WSOP 2007 Event #47 $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Results

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

Event #47
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $2,000
Number of Entries: 2,038 
Total Prize Money: $3,709,160
Date of Tournament: June 29 – July 1, 2007

WSOP 2007 Event #47 $2000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Results

1.
Las Vegas, NV
$707,898
2.
Ridgewood, NJ
$448,808
3.
Las Vegas, NV
$289,314
4.
Las Vegas, NV
$192,876
5.
Gaithersburg, MD
$135,384
6.
London, UK
$98,293
7.
Newport Beach, CA
$74,183
8.
St. Cloud, MN
$55,637
9.
San Antonio, TX
$42,655
10.
Midland, TX
$33,012
11.
Matt Smith
Lithia, FL
$33,012
12.
Lake Elisonre, CA
$33,012
13.
Keegan O'Brien
Appleton, WI
$29,302
14.
Seattle, WA
$29,302
15.
Bulton, ON
$29,302
16.
Sanford, FL
$25,593
17.
T.J. Cloutier
Richardson, TX
$25,593
18.
Innergrove Heights, MN
$25,593
19.
Elk Grove, CA
$21,884
20.
Oakridge, TN
$21,884
21.
Flower Mound, TX
$21,884
22.
Evansville, IN
$21,884
23.
Huntington, WV
$21,884
24.
California
$21,884
25.
Lyndhurst, NJ
$21,884
26.
Gothenburg, Sweden
$21,884
27.
Marshall, TX
$21,884
28.
North Bergen, NJ
$18,546
29.
Bowmanville, ON
$18,546
30.
Victoria, BC
$18,546
31.
Brooklyn, NY
$18,546
32.
Mays Landing, NJ
$18,546
33.
Boca Raton, FL
$18,546
34.
Mountain View, CA
$18,546
35.
Sora, Italy
$18,546
36.
Oak Hill, VA
$18,546
37.
Los Angeles, CA
$15,578
38.
University City, TX
$15,578
39.
Elmhurst, IL
$15,578
40.
Amsterdam, Holland
$15,578
41.
Portchester, NY
$15,578
42.
Chillicothe, IL
$15,578
43.
Hamilton, ON
$15,578
44.
Las Vegas, NV
$15,578
45.
Ray Chan
San Francisco, CA
$15,578
46.
Dekalb, IL
$12,982
47.
 
$12,982
48.
Norway
$12,982
49.
Prospect, KY
$12,982
50.
Denmark
$12,982
51.
Las Vegas, NV
$12,982
52.
Jeffrery Siler
Kansas City, MO
$12,982
53.
John Parker
College Park, MD
$12,982
54.
Costa Mesa, CA
$12,982
55.
Van Nuys, CA
$10,571
56.
St. Louis, MO
$10,571
57.
Arcadia, CA
$10,571
58.
Las Vegas, NV
$10,571
59.
Vancouver, WA
$10,571
60.
McHenry, Il
$10,571
61.
Rowland Heights, CA
$10,571
62.
Las Vegas, NV
$10,571
63.
Toronto, ON
$10,571
64.
Davie, FL
$8,717
65.
Fairfax, VA
$8,717
66.
Commerce, CA
$8,717
67.
Snellville, GA
$8,717
68.
Monterey Park, CA
$8,717
69.
Canton, OH
$8,717
70.
Kingwood, TX
$8,717
71.
Germany
$8,717
72.
Miskose, Hungary
$8,717
73.
Reno, NV
$7,233
74.
Henderson, NV
$7,233
75.
Shamokin, PA
$7,233
76.
John Harris
Staley, NC
$7,233
77.
Romania
$7,233
78.
Las Vegas, NV
$7,233
79.
John Espisto
Las Vegas, NV
$7,233
80.
Norman, OK
$7,233
81.
 
$7,233
82.
Parris Holmes
Las Vegas, NV
$6,120
83.
Houston, TX
$6,120
84.
Solna, Sweden
$6,120
85.
Glendale, CA
$6,120
86.
Keller, TX
$6,120
87.
Orlando, FL
$6,120
88.
Coldwater, OH
$6,120
89.
Logansport, IN
$6,120
90.
Winthrop, MA
$6,120
91.
Ålborg, Denmark
$5,378
92.
Edmonds, WA
$5,378
93.
Las Vegas, NV
$5,378
94.
Denver, CO
$5,378
95.
London, UK
$5,378
96.
Vaughan, ON
$5,378
97.
Toronto, ON
$5,378
98.
Chicago, IL
$5,378
99.
Denmark
$5,378
100.
Sylvania, OH
$4,822
101.
Lynnwood, WA
$4,822
102.
Lakewood, WA
$4,822
103.
Robert Williams
Sahuarita, AZ
$4,822
104.
Lamesa, TX
$4,822
105.
Maineville, OH
$4,822
106.
Homer Glen, IL
$4,822
107.
Lighthouse Point, FL
$4,822
108.
Marietta, GA
$4,822
109.
Norway
$4,822
110.
Massapequa Park, NY
$4,822
111.
Wichita, KS
$4,822
112.
College Point, MD
$4,822
113.
Owings Mills, MD
$4,822
114.
Sugar Land, TX
$4,822
115.
Canada
$4,822
116.
Canada
$4,822
117.
New York, NY
$4,822
118.
Doug Baird
Tuscon, AZ
$4,822
119.
Brighton, CO
$4,822
120.
Jason Levine
Valley Village, CA
$4,822
121.
Denver, CO
$4,822
122.
Hollywood, FL
$4,822
123.
Royal Palm Beach, FL
$4,822
124.
Los Angeles, CA
$4,822
125.
Garland, TX
$4,822
126.
Robert Taylor
Dublin, Ireland
$4,822
127.
 
$4,451
128.
Streamwood, IL
$4,451
129.
Holbrook, PA
$4,451
130.
Syracuse, NY
$4,451
131.
Randers, Denmark
$4,451
132.
Sherman Oaks, CA
$4,451
133.
Garland, TX
$4,451
134.
Huntington Beach, CA
$4,451
135.
Brant, NY
$4,451
136.
Espoo, Finland
$4,451
137.
Halifax, MA
$4,451
138.
Columbia, MO
$4,451
139.
Springville, UT
$4,451
140.
Miami, FL
$4,451
141.
Tim Stearns
Burbank, CA
$4,451
142.
Veghel, Netherlands
$4,451
143.
St. Louis, MO
$4,451
144.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
$4,451
145.
Portland, OR
$4,451
146.
Boca Raton, FL
$4,451
147.
San Diego, CA
$4,451
148.
Calgary, AB
$4,451
149.
Las Vegas, NV
$4,451
150.
El Paso, TX
$4,451
151.
Raleigh, NC
$4,451
152.
Plymouth, MI
$4,451
153.
Venezuela
$4,451
154.
Las Vegas, NV
$4,451
155.
Hollywood, FL
$4,451
156.
Miami, FL
$4,451
157.
Guymon, OK
$4,451
158.
Las Vegas, NV
$4,451
159.
Vista, CA
$4,451
160.
Temecula, CA
$4,451
161.
Quebec, QC
$4,451
162.
El Paso, TX
$4,451
163.
Keller, TX
$4,080
164.
Netherlands
$4,080
165.
St. Cloud, MN
$4,080
166.
San Diego, CA
$4,080
167.
Fort Collins, CO
$4,080
168.
Owingsmills, MD
$4,080
169.
Jacksonville, FL
$4,080
170.
Moorpark, CA
$4,080
171.
West Bloomfield, MI
$4,080
172.
Henderson, NV
$4,080
173.
Las Vegas, NV
$4,080
174.
Denmark
$4,080
175.
Ontario
$4,080
176.
San Diego, CA
$4,080
177.
Morgan Hill, CA
$4,080
178.
Arvada, CO
$4,080
179.
London, UK
$4,080
180.
Georgina Salinas-Torres
Plano, TX
$4,080
181.
Walnut Creek, CA
$4,080
182.
Fresno, CA
$4,080
183.
Las Vegas, NV
$4,080
184.
Westport, CT
$4,080
185.
Oceanside, CA
$4,080
186.
Chesterfield, MO
$4,080
187.
New York, NY
$4,080
188.
Brandford, ON
$4,080
189.
Las Vegas, NV
$4,080
190.
Windsor, NY
$4,080
191.
Brooklyn, NY
$4,080
192.
Victorville, CA
$4,080
193.
Miami, FL
$4,080
194.
Waltham, MA
$4,080
195.
Robert Smith
Pittsburg, KS
$4,080
196.
Norrkoping, Sweden
$4,080
197.
Tyngsboro, MA
$4,080
198.
Albuquerque, NM
$4,080
 

Tournament Notes:

The winner of the $2,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship was Blair Rodman, from Las Vegas, NV. Rodman, age 53, is a longtime professional gambler. This was his first victory at the World Series of Poker.

Rodman gambles professionally -- mostly on golf, sports, and poker. In fact, his first love is golf. He has been active on the local Las Vegas scene most of his adult life. He has been playing in the WSOP since 1982.

Rodman earned a B.S. degree in business. Aside from gambling, Rodman co-authored the popular book, “Kill Phil” which explains counterstrategies designed to beat the best poker players in the world.

Rodman is married. He is originally from Troy, NY.

The winner is also active on the Ultimate Blackjack Tour, a televised “21” tournament.

In an odd twist of fate, Rodman almost missed this event. He was knocked out of the Omaha High-Low tournament held on the previous date and departed the Rio passed midnight. Rodman almost skipped the next days’event because he was exhausted. However, he joined with 2,038 entries who participated in this tournament. “I got eliminated on late on the second day in Omaha,” Rodman explained in a post-tournament interview. “I almost didn’t play (in this tournament). If I would not have been knocked out of that Omaha High-Low event, I would not have been here. So, I guess getting busted in that event was a good thing!”   

Rodman arrived at the final table relatively low on chips. He was sixth out of the final nine players. However, Rodman managed to survive and eventually took a decisive chip lead at one point when play became two-handed. His opponent then regained the lead, and in a see-saw battle Rodman eventually won the last pot of the nigh. Heads-up play lasted for three hours. 

The runner up was Amato Galasso from Ridgewood, NJ. Incredibly, this was Galasso’s first time to cash at a live tournament of any size.  Galasso earned a whopping $448,808 in his first poker tournament payout.

21-year-old Anna Wroblewski finished in fourth place. She is the sixth woman to make a final table appearance in an open event at this year’s World Series. Katja Thater remains the only female to win a gold bracelet this year (open event).

Roland de Wolfe finished in sixth place. He won the “European Player of the Year” title in 2006.

The 9th-place finisher was Mark McKibben, from San Antonio, TX. This was McKibben’s first visit to Las Vegas. He decided to post the tournament’s $2,000 entry fee after collecting a jackpot on a slot machine. Las Vegas has been very good to McKibben this week as he collected $42,655 for his finish.

 T.J. Cloutier finished in 17th place. This was his 54th lifetime WSOP cash. He currently ranks third on the all-time list (behind Men “the Master” Nguyen and Phil Hellmuth, Jr.).

Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Tilly finished in 30th place.

David Singer rebounded nicely in this event with a 44th- place finish. Singer entered this tournament the day after taking 6th-place in the H.O.R.S.E. championship. Singer is the only player to make it to both final tables of the tournament that had its inaugural last year.

1983 world poker champion Tom McEvoy finished in 93rd place. 

Other former WSOP gold bracelet winner who finished in the money include – David Chiu (61), Rafe Furst (62), John Spadavecchia (107), Kirk Morrison (111), and James Mackey (138).

Kevin McBride cashed for the first time this year, with his 209th-place showing. McBride is best-known for his runner-up finish to Scotty Nguyen in the 1998 main event.

Rene Angelil, husband and manager of superstar entertainer Celine Dion, took 173rd place.

Through the conclusion of 47 events at this year’s World Series, ten players have been added to the official “WSOP Millionaires’ Club.” There are now 88 players who have each won in excess of $1M at the World Series (in lifetime earnings). The latest ten players to join this elite club include-- Burt Boutin, Freddy Deeb, Bruno Fitoussi, Fred Goldberg, Thor Hansen, Jeffrey Lisandro, Hans “Tuna” Lund, Tony Ma, David Singer, and William Thorsen.