WSOP 2008 Event #2, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, Final Results

WSOP 2008 Event #2, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, Final Results

Number of Entries: 3,929
Total Net Prize Pool: $5,363,085
May 31-June 3, 2008

1.
Kansas City
Missouri
$831,462.00
2.
London
United Kingdom
$520,219.00
3.
Pacific Palisades
California
$388,287.00
4.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$327,148.00
5.
New Orleans
Louisiana
$268,154.00
6.
Waterloo
Ontario, Canada
$211,841.00
7.
Chicago
Illinois
$158,211.00
8.
Athens
Georgia
$117,987.00
9.
Pasadena
Texas
$83,127.00
10.
Whitewater
Wisconsin
$52,021.00
11.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$52,021.00
12.
Minh Nguyen
Lake Elsinore
California
$52,021.00
13.
Abbotsford
British Columbia, Canada
$41,295.00
14.
San Francisco
California
$41,295.00
15.
Lake Grove
New York
$41,295.00
16.
Hollywood
California
$30,569.00
17.
Palmer
Alaska
$30,569.00
18.
Chantilly
Virginia
$30,569.00
19.
Kelso Blake
Las Vegas
Nevada
$24,133.00
20.
Ryan D'Angelo
Vestal
New York
$24,133.00
21.
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
$24,133.00
22.
Boulder
Colorado
$24,133.00
23.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$24,133.00
24.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$24,133.00
25.
San Diego
California
$24,133.00
26.
Copenhagen
Denmark
$24,133.00
27.
Hollywood
California
$24,133.00
28.
Sunset Beach
North Carolina
$18,770.00
29.
Perth
Ontario, Canada
$18,770.00
30.
Beaconsfield
Quebec, Canada
$18,770.00
31.
Mcallen
Texas
$18,770.00
32.
Brookline
Massachusetts
$18,770.00
33.
Toronto
Ontario, Canada
$18,770.00
34.
Tucson
Arizona
$18,770.00
35.
David Robertson
Henderson
Nevada
$18,770.00
36.
San Antonio
Texas
$18,770.00
37.
Menands
New York
$14,480.00
38.
Green River
Wyoming
$14,480.00
39.
Mobile
Alabama
$14,480.00
40.
Miskolc
 Hungary
$14,480.00
41.
San Diego
California
$14,480.00
42.
Mesquite
Nevada
$14,480.00
43.
Los Angeles
California
$14,480.00
44.
Montebello
New York
$14,480.00
45.
 
 
$14,480.00
46.
Rockville Centre
New York
$12,871.00
47.
Fairfax
Virginia
$12,871.00
48.
Mammoth Lakes
California
$12,871.00
49.
Celebration
Florida
$12,871.00
50.
Escondido
California
$12,871.00
51.
Denver
Colorado
$12,871.00
52.
Mission Viejo
California
$12,871.00
53.
Garden Grove
California
$12,871.00
54.
Hollywood
Florida
$12,871.00
55.
Gilbert
Arizona
$11,262.00
56.
Elk Grove
California
$11,262.00
57.
San Jose
California
$11,262.00
58.
Agoura Hills
California
$11,262.00
59.
Berlin
Germany
$11,262.00
60.
San Diego
California
$11,262.00
61.
Dallas
Texas
$11,262.00
62.
 
 
$11,262.00
63.
Palmdale
California
$11,262.00
64.
 
 
$9,653.00
65.
Boca Raton
Florida
$9,653.00
66.
Gilbert
Arizona
$9,653.00
67.
John Murphy
Walnut Creek
California
$9,653.00
68.
Los Angeles
California
$9,653.00
69.
 
 
$9,653.00
70.
Kaneohe, HI
 
$9,653.00
71.
Westlake
Ohio
$9,653.00
72.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$9,653.00
73.
Missoula
Montana
$8,044.00
74.
Sun City
California
$8,044.00
75.
Safety Harbor
Florida
$8,044.00
76.
Christopher Defalco
Murrieta
California
$8,044.00
77.
 
 
$8,044.00
78.
London
United Kingdom
$8,044.00
79.
Ames
Iowa
$8,044.00
80.
Upper Darby
Pennsylvania
$8,044.00
81.
Little Chute
Wisconsin
$8,044.00
82.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$6,972.00
83.
St Louis
Missouri
$6,972.00
84.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$6,972.00
85.
Orange
California
$6,972.00
86.
Louisville
Kentucky
$6,972.00
87.
Bexley Kent
 
$6,972.00
88.
Silverdale
Oregon
$6,972.00
89.
Tampa
Florida
$6,972.00
90.
Ladera Ranch
California
$6,972.00
91.
Calgary
Alberta, CA
$5,899.00
92.
Cedar City
Utah
$5,899.00
93.
Walls
Mississippi
$5,899.00
94.
San Clemente
California
$5,899.00
95.
Santa Monica
California
$5,899.00
96.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$5,899.00
97.
Dallas
Texas
$5,899.00
98.
Green Springs
Ohio
$5,899.00
99.
Peabody
Massachusetts
$5,899.00
100.
Reno
Nevada
$4,826.00
101.
Bridger
Montana
$4,826.00
102.
Monterey
California
$4,826.00
103.
Burr Ridge
Illinois
$4,826.00
104.
Houston
Texas
$4,826.00
105.
Surrey
British Columbia, Canada
$4,826.00
106.
Turlock
California
$4,826.00
107.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,826.00
108.
Atlanta
Georgia
$4,826.00
109.
San Diego
California
$4,826.00
110.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,826.00
111.
Brampton
Ontario, Canada
$4,826.00
112.
Santa Monica
California
$4,826.00
113.
Clearlake
California
$4,826.00
114.
Omaha
Nebraska
$4,826.00
115.
West Nyack
New York
$4,826.00
116.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,826.00
117.
 
 
$4,826.00
118.
San Diego
California
$4,826.00
119.
Thi Pham
Surrey
British Columbia, Canada
$4,826.00
120.
Terrence Chan
Vancouver
British Columbia, Canada
$4,826.00
121.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,826.00
122.
Donimick Cuzzi
Bronx
New York
$4,826.00
123.
Long Beach
California
$4,826.00
124.
Austin
Texas
$4,826.00
125.
Andrew Taylor
San Clemente
California
$4,826.00
126.
Houston
Texas
$4,826.00
127.
Henderson
Nevada
$4,558.00
128.
Henderson
Nevada
$4,558.00
129.
Orange
California
$4,558.00
130.
Winnipeg
Manitoba, Canada
$4,558.00
131.
Dublin
Ohio
$4,558.00
132.
Irvine
California
$4,558.00
133.
Scottsdale
Arizona
$4,558.00
134.
Doninic Biondi
Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,558.00
135.
Holbrook
Pennsylvania
$4,558.00
136.
Arcadia
California
$4,558.00
137.
Palatine
Illinois
$4,558.00
138.
Wadsworth
Ohio
$4,558.00
139.
Moscow
 Russia
$4,558.00
140.
Boulder City
Nevada
$4,558.00
141.
Snellville
Georgia
$4,558.00
142.
 
 
$4,558.00
143.
Malta
Illinois
$4,558.00
144.
1670 Fr. Stad
 
$4,558.00
145.
Poa
 RS
$4,558.00
146.
Brisbane
Queensland, Australia
$4,558.00
147.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,558.00
148.
Montgomery
Texas
$4,558.00
149.
Laguna Hills
California
$4,558.00
150.
Los Angeles
California
$4,558.00
151.
Maple Wood
New Jersey
$4,558.00
152.
San Clemente
California
$4,558.00
153.
New York
New York
$4,558.00
154.
Kenmore
Washington
$4,558.00
155.
Bellflower
California
$4,558.00
156.
Long Beach
California
$4,558.00
157.
Gorham
Kansas
$4,558.00
158.
Chicago
Illinois
$4,558.00
159.
Venice
California
$4,558.00
160.
New York
New York
$4,558.00
161.
Deptford
New Jersey
$4,558.00
162.
Trilla
Illinois
$4,558.00
163.
Chris Vaughn
Atlanta
Georgia
$4,290.00
164.
Apollo Beach
Florida
$4,290.00
165.
Pierre
South Dakota
$4,290.00
166.
Boca Raton
Florida
$4,290.00
167.
Hilton Head
South Carolina
$4,290.00
168.
Enfield
Conneticut
$4,290.00
169.
La Junta
Colorado
$4,290.00
170.
Glendale
California
$4,290.00
171.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,290.00
172.
Khamsy Nuanmanee
North Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,290.00
173.
Washington
Washington
$4,290.00
174.
Melbourne
Australia
$4,290.00
175.
Des Moines
Was
$4,290.00
176.
Necedah
Wisconsin
$4,290.00
177.
San Francisco
California
$4,290.00
178.
Barrie
Ontario, Canada
$4,290.00
179.
Vaughn
Ontario, Canada
$4,290.00
180.
Overland Park
Kansas
$4,290.00
181.
Selinsgrove
Pennsylvania
$4,290.00
182.
Grangetown
 GR
$4,290.00
183.
East Hanover
New Jersey
$4,290.00
184.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,290.00
185.
Jacksonville
North Carolina
$4,290.00
186.
 
 
$4,290.00
187.
Aurora
California
$4,290.00
188.
 
 
$4,290.00
189.
Los Angeles
California
$4,290.00
190.
Simi Valley
California
$4,290.00
191.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,290.00
192.
Long Beach
California
$4,290.00
193.
Atlanta
Georgia
$4,290.00
194.
London
United Kingdom
$4,290.00
195.
St. James
New York
$4,290.00
196.
Lititz
Pennsylvania
$4,290.00
197.
Santa Monica
California
$4,290.00
198.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,290.00
199.
Austin
Texas
$4,022.00
200.
Etiwanda
California
$4,022.00
201.
Lexington
North Carolina
$4,022.00
202.
Apollo Beach
Florida
$4,022.00
203.
Broomfield
Colorado
$4,022.00
204.
Turlock
California
$4,022.00
205.
Sun Valley
California
$4,022.00
206.
Magalia
California
$4,022.00
207.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,022.00
208.
Houston
Texas
$4,022.00
209.
Rolph Kaus
Fuchstfad
 
$4,022.00
210.
Roseville
California
$4,022.00
211.
North Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,022.00
212.
Houston
Texas
$4,022.00
213.
Jenkins Roger
Union City
California
$4,022.00
214.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,022.00
215.
Houston
Texas
$4,022.00
216.
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
$4,022.00
217.
San Antonio
Texas
$4,022.00
218.
Moscow
 Russia
$4,022.00
219.
Zephyr Cove
Nevada
$4,022.00
220.
Henderson
Nevada
$4,022.00
221.
Scranton
Pennsylvania
$4,022.00
222.
Bala-Cynwyd
Pennsylvania
$4,022.00
223.
Vancouver
British Columbia, CA
$4,022.00
224.
Kennesaw
Georgia
$4,022.00
225.
Westminster
Colorado
$4,022.00
226.
Denver
Colorado
$4,022.00
227.
Kearneysville
West Virginia
$4,022.00
228.
Oakland
California
$4,022.00
229.
Henderson
Nevada
$4,022.00
230.
San Antonio
Texas
$4,022.00
231.
Ncholas Decker
Las Vegas
Nevada
$4,022.00
232.
Wichita
Kansas
$4,022.00
233.
Maria Mayrinck
Rio De Janeiro
 Brazil
$4,022.00
234.
New Port
California
$4,022.00
235.
Vachagan Zakarian
North Hollywood
California
$3,754.00
236.
Fairfield
Iowa
$3,754.00
237.
Boulder
Colorado
$3,754.00
238.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,754.00
239.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,754.00
240.
Evanston
Illinois
$3,754.00
241.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,754.00
242.
Pete Gregory Shekeloff
Oakland
California
$3,754.00
243.
Edinburg
Texas
$3,754.00
244.
San Diego
California
$3,754.00
245.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,754.00
246.
Avon
Colorado
$3,754.00
247.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,754.00
248.
Tucson
Arizona
$3,754.00
249.
London
United Kingdom
$3,754.00
250.
Omaha
Nebraska
$3,754.00
251.
Fullerton
California
$3,754.00
252.
Bay Shore
New York
$3,754.00
253.
Hans Chu
Mclean
Virginia
$3,754.00
254.
New Lisbon
Wisconsin
$3,754.00
255.
Carlisle
 
$3,754.00
256.
Los Angeles
California
$3,754.00
257.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,754.00
258.
Coquitlam
British Columbia, CA
$3,754.00
259.
Matthew Thornton
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,754.00
260.
Indiana
Indiana
$3,754.00
261.
Sacramento
California
$3,754.00
262.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,754.00
263.
Windsor
Ontario, Canada
$3,754.00
264.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,754.00
265.
Henderson
Nevada
$3,754.00
266.
Litchfield Park
Arizona
$3,754.00
267.
Union City
California
$3,754.00
268.
Phoenix
Arizona
$3,754.00
269.
Ocala
Florida
$3,754.00
270.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,754.00
271.
Santa Clara
California
$3,486.00
272.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,486.00
273.
Eagle
Idaho
$3,486.00
274.
 
 
$3,486.00
275.
Chicago
Illinois
$3,486.00
276.
Miami
Florida
$3,486.00
277.
Janesville
Wisconsin
$3,486.00
278.
Wichita
Kansas
$3,486.00
279.
Orange Park
Florida
$3,486.00
280.
Cerritos
California
$3,486.00
281.
Fayetteville
North Carolina
$3,486.00
282.
Kim Williams
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,486.00
283.
Louis Ville
Tennessee
$3,486.00
284.
Merritt Island
Florida
$3,486.00
285.
San Jose
California
$3,486.00
286.
Tucson
Arizona
$3,486.00
287.
San Marino
California
$3,486.00
288.
Minot
North Dakota
$3,486.00
289.
Revera
Mississippi
$3,486.00
290.
Sherman Oaks
California
$3,486.00
291.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,486.00
292.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,486.00
293.
Phoenix
Arizona
$3,486.00
294.
Texas City
Texas
$3,486.00
295.
Derei Asher
London
United Kingdom
$3,486.00
296.
Gurabo
Puerto Rico
$3,486.00
297.
Los Angeles
California
$3,486.00
298.
Santa Rosa
California
$3,486.00
299.
Seatttle
Washington
$3,486.00
300.
Los Angeles
California
$3,486.00
301.
Beverly Hills
California
$3,486.00
302.
Columbus
Georgia
$3,486.00
303.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,486.00
304.
Galloway
New Jersey
$3,486.00
305.
Napa
California
$3,486.00
306.
Salado
Texas
$3,486.00
307.
Jeffersonville
Indiana
$3,217.00
308.
Layton
Utah
$3,217.00
309.
Alta Loma
California
$3,217.00
310.
London
United Kingdom
$3,217.00
311.
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
$3,217.00
312.
Pearland
Texas
$3,217.00
313.
Sant-Lazare
Quebec, Canada
$3,217.00
314.
Chennevieres
 
$3,217.00
315.
Tempe
Arizona
$3,217.00
316.
Massillon
Ohio
$3,217.00
317.
Marcel Bedard
Quebec
Quebec, Canada
$3,217.00
318.
Belfast
United Kingdom
$3,217.00
319.
Los Angeles
California
$3,217.00
320.
Ottawa
Ontario, Canada
$3,217.00
321.
Springfield
Missouri
$3,217.00
322.
Henderson
Nevada
$3,217.00
323.
Paul Smith
Poway
California
$3,217.00
324.
Huntsville
Alabama
$3,217.00
325.
Vista
California
$3,217.00
326.
Wichita
Kansas
$3,217.00
327.
Tarzana
California
$3,217.00
328.
Birmingham
Michigan
$3,217.00
329.
Sacramento
California
$3,217.00
330.
Danny Smith
Tempe
Arizona
$3,217.00
331.
Littleton
Colorado
$3,217.00
332.
Chula Vista
California
$3,217.00
333.
North Carolina
 
$3,217.00
334.
St George
Utah
$3,217.00
335.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$3,217.00
336.
Juneau
Alaska
$3,217.00
337.
 
 
$3,217.00
338.
Tacoma
Washington
$3,217.00
339.
Simi Valley
California
$3,217.00
340.
Carmel
Indiana
$3,217.00
341.
Glasgow
 EI
$3,217.00
342.
Washington
 DC
$3,217.00
343.
Riverton
Utah
$2,949.00
344.
Cresbard
South Dakota
$2,949.00
345.
Indianapolis
Indiana
$2,949.00
346.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$2,949.00
347.
Bakersfield
California
$2,949.00
348.
Rolla
Missouri
$2,949.00
349.
Michael Binder
Allen
Texas
$2,949.00
350.
Rncho Cordova
California
$2,949.00
351.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$2,949.00
352.
 
 
$2,949.00
353.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$2,949.00
354.
Bloomfield Hills
Michigan
$2,949.00
355.
Cincinnati
Ohio
$2,949.00
356.
Los Angeles
California
$2,949.00
357.
Florianopolis
South Carolina
$2,949.00
358.
Chandler
Arizona
$2,949.00
359.
Russell
Kansas
$2,949.00
360.
Houston
Texas
$2,949.00
361.
Riviera Beach
Florida
$2,949.00
362.
Basking Ridge
New Jersey
$2,949.00
363.
East Lansing
Michigan
$2,949.00
364.
Wishita
Kansas
$2,949.00
365.
San Diego
California
$2,949.00
366.
Alexandria
Virginia
$2,949.00
367.
Dundee
Florida
$2,949.00
368.
Medina
Ohio
$2,949.00
369.
Sioux City
Iowa
$2,949.00
370.
Kingwood
Texas
$2,949.00
371.
Lethridge
Alberta, CA
$2,949.00
372.
Phoenix
Arizona
$2,949.00
373.
Rugby
North Dakota
$2,949.00
374.
Knoxville
Tennessee
$2,949.00
375.
Las Vegas
Nevada
$2,949.00
376.
Reading
Massachusetts
$2,949.00
377.
Sanford
Maine
$2,949.00
378.
Soldotna
Alaska
$2,949.00

 

Tournament Notes:

  • This tournament was truly history-making. With 3,929 total entries, it was the largest poker tournament in the 39-year history of the WSOP – amongst all non-Main Events. Only the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Main Events attracted more participants. Hence, this tournament currently ranks as the fourth-largest tournament in poker history. 
  • The previous high-mark turnout for a non-Main Event was 3,151 players for Event #49 in 2007 (also a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament). The starting field was so large this year that it was split into two starting days, with separate flights. The first day attracted 2,048 players. The second day attracted 1,881 players. The fields combined on Day Three.
  • According to the official press release, WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack had this to say about the record turnout: “This is a great start. The sound of chips chirping throughout the Rio is a welcome return for all of us who love poker.” Pollack joined with Tournament Director Jack Effel for the customary “Shuffle Up and Deal” announcement made on Day One. The following day, Pollack was joined by defending world poker champion Jerry Yang on the Milwaukee’s Best Light stage, who delivered the most famous words in poker to the record crowd, “Shuffle Up and Deal.”
  • The total prize pool amounted to $5,363,085. The top 378 finishers collected prize money. First place paid $831,279.
  • In what must be considered as a near-heroic feat for WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel and his entire staff, the tournament began and resumed play on time each of the four days – despite the record field size.
  • Given the record turnout, long days (and nights) were expected. The longest day proved to be Day Three. Play was expected to reduce the field down to the final nine. But after a brutally long 16-hour day extending until the early morning hour, tournament officials consulted with ESPN and the decision was made to give the players some much-needed rest and bring the remaining 18 survivors back on Day Four, which then played down to the nine finalists. The final table began play at 7:30 pm and concluded at 5:00 am. Hence, the tournament was actually played over five days, instead of four.
  • Clocking in at a total duration of 53.5 hours, this was the fourth-longest tournament in WSOP history.
  • When play was 18-handed, there was some interesting table chatter between two former WSOP gold bracelet winners, Perry Friedman and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson. Friedman was discussing the WSOP Main Event and his chances of winning this year. The normally low-key Ferguson couldn’t restrain himself. After hearing Friedman chattering about becoming the 2008 world champion, Ferguson quipped, “If he wins, I’ll cut off all my hair and shave my head just like Perry.” It should be noted that Perry Friedman sports a Mohawk.
  • Players from 12 different nations were represented on the cash list. These countries included players from – Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Scotland, and the United States.
  • The winner was Grant Hinkle, from Kansas City, MO. He is a 27-year-old marketing manager. Hinkle’s birthday is later this week, on June 7th. He is married. Hinkle also enjoys playing basketball and (of course) poker.
  • Hinkle was cheered on by his mother, several friends, and his brother Blair Hinkle, who is a professional poker player. All made an overnight flight to Las Vegas to watch Grant play at the final table.
  • Down to two tables in the tournament, Hinkle had a below average stack. He held an average to slightly higher than average stack during the first half of the finale. Then, he seized the chip lead when play was four-handed. He lost the lead briefly during heads-up play. But he never appeared to be in serious danger of elimination.
  • The winning hand brought an astounding end to a marathon tournament. Holding a 2 to 1 chip lead, Hinkle was dealt 10-4 of diamonds. He tried to push his opponent out of the pot with an all-in pre-flop re-raise. At first glance, it was a case of very bad timing by the chip leader. Akenhead called and showed A-K. The flop brought cheers and screams, depending on one’s allegiance. When 10-10-4 flopped, Hinkle’s cheering section went bonkers. Another ten on the turn gave Hinkle the biggest pot of the night and his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.
  • The runner up was James Akenhead, from England. He is part of a London-based poker team called “The Hitsquad.” This group consists of six poker pros, including Akenhead, Praz Bansi, Chaz Chattha, Sunny Chattha, Jim Kerrigan, and Karl Mahrenholz. The group filled the stands and made the final table seem like a sporting event, particularly when things went Akenhead’s way. He collected $520,219.
  • 2000 World Series of Poker main event champion Chris “Jesus” Ferguson made it to the final table, which ensured a standing-room only crowd shoehorned around the ESPN stage. Ferguson almost did not make it past the second day. His remarkable discipline allowed him to survive a key hand which would likely have eliminated 90 percent of all poker players. Desperately low on chips, Ferguson posted a 9,000 blind and was left with just 7,500 in his stack. The button raised more than enough to put the former champ “all-in.” But Ferguson decided to fold his hand. In this case, patience paid off. Two hours later, Ferguson had more than 200,000 in his stack.
  • Ferguson ended up as the third place finisher. Ferguson currently owns five WSOP gold bracelets. He is also the only player to have won three WSOP Circuit championships. His 51st career in-the-money finish in this tournament now ranks fifth on the all-time list. This was Ferguson’s 27th final table appearance, which ranks fourth all-time – now one spot ahead of Johnny Chan.
  • A sentimental crowd favorite was Mike Ngo, which finished in fifth place. Now residing in Los Angeles, Ngo lived in New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina. He worked in a hospital which was devastated by the storm. After moving to California, he started playing poker and ended up making this final table.
  • The final table Cinderella was 28-year-old Melvin Jones, from Hopkinsville, KY. This was Jones’ first time to play in a WSOP tournament. The factory worker who makes cake mixes for a living, said: “This is not a fluke. I did not think that I could play against competition this good, but I had confidence in my play.” Jones took seventh place.
  • David “Gunslinger” Bach finished in eighth place. He was runner up in the $1,500 buy-in Omaha High-Low event last year. Before turning to poker as a career, Bach was a professional bowler.
  • Several former WSOP gold bracelet winners finished in-the-money. They included Andre Boyer (24th), Mark Vos (146th), Gavin Griffin (251st), Chris Bjorin, Todd Brunson (292nd), and Victor Perches (335th).
  • Last year’s champion, Ciaran O’Leary entered this event. But he did not cash.
  • The tournament included at least two professional athletes, Jeremy Roenick of the San Jose Sharks (NHL) and Earl Barron of the Miami Heat (NBA).
  • This was the second of six tournaments at this year’s WSOP to be filmed for broadcast on ESPN. The show will air July 29th.
  • Through the first two events of the 2008 WSOP, the total prize money awarded to all in-the-money finishers amounts to a whopping $8,671,885. Incredibly, that is more prize money in just the first two events than every tournament played during the first decade of the WSOP (1970-1979) combined!