WSOP 2008 Event #10, $2,500 1/2 Omaha 1/2 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split, Final Results and Report

WSOP 2008 Event #10, $2,500 1/2 Omaha 1/2 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split, Final Results and Report

Buy-In: $2,500
Number of Entries: 388
Total Net Prize Pool: $ $892,400
June 4-6, 2008

Final Results

  Name Prize City State/Country
1 Farzad Rouhani $232,911 Germantown Maryland
2 Tom Chambers $142,784 Chicago Illinois
3 John Cernuto $86,117 Las Vegas Nevada
4 Yueqi Zhu $63,807 Rowland Heights California
5 Greg Pappas $48,190 Las Vegas Nevada
6 John Racener $37,481 Tampa Florida
7 Daniel Mowczan $28,557 Sterling Heights Michigan
8 Michael Mizrachi $24,095 Las Vegas Nevada
9 Brandon Cantu $19,633 Vancouver Washington
10 Tad Jurgens $19,633 Gold Canyon Arizona
11 James Van Alstyne $15,171 Las Vegas Nevada
12 Matthew Graham $15,171 River Ridge Louisiana
13 Mark Gallo $10,709 Lyndhurst New Jersey
14 Hoyt Corkins $10,709 Las Vegas Nevada
15 Craig Gray $8,032 Portland Oregon
16 Sam Silverman $8,032 Las Vegas Nevada
17 Claude Cohen $6,247 Paris France
18 Cory Wolnewitz $6,247 Palm Beach Gardens Florida
19 Jeffrey Lisandro $6,247 Salerno Italy
20 Hieu Ma $6,247 El Monte California
21 Brock Parker $6,247 Silver Springs Maryland
22 Allen Cunningham $6,247 Las Vegas Nevada
23 Gary Benson $6,247 Sydney Australia
24 Kyle Bowker $6,247 Walton New York
25 Jack Ward $4,908 Gulfport Mississippi
26 Barbara Enright $4,908 Hollywood California
27 Salim Hanna $4,908 Gilbert Arizona
28 Thomas Weideman $4,908 Fair Oaks California
29 Ming Reslock $4,908 Atlantic City New Jersey
30 Berry Johnston $4,908 Bethany Oklahoma
31 Allen Kessler $4,908 Huntingdon Valley Pennsylvania
32 Bennett Greenstein $4,908 Newton Massachusetts
33 Daniel Klein $4,016 Las Vegas Nevada
34 Ethan Werner $4,016    
35 Donald Mcnamara $4,016 Menlo Park California
36 Robert Sherer $4,016 Seattle Washington
37 Alan Boston $4,016 Old Orchard Beach Maine
38 Adam Glassman $4,016    
39 Scott Clements $4,016 Mt. Vernon Washington
40 Larry Reynolds $4,016 Hollywood California

Tournament Notes

  • The $2,500 buy-in Half Omaha High-Low Split / Half Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split event attracted 388 players, creating a prize pool totaling $892,400.
  • This tournament debuted at last year’s WSOP and attracted 327 players. Hence, the turnout was 16 percent higher this year.
  • These two games tend to attract more experienced players who appreciate the nuances of limit poker. The average age of players in the tournament was a bit higher than usual, reflected in the composition of the finale table which had four players aged 44+.
  • The tournament was played over three days. Day Three featured final table play, which took place adjacent to the ESPN stage. Given the presence of a few poker celebrities, a standing-room only crowd circled the table.
  • When the final table began, Farzad Rouhani was the chip leader. He earned what amounted to a wire-to-wire victory.
  • The winner was Farzad “Freddy” Rouhani, from Germantown, MD. He is a 44-year-old professional poker player.
  • Rouhani was born in Iran. He arrived in the U.S. in 1985 to attend college. In fact, he planned to attend medical school. “I came to the U.S. 23 years ago to become a doctor,” Rouhani said in a post-tournament interview. “But instead, I became a pro poker player. Go figure.”
  • Rouhani plays mostly in Atlantic City. He once frequented local poker games in the suburban Washington, DC area, where he now lives. But the stakes proved too low for the more serious Rouhani.
  • Winning a WSOP gold bracelet obviously meant something special to the new champion. While playing, Rouhani wore another bracelet on his left wrist – which was presented to him for winning a tournament at the Jack Binion World Poker Open back in 2003. “I must admit that I really do need the money,” Rouhani said. “Everyone needs the money. But this gold bracelet to me means a whole lot more. It is the thing that everyone in poker dreams of.”
  • Rouhani earned a well-deserved victory. He collected $232,911 for first place. He also earned his first WSOP gold bracelet. Rouhani came very close to winning a few years ago when he took second place in a No-Limit Hold’em event. To date, Rouhani now has eight WSOP cashes, two final table appearances, and more than $800,000 in career winnings at the WSOP.
  • Given that high-low split games tend to be somewhat monotonous, the final table was expected to run long. However, the finale concluded in about 6 hours, due largely to Rouhani’s dominant stack size throughout, making it the quickest of ten final tables thus far at the 2008 WSOP.
  • The final hand came at 9:10 pm PST. Rouhani was dealt 9-8-3-2. The final board showed 7-3-3-A-3, giving the new champion quad-threes with an eight-low. After exposing his four-of-a-kind, the often demonstrative poker pro jokingly remarked, ”If I knew they would show my hand to the audience, I would play better cards than (9-8-3-2).
  • The runner up was Tom Chambers, from Chicago, IL. The former teacher and basketball coach now has four career cashes at the WSOP.
  • Widely-respected poker pro “Miami John” Cernuto finished third. The former air-traffic controller has won three WSOP gold bracelets. But his bid for his first victory since 2002 fell short.
  • This marked the 17th career WSOP cash for the fourth-place finisher, Rich Zhu.
  • While the final table was being played, poker jester Gavin Smith waddled over to the table cheer on his friend and protégé, Greg Pappas. Since Pappas wears full head of very long white hair, Smith nicknamed him “Big White.” Meanwhile, longtime poker veteran and ex-horseracing trainer Jim Bucci was standing at tableside and remarked that favorite Big Brown had just lost the Belmont Stakes moments earlier. Smith couldn’t resist writing a mock headline and shouted out for everyone to hear: “On the Day Big Brown Chokes in the Big Race, Big White Gets the Bracelet.” It proved to be a premature assumption. Pappas, a.k.a. “Big White” ended up fifth.
  • Sixth-place finisher John Racener won the WSOP Circuit championship event at Harrahs Atlantic City last year.
  • Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi has enjoyed astounding success in poker tournaments in recent years. His career winnings total more than $6 million. But for all his accolades elsewhere, Mizrachi has not fared particularly well at the WSOP. This was his first-ever final table appearance. Unfortunately, he went out in eighth place.
  • Several former WSOP gold bracelet winners cashed in this tournament. The included Hoyt Corkins (14th), Jeffrey Lisandro (19th), Tony Ma (20th), Allen Cunningham (22nd), Gary Benson (23rd), Barbara Enright (26th), Berry Johnston (30th), and Scott Clements (39th).
  • Eccentric sports bettor and poker convert Alan Boston took 37th place. Boston is widely acknowledged as one of the best college basketball handicappers in the world.
  • Last year’s champion was Tom Schneider, who went on to win the 2007 WSOP “Player of the Year” race. Schneider was unable to defend his crown in this event as he was still alive in another tournament at the time, the Mixed Games championship, which played its Day Two when this tournament began.