WSOP 2008 Event #17, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, Final Results and Report

WSOP 2008 Event #17, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, Final Results and Report

Number of Entries: 1,000
Total Net Prize Pool: $ 1,365,000
June 8-10, 2008

Jason Young
Jason Young

Final Results

1 Jason Young $335,565 Suffern New York
2 Mike Schwartz $209,527 Encino California
3 John Strzemp III $129,675 Las Vegas Nevada
4 Rory Monahan $82,582 Carbondale Illinois
5 Matthew Giannetti $40,267 Las Vegas Nevada
6 Kyle Bowker $23,887 Walton New York
7 Sergey Rybachenko $15,697 Moscow Russia
8 Thomas West $12,421 Los Altos California
9 Alexander Triner $9,828 Rockville Maryland
10 Casey Coleman $7,507 Kingston Ontario, Canada
11 Travis Roseberry $5,596 Las Vegas Nevada
12 John Mckinney $5,596 Fayetteville North Carolina
13 Garrett Beckman $5,596 Gardener Kansas
14 David Orvis $5,596 Longmont Colorado
15 John Wagner $5,596 Houston Texas
16 Sarvesh Pershad $5,596 Miramichi New Brunswick, Canada
17 Daniel Smith $5,596 Folsom California
18 Craig Marquis $5,596 Arlington Texas
19 Khalid Hameed $5,596 Walnut Creek California
20 Ali Shahryar Eslami $5,596 Van Nuys California
21 Patryk Hildebranski $5,596 Kitchener Ontario, Canada
22 Kurt Younghouse $5,596 Evansville Indiana
23 Orlando Romero $5,596 Las Vegas Nevada
24 Casey Mccarrel $5,596 Lafayette California
25 Cory Zeidman $5,596 Coral Springs Florida
26 Craig Gray $5,596 Portland Oregon
27 Damian Artt $5,596 Mesa Arizona
28 Richard Tatalovich $5,596 Scottsdale Arizona
29 Alexander Veldhuis $5,596 Rotterdam Netherlands
30 Craig Brennan $5,596 San Clemente California
31 Marcus Moulton $5,596 Los Angeles California
32 Matthew Lagarde $5,596 Salisbury Maryland
33 Mark Gregorich $5,596 Las Vegas Nevada
34 Andrew Miles $5,596 Long Beach Washington
35 Michelle John $5,596 Corona California
36 Robert Babyar $5,596 Mesa Arizona
37 Peter Dalhuijsen $5,596 Utrecht Netherlands
38 Jesper Hougaard $5,596   Belgium
39 Alon Shahar $5,596 Copenhagen Denmark
40 Santos Ortiz $5,596 Windsor Ontario, Canada
41 Patrick O'Conner $5,596 Dormahair Ireland
42 Paul Ferner $5,596 Mitcham England
43 Thomas Slifka $5,596 Henderson Nevada
44 Sean Brandow $5,596 Lacey Washington
45 Edward Pellegrini $5,596 Destrehan Louisiana
46 Michael Sica $5,596 New Bruncswick New Jersey
47 Noah Boeken $5,596 Amsterdam Netherlands
48 Anthony Roux $5,596 London United Kingdom
49 Anthony Nowalany $5,596 Henderson Nevada
50 Jason Gwinn $5,596 Nashville Tennessee
51 David Redlin $5,596 Las Vegas Nevada
52 William Burdick $5,596 St. Petersburg Florida
53 Marco Mills $5,596 Mississauga Ontario, Canada
54 Steve Pestal $5,596 Long Beach California
55 Clint Schafer $5,596 Baton Rouge Louisiana
56 Antonio Abesamis $5,596 West Covina California
57 Thor Hansen $5,596 El Segundo California
58 Donald Carlton $5,596 Woodstock Illinois
59 Keith Sexton $5,596 Henderson Nevada
60 Gregory Gill $5,596 Bakersfield California
61 Dong Suh $5,596 Los Angeles California
62 Kevin Picklesimer $5,596 Las Vegas Nevada
63 Richard Fohrenbach $5,596 Milford Connecticut
64 Steven Hammerschmidt $5,596 Greenfield Minnesota
65 Robert Harris $5,596 Gulf Shores Alabama
66 Brian Miller $5,596 Duluth Georgia
67 Joseph Bolnick $5,596 Los Angeles California
68 Ryan Hughes $5,596 Phoenix Arizona
69 Dustin Pattinson $5,596 Edinburg Texas
70 Joseph Graziano $5,596 Tualatin Oregon
71 Frank Blumlein $5,596 Frankfort Germany
72 Anton Smolyanskiy $5,596 New York New York
73 Andrey Zaichenko $5,596 Moscow Russian Federation
74 Bradley Helm $5,596 Scottsdale Arizona
75 Richard Geyer $5,596 Austin Texas
76 David Colin $5,596 Short Hills New Jersey
77 Darren Price $5,596 Battle Creek Michigan
78 Justin Stjohn $5,596 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
79 Dale Phillips $5,596 Naples Florida
80 Brian Lamanna $5,596 Las Vegas Nevada
81 Andrew Moser $5,596 Davie Florida
82 Benjamin Hamnett $5,596 Holbrook Pennsylvania
83 Ut Nguyen $5,596 Bell Gardens California
84 Noah Jefferson $5,596 Santa Monica California
85 Fabio Coppola $5,596 Rimini RN Italy
86 Frank Miceli $5,596 Barbourville Kentucky
87 James Ferguson $5,596 Austin Texas
88 Loren Klein $5,596 Golden Colorado
89 Christopher Clampitt $5,596 West Columbia South Carolina
90 Patrick Obrien $5,596 Lynnfield Massachusetts
91 Christopher Vaughn $5,596 Atlanta Georgia
92 Jeffrey Darling $5,596 Gilbert Arizona
93 Chadd Huber $5,596 Bryan Ohio
94 Jinyun Lin $5,596 San Jose California
95 Jared Okun $5,596 Las Vegas Nevada
96 Yue Huang $5,596 San Francisco California
97 Marco Liesy $5,596 Speyer Germany
98 Mark Radoja $5,596 Ariss Ontario, Canada
99 Lisa Teebagy $5,596 Lghthse Point Florida
100 Minh Nguyen $5,596 Bell Gardens California


Tournament Notes

The $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Shootout attracted 1,000 entrants. The total prize pool amounted to $1,365,000. The top 100 finishers collected prize money.

Attendance for this event increased over last year’s number, when 900 players registered.

A “Shootout” means the objective is to win all the chips at a table in order to advance to the next round. On Day One, the tournament began with 1,000 players competing in what amounted to a ten-handed Sit n’ Go. One player from each table (the winner) progressed to play in the second round. On Day Two, those 100 winners were divided into ten tables, each playing a ten-handed Sit n’ Go. The ten winners from this round progressed to Day Three to take a seat at the final table – which was played ten-handed. Essentially, the winner of the tournament was required to win three consecutive Sit n’ Go rounds.

A Shootout emphasizes short-handed poker skills. This generally requires competitors to play cards out of the standard range of starting-hand requirements. It also makes post-flop skill paramount to victory. In a sense, each round is a “final table” for all the competitors since the objective is to accumulate chips and eliminate opponents.

The tournament was played over two consecutive days. Day One included the first and second rounds of play. On Day Two, the final table was dealt out on the final table adjacent to the ESPN main stage, which was featuring the conclusion of the Ladies Poker World Championship (Event #15). The Event #16 finale was also being played at a nearby table. This is expected to be the only day at this year’s WSOP which will feature three simultaneous final tables.

Day One ran a brutal 18 hours and 50 minutes in duration. Since rounds are not completed until the last table ends, players must wait until all tables have been completed before resuming play in the next round. Round One began at 12 pm and ended at 9 pm. Round Two began at 10 pm and finally ended at 6:50 am when the last table broke. Travis Roseberry and Kyle Bowker played for nearly nine hours before the winner (Bowker) was finally determined.

“Day Two” was nearly as long. Play began at 2 pm and finally ended 11 hours and 10 minutes later at 1:10 am. Technically, this tournament actually lasted three days. The 29-hour duration is one of the longest two-day events in WSOP history.

This is becoming a breakthrough year for Russian poker players. For the first time in history, Russians made it to the final table in five straight WSOP events (Event #14 – Alexander Kostritsyn; Event #15 – Svetlana Gromenkova; Event #16 – Ralph Perry; Event #17 – Sergey Rybachenko and Mike Schwartz).

The winner was Jason Young, from Suffern, NY. He is a 26-year-old aspiring professional poker player.

Young recently left his job to pursue playing poker for a living. In his prior job, he worked for six years for the Parks and Recreation Department, involved in various community projects.

Young collected $329,872 for first place. He remarked afterward: “When I worked as a recreation coordinator, I made $35,000 a year. Now, I just made ten years of my former salary in just two days!”

Young’s grandmother taught him how to play poker. He first learned Seven-Card Stud. Then a few years ago, he saw Hold’em played in television. Young began visiting Atlantic City’s poker rooms regularly with his father. “It was just a hobby,” he said. “It was something my dad and I could do together.”

“I always wanted a job where I didn’t have to work very hard. I mean, I want to work, but I wanted to (enjoy other things),” Young said. “So -- I found poker. (After playing 29 hours in two days), it looks like this is the wrong job to take it easy.”

Young admitted that he had only one hour of sleep the night/morning before playing on Day Two. “It was an adrenaline rush,” he answered when asked how he got through the marathon match.

This was unquestionably the most dramatic final table of the WSOP thus far. Young’s victory almost did not happen. In fact, his cagey opponent – Mike Schwartz – nearly pulled off the greatest recorded comeback in WSOP history. When playing heads-up Schwartz lost a huge pot and was down about 40 to 1 in chips. He had only 140,000 of the 10,000,000 chips in play (1.4 percent) with his big blind posted at 120,000. Incredibly, Schwartz won several hands over the next hour and was all-in down only about 7 to 3 in chips, holding the best hand. Had he won the final hand of the tournament, Schwartz would have been at a 3 to 2 advantage in heads-up play.

The final hand pitted Schwartz’ 4-4 against Young’s A-J. Schwartz was about to seize the chip lead, but an ace on the turn sealed the victory for the first-time WSOP gold bracelet winner.

The second-place finisher was Mike Schwartz, a 58-year-old Russian-born business executive.

The third-place finisher was John Strzemp III, who was making his first appearance at a WSOP final table. His father (John Strzemp II) finished second in the 1997 WSOP Main Event to the late Stu Ungar.

Several notable players cashed in this event, including two-time gold bracelet winner Thor Hansen, who cashed for the 41st time in his WSOP career. Hansen currently ranks 11th on the all-time list.

Former gold bracelet winner Minh Nguyen cashed for the 25th time in his WSOP career. Nguyen has now cashed at least twice at every single WSOP since 2002.

Former gold bracelet winner Ryan Hughes (2007 Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split) also finished in-the-money.

The curse on defending champions continues. Donald Baruch won this event in 2007. He entered the tournament this year, but did not cash. This marks the 17th straight time where a defending champion failed to cash in his or her respective event.

Through 17 events, the “Professionals versus Amateurs” WSOP gold medal scoreboard currently reads – Pros (12) and Amateurs (4) with one neutral semi-pro.