4 – New York
3—Canada
3 – Germany
2 – Italy
2 – Missouri
1 – Arizona
1 – Belgium
1 – Brazil
1 – Denmark
1 – Florida
1 – France
1 – Georgia
1 – Holland
1—Ireland
1 – Maryland
1 – Michigan
1 – Ohio
1 – Pennsylvania
1 – Russia
1 – South Carolina
1 – Wisconsin

Eleven different nations have produced a gold bracelet winner at this year’s WSOP, including; Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Russia, and the United States.

At the end of Event #52, The “Pro-Am” gold bracelet scoreboard read:
Professionals – 37 wins
Amateurs -- 12 wins
Semi-Pros -- 3 wins

The “Player of the Year” race standings were:
1. Erick Lindgren
2. Barry Greenstein
3. Jacobo Fernandez
4. David Benyamine
5. John Phan

Scotty Nguyen
was the leader on the 2008 prize money list, having won the most money at the WSOP, to date with accrued winnings of $2,039,628.

Through the conclusion of Event #52, the total amount of prize money awarded at this year’s WSOP totaled $114,791,278 which is much higher than the prize pool was at this same time last year.

Final Results for Event #52:
1 David Daneshgar $625,443 Westlake Village California
2 Scott Sitron $385,974 Milwaukee Wisconsin
3 Dan Heimiller $275,695 Plymouth Michigan
4 Farzad Rouhani $231,584 Gaithersburg Maryland
5 Corwin Cole $189,311 San Diego California
6 Matt Matros $148,875 Brooklyn New York
7 Andrey Zaichenko $112,116 Moscow Russia
8 Jeff Courtney $84,546 Lancaster Pennsylvania
9 Voitto Rintala $57,712 Helsinki Finland
10 Gary Biggar $36,391 Cambridge Ontario, Canada
11 Todd Hanks $36,391 Kansas City Missouri
12 Brock Mishler $36,391 New Paris Indiana
13 Joachim Berg Jensen $29,039 Oslo Norway
14 Elliot Smith $29,039 Richmond British Columbia, Canada
15 Cody Slaubaugh $29,039 Rugby North Dakota
16 Lars Sundberg $21,688 Molndal Sweden
17 Daniel Hughes $21,688 Tulsa Oklahoma
18 Eric Jolly $21,688 Cumming Georgia
19 Peter Fransson $17,276 Umea Sweden
20 Richard Kirsch $17,276 Pompano Beach Florida
21 Martin Cardno $17,276 New Zealand
22 Paolo Nunes $17,276 St. Joao Aveiro Portugal
23 Joseph Neiman $17,276 Teaneck New Jersey
24 Daniel Harmetz $17,276 Sacramento California
25 Mimi Tran $17,276 Torrance California
26 Anders Andersen $17,276 Holbaek Denmark
27 Andy Garvin $17,276 New York New York
28 Lars Nielsen $13,600 Arendal
29 Marco Bernier $13,600 Levis Quebec, Canada
30 Timothy Barchie $13,600 Canton Georgia
31 Hans Erlandsson $13,600 Taby Germany
32 Esther Garza $13,600 San Antonio Texas
33 Michael Andrews $13,600 New Orleans Louisiana
34 Ben Spraggons $13,600 Scaldwell England
35 John Mccauley $13,600 Warren Pennsylvania
36 Gary Marcum $13,600 Clermont Florida
37 Cody Culp $10,660
38 Alvin Zeidenfeld $10,660 Los Angeles California
39 Daniel Pancotto $10,660 Burr Ridge Illinois
40 Michael Yee $10,660 Thousand Oaks California
41 Matthew Edge $10,660 Burlington North Carolina
42 Aneel Choppa $10,660 San Jose California
43 Christopher Johnson $10,660 Menasha Wisconsin
44 Vanessa Rousso $10,660 Las Vegas Nevada
45 Robert Sherwood $10,660 Manchester England
46 Marco Adams $9,557 Tilbury England
47 Brian Byerly $9,557 Littleton Colorado
48 Michael Schneider $9,557 Covington Georgia
49 Chad Stell $9,557 Clinton North Carolina
50 Toby Auth $9,557
51 Gregory Hartwick $9,557 Bolton Ontario, Canada
52 William Myers $9,557 Wildomar California
53 Mark Sloane $9,557 Woodstock Ontario, Canada
54 Howard Berg $9,557 Dolgeville New York
55 Paul Steinaker $8,454 Surrey England
56 An Tran $8,454 Las Vegas Nevada
57 Stefan Martin $8,454 Greenwood Indiana
58 Michael Beaty $8,454 Columbus Kansas
59 Michael Stotz $8,454 Las Vegas Nevada
60 Stuart Pfeifer $8,454 Los Angeles California
61 George Dietz $8,454 Oak Park Illinois
62 Kristopher Peterson $8,454 Thief River Falls Minnesota
63 Phidas Georgiou $8,454 Limassol Cyrpus
64 Scott Potempa $7,351 Camarillo California
65 Berney Frankfort $7,351
66 Robert Pauley $7,351 Kingsport Tennessee
67 Jonathan Dull $7,351 Fresno California
68 Jace Reiken $7,351 Lincoln Park New Jersey
69 Jason Morgan $7,351 San Marcos California
70 Garrett Dennie $7,351 Burlington Ontario, Canada
71 David Yi $7,351 Houston Texas
72 Rami Boukai $7,351 Laguna Hills California
73 Gregory Paull $6,249 Pacifica California
74 Quoc Chau $6,249 Purmerend Netherlands
75 Anthony Decrow $6,249 Columbiana Ohio
76 Jonathan Spong $6,249 Chemainus British Columbia, Canada
77 Patrick O’Connor $6,249 Dromahair Ireland
78 Anthony Sapio $6,249 Johns Creek Georgia
79 Leo Labbe $6,249 Las Vegas Nevada
80 John Monnette $6,249 Irvine California
81 John Esposito $6,249 Las Vegas Nevada
82 Nath Pizzolatto $5,513 Lake Charles Louisiana
83 Sankhiro Baza $5,513 Turlock California
84 Darren Black $5,513 Portland Oregon
85 Calen McNeil $5,513 Victoria British Columbia, Canada
86 Marcelo Costa $5,513
87 Paulus Valkenburg $5,513 Tilburg Netherlands
88 Kellen Ledbetter $5,513 Coral Springs Florida
89 Simon Ehne $5,513 Uppsala Sweden
90 Matthew Barry $5,513 Edmonton Alberta, Canada
91 Patrick Mongrain $4,778 Trois-Rivieres Quebec, Canada
92 Henry Wojtas $4,778 Plainfield Illinois
93 Julie Le $4,778 Huntington Beach California
94 John Munson $4,778 Cedar Park Texas
95 Feming Chan $4,778 West Windsor New Jersey
96 Donald Blakely $4,778 Long Beach California
97 Raymond Henson $4,778 Spring Texas
98 Frederico Dabus $4,778 Doral Florida
99 James Henson $4,778 Lake Jackson Texas
100 Alon Shahar $4,043 Forrest Hills New York
101 Eliano Mesquita $4,043 Toms River New Jersey
102 Francis Bauer $4,043 St Petersburg Florida
103 Kent Hunter $4,043 Salter Point Australia
104 Jeffrey Blenkarn $4,043 Rockford Michigan
105 Keith Johnson $4,043 Post Falls Idaho
106 Felix Osterland $4,043 Tuebingen Germany
107 Jeffrey Kennedy $4,043 St. John New Brunswick, Canada
108 Bradley Bylsma $4,043 Anchorage Alaska
109 Henry Ma $4,043 Waterloo Iowa
110 Jeremy Shannon $4,043 Tallahassee Florida
111 Christopher Howard $4,043 Hampshire England
112 Francis Mahiout $4,043 Paris France
113 Xuan Ly $4,043 Sacramento California
114 Peter Marr $4,043 Dublin Ireland
115 Danny Sweeney $4,043 Ashland Tennessee
116 Nhut Tran $4,043 Las Vegas Nevada
117 Eldon Wu $4,043 Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada
118 Curtis Wells $4,043 Exelcisor Minnesota
119 Ronald Trujillo $4,043 Caracas Venezuela
120 Shane Pacheco $4,043 Tahoe Vista California
121 Gonzalo Dealzaga $4,043
122 Jason Gross $4,043 Lantana Florida
123 Bradley Miller $4,043 Pleasanton California
124 Lisa Surdyka $4,043 Woodland Hills California
125 Joseph Baldwin $4,043 Palo Alto California
126 Thomas King $4,043 Waterford Michigan
127 Edward Fitzpatrick $3,492 Coral Springs Florida
128 Joshua Paeth $3,492 Canton Michigan
129 Daniel Ryan $3,492 Grand Forks North Dakota
130 Howard Connell $3,492 Atlanta Georgia
131 John Saini $3,492 Granada Hills California
132 Andrew Dean $3,492 Conroe Texas
133 Michael Hanson $3,492 Grand Junction Colorado
134 John Lozano $3,492 Fresno California
135 Robert Gibson $3,492 Bel Alton California
136 Michael Shapira $3,492 Newton Massachusetts
137 Steven Kerr $3,492 Orangeville Ontario, Canada
138 Benjamin Palmer $3,492
139 Andrew Gentile $3,492 Greensboro North Carolina
140 Mark Lowe $3,492 Sheffield England
141 Lars Kurstjens $3,492 Nijmegen Netherlands
142 Joseph Jones $3,492 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
143 Sven Leu $3,492
144 Johnathan Stanton $3,492 St. Petersburg Florida
145 Sharon Mintz $3,492 Black Canyon City Arizona
146 Ted Fiorito $3,492 Moorpark California
147 Rickey Ribble $3,492 San Francisco California
148 Peter Spreadbury $3,492 Oak Forest Illinois
149 Christian Debeil $3,492 Venee
150 Peter Fianu $3,492 Reisterstown Maryland
151 David Chang $3,492 Cerritos California
152 Casey Wentzell $3,492 San Antonio Texas
153 Bryan Buonocore $3,492 Canton Ohio
154 Tam Ho $3,492 Las Vegas Nevada
155 Scott Queckboerner $3,492 Clermont Florida
156 Christian Fockenberg $3,492
157 Jorge De Gorordo $3,492 Tampico Mexico
158 Maurice Angenois $3,492 Amsterdam Netherlands
159 Huy Nguyen $3,492 Plano Texas
160 Derek Tomko $3,492 Winter Haven Florida
161 Joanne Dorin $3,492 Medina New York
162 Jeppe Nielson $3,492 Copenhagen Denmark
163 William Warren $3,124 Waynesboro Tennessee
164 Michael Preschern $3,124 Emrenhausen
165 Esa Salem $3,124 Hemet California
166 Adam Elpayaa $3,124 Forest Park Illinois
167 Eugene Bauerlein $3,124 St Petersburg Florida
168 Andrew Perrin $3,124 Oklahoma City Oklahoma
169 James Miller $3,124 Henderson Nevada
170 Marc Gagne $3,124 Varennes Quebec, Canada
171 Cristian Tardea $3,124 Bucharest Romania
172 Nicolas Martin $3,124 Geneve Switzerland
173 Douglas Hausch $3,124 Henderson Nevada
174 Satoru Ishii $3,124 Tokyo Japan
175 Yehuda Buchalter $3,124 New York New York
176 Osmin Dardon $3,124 West Covina California
177 Kevin Hammer $3,124 Heyworth Illinois
178 Pei Sheng $3,124 Pomona California
179 Barrie Eget $3,124 Sevenson Ranch California
180 James Necochea $3,124 Banning California
181 Walter Schrader $3,124 Broken Arrow Oklahoma
182 Matthew Walker $3,124 Burswood Australia
183 Christopher Seeger $3,124 Rochester New York
184 Farhad Kohanim $3,124 Beverly Hills California
185 Lars Mathiesen $3,124
186 Jong Jin $3,124 Beverly Hills California
187 Erich Klapper $3,124 Saarwellingen Germany
188 Aaron Lasater $3,124 Atlanta Georgia
189 Fred Northcutt $3,124 Huber Hrights Ohio
190 Jeffrey Siegal $3,124 Daly City California
191 Casimir Fudala $3,124 Mount Prospect Illinois
192 Joshua Vanduyn $3,124 San Diego California
193 Peng Cheng $3,124 Cambell California
194 Ljubisa Nedimovic $3,124 Sezana Slovenia
195 Austin Pinard $3,124 Auburn Washington
196 Michael Chu $3,124 Fairfax Virginia
197 Richard Danford $3,124 Tampa Florida
198 Sajid Zia $3,124 Fremont California
199 Jonas Grankvist $2,940 Tampere Finland
200 Alain Pare $2,940 St-Nicephore Quebec, Canada
201 Kelly McGlothlin $2,940 Palmdale California
202 John Robles $2,940 Victoria Texas
203 Erhart Edquist $2,940 San Diego California
204 Jeffery Greco $2,940 Austin Texas
205 Wagner Silva $2,940 Rio De Janeiro Brazil
206 Kelly Jacobs $2,940 Oakland California
207 Shawn Pilot $2,940 North Hills California
208 Rick Zorn $2,940
209 Thomas Osterfeld $2,940
210 Marc Levy $2,940 Boynton Beach Florida
211 Romuald Pycior $2,940 Henderson Nevada
212 Jorn Lagas $2,940 Ekilstuna Sweden
213 David Roepke $2,940 Troy Texas
214 Albert Riccobono $2,940 Ossining New York
215 Flamingo Malone $2,940 San Jacinto California
216 Krisztian Majdik $2,940 Valley Village California
217 Cathy Phillips $2,940 Fort Meyers Florida
218 Raymond Boisvert $2,940 Grandmere Quebec, Canada
219 Joseph Piatek $2,940 Chicago Illinois
220 Jeffrey Whitacre $2,940 Greensboro North Carolina
221 Joseph Crawford $2,940 Madison Georgia
222 Keith Carberry $2,940 Lockport Illinois
223 David Names $2,940 San Ramon California
224 Noah Southerland $2,940 Madison Alabama
225 Robert McLaughlin $2,940 Washington DC
226 Chung Chan $2,940 Hong Kong China
227 John Mccauley $2,940 Highland Ranch Colorado
228 Zachary Verlee $2,940 Huntington Beach California
229 Thomas Kuehn $2,940 Ste Genevieve Missouri
230 Artur Szczupak $2,940 Rio De Janeiro Brazil
231 Mark Pogge $2,940 Omaha Nebraska
232 Glenn Kelly $2,940 Sarasota Florida
233 Robert Hummel $2,940 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
234 Mostafa Jamasbi $2,940 Los Angeles California
235 Mark Hurst $2,756 Sheridan Oregon
236 Jeffery Petronack $2,756 Hugo Minnesota
237 Grant Reeder $2,756 Plano Texas
238 John Shuey $2,756 New Cumberland Pennsylvania
239 Brian Houdeshell $2,756 Rockford Illinois
240 Daniel Shimizu $2,756 Santa Barbara California
241 Christiane Klecz $2,756 Cologne Germany
242 Dawn Mougel $2,756 Phoenix Arizona
243 Lucas Vonfurstenberg $2,756 Wittenberg England
244 Alexandre Besse $2,756 Geneva Switzerland
245 Catherine Hearn $2,756 England
246 Chad Flood $2,756 Fond Du Lac Wisconsin
247 Davis Aalvik $2,756 Long Beach California
248 Eduardo Handell Conde $2,756 Sierra Morena Spain
249 Andre Akkari $2,756 Sao Paulo Brazil
250 Andrew Hudson $2,756 Daniels West Virginia
251 Marisol Banuelos $2,756 Los Angeles California
252 Gregory Genovese $2,756 Rome Italy
253 Mikkel Madsen $2,756 Copenhagen Denmark
254 David Arcidicono $2,756 Ruther Glenn Virginia
255 David Oppedisano $2,756 Latham New York
256 James Daniel $2,756 Argyle Texas
257 Byron Wilson $2,756 Magna Utah
258 Jeff Marino $2,756 Templeton California
259 Alan Munitich $2,756 Elma Park
260 Cesar Flores $2,756 McAllen Texas
261 Kenneth Piel $2,756 Tunica Mississippi
262 Marcus Bower $2,756 S Williamsport Pennsylvania
263 Sarkis Akopyan $2,756 Moscow Russia
264 David Spradlin $2,756 Cadoo Mills Texas
265 Ilkka Heikkila $2,756 Tampere Finland
266 Michael Katz $2,756 Manalapan New Jersey
267 Glenn Harla $2,756 Westland Michigan
268 James Mchenry $2,756 Surprise Arizona
269 Tommy Vedes $2,756 Fort Mohave Arizona
270 Maxim Harvey $2,756 Quebec City Quebec, Canada

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