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2007 World Series of Poker
Rio All-Suite Casino and Hotel
Official Results

Event #55
World Poker Championship
No-Limit Holdem
Buy-In: $10,000
Number of Entries: 6,358
Total Prize Money: $59,784,954
Date of Tournament: July 6-17, 2007

Players Remaining: 36


End Day Five Tournament Notes:

-- Day Five began with 112 players. Thirteen hours later, only 36 remained.

-- The current chip leader is David Tran. He is the only player with over 10 million in chips.

-- Six-former WSOP gold bracelet winners have survived. They include Scotty Nguyen (4 wins), Bob Slezak (1 win), Daniel Alaei (1 win), Lee Watkinson (1 win), Alex Kravchenko (1 win), and Bill Edler ( 1 win).

-- The only former world champion still alive in the tournament is Scotty Nguyen, who won the WSOP in 1998.

-- Of the remaining 36 players, eight different nations are represented including Canada, Denmark, England, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States. One-third of the remaining players (12 of 36) are non-US residents.

-- California has the most remaining players, with seven.

-- The last remaining woman in the tournament was eliminated late on Day Five. Maria Ho from Arcadia, CA finished in 38th place and collected $237,865 in prize money.

-- On Day Six, play will continue until nine players remain. The final table will be played on July 17th starting at 12 noon.


End Day Five Previous Notes:

-- Friday the 13th (Day Four) began with 337 players and played down to the final 99. Play lasted approximately 12 hours, as play adjourned at midnight.

-- Several players jockeyed for the chip lead on Day Four. Among them were Hevad Khan, Adam White, Josh Evans, and Dario Minieri. However, the latest chip leader is Dag Martin Mikkelsen, from Stavanger, Norway. He has 3.7 million in chips at the start of Day Five. Charis Anastasiou ranks second with 2.7 million.

-- There are two former world champions remaining in the field Huck Seed (1996) and Scotty Nguyen (1998).

-- There are ten former WSOP gold bracelet winners remaining in the field including John Spadavecchia, Allan King, Lee Watkinson, Humberto Brenes, Diego Cordovez, Alex Kravchenko, Huck Seed, Kirk Morrison, Bill Edler, and Scotty Nguyen.

-- Two survivors won their gold bracelets this year Bill Edler (in Short-Handed No-Limit Holdem) and Alex Kravchenko (in Omaha High-Low Split).

-- Two former world champions went bust on Day Four. Robert Varkonyi (2002) was the first casualty finishing 177th On the final hand of the night, Berry Johnston (1986) busted out which meant a 113th place finish.

-- Poker is certainly a game for everyone. Hal Lubarsky, from Las Vegas, NV proves it. The legally blind man from Las Vegas, NV entered the WSOP for the first time and ended up going out in 197th place. He collected $51,398 in prize money.

-- Three celebrities began play on Day Four. All three were eliminated, but did finish in-the-money:

Tobey Maguire (actor Spiderman, Seabiscuit) 292nd
Sully Erna (songwriter and singer from Godsmack) 237th
Sam Simon (television producer Taxi, Cheers, The Simpsons) 329th

-- There are two women remaining in the field:

Kelly Jo McGlothlin (Palmdale, CA)
Maria Ho (Arcadia, CA)

-- There are 17 different nations represented among the final 112 players in the main event. Hence, about 27 percent of the field (at the start of Day Five) are international players. Countries represented include:

United States
Cyprus
Denmark
Holland
Norway
Canada
Costa Rica
Monaco
Russia
Sweden
Italy
Wales
Germany
France
South Africa
South Korea

-- There are eight Texans in the remaining field of 112 the most of any state.


End Day Three Previous Notes:

-- The 806 players who started Day Three played down to the final 337 over the course of about 12 hours. On Day Three, play ended at 12:30 am. Day Four will play 4.5 levels and will end at approximately midnight.

-- The current chip leader is Dario Minieri, from Rome Italy. He enjoyed an amazing day rocketing up from 343,700 in chips from the start of play to 2,398,000.

-- The first player to cross the one-million chip threshold was Kenny Tran, from Arcadia, CA. He is currently ranked seventh in chips. Chip leader Minieri exceeded the two-million mark at about 11:30 pm near the end of the day.

-- Another former world champion hit the rail. Ex-champ Chris Jesus Ferguson (2000) was eliminated during the first hour of play during Day Three.

-- There are five former world champions still alive in the main event. They include:
Huck Seed (544,000),
Robert Varkonyi (424,000),
Scotty Nguyen (321,000),
Carlos Mortensen (284,000),
Berry Johnston (203,000)

-- Players entered the money spots about half an hour into the second round of Day Three. The unfortunate nine bubble players (those nine spots who were eliminated just outside the money) will compete in a special Bubble Event sponsored by Milwaukees Best Light beer. The winner of the nine-player event will officially be qualified as Entrant Number 1 into the 2008 WSOP main event with the entry fee posted by Milwaukees Best Light. The winner will also receive a years supply of beer.

-- The ensure that all players had a shot at prize money, play went hand-for-hand for nearly two full hours. It took 16 hands to eliminate 12 players to finally get into the money.

-- The official 622nd place finisher (one spot out of the prize money) was John Sigan, from Strongsville, OH.

-- The most extraordinary feat of the tournament thus far has been the incredible success of Hal Lubarsky, from Las Vegas, NV. Lubarsky is legally blind. He has a degenerative eye disease causing him to lose most of his eyesight, except for blurred colors. At the poker table Lubarsky uses a reader which means a person sits behind him at tableside and whispers the hole cards into Lubarskys ear. From that point forward, all table decisions are dictated by Lubarsky, so as not to violate the one player to a hand rule. His reader is named Jason, who works at a local bar frequented by Lubarsky. In what is his first-ever WSOP event, Lebarski has now been guaranteed prize money. Currently, he has 409,000 in chips. Poker has given me back my life, Lebarski told an ESPN interviewer.

-- One celebrity was eliminated on Day Three:

Todd Phillips (film director) finished in 380th place

The celebrities are still playing at the start of Day Four:

Tobey Maguire (actor) 131,900 in chips
Sully Erna (songwriter and singer from Godsmack) 135,000 in chips
Sam Simon (television producer) 172,000

-- There are six women still playing in the main event.

-- The World Series of Poker has become a truly international spectacle. There are 27 different nations represented among the final 337 players in the main event. About 20 percent of the field 74 players of the remaining 337 (at the start of Day Four) are international players.


End Day Two -- Previous Notes

-- The $10,000 buy-in championship event attracted 6,358 players. This qualifies as the second-largest live poker tournament in history. Only the 2006 main event attracted more entries (8,773).

-- Former World Series of Poker Champions who played in the main event included:

T.A. Amarillo Slim Preston, 1972 (eliminated on Day One)
Doyle Brunson, 1976, 1977 (eliminated on Day One)
Bobby the Owl Baldwin, 1978 (eliminated on Day One)
Tom McEvoy, 1983 (eliminated on Day Two)
Berry Johnston, 1986 (217,900 in chips starting Day Three)
Johnny Chan, 1987, 1988 (eliminated on Day One)
Phil Hellmuth, Jr., 1989 (eliminated on Day One)
Brad Daugherty, 1991 (eliminated on Day One)
Jim Bechtel, 1993 (eliminated on Day Two)
Dan Harrington, 1995 (eliminated on Day Two)
Huck Seed, 1996 (280,500 in chips starting Day Three)
Scotty the Prince Nguyen, 1998 (107,800 in chips starting Day Three)
Chris Jesus Ferguson (160,900 in chips starting Day Three)
Carlos Mortensen, 2001 (254,700 in chips starting Day Three)
Robert Varkonyi, 2002 (182,700 in chips starting Day Three)
Chris Moneymaker, 2003 (eliminated on Day Two)
Greg Fossilman Raymer, 2004 (eliminated on Day One)
Joe Hachem, 2005 (eliminated on Day Two)
Jamie Gold, 2006 (eliminated on Day One)

-- Defending world champion Jamie Gold, of Malibu, CA was eliminated on Day 1-D. He sat at the ESPN feature table and played about four levels (two-thirds of the day) before busting out.

-- This years main event attracted several celebrities. The following notables were eliminated on Day One:

Antonio Tarver (World Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion)
Nelly (singer and four-time Grammy Award winner)
Shannon Elizabeth (actress)
Jose Canseco (former Major League Baseball star)
Jennifer Tilly (actress)
Norm McDonald (actor and comedian)
Ray Romano (actor and comedian)
Tommy Vu (real estate tycoon and infomercial guru)

These celebrities were eliminated on Day Two:

Montel Williams (talk show host)
Brad Garrett (actor and comedian)
Jason Alexander (actor and comedian)
Rick Tocchet (former NHL star)
Hank Azaria (comedian/voice of The Simpsons)

-- This year, two players -- Barbara Enright and Phil Hellmuth, Jr. -- were inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Both were eliminated on Day 1-D.

-- The second annual $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. championship was included on this years schedule. Both winners from the previous two years busted out on Day One. Chip Reese and Freddy Deeb were eliminated from the main event.

-- The oldest player ever to enter the WSOP in its 38-year history participated in this years tournament as 94-year-old Jack Url, from Terre Haute, IN survived the first day, but was eliminated on Day Two.

-- Michael Binger came very close to setting a new WSOP record for the Most Cashes in a Single Year. He had eight in-the-money finishes this year. However, he busted out on Day Two of the main event, about 300 spots short of the money. He is tied for the record with Chris Jesus Ferguson (2003), Humberto Brenes (2006), and Phil Hellmuth (2006) all with eight cashes in a single year.

-- On Day 1-A, the first elimination of the 2007 WSOP took place when a player was dealt A-A and lost to another player with the A-K of clubs. Three clubs flopped making a flush, which meant the first casualty of the World Series went out just moments after the start of the tournament.

-- A total of 621 places will receive prize money. Payouts start at $20,320. The top prize is $8,250,000.

by Nolan Dalla (World Series of Poker Media Director)

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The following 36 players have just reconvened:

2 1 Daniel Alaei Las Vegas, NV 1,995,800
2 2 David Tran California 10,280,000
2 3 Ray Henson Houston, TX 8,250,000
2 4 Philip Hilm Cambridge 9,950,000
2 5 Lee Watkinson Cheney, WA 3,500,000
2 6 Bob Slezak Omaha, NE 2,115,000
2 7 Jason Welch Fort Collins, CO 2,115,000
2 8 Jeff Bryan Fort Calhoun, NE 2,100,000
2 9 Ryan Elson Canton, OH 1,785,000

3 1 Steven Garfinkle Bellingham, WA 2,115,000
3 2 Peter Darvill Vancouver, BC 2,430,000
3 3 Robin Bergren Saskatoon, SK 520,000
3 4 Hevad Khan Poughkeepsie, NY 7,585,000
3 5 Allan King San Diego, CA 1,000,000
3 6 Mikkel Madsen Copenhagen, Denmark 2,080,000
3 7 Roy Winston Brooklyn, NY 1,071,000
3 8 Paulo Loureiro New York, NY 1,645,000
3 9 Kevin Kim Los Angeles, CA 610,000

4 1 Jason Koshi Los Angeles, CA 1,175,000
4 2 Lee Childs Reston, VA 6,520,000
4 3 Jon Kalmar Chorleyville 2,665,000
4 4 Stefan Mattsson Stockholm, Sweden 3,260,000
4 5 Christian Togsverd Copenhagen, Denmark 2,030,000
4 6 Jerry Yang Temecula, CA 5,090,000
4 7 Kenny Tran Arcadia, CA 4,955,000
4 8 Tuan Lam Canada 3,600,000
4 9 Hoa Nguyen Fairfax, VA 2,205,000

5 1 Ron Kluber Seoul, South Korea 3,070,000
5 2 William Spadea South Easton, MA 4,575,000
5 3 Bill Edler Las Vegas, NV 2,680,000
5 4 John Armbrust Austin, TX 2,600,000
5 5 Scott Freeman Oak Park, CA 7,360,000
5 6 Kevin Farry Pearl River, NY 7,400,000
5 7 Scotty Nguyen Las Vegas, NV 1,960,000
5 8 Alex Kravchenko Moscow, Russia 1,555,000
5 9 Raymond Rahme Johannesburg, South Africa 3,100,000

It's very simple. They will play to a final table of nine, however long it takes.

For the first two hours blinds will be 30k/60k with a 10k (!) running ante.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:45 pm
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Here's a delightful shot of the back of Jon Kalmar's head. He's at the TV table and seems to have struck a deal with Full Tilt.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:45 pm
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Reporter wrote:
The following 36 players have just reconvened:

2 1 Daniel Alaei Las Vegas, NV 1,995,800
2 2 David Tran California 10,280,000
2 3 Ray Henson Houston, TX 8,250,000
2 4 Philip Hilm Cambridge 9,950,000
2 5 Lee Watkinson Cheney, WA 3,500,000
2 6 Bob Slezak Omaha, NE 2,115,000
2 7 Jason Welch Fort Collins, CO 2,115,000
2 8 Jeff Bryan Fort Calhoun, NE 2,100,000
2 9 Ryan Elson Canton, OH 1,785,000

3 1 Steven Garfinkle Bellingham, WA 2,115,000
3 2 Peter Darvill Vancouver, BC 2,430,000
3 3 Robin Bergren Saskatoon, SK 520,000
3 4 Hevad Khan Poughkeepsie, NY 7,585,000
3 5 Allan King San Diego, CA 1,000,000
3 6 Mikkel Madsen Copenhagen, Denmark 2,080,000
3 7 Roy Winston Brooklyn, NY 1,071,000
3 8 Paulo Loureiro New York, NY 1,645,000
3 9 Kevin Kim Los Angeles, CA 610,000

4 1 Jason Koshi Los Angeles, CA 1,175,000
4 2 Lee Childs Reston, VA 6,520,000
4 3 Jon Kalmar Chorleyville 2,665,000
4 4 Stefan Mattsson Stockholm, Sweden 3,260,000
4 5 Christian Togsverd Copenhagen, Denmark 2,030,000
4 6 Jerry Yang Temecula, CA 5,090,000
4 7 Kenny Tran Arcadia, CA 4,955,000
4 8 Tuan Lam Canada 3,600,000
4 9 Hoa Nguyen Fairfax, VA 2,205,000

5 1 Ron Kluber Seoul, South Korea 3,070,000
5 2 William Spadea South Easton, MA 4,575,000
5 3 Bill Edler Las Vegas, NV 2,680,000
5 4 John Armbrust Austin, TX 2,600,000
5 5 Scott Freeman Oak Park, CA 7,360,000
5 6 Kevin Farry Pearl River, NY 7,400,000
5 7 Scotty Nguyen Las Vegas, NV 1,960,000
5 8 Alex Kravchenko Moscow, Russia 1,555,000
5 9 Raymond Rahme Johannesburg, South Africa 3,100,000

It's very simple. They will play to a final table of nine, however long it takes.

For the first two hours blinds will be 30k/60k with a 10k (!) running ante.


What a joke.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:50 pm
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The figure of concentration in seat four is Hevad Khan. He's had a very nice draw, holding a 3:1 chip lead over the next largest stack at his table.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:02 pm
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Scotty Nguyen's table. There are three bracelet winners at this table: Scotty in seat seven, Bill Edler in seat three and Alex Kravchenko in seat eight. The latter two won their bracelets this year, so they're in form.



Like Jon Kalmar, Scotty is also wearing the Full Tilt colours:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:04 pm
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Incidentally, Russian Alex Kravchenko is based in Hull, so we can cheer him on if Skalie busts.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:11 pm
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Table two started the day with 40 million chips, just under a third of the chips in play.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:16 pm
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As you may have heard elsewhere, the choice of chip colours is awful. The denominations currently in play - 5k, 25k and 50k (why they even need a 50k when they have a 25k is beyond me) - are all varying shades of pink. In light of this, and given that we can't get inside the ropes any more, it's going to be almost impossible to bring you chip counts today.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:44 pm
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That is why they did that?????????????
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:53 pm
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Jack Starr wrote:
That is why they did that?????????????

I doubt it but, if so, it's really backfired as the official media, the dealers and, worst of all, the players themselves are having trouble with the chip colours!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:04 pm
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The first level has just ended. Players are on a 20 minute break. When they return blinds will be 40k/80k+10k. I can't say for sure many are left as the clock screens aren't showing that information for some reason (they usually do) but I believe it's 28. There will be a redraw for tables at 27.

I'd be very interested to know how many hands were dealt during that level, particularly at the ESPN TV table. To be fair to the film crews it's not just them slowing down the action. The players are also taking eternities to make their decisions. This is understandable when making post-flop decisions for your tournament life, when picking up a tell or working through the way the hand was played could be crucial. However, I don't understand why you would need three minutes to fold to a standard 3xBB pre-flop raise.


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Great Job ty Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:17 pm
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Reporter wrote:
However, I don't understand why you would need three minutes to fold to a standard 3xBB pre-flop raise.


Think it's the chip colours again. If I had to squint to work out whether it was a 3x or a 6x raise in that situation, I'd probably take 3 minutes as well.

PN reported that Skalie made a less than 2x raise just now - probably the chip colours again.

I guess it's too late to fix it now. We can but hope that things don't get any worse (it's still not too late for them to decide to reintroduce the Poker Peek cards for the final table)
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:39 pm
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Players are back in action. I'm off to watch the ESPN TV table. I'll post any interesting hands here, particularly if they involve Jon Kalmar. Don't expect anything too soon though - apparently they only dealt 30 hands at that table in the previous level!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:07 pm
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Daniel Alaei has been busy picking up blinds and antes. I saw one hand go to the river.

Tuan Lam raised to 250k UTG and Kenny Tran called from the BB. The flop of Kc 8c 3d was checked by both players. The turn was Js and Kenny bet 300k, which was called. The river was 6s and Kenny checked. Tuan thought for a while before betting 500k, a smallish bet compared to the 1.2M in the pot, with his hand over his mouth. I could smell the bluff back in the cheap seats, but could Kenny?

After a short ponder he made the call with Jh Th, which bested Tuan's busted straight and flush draw: Qc Tc. Perhaps Tuan should have bet the flop and/or raised the turn? We shall never know.
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