WSOP 2008 Event #13, $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

WSOP 2008 Event #13, $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

Number of Entries: 1,395
Total Net Prize Pool: $ 3,213,100
June 7-9, 2008

Final Results

1 Duncan Bell $666,697 Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
2 Steve Merrifield $428,949 Fairmont West Virginia
3 Nathan Doudney $260,261 Bend Oregon
4 Shawn Buchanan $218,491 Abbotsford British Columbia, Canada
5 Brent Hanks $178,327 Las Vegas Nevada
6 Jason Sanders $139,770 Simi Valley California
7 Ariel Soffer $107,639 Hollywood Florida
8 Brent Ditzik $83,541 Phoenix Arizona
9 Nicolas Levi $59,442 London England
10 Adam Katz $38,236 Delray Beach Florida
11 Napoleon Ta $38,236 Palo Alto California
12 Yurl Shapiro $38,236 Skokie Illinois
13 Jason Mercier $30,203 Fort Lauderdale Florida
14 Joel Casper $30,203 Chicago Illinois
15 John Roveto $30,203 Duluth Georgia
16 Michael Kamran $22,170 Los Angeles California
17 Jacques Zaicik $22,170 Paris France
18 Frank Vukasin $22,170 Anchorage Alaska
19 Aaron Been $17,351 Tallahassee Florida
20 William Ragatz $17,351 Orlando Florida
21 Peter Debest $17,351 Yorba Linda California
22 Jason Manger $17,351 Chandler Arizona
23 Pascal Baumgartner $17,351 Konolfingen Switzerland
24 Patri Friedman $17,351 Mountain View California
25 Theobald Tran $17,351 Las Vegas Nevada
26 Samuel Rosenweig $17,351 Dallas Texas
27 Dean Bui $17,351 Seattle Washington
28 Elizabeth Lieu $14,138 Las Vegas Nevada
29 Thong Tran $14,138 Las Vegas Nevada
30 Michael Snorden $14,138 Indianapolis Indiana
31 Scott Freeman $14,138 Oak Park California
32 Scott Cook $14,138 Westerville Ohio
33 Matthias Kuerschner $14,138 Dusseldorf Germany
34 Vanessa Selbst $14,138 Brooklyn New York
35 Andrew Balduff $14,138 Eatonton Georgia
36 Yuval Bronshtein $14,138 Atlanta Georgia
37 Salvatore Simeone $10,925 Florham Pk New Jersey
38 Brian Wildman $10,925 Delaware Ohio
39 Asger Boye $10,925 Kobenhavn Denmark
40 James Hall $10,925 Kingston Illinois
41 James Mccrink $10,925 Las Vegas Nevada
42 Mihai Manole $10,925 Targoviste Romania
43 Chau Giang $10,925 Las Vegas Nevada
44 Jacob Solis $10,925 Pleasanton California
45 Peter Robinson $10,925 Claygate England
46 Craig Gray $9,961 Portland Oregon
47 Howard Boyd $9,961 W Chester Ohio
48 Anthony Phillips $9,961 Essex England
49 Philip Duca $9,961 Mastic Beach New York
50 Frederick Ford $9,961 Tracy California
51 Marty Wong $9,961 Napa California
52 Charles Chattha $9,961 London England
53 Benjamin Zamani $9,961 Boca Raton Florida
54 Tom Lee $9,961 Denver Colorado
55 Jonathan McGowan $8,997 Martinez California
56 Jeffrey Wan $8,997 Staten Island New York
57 Joseph Simmons $8,997 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
58 Rodney Pennington $8,997 White Rock British Columbia, Canada
59 Mathew Brown $8,997 Pocatello Idaho
60 Stuart Baum $8,997 Montreal Quebec, Canada
61 Loren Klein $8,997 Golden Colorado
62 Paul Kobel $8,997 Oakland California
63 David Gent $8,997 Bishopton Scotland
64 Nghia Le $8,033 Shakopee Minnesota
65 Joseph Perrelli $8,033 Elmwood Park Illinois
66 Jeffrey Tomlinson $8,033 Jupiter Florida
67 Justin Phillips $8,033 Oregon City Oregon
68 Peter Moore $8,033 Fernandina Beach Florida
69 Nicholas Gibson $8,033 Windsor England
70 Christopher Bell $8,033 Raleigh North Carolina
71 Mark Gengaro $8,033 Bloomfield New York
72 Binh Ly $8,033 Garden Grove California
73 Jean Moussa $7,069 Northhampton Massachusetts
74 Vladamir Poleshchuk $7,069 Moscow Russia
75 Chadd Cunningham $7,069 Lake Forest California
76 Michel Dumas $7,069 Abilene Texas
77 Roland Isra $7,069 Forest Hill New York
78 Nils Bardsley $7,069 Denver Colorado
79 David Zeitlin $7,069 Brooklyn New York
80 Michael Martin $7,069 Washington Crossing Pennsylvania
81 Anthony Young $7,069 Roscomon Colorado
82 David Woo $6,426 Stone Mountain Georgia
83 Jamel Maistriaux $6,426 Marcinelle Belgium
84 Brian Cospolich $6,426 River Ridge Louisiana
85 David Cai $6,426 Alhambra California
86 Tristan Wade $6,426 Boynton Beach Florida
87 Denny Lee $6,426 Los Angeles California
88 Steven Goldberg $6,426 Las Vegas Nevada
89 Gary Varner $6,426 Cynthiana Kentucky
90 Jarod Drennan $6,426 Odessa Texas
91 Lee Watkinson $5,784 Longbranch Washington
92 Dustin Woolf $5,784 Los Angeles California
93 Mike Collins $5,784 Garden Grove California
94 David Steicke $5,784 Hong Kong China
95 David Redlin $5,784 Las Vegas Nevada
96 Kenna James $5,784 Las Vegas Nevada
97 Joe Davis $5,784 Redondo Beach California
98 Gregory Sellgren $5,784 Las Vegas Nevada
99 Matthew Sterling $5,784 Brownstown Indiana

Tournament Notes

The $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event attracted 1,395 entrants. The prize pool totaled $3,213,100. The top 99 places collected prize money.

The turnout for this year’s tournament increased by 7.5 percent over the previous year. In 2007, 1,290 players registered for this event.

The tournament was played over three consecutive days. Day Two ran longer than usual, due to the large field. On Day Three, the final table was dealt out on the ESPN stage, also known as the “feature table.” The secondary final table, located adjacent to the main stage area, featured the conclusion of Event #14 in an intentional scheduling overlap. Most days at the WSOP this year will include two final tables.

Proving that the World Series of Poker is truly international event, players from 12 different nations finished in-the-money in this tournament – including Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, England, China, France, Germany, Romania, Russia, Scotland, and the United States.

The winner was Duncan “Pumper” Bell from Vancouver, BC (Canada). He is a 32-year-old professional poker player. Bell is married to his wife Joyce, and has one son, Ian.

“Pumper” Bell got his poker nickname from playing aggressively. Friends say he likes to “pump up the pots.” He concentrates mostly on live-action games played near his hometown. However, Bell has played at casinos throughout Western Canada.

Bell collected $666,697 for first place. He also earned his first WSOP gold bracelet. To date, Bell now has two cashes at the WSOP. He took 318th place in the Main Event in 2005.

Prior to turning pro, Bell played ice hockey in the amateur ranks, He also worked as a bellman at the famous Banff Springs Hotel, a luxury resort in the Canadian Rockies.

The real story of this final table was the remarkable dream come true scenario for the champion (Bell) and his poker pal, Shawn Buchanan, from Abbotsford, BC (Canada), who finished fourth. Many friends say they hope to play against each other for a gold bracelet at the WSOP. In this case, the dream really came true. Bell and Buchanan play together regularly in casinos and some home games around Vancouver. They ended up making it all the way to the final table in this event, with Bell winning the bragging rights.

Following his victory, Bell stated in a post-tournament interview:

(Winning this gold bracelet) means a lot to me. Every poker player’s dream is to win a bracelet. Some people have 11 of them. I will happy with just one. But we will see what happens.

This was one of the least-experienced final table lineups in WSOP history. In fact, none of the nine finalists had ever played at a WSOP final table before. Four of the nine had never previously cashed in a WSOP event of any kind. The highest prior finish belonged to Nicolas Levi, who took 26th place at last year’s WSOP Europe championship.

Nicolas Levi, from Paris, France, brought along the most interesting cheering section of supporters. He wore a checked fedora while sitting at the final table. A group of seven supporters wore identical hats in the gallery. “We Frenchmen are not very many people here, so we must all stick together,” one of them said. Unfortunately, the Champs-Elysees fashion parade did not last long. Levi busted out in ninth place.

So far at this year’s WSOP, the average final table has run about seven hours in duration. However, this finale ended in slightly more than three hours. Only 73 hands were dealt. It was the quickest final table of the year.

The final hand of the tournament pitted “Pumper” Bell’s pocket aces against Steven Merrifield’s pocket tens. The rockets held up.

The second-place finisher was Steven Merrifield, from Fairmont, WV. He is a recent graduate of West Virginia University.

Last year’s champion, Francois Safieddine entered the tournament, but did not cash.

The champion’s curse continues. To date at this year’s WSOP, no defending champion has cashed in their respective event.

Notable in-the-money finishers included former WSOP gold bracelet winners Patri Friedman (24th), Chau Giang (43rd), Paul Kobel (62nd), and Lee Watkinson (91st).

Three former world poker champions entered this event – including Jerry Yang (2007), Jamie Gold (2006), and Phil Hellmuth (1989). None cashed.

Talk show host Montel Williams played in this tournament. He was one of the chip leaders after Day One in last year’s Main Event. Williams says he intends to play in four or five events at this year’s WSOP, including the Main Event.

Former Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Tilly played in this event.

Through the first 13 events, professionals now lead amateurs in the gold bracelet count – 10 to 3.

This was the fourth WSOP event of the year to be featured by Bluff Media on the ESPN360 website. Viewers around the world can log on at and watch final tables live. Bluff will feature 20 more WSOP events to be held over the next month. The broadcasts begin daily at 2 pm PST. Note: On some days, events will begin later due to unforeseen tournament length times on the previous day.