WSOP 2007 Event #49 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Final Results

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

Event #49
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $1,500
Number of Entries: 3,151
Total Prize Money: $4,301,115
Date of Tournament: June 30 – July 2, 2007

WSOP 2007 Event #49 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Final Results

1
San Francisco, CA
$722,914
2
Athens, GA
$467,101
3
Franklin, KY
$292,476
4
Leandro "Brasa" Pimentel
Sao Paolo, Brazil
$189,249
5
New Rochelle, NY
$131,184
6
Cort Kibler-Melby
Berlin, Germany
$96,775
7
Sammamish, WA
$75,270
8
Greg "FBT" Mueller
White Rock, BC
$55,914
9
Washington, D.C.
$45,162
10
Thomas Middelthon
Stavanger, Norway
$37,635
11
Chandler, AZ
$37,635
12
Las Vegas, NV
$37,635
13
Paris, France
$33,334
14
Los Angeles, CA
$33,334
15
Daphne, AL
$33,334
16
Duy Le
Los Angeles, CA
$29,033
17
Long Beach, CA
$29,033
18
Trondheim, Norway
$29,033
19
Brooklyn, NY
$24,731
20
Kent, WA
$24,731
21
Victorville, CA
$24,731
22
Cottage Grove, WI
$24,731
23
Northboro, MA
$24,731
24
Naples, FL
$24,731
25
Moscow, Russia
$24,731
26
Buffalo Grove, IL
$24,731
27
Troy, NY
$24,731
28
Durham, NC
$20,860
29
Delray Beach, FL
$20,860
30
Rockwall, TX
$20,860
31
Glenview, FL
$20,860
32
Marble Falls, TX
$20,860
33
Agoura Hills, CA
$20,860
34
Caerphilly, Wales
$20,860
35
Rockledge, FL
$20,860
36
Laveen, AZ
$20,860
37
 
$18,420
38
Montgomery, IL
$18,420
39
Rockledge, FL
$18,420
40
Blue Diamond, NV
$18,420
41
Auburn, WA
$18,420
42
Fort Lauderdale, FL
$18,420
43
Jena, Germany
$18,420
44
Round Rock, TX
$18,420
45
Westport, CT
$18,420
46
Hollywood, CA
$14,409
47
Amsterdam, Holland
$14,409
48
Stafford, VA
$14,409
49
 
$14,409
50
Los Angeles, CA
$14,409
51
Ankeny, IA
$14,409
52
Portland, OR
$14,409
53
Anaheim, CA
$14,409
54
Eagle, CO
$14,409
55
Glendale, AZ
$11,828
56
Miramar, FL
$11,828
57
Robert Pfeifer
Hartland, WI
$11,828
58
Deephaven, MN
$11,828
59
Santa Monica, CA
$11,828
60
Oxnard, CA
$11,828
61
Allen, TX
$11,828
62
Burkee, VA
$11,828
63
Sverre Sundho
San Francisco, CA
$11,828
64
Clovis, CA
$9,678
65
Minnetra, CA
$9,678
66
Jim Jakobson
Norway
$9,678
67
Jarry Van Hoot
Netherlands
$9,678
68
South Australia
$9,678
69
Sweden
$9,678
70
Bellerose, NY
$9,678
71
Tsaoussis Charalampos
 
$9,678
72
Mesa, AZ
$9,678
73
Birmingham, AL
$7,957
74
El Monte, CA
$7,957
75
Chico, CA
$7,957
76
Boxford, MA
$7,957
77
Bloomfield Hills, MI
$7,957
78
Mount Kisco, NY
$7,957
79
Anahi Galaii
Glendale, CA
$7,957
80
Colorado Springs, CO
$7,957
81
Ireland
$7,957
82
Carmel, IN
$6,667
83
Australia
$6,667
84
Lod, WI
$6,667
85
Yardley, PA
$6,667
86
 
$6,667
87
Pegram, IN
$6,667
88
 
$6,667
89
Snellville, GA
$6,667
90
Palm Desert, CA
$6,667
91
United Kingdom
$5,807
92
Las Vegas, NV
$5,807
93
Los Angeles, CA
$5,807
94
 
$5,807
95
Newton, NC
$5,807
96
Portland, OR
$5,807
97
Patrick Boudet
France
$5,807
98
Los Angeles, CA
$5,807
99
Marc Friedman
Switzerland
$5,807
100
San Diego, CA
$5,161
101
Goffstown, NH
$5,161
102
United Kingdom
$5,161
103
Tulsa OK
$5,161
104
Greenville, NC
$5,161
105
Russia
$5,161
106
San Francisco, CA
$5,161
107
Princeton, WY
$5,161
108
Eden Praire, MN
$5,161
109
Cerritos, CA
$5,161
110
Michael Gracz
Raleigh, NC
$5,161
111
Scott O'Reilly
UK
$5,161
112
Astoria, NY
$5,161
113
Tempe, AZ
$5,161
114
Chih-Hao Lin
Houston, TX
$5,161
115
Bronx, NY
$5,161
116
Springdale, AR
$5,161
117
Storrs, CT
$5,161
118
San Jose, CA
$5,161
119
Los Gatos, CA
$5,161
120
Highwood, IL
$5,161
121
Germany
$5,161
122
Venezuela
$5,161
123
Scottsdale, AZ
$5,161
124
Delray Beach, FL
$5,161
125
Toronto, Canada
$5,161
126
Belmont, CA
$5,161
127
Pelham, AL
$4,731
128
Pensacola, FL
$4,731
129
UK
$4,731
130
Ellisville, MO
$4,731
131
Las Vegas, NV
$4,731
132
Canada
$4,731
133
North Canton, OH
$4,731
134
La Jolla, CA
$4,731
135
Mark Rubin
Avondale, AZ
$4,731
136
Clifton Park, NY
$4,731
137
Bolton, Ontario
$4,731
138
Idaho Falls, ID
$4,731
139
Madison, WI
$4,731
140
Los Angeles, CA
$4,731
141
Sacramento, CA
$4,731
142
Arcadia, CA
$4,731
143
Austin, TX
$4,731
144
Kalyam Venkataraman
South Pasadena, CA
$4,731
145
Kemmerer, WY
$4,731
146
Plainview, NY
$4,731
147
Gig Harbor, WA
$4,731
148
Sam Rustom
Diamond Bar, CA
$4,731
149
Louis Tomassi
Buffalo, NY
$4,731
150
Paradise Valley, AZ
$4,731
151
Goodyear, AZ
$4,731
152
Katy, TX
$4,731
153
Fayettville, NY
$4,731
154
Austin, TX
$4,301
155
UK
$4,301
156
College Station, TX
$4,301
157
Hollister, CA
$4,301
158
Ston, OH
$4,301
159
Denver, CO
$4,301
160
Atlantic City, NJ
$4,301
161
Boca Raton, FL
$4,301
162
Channelview, TX
$4,301
163
Virginia Beach, VA
$4,301
164
Seattle, WA
$4,301
165
Venice, FL
$4,301
166
Seattle, WA
$4,301
167
Old Saybrook, CT
$4,301
168
Humble, TX
$4,301
169
Las Vegas, NV
$4,301
170
 
 
$4,301
171
Chandler, AZ
$4,301
172
Great Britain
$4,301
173
Newark, CA
$4,301
174
Omaha, NE
$4,301
175
Netherlands
$4,301
176
Austin, TX
$4,301
177
Jeff Slayton
Pembroke Pines, FL
$4,301
178
Somerville, MA
$4,301
179
 
$4,301
180
Murrieta, CA
$4,301
181
Canada
$3,871
182
Louisville, KY
$3,871
183
Whittier, CA
$3,871
184
Kenmore, WA
$3,871
185
Burlington, Ontario
$3,871
186
Rob Tepper
Kirkland, WA
$3,871
187
Canton, GA
$3,871
188
Lauderhill, FL
$3,871
189
 
$3,871
190
Denmark
$3,871
191
Fountain Valley, CA
$3,871
192
Michael Johanson
Sweden
$3,871
193
Princeton, NJ
$3,871
194
Canada
$3,871
195
Green Bay, WI
$3,871
196
Oakland, CA
$3,871
197
Gainsville, FL
$3,871
198
Fairfield, CT
$3,871
199
Vienna, VA
$3,871
200
Round Rock, TX
$3,871
201
Pittsburg, PA
$3,871
202
Plainfield, IL
$3,871
203
Bellaire, TX
$3,871
204
 
$3,871
205
Latham, NY
$3,871
206
St. Louis Park, MN
$3,871
207
Canada
$3,871
208
Los Angeles, CA
$3,871
209
James Pin Pin
Carlsbad, CA
$3,871
210
Novi, MI
$3,871
211
Henderson, NV
$3,871
212
Canada
$3,871
213
Bentleyville, OH
$3,871
214
Lees Summit, MO
$3,871
215
West Hills, CA
$3,871
216
Michael Clark
Las Vegas, NV
$3,871
217
Spain
$3,441
218
Hanson, MA
$3,441
219
Lorain, OH
$3,441
220
 
$3,441
221
Toccoa, GA
$3,441
222
 
$3,441
223
 
$3,441
224
Biloxi, MS
$3,441
225
Germany
$3,441
226
Monterey Park, CA
$3,441
227
 
$3,441
228
Casselberry, FL
$3,441
229
Las Vegas, NV
$3,441
230
 
$3,441
231
Sweden
$3,441
232
 
$3,441
233
 
$3,441
234
 
$3,441
235
Alamo, CA
$3,441
236
 
$3,441
237
Grayson, KY
$3,441
238
San Francisco, CA
$3,441
239
 
$3,441
240
 
$3,441
241
Stephan Kenna
Heath, Ireland
$3,441
242
Laguna Niguel, CA
$3,441
243
 
$3,441
245
Scottsdale, AZ
$3,441
246
 
$3,441
247
Surry, BC
$3,441
248
 
$3,441
249
Christopher Togsverd
 
$3,441
250
 
$3,441
251
 
$3,441
252
Marysville, CA
$3,441
253
Arvada, CO
$3,011
254
 
$3,011
255
Los Angeles, CA
$3,011
256
Rochester, PA
$3,011
257
Toronto, Canada
$3,011
258
Virginia Beach, VA
$3,011
259
South Bend, IN
$3,011
260
Middelfart, Denmark
$3,011
261
Davis, CA
$3,011
262
San Francisco, CA
$3,011
263
 
$3,011
264
Toronto, Canada
$3,011
265
 
$3,011
266
Tool, TX
$3,011
267
 
$3,011
268
 
$3,011
269
Sylmar, CA
$3,011
270
 
$3,011
271
Bradenton, FL
$3,011
272
 
$3,011
273
Durham, NC
$3,011
274
Covina, CA
$3,011
275
Vernon Hills, IL
$3,011
276
Toronto, Canada
$3,011
277
Lake St. Lous, MD
$3,011
278
Filistad, Sweden
$3,011
279
Michael Johnson
Vancouver, BC
$3,011
280
Harper Woods, MI
$3,011
281
Cape Girardeau, MD
$3,011
282
Stockholm, Sweden
$3,011
283
San Marcos, TX
$3,011
284
Tulare, CA
$3,011
285
San Francisco, CA
$3,011
286
Chicago, IL
$3,011
287
Seattle, WA
$3,011
288
Phoenix, AZ
$3,011
289
Plainview, NY
$2,667
290
Friendswood, TX
$2,667
291
Lynchburg, VA
$2,667
292
Alhambra, CA
$2,667
293
Kevin O'Sullivan
Los Angeles, LA
$2,667
294
Stevenson Ranch, CA
$2,667
295
Danville, CA
$2,667
296
Long Beach, CA
$2,667
297
Portland, OR
$2,667
298
Lomita, CA
$2,667
299
 
$2,667
300
Bethel, OH
$2,667
301
Atkinson, NH
$2,667
302
University Place, WA
$2,667
303
Germany
$2,667
304
 
$2,667
305
Chattanooga, TN
$2,667
306
Las Vegas, NV
$2,667
307
London, England
$2,667
308
North Las Vegas, NV
$2,667
309
Windsor, WI
$2,667
310
Garden Grove, CA
$2,667
311
St. George, UT
$2,667
312
 
$2,667
313
Savannah, GA
$2,667
314
Indianapolis, IN
$2,667
315
Westlake Village, CA
$2,667
316
Overland Park, KS
$2,667
317
Fair Oaks, CA
$2,667
318
Springfield, VA
$2,667
319
Turlock, CA
$2,667
320
Phoenix, AZ
$2,667
321
Charlotte, NC
$2,667
322
Benjamin J. Schomer
Ferndale, MI
$2,667
323
Midlothian, TX
$2,667
324
Houston, TX
$2,667

Tournament Notes:

The winner of the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship was Ghandrasekhar Billavara. He is a 38-year-old businessman from San Francisco, CA. This was only the second World Series of Poker tournament Billavara had ever entered. It was his first tournament victory.

Billvara was born in India. He earned a B.A. in computer science. He now owns a coffee shop in San Francisco.   

In Billavara’s first WSOP poker event last week, he busted out on the third hand of play. Frustrated, he almost passed on entering this event. However, Billavara had previously won $3,200 playing craps inside the casino. He decided that if he entered one more $1,500 buy-in tournament, even a bust-out guaranteed a net win of $200 for the Las Vegas trip. So, Billavara entered this tournament along with over 3,000 other aspiring champions. He ended up cashing for $722,914. 

Billavara needed some luck at one point, and got it at the perfect time. He arrived at the final table lowest in chips of the final nine players. “I said to myself the night before, if I could just double up once I might have a chance,” Billavara said in a post-tournament interview. “I looked down and saw pocket aces on my first hand! It’s a hand everybody dreams about.” Billavara won the hand and was the champion five hours later.

“I plan to pay off some of my mortgage,” Billavara answered when queried about his plans for nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in winnings. “Now, I might take $10,000 and enter the main event, too.”

Billavara started playing poker only about two years ago. He was invited to a home game where he plays for modest stakes in a weekly game. Now, he admits that his friends in the home game in San Francisco might view him a bit differently. “Now, I will look at them and say – are you trying to bluff me? Are you crazy?” Billavara said jokingly. “Look at this gold bracelet on my wrist! You want to try and bluff me?”

The runner up was Taylor Douglas of Athens, GA. He enjoyed a nice payday totaling $467,101.

Fourth–place finisher Leandro “Brasa” Pimentel (Sao Paulo, Brazil) brought a rowdy cheering section with him. The Brazilian national was backed by several vocal supporters. In fact, fans at a popular Brazilian poker website were so excited that a fellow-countryman had made it to a WSOP final table, that the site’s message board attracted thousands of visitors extending best wishes. Poker is growing throughout South America and is about to experience a boom in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and other nations -- according to observers in the region.

“Brasa” is also the Brazilian Poker Champion (2006) in what is called the BSOP – or Brazilian Series of Poker.

If any player is snake bitten at the WSOP it is Greg “FBT” Mueller. The Canadian has been the chip leader after Day One in four events this year. He had cashed five times. He has made two final table appearances. However, Mueller went out a disappointing eighth in this event. 

Lewis Titterton, from Washington, DC, took 9th place at what was his first WSOP final table. Titterton, a graduate of prestigious Tufts University, wants the world to know he is a “die-hard Libertarian,” an appealing philosophy to many poker players during this time.

This was the sixth (and last) $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event on this year’s schedule. These tournaments attracted over 15,000 entrants, combined. This is greater than the total number of players who entered the entire 2003 World Series of Poker, which totaled 36 events.

Predictably, the record turnout meant that many new names found their way to the money list. Of the top 324 finishers – all of whom made it into the money – only two players had previously won a WSOP gold bracelet. This was only the second final table at this year’s WSOP (in an open event) that did not have at least one former gold bracelet winner as a finalist.

This was the largest non-main event tournament in World Series of Poker history. The turnout of 3,151 players broke the old record set three weeks ago, which was 2,998. This was also the busiest day in WSOP history in terms of total number of tournament entries within a 24-hour period.

The tournament ranks as the third-largest live poker tournament of all-time. Only the WSOP main events of 2005 and 2006 attracted more players.