WSOP 2007 Event #37 PLH $2,000 Final Results

2007 World Series of Poker        
Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Official Results

Event #37
Pot-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $2,000
Number of Entries: 599
Total Prize Money: $1,090,180
Date of Tournament: June 22-24, 2007

WSOP 2007 Event #37 Final Results

1
Anchorage, AK
$269,274
2
Vernon Hills, IL
$165,707
3
Atlanta, GA
$109,018
4
Pete Lawson
Sandy, Utah
$72,497
5
Torrance, CA
$52,874
6
Baltimore, MD
$41,427
7
Westminster, CA
$31,070
8
Jackson, NJ
$22,894
9
Bryan O'Connell
Limerick, Ireland
$16,353
10
Tool, Tx
$10,902
11
Richardson, TX
$10,902
12
Dallas, TX
$10,902
13
Chatham, NJ
$9,812
14
Kevin O'donnell
Scottsdale, AZ
$9,812
15
BobbyBinsky
Hallandale, FL
$9,812
16
London, England
$8,721
17
Orange Park, FL
$8,721
18
Lake Jackson, TX
$8,721
19
Dallas, TX
$7,631
20
Las Vegas, NV
$7,631
21
Waschington, D.C.
$7,631
22
Sweden
$7,631
23
Salt Lake City, UT
$7,631
24
Braumfels, Germany
$7,631
25
Las Vegas, NV
$7,631
26
Las Vegas, NV
$7,631
27
Henderson, NV
$7,631
28
Greenville, TX
$6,541
29
San Jose, CA
$6,541
30
 
 
$6,541
31
Largo, FL
$6,541
32
Eskilstuna, Sweden
$6,541
33
Chicago, IL
$6,541
34
Springfield, GA
$6,541
35
Martinez, CA
$6,541
36
Smithtown, NY
$6,541
37
Raymound Rice
Fort Worth, TX
$5,560
38
Pompano Beach, FL
$5,560
39
Las Vegas, NV
$5,560
40
Burbank, CA
$5,560
41
Gavle, Sweden
$5,560
42
San Juan, Puetrto Rico
$5,560
43
Lincoln, England
$5,560
44
Waterloo, Ontario
$5,560
45
Honolulu, HI
$5,560
46
Mesquite, NV
$4,797
47
Chicago, IL
$4,797
48
Alan Cutler
Chicago, IL
$4,797
49
United Kingdom
$4,797
50
West Palm Beach, Fl
$4,797
51
Lawton, OK
$4,797
52
Kettering, OH
$4,797
53
Brea, CA
$4,797
54
Houston, TX
$4,797
 

Tournament Notes:

The winner of the $2,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold’em championship was Greg Hopkins a 41-year-old poker pro from Anchorage, AK. Hopkins has paid his dues on the poker tournament trail for 13-long years. This is his first WSOP gold bracelet. 

Hopkins was born in Whittier, CA. He spent most of his adult years playing in the cardrooms of Los Angeles. Hopkins has suffered the most extreme swings imaginable in poker – cashing numerous times at major events, but also suffering the depths of despair when the cards did not fall his way. Perhaps more than any other player who has entered hundreds of tournaments over more than a decade, Hopkins won this gold bracelet the old fashioned way – he earned it.

This was Hopkins’ third time to cash at the WSOP, and was his third final table. First place paid $269,274.

Through 37 events played thus far at this year’s WSOP, Hopkins’ win was the most deeply satisfying. When asked afterward how good he felt about winning over a quarter of a million dollars and his first gold bracelet, Hopkins bowed his head and said quietly, “You have no idea how good this moment feels.” When asked what was his profession before becoming a professional poker player, Hopkins replied “an optimist.”

This event came close to producing yet another winner in his 20s. Like six events so far at this year’s World Series, a young up and coming poker player almost won. Jason Newburger, a 23-year-old graduate student battled Hopkins heads-up for two hours before finally finishing in second place. Newburger is a college baseball coach at Bradley University. 

Yuval Bronshtein, from Atlanta, GA took third place. Bronshstein arrived at the final table as the chip leader. He knocked out Joe Hachem and T.J. Cloutier late on Day Two.

TJ Coutier finished in 11th place. He was two spots away from making another final table, which would have been number 40 in his lifetime at the WSOP. That would have put him one appearance ahead of Phil Hellmuth, who is currently tied to Cloutier for the all-time lead with 39. It was not to be. However, Cloutier’s 53rd lifetime cash currently ranks third on the career list.