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

2008 WSOP Event #35 Recap

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The 1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud championship was held on June 18th-20th, attracting 381 players, all hoping to finish in the top 40 and collect a slice of the $520,065 prize pool.
This Stud event has a long rich history, having debuted at the WSOP back in 1973 with Puggy Pearson emerging as the very first champion. Only six players in WSOP history own two gold bracelets in Seven-Card Stud, they are Johnny Moss, Bones Berland, Marty Sigel, Ted Forrest, Mel Judah, and Men “the Master” Nguyen. The only player in WSOP history who has won three gold bracelets in this event is Artie Cobb. Trying to add another bracelet to his collection, Cobb played in this year’s event, but did not cash. Technically Cobb has four gold bracelets from Stud, winning the fourth one in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split. Other famous former Seven-Card Stud winners include the late poker legends Stu Ungar and Chip Reese.

Out of 40 places paid, nine Las Vegas area residents placed in the money in this event.
Last year’s champion Michael Keiner, from Germany, played in this event, but failed to cash, bringing the current streak to 35 straight non-cashes, for defending champions in their respective events.

Las Vegas resident Mike Rocco was crowned the 2008 $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud champion. A native of Cleveland, OH, Rocco is a 48-year-old professional poker player, who by his own admission has been going through some rough times lately. His luck turned for the better when he won his way into this event by winning a $215 single-table satellite, which led to his first WSOP gold bracelet and a $135,753 payday.

Playing professionally since 1997, Rocco mostly concentrates on mid- limit cash games in the Los Angeles area where he prefers Seven-Card Stud to Hold’em. For that reason he plays more in California, where there is more Seven-Card Stud action. Hitting Vegas in the early 1980’s, Rocco started out working as a blackjack dealer at the now imploded Dunes Casino and Hotel. It has been a long road for Rocco to his first gold bracelet. In a touching moment, when interviewed and asked about his 5-year-old son, Oliver, he tearfully said, “He means everything to me; this gold bracelet is for him.” He also added, “I can’t say enough about my friends,” pointing to fellow poker pros Jeffrey Lisandro and Cyndy Violette who watched the entire final table match, he said, “I got more phone calls from my friends in the last two days than the last two months and I don’t even owe them money!”

The final table lasted nearly nine hours with the heads-up match grinding along to three hours. The second-place finisher was Al “Sugar Bear” Barbieri, a heavy sports gambler whose poker mentor is three-time WSOP gold bracelet winner John Bonetti.

A milestone was witnessed in this event when Jack D’Agostino age 79, became the oldest player to make it to a WSOP final table in an open event, since 80 year old Pete Kaufman accomplished the feat in 2004. Proving skill doesn’t fade with age, D’Agostino ended up as the fifth-place finisher.

Former WSOP gold bracelet winner’s who placed in this event were; Andre Boyer in seventh place and John “World” Hennigan who finished in 35th place.

Sabyl Cohen-Landrum finished in 12th place, showing that her ranking as the highest female finisher in the 2006 WSOP Main Event at #56 was no fluke. The lady definitely knows how to play poker.

At the conclusion of Event #35 the Milwaukee’s Best Light “Player of the Year” standings showed a dead heat between two top poker pros, Erick Lindgren and Barry Greenstein. Hot on their heels however was Jacobo Fernandez, who was expected to move into the points lead following his cash in another event that day.

The gold bracelet count by nations and states read as follows:

10 – Nevada
6 – California
4 – New York
2 – Canada
2 – Germany
2 – Italy
2 – Missouri
1 – Holland
1 – Maryland
1 – Michigan
1 – Pennsylvania
1 – Russia
1 – South Carolina
1 – Wisconsin

The “Pro-Am” gold bracelet scoreboard read:

Professionals – 28 wins
Amateurs -- 5 wins
Semi-Pros -- 2 wins

Final results for the Seven-Card Stud championship Event #35:

1 Michael Rocco $135,753 Las Vegas Nevada
2 Al Barbieri $83,210 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
3 Levon Torosyan $50,186 Los Angeles California
4 Max Troy $37,184 Los Angeles California
5 Giacomo Dagostino $28,083 North Providence Rhode Island
6 Danny Kalpakis $21,842 Ajax Ontario, Canada
7 Andre Boyer $16,642 Acton Vale Quebec, Canada
8 Jeffrey Siegal $14,041 Daly City California
9 Charles Moore $11,441 Bossier City Louisiana
10 Roy Rose $11,441 Hollywood Florida
11 Bryan Devonshire $8,841 Henderson Nevada
12 Sabyl Cohen-Landrum $8,841 Folsom California
13 Greg Pappas $6,240 Las Vegas Nevada
14 Christopher Tryba $6,240 North Las Vegas Nevada
15 Christopher Mcintyre $4,680 New London Connecticut
16 Chad Brown $4,680 Margate Florida
17 Charles Jett $3,640 Henderson Nevada
18 Charles Townsend $3,640 Dagsboro Delaware
19 Joel Fischbein $3,640 Las Vegas Nevada
20 Ryon Nicholson $3,640 Portland Oregon
21 Stefan Rapp $3,640 Linz Austria
22 Kobie West $3,640 Deptford New Jersey
23 Kim Erfle $3,640 Bismarck North Dakota
24 George Brand $3,640 Dublin Ohio
25 Daniel Studer $2,860 Steinhausen Switzerland
26 Ed Fernandez $2,860 San Jose California
27 Bruce Levitt $2,860 Beverly Hills California
28 Soroosh Sirang $2,860 Las Vegas Nevada
29 Rodney Pardey $2,860 Las Vegas Nevada
30 Lu Wang $2,860 Fremont California
31 Alan Zarka $2,860 Clinton Township Michigan
32 Mike Nelson $2,860 Renton Washington
33 Freddie Jones $2,340 Sun City Arizona
34 Alan Jaffray $2,340 Silver Springs Nevada
35 John Hennigan $2,340 Las Vegas Nevada
36 Filmore Humphreys $2,340 Las Vegas Nevada
37 Craig Thomson $2,340 Culver City Nevada
38 Timothy Finne $2,340 Fanwood New Jersey
39 Wayne Stock $2,340 New York New York
40 John Regan $2,340 Mesa Arizona

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