WSOP 2007 Event #43 $2,000 Limit Hold'em Final Results

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

Event #43
Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $2,000
Number of Entries: 472 
Total Prize Money: $859,040
Date of Tournament: June 26-28, 2007

WSOP 2007 Event #43 Final Results

1.
Newport Beach, CA
$217,329
2.
Washington, DC
$133,151
3.
Fort Mc, SC
$88,481
4.
Putnam, CT
$59,274
5.
Paradise, CA
$43,811
6.
Fresno, CA
$34,362
7.
Vallejo, CA
$25,771
8.
Myrtle Beach, SC
$18,899
9.
Wilbraham, MA
$13,745
10.
Waterloo, ON
$9,020
11.
Las Vegas, NV
$9,020
12.
Kirkland, WA
$9,020
13.
Las Vegas, NV
$8,161
14.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
$8,161
15.
Fullerton, CA
$8,161
16.
Phoenix, AZ
$7,302
17.
United Kingdom
$7,302
18.
Westminster, CA
$7,302
19.
Las Vegas, NV
$6,443
20.
Skokie, IL
$6,443
21.
Van Nguyen
Bell Gardens, CA
$6,443
22.
Lake Forest, CA
$6,443
23.
Timothy Kasparoff
Whittier, CA
$6,443
24.
Ålborg, Denmark
$6,443
25.
Glendale, CA
$6,443
26.
Monticello, NY
$6,443
27.
London, UK
$6,443
28.
Las Vegas, NV
$5,584
29.
Amsterdam, Netherlands
$5,584
30.
Durham, CA
$5,584
31.
San Jose, CA
$5,584
32.
Rowland Heights, CA
$5,584
33.
San Francisco, CA
$5,584
34.
Cape Cod, MA
$5,584
35.
Houston, TX
$5,584
36.
Beaumont
$5,584
37.
Charleston, SC
$4,725
38.
Amsterdam, Netherlands
$4,725
39.
Barberton, OH
$4,725
40.
Las Vegas, NV
$4,725
41.
Whittier, CA
$4,725
42.
Studio City, CA
$4,725
43.
Dallas, TX
$4,725
44.
Newport, TN
$4,725
45.
London, UK
$4,725
 

Tournament Notes:

The winner of the $2,000 buy-in Limit Hold’em championship was Saifuddin Ahmad, a 59-year-old business owner from Newport Beach, CA. He is married and has two children. This was his first victory at the World Series of Poker. 

Ahmad is originally from the nation of Bangladesh. He came to the United States to attend college in his late teens and earned a Masters Degree in chemical engineering from Cal-Tech. 

Ahmad now owns several Tony Roma’s restaurants in the Los Angeles area.

Ahmad first learned to play bridge and competed in several tournaments. He gravitated to poker playing in recent years. This is his third consecutive year to play at the WSOP. 

The final 15 minutes of the tournament was a dream come true for Ahmad. He was roughly even in chips with his opponent. Then, Ahmad won several key hands, including spiking a key river card to make a straight on the final hand of the night to achieve his victory. First place paid $217,329.

Ahmad is proud of his first WSOP gold bracelet. But he is even more proud of his two children. His son graduated from Harvard. His daughter graduated from Cal-Berkeley. 

William Jensen, from Washington, DC was the runner up. During the final table, he was cheered on by his two friends – Alex Borteh and Eric Froelich, both former gold bracelet winners.

Hal Havlisch, from Fresno, CA took 6th place. Havlisch has organized poker tournaments in his local area that raised several thousand dollars for families in financial distress.  

David Plastik, the bombastic poker pro from Las Vegas, finished 11th. In the 1980s Plastik was a highly-successful rock music photographer, and formally worked for (now deceased) comedian Sam Kinison.

One of Europe’s top poker writers Rolf Slotboom, from Amsterdam, took 38th place.

Participating in this tournament was Dr. Jerry Buss, the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers.