WSOP 2007 Event #53 $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout Final Results

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

Event #53
Limit Hold’em Shootout
Buy-In: $1,500
Number of Entries: 720
Total Prize Money: $ 982,800
Date of Tournament: July 3-4, 2007

WSOP 2007 Event #53 $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout Final Results

1.
Hendon, UK
$217,438
2.
London, UK
$124,816
3.
Anh Van Nguyen
Toronto, ON
$83,538
4.
 
$58,968
5.
Sweden
$31,450
6.
Norway
$19,656
7.
Katy, TX
$12,776
8.
 
$9,582
9.
Las Vegas, NV
$6,634
10.
Garnet Valley, PA
$6,634
11.
Las Vegas, NV
$6,634
12.
Washington DC
$6,634
13.
Attus, Sweden
$6,634
14.
Las Vegas, NV
$6,634
15.
Cave Creek, AZ
$6,634
16.
Las Vegas, NV
$6,634
17.
Lynnwood, WA
$6,634
18.
Los Angeles, CA
$6,634
19.
Gilbert, AZ
$6,634
20.
Amsterdam, Netheralnds
$6,634
21.
London, UK
$6,634
22.
Scarborough, ON
$6,634
23.
Imani Dariush
Las Vegas, NV
$6,634
24.
Quebec,QC
$6,634
25.
Oslo, Norway
$6,634
26.
Vernon Hills, IL
$6,634
27.
Sven Bertolla
Switzerland
$6,634
28.
Aventura, FL
$6,634
29.
Palo Alto, CA
$6,634
30.
Silver Spring, MD
$6,634
31.
Daytona Beach, FL
$6,634
32.
Lafayette Hill, PA
$6,634
33.
Rancho Mirage, CA
$6,634
34.
Heathrow, FL
$6,634
35.
Fullerton, CA
$6,634
36.
Abbotsford, BC
$6,634
37.
Daly City, CA
$6,634
38.
Houston, TX
$6,634
39.
Sudbury, ON
$6,634
40.
Stavanger, Norway
$6,634
41.
Action Vale, QC
$6,634
42.
Terrence Chan
Vancouver, BC
$6,634
43.
Las Vegas, NV
$6,634
44.
Hildebran, Germany
$6,634
45.
Belmont, CA
$6,634
46.
Plymouth, MI
$6,634
47.
Tallinn, Estonia
$6,634
48.
Houston, TX
$6,634
49.
Evanston, IL
$6,634
50.
Michael O'Malley
Upland, CA
$6,634
51.
San Diego, CA
$6,634
52.
Grantham Lincs, UK
$6,634
53.
Nashville, TN
$6,634
54.
Las Vegas, NV
$6,634
55.
Omaha, NE
$6,634
56.
Madera, CA
$6,634
57.
Annapolis, MD
$6,634
58.
Austin, TX
$6,634
59.
La Quinta, CA
$6,634
60.
Shamokin, PA
$6,634
61.
Brooklyn, NY
$6,634
62.
London, UK
$6,634
63.
Hollywood, FL
$6,634
64.
Kristiansand, Norway
$6,634
65.
Las Vegas, NV
$6,634
66.
Chesapeake, VA
$6,634
67.
Las Vegas, NV
$6,634
68.
Chuluota, FL
$6,634
69.
Cornelius, NC
$6,634
70.
Scottsdale, AZ
$6,634
71.
John Magill
Ballymena, Ireland
$6,634
72.
Las Vegas, NV
$6,634
 

Tournament Notes:

The winner of the $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold’em Shootout championship was Ram Vaswani, from London, England. He is a 37-year-old professional poker player. This was Vaswani’s first victory at the World Series of Poker, after numerous wins and cashes at tournaments in Europe and elsewhere.

Vaswani has come close to winning a gold bracelet numerous times. He has 13 career cashes since 2002 – including 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and other finishes. He was cheered on by a rowdy crowd of supporters despite the late hour at which the tournament concluded.

Vaswani is one-quarter of the famed “Hendon Mob.” They are a collection of four unique poker personalities who became famous in the clubs around the Hendon section of London and have since taken their fame internationally. Terrific poker ambassadors all, Vaswani now has bragging rights as the first “mobster” to get a WSOP win. The other members of the Hendon Mob are Joe “the Elegance” Beevers, Barney Boatman, and Ross Boatman.

Vaswani’s poker nickname is “Crazy Horse.” Prior to playing poker professionally he was a snooker player, a popular billiards game played in the U.K. Vaswani is married and has one child.

Vaswani was the European Poker Champion in 2000. 

First place paid $217,438. But far more important to Vaswani than prize money was the thrill of wining his first WSOP gold bracelet after so many tries.

Interestingly, another Brit came in second. The runner up was Andy Ward, also from London.

The 9th-place finisher was Victor Ramden. The New York City-based poker pro is known for his charity work. He donates a part of his poker winnings to a charity which does work to assist the poor and disadvantaged in the nation of Guyana.

Former WSOP gold bracelet winners who cashed in this event included Bill Chen, Diego Cordovez, and Andre Boyer.

A “Shootout” means that participants must defeat only the players at their respective table to move on to the next level. The tournament is essentially a series of “final tables,” or “sit n’ goes.” The Shootout tends to favor players who are more skilled at short-handed play.  

This was one of the more international tables of this year’s World Series. A testament to poker’s emerging global popularity, no less than five nations were represented among the nine finalists -- including Canada, England, Norway, Sweden, and the United States.

This tournament was one of the few two-day tournaments scheduled at this year’s WSOP. Attendance has been so high in most events that virtually all WSOP tournaments now last three days. This was only the third tournament out of 54 events to be played to conclusion within a two-day period. Note: Technically, every single tournament this year has gone three days, if one counts the second day crossing the midnight hour as a “third” day. This tournament ended in the early morning hour of the third day.