WSOP 2008 Event #23, $2,000 No Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

WSOP 2008 Event #23, $2,000 No Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

Buy-In: $ 2,000
Number of Entries: 1,344
Total Net Prize Pool: $ 2,446,080
June 12-14, 2008

Final Results

1
$507,613
Kansas City
Missouri
2
$326,551
Edmonton
Alberta, Canada
3
Daniel O'Brien
$198,132
Las Vegas
Nevada
4
$166,333
Hong Kong

 
5
$135,757
Iowa City
Iowa
6
$106,404
London
United Kingdom
7
$81,943
Amsterdam
Netherlands
8
$63,598
Melbourne
Australia
9
$45,252
Saint Mande
France
10
$29,108
Padova
Italy
11
$29,108
Waukesha
Wisconsin
12
$29,108
Coral Springs
Florida
13
$22,993
San Francisco
California
14
$22,993
Salisbury
Maryland
15
Michael Ellis
$22,993
London
United Kingdom
16
$16,877
Manhattan Beach
California
17
$16,877
San Diego
California
18
$16,877
Northridge
California
19
$13,208
Wellington
Florida
20
$13,208
Manchester
United Kingdom
21
$13,208
Markham
Ontario, Canada
22
$13,208
St Neots Cambs
England
23
$13,208
Santa Fe
New Mexico
24
$13,208
Dade City
Florida
25
$13,208
Cambridge
Massachusetts
26
$13,208
Dallas
Texas
27
$13,208
Newark
Delaware
28
$10,762
Fort Worth
Texas
29
Paul Smith
$10,762
Poway
California
30
$10,762
Tolland
Connecticut
31
$10,762

 

 
32
$10,762
Winchester
California
33
$10,762
Rockledge
Florida
34
$10,762
Garden Grove
California
35
$10,762
Fredericton
New Brunswick, Canada
36
Maria Mayrinck
$10,762
Rio De Janeiro
Brazil
37
$8,316
Seattle
Washington
38
$8,316
Casa Grande
Arizona
39
$8,316
Burlingame
California
40
$8,316
Tucson
Arizona
41
$8,316
Henderson
Nevada
42
$8,316
Cleburne
Texas
43
$8,316
Millington
Illinois
44
$8,316
Ocean
New Jersey
45
John Parker
$8,316
Silver Springs
Maryland
46
$7,582
Rancho Palos Verdes
California
47
$7,582
Blanville
Quebec, Canada
48
$7,582
Brownstown
Indiana
49
$7,582
Hachiouji Shi
Tokyo
50
$7,582
Sherman Oaks
California
51
$7,582
 
52
$7,582
Seattle
Washington
53
$7,582
Highland Beach
Florida
54
$7,582
Huntington Beach
California
55
$6,849
London
United Kingdom
56
$6,849
Dearborn Heights
Michigan
57
$6,849
Oshkosh
Wisconsin
58
$6,849
West Orange
New Jersey
59
$6,849
 
Australia
60
Frank Howerton
$6,849
Bixby
Oklahoma
61
$6,849
Las Vegas
Nevada
62
$6,849
Sacramento
California
63
$6,849
Boynton Beach
Florida
64
$6,115
Quispamsis
New Brunswick, Canada
65
$6,115
Redondo Beach
California
66
$6,115
Homer Glen
Illinois
67
$6,115
Urbana
Illinois
68
$6,115
Katonah
New York
69
$6,115
Long Beach
California
70
$6,115
Gridley
California
71
$6,115
Mapleton
Illinois
72
$6,115
Oakland
California
73
$5,381
Jacksonville
Florida
74
$5,381
Orleans
Ontario, Canada
75
$5,381
Alpharetta
Georgia
76
$5,381
Santa Cruz
Bolivia
77
$5,381
Renton
Washington
78
$5,381
San Dimas
California
79
$5,381
Pacheco
California
80
$5,381
Hartsdale
New York
81
$5,381
Los Angeles
California
82
$4,892
Toronto
Ontario, Canada
83
$4,892
San Antonio
Texas
84
$4,892
Roswell
Georgia
85
$4,892
Amsterdam
Netherlands
86
Remy Andre Biechel
$4,892
Ste Genevieve
France
87
$4,892
Mooresville
North Carolina
88
$4,892
New York
New York
89
$4,892
Winston Salem
North Carolina
90
$4,892
Aberdeen
Washington
91
$4,402
Las Vegas
Nevada
92
$4,402
Winnipeg
Manitoba, Canada
93
$4,402
Commack
New York
94
$4,402
Torshavn
Faroe Islands
95
$4,402
Sierra Vista
Arizona
96
$4,402
San Diego
California
97
$4,402
San Diego
California
98
$4,402
Trondheim
Norway
99
$4,402
Austin
Texas

Tournament Notes

Through the conclusion of Event #23 at this year’s World Series of Poker, the gold bracelet count by nations and states reads as follows:

8 - Nevada
4 - New York
2 - California
2 - Canada
2 - Missouri
1 - Germany
1 - Maryland
1 - Michigan
1 - Pennsylvania
1 - South Carolina

Through the conclusion of Event #23 at this year’s World Series of Poker, the Professionals versus Amateurs gold bracelet scoreboard reads:

Professionals - 17 wins
Amateurs - 4 wins
Semi-Pros - 2 wins

The $2,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship attracted 1,344 entries. The total prize pool amounted to $2,446,080. The top 99 finishers collected prize money.

This is the second of three $2,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournaments on this year’s schedule. Each of the last two years has included three NLHE event with this same buy-in.

The tournament was played over three consecutive days. On Day Three, the final table action took place on the ESPN main stage. The final table was covered by Bluff Media for live broadcast at the ESPN360 website.

The winner was Blair Hinkle, from Kansas City, MO. Hinkle is a 22-year-old poker pro, who has also attended college.

Blair Hinkle is the brother of Grant Hinkle, who won Event #2 at this year’s WSOP. The Hinkle Brothers became only the second tandem of brothers to win gold bracelets. The other is the Pearson Brothers – consisting of Puggy Pearson (three wins in 1973) and J.C. Pearson (one win in 1994).

The Hinkle Brothers became the first siblings in history to win WSOP gold bracelets within a single year.

“There is no rivalry between us,” Hinkle said. “I was ecstatic when he won his bracelet and I know he’s the same way. It’s just amazing that we could both win in the same year.”

Twelve days earlier, Hinkle’s mother sat in the audience and watched her son Grant win his first WSOP victory. She returned to the main stage again and watched her other son, Blair earn his victory. Hinkle’s mother joked afterward that she is looking forward to getting her own bracelet. While she has no aspirations of entering a WSOP tournament, Hinkle’s mother did suggest that she was a sort of good luck charm for the family.

Blair Hinkle collected $507,613 for first place. This was his first WSOP gold bracelet. This marked his second time to cash. Hinkle finished in 520nd place in the 2007 WSOP Main Event (6,358 entrants). He also finished 6th at the recent Caesars Las Vegas WSOP Circuit event, a few months ago.

“The player I was worried about the most was Dustin Dirksen (who finished fifth),” Hinkle said afterward. “I made a huge jump after he busted out and I was able to really pick up my game after that.”

Hinkle also wanted to point out that his grandmother taught him how to play poker (along with his brother Grant). He said hello to his grandmother in a post-tournament interview carried live on ESPN360.

The second-place finisher was Mark Brockington, from Edmonton, Alberta (Canada). Amazingly, Brockington started with $100 in his poker bankroll and has never been in the red since then. Brockington, who earned a PhD, has his work cited by Chris “Jesus” Ferguson in his own PhD thesis.

Dustin Dirksen is a law school graduate who also runs three small businesses. He also plays poker full time. Dirksen was the runner-up in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event last year. He took fifth place this time.

Two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Chris Bjorin, from London, England was the sixth-place finisher. This marked the 41st career WSOP cash for Bjorin, placing him 13th on the all-time list. Thor Hansen, who is ranked right behind Bjorin for career in-the-money finishes commented that Bjorin is truly one of the best poker players in the world. He went on to state the Bjorin would have many more cashes if he played in more events.

The final table included players from Canada, France, England, Holland, Australia, and the United States.

Two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Barry Greenstein cashed, finishing in 46th place.

Players from 12 different nations finished in the money. Countries represented included – Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, the Faroe Islands, Holland, Italy, Japan, Norway, and the United States.

Hjalti Jacobson became the first player in history from the Faroe Islands to cash at the WSOP. The Faroe Islands are located in the Norwegian Sea and are an autonomous province of Denmark.

Ben Ponzio won this event last year. He did not enter the tournament this year. This brings the current streak to 23 straight non-cashes for defending champions in their respective events.

Through the conclusion of Event #23, only one player has cashed five times to date – Nikolay Evdakov, from Moscow, Russia. Evdakov is in serious contention to challenge the record set for “Most WSOP Cashes in a Single Year,” shared by four players -- Michael Binger (2007), Chad Brown (2007), Phil Hellmuth, Jr. (2006), and Humberto Brenes (2006), with eight in-the-money strikes.

The current Milwaukee’s Best Light “Player of the Year” standings shows Erick Lindgren on top of the points list with one gold bracelet win and three cashes.