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

WSOP Event #29 Recap

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The 2008 World Series of Poker Event # 29 was held on June 15-17, 2008. This event was No-Limit Hold’em, with a Buy-In of 3,000 and a prize pool: $ 1,976,160. The tournament attracted a highly-competitive field of 716 entries and the top 72 finishers collected prize money. The tournament was played over three consecutive days with the final table being played on Day Three; the same time as the conclusion of the $10,000 buy-in Limit Hold’em World Championship. Fans were getting quite a show with two final tables running simultaneously in the Amazon Room at the Rio.

The winner of event #29 was poker pro John Phan, a 33-year-old from Stockton, CA. Playing professionally for 12 years now, Phan collected $434,789 and his first gold bracelet for his victory. This was Phan’s first top finish at the WSOP, having preciously scored two runner-up finishes in WSOP events in 2006 and 2007 and fourth in an event in 2005.

Phan’s heads-up match against Johnny Neckar stretched into a grueling 6 hours and 13 minutes, one of the longer matches in WSOP history. This lengthy match didn’t quite break the all-time record however which was set in 2006, when Chip Reese and Andy Bloch did battle for over eight hours.

The Phan-Neckar back and forth heads-up match culminated in a bizarre turn of events. When both players had been playing for six hours, it was announced to the crowd how long the match had been going on. At that moment, both finalists decided to raise all-in blind before the flop and let luck take its course. Phan and Neckar did this for three straight hands before some sanity was restored, just as hundreds of screaming fans circled the final table, yelling out names and cards. It was then that both players resumed a normal mode of play with an even chip stack. Six hands later, Phan emerged victorious, winning the tournament and his first WSOP bracelet.

Although Phan had finally won a WSOP gold bracelet after coming close several times, he stated that he had one and only one goal in poker- to win the WSOP Main Event. He explained his uncharacteristic decision to “gamble” for the gold bracelet, when he went all-in dark on three hands in a row, “What can I say? I love to gamble. To me, gambling is what it’s all about.” The solemn side of Phan was later revealed when he announced that he intends to donate a portion of his winnings to charity, in his hometown in Vietnam where he still has relatives.

The second-place finisher, 22-year-old Johnny Neckar hails from Madison, WI and this was his second cash so far at the WSOP. Fifth place finisher David Singer couldn’t match his earlier success, when he won the gold bracelet in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em championship event. Sebastian Segovia made history when he finished in ninth place, being the first player in WSOP history from Guatemala to make it to the final table.

Don “Final Table” Mullis took 16th place, falling short of matching his stellar year in 2005, when he made eight final table appearances within an eight month period. Mullis has two gold rings to show for those victories which he won at the Tunica Grand and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe on the WSOP Circuit.

The appearance of a legendary poker figure at this event made this tournament a stand-out. Betty Carey played in this tournament. For those who have never heard of Betty, she is well known many of the older poker players. She was once called “the best woman player in the world” by Amarillo Slim Preston. During poker’s early days, she was bankrolled by outlaw Jimmy Chagra when she played against and often beat the best players in the world in high-limit cash games. Betty finished 36th in this event, ending a long dry spell since her last time to cash at the WSOP was back in 1986. Betty’s 22-year-span between WSOP cashes is believed to be an all-time record.

Betty wasn’t the only lady who finished in the money; former WSOP gold bracelet winner Kathy Liebert finished 39th and marked her fifth cash at this year’s WSOP. Through the conclusion of Event #29, Kathy had the highest percentage of cashes with a minimum of six events played. She was at 62.5 percent, after a total of eight events entered and five cashes.

Another lady who proved her mettle was Beth Shak, who garnered cash with a 52nd place finish. Last year Shak almost won this same event, finishing second to winner Shankar Pillai. Beth’s husband, Daniel Shak, is becoming well known in his own right as a poker player. Last year he was a co-winner of the 2007 “Ante-Up for Africa” tournament for charity and donated his entire $243,893 cash prize to the charity. Proving once again, that good things do happen to good people, Mr. Shak took 70th place in this tournament. With both Mr. & Mrs. Shak cashing, this marked the first time that a husband and wife have cashed in the same tournament at this year’s World Series. This has been accomplished in the past only two other times, by Max and Maria Sterns and Harry and Jerri Thomas.

Last year’s winner, Shankar Pillai also played in this event, proving that the curse on defending champions continues when he failed to cash. The current tally for past champions who have not repeated their victory is 29 straight non-cashes in their respective events.

Through the conclusion of Event #29, only one player has cashed six times. Nikolay Evdakov, from Moscow, Russia was in the lead to challenge the record set for “Most WSOP Cashes in a Single Year” The record of eight cashes is shared by four players; Michael Binger (2007), Chad Brown (2007), Phil Hellmuth, Jr. (2006), and Humberto Brenes (2006).

In the Milwaukee’s Best Light “Player of the Year” standings, Erick Lindgren was on top of the points list with one gold bracelet win and four cashes. Close on Lindgren’s heels however were Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, and Jacobo Fernandez.
Through the conclusion of Event #29, the gold bracelet count by nations and states at this year’s World Series of Poker was:

8 – Nevada
5 – California
4 – New York
2 – Canada
2 – Missouri
1 – Germany
1 – Italy
1 – Maryland
1 – Michigan
1 – Pennsylvania
1 – Russia
1 – South Carolina
1 – Wisconsin

At the conclusion of Event #29 The 2008 World Series of Poker “Professionals versus Amateurs” gold bracelet scoreboard was:

Professionals – 22 wins
Amateurs -- 4 wins
Semi-Pros -- 2 wins

Event #29 Final Results:
1. John Phan $434,789 Stockton, California
2. Johnny Neckar $277,452 Madison,Wisconsin
3. Matt Vengrin $167,973 Red Hook,New York
4. Alex Bolotin $137,343 Brooklyn,New York
5. David Singer $112,641 Las Vegas,Nevada
6. Stewart Newman $88,927 Coral Gables,Florida
7. Thuyen Doan $69,165 Williamsburg, Virginia
8. George Dunst $54,344 Melbourne, Australia
9. Sebastian Segovia $39,523 Guatemala City, Guatemala
10. Aleksander Zaslavsly $24,702 Fitchburg,Wisconsin
11. Linda Lee $24,702 Las Vegas,Nevada
12. Lee Childs $24,702 Alexandria, Virginia
13. Matthew Stout $19,761 Galloway, New Jersey
14. Dustin Pattinson $19,761 Edinburg, Texas
15. Vincent Peraino $19,761 Sterling Heights, Michigan
16. Don Mullis $14,821 St. Pete Beach, Florida
17. Ryan Young $14,821 Torrance, California
18. Richard Tatalovich $14,821 Scottsdale,Arizona
19. Dale Pinchot $11,264 Yardley, Pennsylvania
20. Carter King $11,264 Columbia, South Carolina
21. Jon Traver $11,264 Irving, Texas
22. Douglas Miranda $11,264 Henderson, Nevada
23. Daniel Obrien $11,264 Las Vegas, Nevada
24. Hjalti Jacobsen $11,264 Torshavn Faroe Islands,Denmark
25. Leo Wolpert $11,264 Fairfax, Virginia
26. Mclean Karr $11,264 Troy, Michigan
27. Alex Melnikow $11,264 Las Vegas, Nevada
28. Norman Gautron $9,287 Winnipeg, Quebec, Canada
29. Christopher Glover $9,287 La Porte, Texas
30. Kyu Cho $9,287 Allen, Texas
31. Rem Remington $9,287 Jacksonville, Florida
32. Steven Vanzadelhoff $9,287 Geldermalsen, Holland
33. James Fricke $9,287 Mahomet, Illinois
34. Leonid Yanovski $9,287 Haifa, Israel
35. Abdol Vahedi $9,287 Encino, California
36. Betty Carey $9,287 Juneau, Alaska
37. Byron Kaverman $7,311 Ft. Jennings, Ohio
38. Erik Jansson $7,311 Taby, Sweden
39. Kathy Liebert $7,311 Las Vegas, Nevada
40. Thijs Wessels $7,311 Eindhoven, Holland
41. Thomas Alcorn $7,311 Sunrise, Florida
42. Markus Gonsalves $7,311 San Diego, California
43. Nathan Hoines $7,311 Great Falls, Montana
44. Derrick Plyler $7,311 Union Hall, Virginia
45. John Anhalt $7,311 Huntington Beach, California
46. Eric Lynch $6,718 Olathe, Kansas
47. Marty Wong $6,718 Napa, California
48. Julius Colman $6,718 Melbourne, Australia
49. Jim Sachinidis $6,718 Victoria ,Australia
50. Barny Boatman $6,718 Hendon ,England
51. Nachman Berlin $6,718 Brooklyn, New York
52. Beth Shak $6,718 Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
53. Maxwell Greenwood $6,718 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
54. Pier Scatola $6,718 Vinci Firenze, Italy
55. Kristy Gazes $6,126 Van Nuys, California
56. Oktay Altinbas $6,126 Dania, Florida
57. Stuart Patterson $6,126 Boca Raton, Florida
58. Mark Muchnik $6,126 Henderson, Nevada
59. Rob Sterken $6,126 Veghel, Holland
60. Stephen O'Dwyer $6,126
61. Jason Somerville $6,126 Stony Brook, New York
62. Nicolas Levi $6,126 London, England
63. Douglas Mackinnon $6,126 Clarence, New York
64. Francis Mahiout $5,533 Paris,France
65. Todd Sisley $5,533 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
66. Hans Winzeler $5,533 Miami, Florida
67. Stephen Delvin $5,533 Omagh Co. Tyrone, Ireland
68. Joseph Grech $5,533 Wapping, England
69. Justin Newton $5,533 Tucson, Arizona
70. Daniel Shak $5,533 Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
71. Jeffrey King $5,533 Colchester, Connecticut
72. Alan Myerson $5,533 Sherman Oaks, California

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