527 players entered the Mixed Hold Em event three days ago at a cost of $2,500 to their bankroll. The unique format rotated between limit and no limit hold em in 30 minute intervals and brought out some of the best hold em players in the world including defending champion Erick Lindgren, Dennis Phillips, J.C. Tran, T.J. Cloutier, and Gavin Smith. Those players came up short of cashing but Jeff Madsen, Eli Elezra, Daniel Negreanu, Shaun Deeb, Gavin Griffin, and Allen Cunningham all found their way to the cashier’s cage despite coming up short of the final table.
The final nine players, their starting chip stack, and seating positions were as follows:
Seat 1: Bahador Ahmadi – 708,000
Seat 2: Zachary Humphrey – 99,000
Seat 3: Barry Greenstein – 193,000
Seat 4: Hasan Habib – 114,000
Seat 5: Karlo Lopez – 941,000
Seat 6: Randy Haddox – 555,000
Seat 7: John McGuiness – 406,000
Seat 8: Ylon Schwartz – 286,000
Seat 9: Matt Woodward – 653,000
After being crippled in a hand against Barry Greenstein, Zachary Humphrey moved his last 10,000 in chips into the middle which was less than the big blind with and the big blind, Randy Haddox had . The flop came to give Humphrey a pair of kings and Haddox an open ended straight draw. The river would be an ace to give Haddox the straight and Zachary Humphrey finished in 9th place winning $27,199.
Poker veteran Hasan Habib three bet Barry Greenstein during the limit hold em portion of the game and Greenstein made the call. The flop came and Greenstein led out. This was enough to set Habib all in and he made the call with which was behind Greenstein's . The turn and river were no help to Habib and Greenstein carefully stacked his new found chips. Hasan Habib finished in 8th place winning $30,641.
Randy Haddox moved all in over the top of Greenstein's opening raise with which was well ahead of Greenstein's . The flop was a safe one for Haddox... but the jack on the turn was a dagger in Haddox's tournament life. Randy Haddox finished in 7th place winning $36,084.
In what has to be the most puzzling and over used move in tournament poker, the action was folded to Matt Woodward on the button who moved all in for 324K, which with the blinds at 8K/16K, was over 20 big blinds. You've heard the saying “the only thing that will call a big over bet is a hand that beats you?” Well, Bahador Ahmadi called from the small blind and his pocket aces most definitely had Woodward's beat. The flop came with an ace to give Ahmadi a set and end Woodward's tournament much sooner than it should have ended. Matt Woodward finished in 6th place winning $44,520.
Barry Greenstein's final table was a roller coaster that saw his chip stack fluctuate from short to big back to short again. Down to his last 110K, Greenstein called the 80K raise from Ylon Schwartz and moved the last 30K in first to act on the flop. Schwartz wasn't going anywhere with pocket queens which had Greenstein's crushed. The turn and river provided no miracle for Greenstein who graciously signed a copy of his book and handed it over to the 2008 Main Event final table participant Schwartz. Barry Greenstein finished in 5th place winning $57,671.
Back to limit hold em and Schwartz opened the action with a raise, Karlo Lopez 3 bet it, and John McGuiness made it four bets. Both players called and the flop came . McGuiness led out, Schwartz called, and Lopez called for the last of his chips. The turn was the and McGuiness bet again and this time Schwartz folded. McGuiness showed pocket sixes for a set of sixes and Lopez was drawing dead with his K-9. Karlo Lopez finished in 4th place winning $78,628.
Ylon Schwartz started three handed play with a 2:1 chip lead but nothing worked out for him and he was eliminated when he moved all in for his last ½ million in chips over the top of Ahmadi's 105K opener and Ahmadi made the call. Schwartz had which was behind Ahmadi's . The dealer dealt out the flop, turn, and river and ace high was good enough to win the pot. Ylon Schwartz finished in 3rd place winning $112,967.
Ahmadi had a huge chip lead entering heads up play and it took all of one hand for him to end the tournament. With a flop of all of McGuiness's chips went into the middle and Ahmadi made the call. McGuiness held pocket 10's and Ahmadi had for a flush draw. The turn was the and McGuiness was drawing dead. John McGuiness finished in 2nd place winning $172,227.
Bahador Ahmadi played a smooth and controlled game at the final table that never saw him in danger of elimination. As players fell by the wayside one by one, Ahmadi emerged from the pack as the front runner and once action got heads up he had such a huge chip lead that it was only a matter of time before he claimed victory. Bahador Ahmadi finished in 1st place winning $278,104 and his first WSOP victory. Congratulations Bahador!