WSOP 2008 Event #32, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

WSOP 2008 Event #32, $1,500 No-Limit hold'em, Final Results and Report

Number of Entries: 2,304
Total Net Prize Pool: $ 3,144,960
June 17-19, 2008

Final Results

1 Luis Velador $574,734 Lake Elsinore California
2 Anthony Signore $366,387 Boynton Beach Florida
3 Osmin Dardon $243,734 West Covina California
4 Jae Chung $204,422 Atlanta Georgia
5 Shane Stacey $166,682 Hyde Park Vermont
6 Dean Bui $132,088 Seattle Washington
7 Dany Georges $100,638 Burbank California
8 Utsab Saha $77,051 Fremont California
9 Justin Hoffman $53,464 Alpharetta Georgia
10 Kenneth Hughes $34,594 Baton Rouge Louisiana
11 Jesse Maupin $34,594 Rowlett Texas
12 George Lind $34,594 Gilbert Arizona
13 Raymond Henson $26,732 Houston Texas
14 Court Harrington $26,732 Mooresville North Carolina
15 Scott Kahler $26,732 Gainesville Florida
16 Joel Nichols $18,869 Marion Ohio
17 Zephaniah Baer $18,869 St. Paul Minnesota
18 Donald Carlton $18,869 Woodstock Illinois
19 Timothy Hebert $15,095 Maurice Louisiana
20 Scott Sitron $15,095 Glendale California
21 David Desilva $15,095 Fort Bragg California
22 Scott Bergman $15,095 Calgary Alberta, Canada
23 John Jackson $15,095 Henderson Nevada
24 Jamel Maistriaux $15,095 Marcinelle Belgium
25 Brian Rissman $15,095 La Quinta California
26 Andrew Hoffman $15,095 Baldwin New York
27 Morgan Machina $15,095 Mission Viejo California
28 Yong Harrison $11,950 Ewa Beach Hawaii
29 Richard Lyndaker $11,950 Chaumont New York
30 Joseph Oneil $11,950 Anchorage Alaska
31 Steven Fager $11,950 Sequim Washington
32 Randy Komatsu $11,950 Camarillo California
33 Robert Jarman $11,950 Las Vegas Nevada
34 Steven Weusten $11,950 Leeuwarden Holland
35 Michael Allis $11,950 Lancaster California
36 Thong Tran $11,950 Las Vegas Nevada
37 Roger Park $9,434 San Francisco California
38 Andy Garza $9,434 Phoenix Arizona
39 Matthew Lagarde $9,434 Salisbury Maryland
40 Pierre Neuville $9,434 Knokkeheist Belgium
41 Hamed Cholagh $9,434 Troy Michigan
42 Jeffrey Norman $9,434 Encinitas California
43 Anil Jivani $9,434 Lilburn Georgia
44 Kenneth Mckay $9,434 Langley British Columbia, Canada
45 Michael Bayer $9,434 Cary North Carolina
46 David Tashman $8,491 Los Angeles California
47 Brian Suttle $8,491 Boerne Texas
48 Flavio Franco $8,491 South Jordan Utah
49 Casey McCarrel $8,491 Lafayette California
50 Frank Byrne $8,491 Manassas Virginia
51 Joanne Haas $8,491 Covington Louisiana
52 Stephen Knuth $8,491 Toledo Ohio
53 Richard Toth $8,491 Miskolc Hungary
54 James Lohmer $8,491 St. Paul Minnesota
55 Thomas Kok $7,547 Amsterdam Holland
56 Kevin Petersen $7,547 Plano Texas
57 Sean Carlson $7,547 Brooklyn New York
58 Albert Iverson $7,547 Aarhus Denmark
59 Craig Gold $7,547 Belmont California
60 Joseph Bussey $7,547 Hermosa Beach California
61 Ryan Noe $7,547 Park Ridge Illinois
62 Beth Shak $7,547 Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania
63 David Chicotsky $7,547 Fort Worth Texas
64 Shawn Buchanan $6,604 Abbottsford British Columbia, Canada
65 Fabrice Soulier $6,604 Avignon France
66 Stephen Guillot $6,604 Elberon Iowa
67 Christopher Cornell $6,604 Clarksville Tennessee
68 Ross Kline $6,604 Reno Nevada
69 Thomas Partridge $6,604 Exeter Devon England
70 Michael Banducci $6,604 Traverse City Michigan
71 Phil Hellmuth $6,604 Palo Alto California
72 Gilles Paige $6,604 Collingwood Ontario, Canada
73 Paul Hutchison $5,660 Marysville British Columbia, Canada
74 James Miller $5,660 Henderson Nevada
75 Lisa Rosenbloom $5,660 Redondo Beach California
76 Glyn Banks $5,660 Smithville Tennessee
77 Travis Shatsky $5,660 Corona Del Mar California
78 Jonathan Jaffe $5,660 Enfield Connecticut
79 Sarah Lee $5,660 Shoreline Washington
80 Paul Fehlig $5,660 St Louis Missouri
81 Jason Lanktree $5,660 Las Vegas Nevada
82 Thomas Culberson $5,031 Ellisville Mississippi
83 Michael Katz $5,031 Manalapan New Jersey
84 Frank Placanica $5,031 Auburn Washington
85 Anton Nikaj $5,031 Putnam Valley New York
86 George Waller $5,031 Olympia Washington
87 Benjamin Alcober $5,031 Chino Hills California
88 Richard Ramsey $5,031 West Palm Beach Florida
89 Hai Le $5,031 Huntington Beach California
90 William Gallo $5,031 La Plata Maryland
91 Anthony Romano $4,402 St. Marys Georgia
92 Raquel Siegel $4,402 Orlando Florida
93 Douglas Champie $4,402 Las Vegas Nevada
94 Gerald Chasney $4,402 Warren Michigan
95 Arthur Kalantzis $4,402 Prahran, Australia
96 Jason Brice $4,402 Sugar Land Texas
97 David Gilbert $4,402 Ashburn Virginia
98 Michael Smith $4,402 Ann Arbor Michigan
99 William Macdonald $4,402 De Winton Alberta, Canada
100 Zephyr Peling $3,773 San Diego California
101 Christopher Grzadziel $3,773 Park Ridge Illinois
102 Glenn Celentano $3,773 Derby Connecticut
103 Eric Beren $3,773 Dallas Texas
104 Sebastiano Vani $3,773 Honolulu Hawaii
105 Michael Anderson $3,773 Edmonton Alberta, Canada
106 Jon Nguyen $3,773 San Diego California
107 Thomas Urbanski $3,773 Hamburg New York
108 Neil Channing $3,773 Maida Vale England
109 Joseph Simmons $3,773 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
110 Timothy Jaxon $3,773 Sebastopol California
111 Clayton Newman $3,773 Athens Georgia
112 Steven Miller $3,773 Key Largo Florida
113 Kaleb Steele $3,773 Helotes Texas
114 Wenlong Jin $3,773 Arcadia California
115 William Wadrose $3,773 Hermitage Pennsylvania
116 Elias Brussianos $3,773 Glifada Athens Greece
117 Daniel Duzyk $3,773 Chula Vista California
118 Pierre Horaud $3,773 Le Gosier France
119 Karen Karnafel $3,773 Dearborn Heights Michigan
120 Fabien Gauthier $3,773 Beurrieres France
121 Anthony Harb $3,773 Westland Michigan
122 Nicholas Treppiedi $3,773 Brooklyn New York
123 Sunny Chattha $3,773 London England
124 Gary Herstein $3,773 Chicago Illinois
125 Jesse Martin $3,773 Shrewsbury Massachusetts
126 Martin Green $3,773 Brighton England
127 Adrian Dresel Velasquez $3,144 Sacramento California
128 Kevin O'Malley $3,144 Fallbrook California
129 Faraz Jaka $3,144 Champaign Illinois
130 Harris Mertz $3,144 Panora Iowa
131 Jeffrey Anderson $3,144 Hermosa Beach California
132 Glen Bean $3,144 Gridley California
133 Victor Lento $3,144 Sunrise Florida
134 Leonid Vernik $3,144 Toronto Ontario, Canada
135 Brandon Duenas $3,144 Fresno California
136 Justin Scott $3,144 Redford Twp Michigan
137 Michael Lee $3,144 Wheeling Illinois
138 Jeffrey Milkey $3,144 Carmel Indiana
139 Steven Shumaker $3,144 Monroeville Indiana
140 Michael Sanderson $3,144 Odenton Aa Maryland
141 Joseph Bagyansky $3,144 Caledon East Ontario, Canada
142 Danny Hernon $3,144 Manchester England
143 Melvin Russell $3,144 Bakersfield California
144 Robert Deluna $3,144 New York New York
145 Sukhpaul Dhaliwal $3,144 Surrey British Columbia, Canada
146 Young Phan $3,144 Garden Grove California
147 Roy Sebastien $3,144 St. Ephrem Quebec, Canada
148 Shavarsh Pirijanian $3,144 Glendale California
149 Mark Kelly $3,144 Phoenix Arizona
150 Kurt Paseka $3,144 Bayside New York
151 Denver Donaghe $3,144 Rosanky Texas
152 Abraham Kantzabedian $3,144 Kula Hawaii
153 Thomas Mclaughlin $3,144 Burlington Connecticut
154 Felix Osterland $3,144 Tuebingen Germany
155 Ryan Talley $3,144 Phoenix Arizona
156 Rodney Fost $3,144 Baker Montana
157 Kyle Bremer $3,144 Wildomer California
158 Joshua Roberts $3,144 Jackson California
159 Jeremy Hymas $3,144 Riverton Utah
160 Richard Aldrich $3,144 Las Vegas Nevada
161 John Alber $3,144 Whittier California
162 Andrew Grove $3,144 Hook England
163 John Spagnuolo $3,144 Cumming Georgia
164 Michael Galarita $2,830 Lynnwood Washington
165 Derek Olma $2,830 Tanasket Washington
166 Justin Kramer $2,830 Fort Lauderdale Florida
167 King Kelly $2,830 Scottsdale Arizona
168 Sandeep Mehta $2,830 Apex North Carolina
169 Thomas Cage $2,830 Mammoth Lakes California
170 Damon Lowell $2,830 McKinney Texas
171 Kou Vang $2,830 Woodbury Minnesota
172 Spencer Straub $2,830 Milwaukie Oregon
173 Nigel Jones $2,830 York England
174 George Williamson $2,830 Park City Utah
175 Lior Barlev $2,830 Tel Aviv Israel
176 Dennis Loftus $2,830 Mount Clemens Michigan
177 Dimitrios Koutougos $2,830 Victoria British Columbia, Canada
178 Yi Zhu $2,830 Las Vegas Nevada
179 Alvin Willis $2,830 Haines City Florida
180 Daniel Meeks $2,830 Nampa Idaho
181 William Barman $2,830 Edina Minnesota
182 Bradley Smithson $2,830 Janesville Wisconsin
183 Barry Stoves $2,830 Orlando Florida
184 Jeffrey Zemito $2,830 Avon Ohio
185 John Henderson $2,830 Burnaby British Columbia, Canada
186 Richard Whitebrook $2,830 Miami Beach Florida
187 Ron Lee $2,830 Durango Colorado
188 Scott Hetzler $2,830 Springboro Ohio
189 Charles Shapiro $2,830 Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
190 Larry Smith $2,830 Miranda California
191 Wayne Chang $2,830 Baldwin Park California
192 David Tessler $2,830 Beverly Hills Michigan
193 Adrian Pitts $2,830 Kill Devil Hills North Carolina
194 Jorge Ortuzar $2,830 Gardena California
195 Brent Roberts $2,830 Staten Island New York
196 Andrew Lee $2,830 Ocean New Jersey
197 Marc Ricci $2,830 Lausanne Switzerland
198 Jimmy Blanco $2,830 West Haven Utah

Tournament Notes

The $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship attracted another huge field as 2,304 entries created a prize pool totaling $3,144,960. The top 198 finishers collected prize money.

This is the third of seven $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournaments on the 2008 WSOP schedule. This game and buy-in level has consistently proven to be the most popular draw on the schedule in recent years, aside from the Main Event.

An alternative lower buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament (less than $10,000) has been included as part of the WSOP schedule every year since 1973. Over the years, these buy-in amounts have ranged from $1,000 up to $5,000. However, more $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournaments have now taken place at the WSOP over the past 39-years than any other event.

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. The Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split World Championship also concluded on this day, which was played at the secondary final table.

The curse continues. Last year’s champion, David Stucke played in this event. But he did not cash. This brings the current streak to 32 straight non-cashes for defending champions in their respective events.

The winner was Luis Velador, from Lake Elsinore, CA. He is a 44-year-old professional poker player. Velador has been playing professionally for 11 years.

Velador was born in Mexico. He is one of the few Mexican-born winners in WSOP history. Victor Perches became the first ever to win in 2006.

Velador has sometimes been listed at other poker tournaments as “Jose-Luis Velador.” However, he prefers to be known as Luis Velador.

Velador collected $574,734 for first place. He also earned his first WSOP gold bracelet. Velador has only played in three WSOP events. He has cashed in all three. In fact, Velador played in the 2006 and 2007 Main Events, and cashed both times!

Prior to becoming a poker pro, Velador was a tile setter.

Velador concentrates mostly on middle-limit cash games, ranging from $10-20 up to $40-80 limits. He prefers mixed games. He has played daily at the Bicycle Club Casino in the past but now plays mostly at the Commerce Casino, in Los Angeles.

Velador‘s performance was as dominant as has been seen by any player at this year’s WSOP, to date. From start to finish during the five-hour final table, Velador held at least a 2 to 1 chip advantage over his nearest adversary. Most of the time, he had every opponent at the table covered by a 5 or 6 to 1 margin.

“There is lot of dead money in these tournaments,” Velador said. “Sure, there are many good players, too. But these (lower buy-in tournaments) are not like the big ones where all you see is pros.”

“I got hit by the deck yesterday,” Velador stated – in reference to his dominance during the last half of the tournament.

The second-place finisher was Anthony Signore, from Boynton Beach, FL. Amazingly, this was Signore’s first time to enter a major poker tournament. He collected $366,387.

Prior to this event, a player from every U.S. state had recorded at least one cash at this year’s WSOP – except Vermont. With Hyde Park, VT resident Shane Stacey’s fifth place finish, all states have now sent at least one player to the Rio payout window. In addition, 37 different nations have also been represented amongst the in-the-money finishers.

Justin Hoffman, who was playing in his first WSOP event ever, finished in ninth place. He was a cryptologist on active duty for the U.S. Navy from 1991-97. He now owns a production company that produces music festivals in Georgia.

Michael Banducci, who won his first gold bracelet earlier in the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship (Event #5) cashed for the third time this year, taking 70th place.

Eleven-time WSOP gold bracelet winner and 1989 world poker champion Phil Hellmuth recorded his 65th career WSOP cash by finishing 71st in this event. Hellmuth continues to distance himself from the competition, as second-place Men “the Master” Nguyen is now eight cashes behind Hellmuth, with 57 to his credit.

Former WSOP gold bracelet winner Justin Scott also cashed, finishing in 132nd place.

Through the conclusion of Event #32, 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 Event #32, the player who has entered the most WSOP events is Tom McCormick, a.k.a. “The Shamrock Kid” – with 23 entries.

Through Event #32, fourteen players have made two WSOP final table appearances this year. This list includes – Chris Bjorin, Andy Bloch, Alex Bolotin, David Benyamine, Scott Clements, Jacobo Fernandez, Fu Wong, Barry Greenstein, Erick Lindgren, Minh Ly, Daniel Negreanu, David Singer, J.C. Tran, and Theo Tran.

Through the conclusion of Event #32 at this year’s World Series of Poker, the gold bracelet count by nations and states reads as follows:
8 – Nevada
6 – 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 (77 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 the Pro-Am 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 #32) Pros 25 to Amateurs 7

Since 2000, pros currently lead amateurs in the Pro-Am gold bracelet race by a margin of 175 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.

One additional factor which has bolstered the performance of pros this year is the inclusion of two events on most days. The daily 12 noon events tend to attract a greater concentration of amateur players, whereas the higher-buy-in 5:00 pm events attract smaller, but more highly-accomplished fields, with more professionals.

The Event #32 winner Luis Velador is to be classified as a professional, since he has been playing for a living for more than a decade. Accordingly, through the conclusion of Event #32 at this year’s World Series of Poker, the “Pro-Am” gold bracelet scoreboard reads:
Professionals – 25 wins
Amateurs -- 5 wins
Semi-Pros -- 2 wins

Through Event #32, the End of Day One chip leaders have gone on to cash 80 percent of the time -- 24 of 30 occasions (the chip leader was not applicable on two events). Eight of these same 30 chip leaders (26 percent) made it to the final table. Only one chip leader went on to win the event (3 percent). That lone wire-to-wire winner was Vanessa Selbst in Event #19.

Through Event #31, twelve of 30 chip leaders at the start of the final table (40 percent) went on to win the event. Nineteen of 30 chip leaders (63 percent) went on to finish in the top three spots. Two events did not have a chip leader (Heads-Up and the Shootout).