There were 3,404 contestants who entered Event #9 at the World Series of Poker to compete for the $4,595,400 prize pool. But in the end, it was 30 year old Canadian Ashkan Razavi who outran them all to collect his first gold bracelet and $781,398 in cash.
The ninth event of the WSOP was interesting for many reasons. For one, it was the first time the WSOP offered a tournament with a Re-Entry format. This second chance format allows players who bust out the first day to buy-in again to play the next day. The second reason this event was worth watching was due to star power, as players like Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Steve O'Dwyer, Gavin Smith, Andre Akkari, Vanessa Selbst, Chino Rheem, Dennis Phillips and Carlos Mortensen busted and hit the rail; and players such as Jonathan Duhamel, Jason Mercier, Jason Koon, Mike Matusow, Sam Barnhart, Mickey Petersen, and Angel Guillen made the money.
Once the final table was seated on the fifth day, even though the line-up included bracelet owners Brian Rast and Greg Mueller, all eyes were on Amanda Musumeci, the chip leader. Amanda was in prime position to go all the way and become the first woman to win an open event since Vanessa Selbst won Event #19 in 2008. It wasn’t to be however, and Amanda finished runner-up to collect $481,643 which is the biggest paycheck of her career to date.
Thrilled with his win, Razavi commented, "It's amazing with such a large field and being a $1,500 event — there are more minefields to dodge to get to this place." He added that, "also, being in the final 30 was unbelievable — especially for a $1,500 event — the field was really though, there were a lot of good players, a lot of known pros. They were amazing. I feel very fortunate to have been able to go through on the whole field."
The Final Table payouts:
Event #9 Trivia: The final table was one of the fastest of the Series so far at six hours.
This was winner Ashkan Razavi’s second cash at the 2012 WSOP and his second career final table. He is also a proud new father and plans to buy a new minivan for his growing family.