WSOP 2008 Event #31, $2,500 Six Handed No Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

WSOP 2008 Event #31, $2,500 Six Handed No Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

Number of Entries 1,012
Net Prize Pool $2,327,600
First Place Prize $528,418
Players In the Money 108

Final Results

  Name Prize City State/Country
1 Dario Minieri $528,418 Rome Italy
2 Seth Fischer $330,519 Palm Harbor Florida
3 Justin Filtz $214,139 Stevens Point Wisconsin
4 Kevin Song $141,983 Rowland Heights California
5 John O'Shea $98,923 Dublin Ireland
6 Stuart Marshak $73,784 Chicago Illinois
7 Scotty Nguyen $50,508 Las Vegas Nevada
8 Francis Rusnak $50,508 Chicago Illinois
9 Todd Terry $38,870 Hoboken New Jersey
10 Alon Shahar $38,870 Forest Hills New York
11 Bruno Fitoussi $27,232 Paris France
12 Stephen Pierson $27,232 Brooklyn New York
13 Leonardo Fernandez $19,086  
14 Michael Skomac $19,086 Kalamazoo Michigan
15 Jonathan Honig $19,086 Boca Raton Florida
16 Howard Boyd $19,086 W Chester Ohio
17 Brendan Keenan $19,086 Staten Island New York
18 Cory Albertson $19,086 Houston Texas
19 William Chen $15,594 Lafayette Hill Pennsylvania
20 Kyle Burnside $15,594 Mays Landing New Jersey
21 Kyle Hoffman $15,594 Kansas City Missouri
22 Jason Mercier $15,594 Davie Florida
23 Paul Smith $15,594 Poway California
24 Keven Stammen $15,594 Coldwater Ohio
25 Randall Brueckner $12,103 Acton Massachusetts
26 Zachary Clark $12,103 Las Vegas Nevada
27 Kenneth Smaron $12,103 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
28 Gary Haglund $12,103 Colorado Springs Colorado
29 Scott Augustine $12,103 Venetia Pennsylvania
30 Anthony Roux $12,103 London England
31 Shankar Pillai $9,775 Commack New York
32 Shannon Shorr $9,775 Birmingham Alabama
33 Ian Johns $9,775 Mercer Island Washington
34 Scott Zakheim $9,775 Davie Florida
35 John Chou $9,775 San Jose California
36 Igor Panchenko $9,775 Moscow Russia
37 Manelic Minaya $8,379 Tampa Florida
38 Samuel Hiatt $8,379 Dekalb Illinois
39 Larry Jafee $8,379  
40 Billy Westom $8,379 Longview Washington
41 Massimiliano Pescatori $8,379 Las Vegas Nevada
42 Matthew Hawrilenko $8,379 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
43 Ed Fernandez $6,982 San Jose California
44 Daniele Cuomo $6,982 Vinci Firenza Italy
45 Jess Yawitz $6,982 St. Louis Missouri
46 Thomas Hover $6,982 Blue Diamond Nevada
47 Jonathan Tamayo $6,982 Humble Texas
48 Aditya Agarwal $6,982 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
49 Alex Michaels $6,284  
50 Jose Barbero $6,284 Buenos Aires Argentina
51 Michael Glasser $6,284 Boca Raton Florida
52 Jesse Chinni $6,284 Ellicott City Maryland
53 Michael Chrisanthopoulos $6,284 Victoria Australia
54 Sebastian Soares $6,284 Boucherville Quebec, Canada
55 Andrew Emory $5,586 St Louis Missouri
56 Noah Jefferson $5,586 Santa Monica California
57 Thomas Bentham $5,586 Bexley Kent England
58 Daniel Walker $5,586 Omaha Nebraska
59 Eric Lucas $5,586 Newark Delaware
60 Jonathan McGowan $5,586 Martinez California
61 Gabriel Costner $5,120 Long Beach Mississippi
62 Aliaksandr Dzianisau $5,120 Vitebsk Belarus
63 Robert Lipkin $5,120 Buffalo Grove Illinois
64 Russ Floyd $5,120 Houston Texas
65 Edmond Park $5,120 Chicago Illinois
66 Patrick Goulding $5,120 Austin Texas
67 Roland Isra $4,655 Forest Hill New York
68 Sebastian Ruthenberg $4,655 Hamburg Germany
69 Christopher Dombrowski $4,655 Dade City Florida
70 Paul Foltyn $4,655 Doncaster England
71 Roy Vandersluis $4,655 Doncaster England
72 George Veach $4,655 Winston-Salem North Carolina
73 James Haver $4,655 Tulsa Oklahoma
74 Bobby Bradley $4,655 Wellington Florida
75 Brent Hanks $4,655 Las Vegas Nevada
76 Jon Danielsson $4,655 Uppsala Sweden
77 Allan Silberstang $4,655 Las Vegas Nevada
78 Philip Collins $4,655 West Columbia South Carolina
79 Marnix Vandenbroek $4,189 Eindhovew Holland
80 Jeremiah Vinsant $4,189 Murfreesboro Tennessee
81 Michael Schwartz $4,189 Montreal Quebec, Canada
82 Mark Vos $4,189 Brisbane Australia
83 Benjamin McLaughlin $4,189 Brigantine New Jersey
84 Steven Gross $4,189 Marlboro New Jersey
85 Thomas Antonucci $4,189 Germantown Maryland
86 Taylor Douglas $4,189 Athens Georgia
87 Ryan Vidovich $4,189 Amherst Ohio
88 Robert Wisiak $4,189 Ridgewood New York
89 Ian Kim $4,189 San Diego California
90 Kenna James $4,189 Las Vegas Nevada
91 Jamel Maistriaux $3,724 Marcinelle Belgium
92 John Roveto $3,724 Duluth Georgia
93 John Rogers $3,724 Gadsden Alabama
94 David Ulliott $3,724 Hull England
95 William Jensen $3,724 Silver Spring Maryland
96 Devin Lake $3,724 Calgary Alberta, Canada
97 Panayote Vilandos $3,724 Houston Texas
98 Philippe Gelin $3,724 London England
99 Clifford Pappas $3,724 Scottsdale Arizona
100 David Bergerson $3,724 Taos New Mexico
101 Adam Russell $3,724 Portland Oregon
102 David Peters $3,724 Rancho Sante Fe California
103 Simone Rossi $3,724 Barcelona Spain
104 Rino Mathis $3,724 Uster Switzerland
105 Arnold Toler $3,724 Gilbert West Virginia
106 Brandon Cantu $3,724 Las Vegas Nevada
107 Andrew Ferguson $3,724 Mount Airy Maryland
108 Nicolas Donnelly $3,724 Greely Ontario, Canada

Tournament Notes

The $2,500 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em championship attracted 1,012 entries, creating a prize pool totaling $2,327,600. The top 108 finishers collected prize money.

The number of entrants increased over last year, when 847 players registered for this same event. These figures represent an increase of 19.4 percent.

The tournament was played over three consecutive days. The final table was played on the ESPN main stage and was broadcast by Bluff Media on ESPN360. There was no other final table played on this day, which was one of the few days on this year's schedule with only one scheduled final table.

Six-Handed Hold'em emphasizes short-handed poker skills. Rather than a full table of nine players, each table is played six-handed (or less, as players bust out). 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. The game was included on the WSOP schedule as a concerted effort to measure as diverse a range of poker skills as possible.

Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em made its WSOP debut in 2005. Three Six-Handed events were included on the 2006 schedule. Last year, there was only one Six-Handed event. Former champions from these events include Isaac "The General" Galazan, Dutch Boyd, Bill Chen, Jeff Madsen, and Jason Warner. Rep Porter won the event held earlier on this year's schedule.

This is the second of three Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em events on the 2008 WSOP schedule.

Last year's winner was Hoyt Corkins. He did not enter this year's tournament, because he was playing in another event when this tournament started.

The winner was Dario Minieri, from Italy. He is a 23-year-old professional poker player.

Minieri collected $528,418 for first place. He also earned his first WSOP gold bracelet.

This was Minieri's fourth time to cash at the WSOP. Previously, he was best known within the poker world for being one of the chip leaders at the end of Day One in last year's WSOP Main Event. Minieri went on to cash out, finishing 96th in the 2007 world championship.

Minieri has made it to three final tables at the Italian Championship of Hold'em (Capionato Italiano di Poker) since 2005.

Minieri becomes the second WSOP gold bracelet winner from Italy at this year's WSOP. Max Pescatori, from Milan, won his second WSOP victory last week.

The second-place finisher was Seth Fischer, from Atlanta, GA. Prior to taking up poker, he played college basketball and attended Emory University.

Third-place finisher Justin Filtz, from Stevens Point, WI nearly tied a record once thought to be unbreakable. In 2007, Steve Billirakis became the youngest WSOP gold bracelet winner in history, at the age of 21 years and 11 days (at his time of victory). Had Filtz managed to win this event, he would have tied Billirakis, with the exact same age. Note: The record set by Billirakis last year was eclipsed at WSOP-Europe last September.

Former WSOP gold bracelet winner (1997) Kevin Song made it to the final table and ended up as the fourth-place finisher.

1998 world champion Scotty Nguyen finished in seventh place. This was his first time to cash at this year's World Series. He now has 35 career in-the-money finishes.

French poker pioneer Bruno Fitoussi cashed, finishing in 11th place.

Two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Bill Chen took 19th place.

Other former WSOP gold bracelet winners who cashed in this event included Shankar Pillai (31st), Ian Johns (33rd), Max Pescatori (41st), Mark Vos (82nd), David "Devilfish" Ulliott (94th), and Brandon Cantu (106th).

Avery Cardoza, the owner of Cardoza Publishing (which published Doyle Brunson's famous "Super/System") finished 77th.

Through the conclusion of Event #31, only one player has cashed six times – Nikolay Evdakov, from Moscow, Russia. He is best positioned 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 four cashes. However, Daniel Negreanu and Barry Greenstein are now close behind.

Through the conclusion of Event #31 at this year's World Series of Poker, the gold bracelet count by nations and states reads as follows:

8 – Nevada
5 – California
4 – New York
2 – Canada
2 – Italy
2 – Missouri
1 – Germany
1 – Holland
1 – Maryland
1 – Michigan
1 – Pennsylvania
1 – Russia
1 – South Carolina
1 – Wisconsin

So far, this WSOP has been deemed "The Year of the Pro." Professional poker players have reasserted their dominance in tournament play by winning a vast majority of gold bracelets (76 percent), especially over the first half of the schedule. However, it is important to note that amateur poker players have dominated WSOP tournaments since 2005. Here is a listing of the "pro versus amateur" scoreboard each year since 2000 (Note: The Casino Employees Event is not counted):

2000 – Pros 14 to Amateurs 8
2001 – Pros 18 to Amateurs 7
2002 – Pros 18 to Amateurs 16
2003 – Pros 24 to Amateurs 12
2004 – Pros 21 to Amateurs 11
2005 – Amateurs 26 to Pros 18
2006 – Amateurs 27 to Pros 17
2007 – Amateurs 34 to Pros 20
2008 (through Event #30) Pros 23 to Amateurs 7

Since 2000, pros currently lead amateurs in the gold bracelet race by a margin of 173 to 148.

It should be noted that the largest influx of new poker players to the WSOP took place during the period when Amateurs won a majority of events. There are contrasting interpretations of what this data means. Some suggest the larger number of amateurs playing at the WSOP inflates their winning percentages by sheer volume. Others (most pros) point out that the WSOP has the best tournament structures of any poker event in the world and that professionals have a much greater opportunity to prove their superior skill under this format.

The Event #31 winner Dario Minieri is to be classified as a professional. Accordingly, through the conclusion of Event #31 at this year's World Series of Poker, the "Professionals versus Amateurs" gold bracelet scoreboard reads:

Professionals – 24 wins

Amateurs -- 5 wins

Semi-Pros -- 2 wins