WSOP 2008 Event #1, $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em, End of Day 2

Event 1 - $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em - Final Table

Players 352
Prize Pool $3,308,800

Final Table:
Seat Name Hometown Chip Count
1 Mike Sowers Thomasville, NC 675,000
2 Chris Bell Raleigh, NC 455,000
3 Amit Makhija Brookfield, WI 525,000
4 Patrik Antonius Helsinki, Finland 230,000
5 Andy Bloch Las Vegas, NV 2,115,000
6 Mike Sexton Las Vegas, NV 1,130,000
7 Phil Laak Dublin, Ireland 425,000
8 Nenad Medic Niagara Falls, Canada 1,200,000
9 Kathy Liebert Las Vegas, NV 285,000

In the Money Finishers:
Name Hometown Prize
10. John Kabbaj London, UK $49,632.00
11. Ryan Young Torrance, CA $49,632.00
12. Nikolay Evdakov Moscow, Russia $49,632.00
13. David Benefield Fort Worth, TX $41,360.00
14. Chris Gildone Cleveland, OH $41,360.00
15. Justin Newton Tucson, AZ $41,360.00
16. Andreas Krause Stuttgart, Germany $33,088.00
17. Alexander Kostritsyn Moscow, Russia $33,088.00
18. Michael Pesek Carol Stream, IL $33,088.00
19. Eli Elezra Henderson, NV $26,470.00
20. Rolf Slotboom Amsterdam $26,470.00
21. Anthony Licastro Long Valley, NJ $26,470.00
22. Dustin Woolf Los Angeles, CA $26,470.00
23. David Stroj Tijuana, Mexico $26,470.00
24. Vivek Rajkumar Seattle, WA $26,470.00
25. Ted Lawson Plantation, FL $26,470.00
26. Joseph Sanders Lima, Peru $26,470.00
27. Jerri Thomas Hamitlon, OH $26,470.00
28. Ben Sprengers Plantation, FL $23,162.00
29. Raphael Zimmerman Omaha, NE $23,162.00
30. Mark Newhouse Chapel Hill, NC $23,162.00
31. Matthew Graham Las Vegas, NV $23,162.00
32. Chuck Pacheco Los Angeles, CA $23,162.00
33. David Bach Athens, GA $23,162.00
34. Marco Johnson Walnut Creek, CA $23,162.00
35. Tommy Vinas Houston, TX $23,162.00
36. Kazuki Ikeuchi Tokyo, Japan $23,162.00

*Tournament Notes:*

·   This was the first time that a $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em event has ever
been included on the WSOP schedule.  The previous highest buy-in Pot-Limit
Hold'em tournament in history was $5,000.  Last year's $5,000 buy-in
tournament (Event #13) attracted 398 players.  Given the doubling of the
entry fee in 2008, there were some concerns about the number of players this
event would attract.  However, 352 players entered Event #1, creating the
largest Pot-Limit Hold'em prize pool in poker history.  The total prize pool
for this tournament amounted to a record $3,308,800.  The top 36 players
collected prize money.

·   The winner will receive $794,112.  This is also a record amount of prize
money paid to the winner of a Pot-Limit Hold'em tournament.

·   While all 55 WSOP tournaments on the 2008 schedule are categorized as
"gold bracelet" events, this is also known as a "world championship" event.
This means the winner of this event is the "Pot-Limit Hold'em world
champion."  Beginning this year, all $10,000+ buy-in tournaments are
designated as official "world championships."  This means a total of ten
WSOP tournaments are world championships.  This includes eight gold
bracelet tournaments with $10,000 buy-ins, the $50,000 buy-in HORSE event,
and the Main Event.

·   This event attracted one of the most accomplished fields in history.  Of
the 352 entrants, 84 were former WSOP gold bracelet winners – which amounts
to about 24 percent of the field.  The 84 former winners hold a combined 143
gold bracelets between them – which amounts of about 20 percent of all the
gold bracelets won in the 39-year history of the WSOP.

·   All four of the former WSOP "Player of the Year" winners – Daniel
Negreanu, Allen Cunningham, Jeff Madsen, and Tom Schneider – entered this

·   Eight former WSOP champions played in this event.  They included Jamie
Gold, Greg Raymer, Chris Moneymaker, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Jim Bechtel,
Berry Johnston, Tom McEvoy, and Doyle Brunson.

·   The event began with a short opening ceremony, which included a recital
of "Viva Las Vegas" by the University of Nevada-Las Vegas marching band.
The ceremony also included welcoming remarks by Jeffrey Pollack, WSOP
Commissioner.  Pollack stated that all WSOP gold bracelet winners will be
awarded "Diamond Status" at Harrahs properties, entitling many special
rewards and privileges.

·   The customary "Shuffle Up and Deal" announcement was made by ten-time
gold bracelet winner and two-time world champion Doyle Brunson.

·   Former major league baseball star Orel Hershiser played in this event.
The former National League MVP and World Series (of baseball) MVP played
most of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Hershiser has become an
avid poker player in recent years.

·   The tournament was played over three days.  The first day included ten
levels and was played from 12 noon until 12:45 am (352 players played down
to 70).  Day Two was played as 70 players were reduced down to nine.  The
final table of nine players resume play at 2pm PST on Sunday.

·   This is the first WSOP event of the year to be televised by ESPN.  The
final table will be played on the ESPN stage.

·   James Gorham was the unfortunate bubble victim.  He finished in
37thplace.  Only the top 36 players were paid.

·   Jerri Thomas became the first woman to cash at the 2008 WSOP.  The
former gold bracelet winner (2000 – Seven-Card Stud) took 27th place, worth
$26,470.  This marked her 11th WSOP cash.