WSOP 2008 Event #39, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

WSOP 2008 Event #39, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

Number of Entries: 2,720
Number of Re-Buys: NA
Total Net Prize Pool: $ 3,712,800
June 21-23, 2008

Final Results

1 David Woo $631,550 Atlanta Georgia
2 Matt Wood $389,844 Whitby Ontario, Canada
3 Eric Beren $278,460 Dallas Texas
4 Habib Khanis $233,906 San Diego California
5 Thom Werthmann $191,209 Bloomfield Hills Michigan
6 Curtis Early $150,368 Dallas Texas
7 Thanh Dat Tran $113,240 Los Angeles California
8 Michael Glasser $85,394 Boca Raton Florida
9 Jim Paras $58,290 Arlington Massachusetts
10 Paul Kerr $36,756 Bothwell Strathclyde England
11 Michael Polcari $36,756 San Francisco California
12 Russell Spaid $36,756 Pierre South Dakota
13 Sebastian Segovia $29,331 Guatemala City Guatemala
14 Edward Salazar $29,331 Pueblo Colorado
15 Dario Mario $29,331 Bakersfield California
16 Dan Lu $21,905 Murrieta California
17 Giovanni Nervo $21,905 Poa Russia
18 Kevin O'Leary $21,905 Morden England
19 Gary Bain $17,450 Edmonton Alberta, Canada
20 Lawrence Martone $17,450 Pelham New Hampshire
21 Garrett Beckman $17,450 Gardener Kansas
22 Michael Carson $17,450 Las Vegas Nevada
23 Igor Tiguy $17,450 Boston Massachusetts
24 Minh Nguyen $17,450    
25 Feng Chen $17,450   Holland
26 Jeffrey Cohen $17,450 Rye New Hampshire
27 William Haughey $17,450 Glasgow Scotland
28 Robert Bonneau $13,737 Montreal Quebec, Canada
29 Johneric Francia $13,737 Boston Massachusetts
30 Jason Yates $13,737 San Diego California
31 Cristopher Hunichen $13,737 Clayton North Carolina
32 Gregory Alston $13,737 Danville California
33 Keith Hickman $13,737 League City Texas
34 Mario Coria $13,737 Redondo Beach California
35 Jonathan Gumapas $13,737 San Diego California
36 David Moore $13,737 Coppell Texas
37 Norman Contreras $10,767 Fort Lauderdale Florida
38 Donald Bidinger $10,767 Bainbridge Island Washington
39 Lucas Priour $10,767 Las Vegas Nevada
40 Patrick Castelli $10,767 Westland Michigan
41 Richard Styczynski $10,767 Burr Ridge Illinois
42 Adolfo Crespo $10,767 Los Angeles California
43 Richard Peters $10,767 Grapevine Texas
44 Ali Rabah $10,767 Edmonton Alberta, Canada
45 Gerald Watterson $10,767 Jacksonville Florida
46 Todd Link $9,653 Plantation Florida
47 Robert Yamaguchi $9,653 San Diego California
48 Dennis Loo $9,653 Cambridge Massachusetts
49 David Barter $9,653    
50 George Moussa $9,653 Easton Pennsylvania
51 Jacob Stearley $9,653 Spring Lake Michigan
52 Anthony Geraci $9,653 Mission Viejo California
53 Kelvin Beattie $9,653 Melbourne Australia
54 Jakobvedel Lauridsen $9,653 Aarhus Denmark
55 Michael Wilson $8,539 New Market Maryland
56 Ly Le $8,539 Huntington California
57 Michel Leibgorin $8,539 Paris France
58 Robert Gianquitti $8,539 Lake Worth Florida
59 Scott Ritchey $8,539 Miami Florida
60 Thomas Berg $8,539 Chicago Illinois
61 Frederick Adler $8,539 Tucson Arizona
62 George Womble $8,539 Guyton Georgia
63 David Peters $8,539 Toledo Ohio
64 Kyle Bowker $7,425 Walton New York
65 Joshua Schlein $7,425 Baltimore Washington
66 Stuart Fischbein $7,425 Westlake Village California
67 Craig Crivello $7,425 Las Vegas Nevada
68 Theodore Harris $7,425 Mount Shasta California
69 Chad Burum $7,425 Grants Pass Oregon
70 Edward Im $7,425 Sammamish Washington
71 Jason Lowe $7,425 Seattle Washington
72 Daniel Yi $7,425 Overland Park Kansas
73 Sasa Biorac $6,311 Wiesbaden Germany
74 Adam Levy $6,311 Orlando Florida
75 Brett Brucaleri $6,311 St. James New York
76 Gordon Hamilton $6,311 League City Texas
77 Kaveh Tehrani $6,311 Woodbury New York
78 Jason James $6,311 McMinnville Oregon
79 Robert Miller $6,311 Potomac Maryland
80 Richard Fohrenbach $6,311 Milford Connecticut
81 Patrick Stemper $6,311 Austin Texas
82 Marcin Horecki $5,569 Warsaw Poland
83 Luke Vrabel $5,569 West Hartford Connecticut
84 Travis Maly $5,569 Denver Colorado
85 William Terry $5,569 Seattle Washington
86 Michele Guzzardi $5,569 Melbourne Australia
87 Robert Ohanessian $5,569 Torrance California
88 Joe Tehan $5,569 Las Vegas Nevada
89 Casey McCarrel $5,569 Lafayette California
90 Lilach Aviv $5,569 Los Angeles California
91 Philip Aksu $4,826 Granada Hills California
92 Gerald Arnerich $4,826 Colton California
93 Evan Cappello $4,826 Sebring Florida
94 Michael Zulker $4,826 Tempe Arizona
95 William Gazes $4,826 New York New York
96 Christopher Bach $4,826 Westminster California
97 Christopher Weaver $4,826 Jacksonville Florida
98 Michael Komarek $4,826 Plainfield Illinois
99 Merwick Black $4,826 Pollock Pines California
100 David Cai $4,084 Alhambra California
101 Mazlum Acar $4,084 Oberoil Switzerland
102 Yarom Limor $4,084 Beverly Hills California
103 Mario Fauceglia $4,084 Algonquin Illinois
104 Romik Vartzar $4,084 Glendale California
105 Michael Wernick $4,084 Sutton Coldfield England
106 Ryan Rapaski $4,084 Clinton Township Michigan
107 Ugur Marangoz $4,084 Las Vegas Nevada
108 Barry Greenstein $4,084 Ranchos Palos Verdes California
109 Joshua Teyler $4,084 Lawrenceville Georgia
110 Karin Abdelmoumene $4,084 Chelles France
111 Greta Correa $4,084 Kaluela Hawaii
112 Serge Ravitch $4,084 Astoria New York
113 Christian Holt $4,084 Walker Michigan
114 Jason Chang $4,084 Encino California
115 Harry Pozefsky $4,084 Gloversville New York
116 Andrew Jones $4,084 Raleigh North Carolina
117 Cuong Tran $4,084 Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada
118 Jon Wurden $4,084 Fisher Minnesota
119 Dwayne Vetter $4,084 Houston Texas
120 Craig Leyton $4,084 Charlotte North Carolina
121 Daniel Martin $4,084 Olean New York
122 Sean Adair $4,084 Overland Park Kansas
123 Charles Adkins $4,084 Adkins Texas
124 Russell Ellison $4,084 Tallahassee Florida
125 Joshua Vanduyn $4,084 San Diego California
126 Hasan Habib $4,084 Downey California
127 Oscar Ortega $3,527 Richmond Texas
128 Christopher Boyd $3,527 Port Lavaca Texas
129 Eric Kintzer $3,527 Las Vegas Nevada
130 Kevin Paler $3,527 San Leandro California
131 Dolan Ernest $3,527 Vancouver Washington
132 David Johansson $3,527 Vasteras Sweden
133 Steven Vanzadelhoff $3,527 Geldermalsen Netherlands
134 Robert Michener $3,527 Minneapolis Minnesota
135 William Gaffney $3,527 Henderson Nevada
136 Bryan Pope $3,527 Brecksville Ohio
137 Paul Gallo $3,527 Cupertino California
138 Frederick Hudspeth $3,527 Rockwall Texas
139 Anthony Toscano $3,527 Huntington Beach California
140 Stephen O'Dwyer $3,527 Las Vegas Nevada
141 James Leonard $3,527 Jacksonville Florida
142 Niels Rikhof $3,527 La Junta Colorado
143 Kenna James $3,527 Las Vegas Nevada
144 Kyle Nisenson $3,527 Parker Colorado
145 Jung Hyun $3,527 Los Angeles California
146 Sten Viberg $3,527    
147 Marshall Plouffe $3,527 Northridge California
148 Loi Nguyen $3,527 Broomfield Colorado
149 James Keys $3,527 Bury St. Edmonds England
150 Jason Somerville $3,527 Stony Brook New York
151 Scott Seiver $3,527 Las Vegas Nevada
152 Robert Matos $3,527 Middle Village New York
153 Jon Scott $3,527 Bakersfield California
154 Mark Fink $3,527 Sioux Falls South Dakota
155 Rodrigo Portaleoni $3,527 Santos Brazil
156 Thomas Mesirow $3,527 Shorewood Wisconsin
157 Martin Wolski $3,527 Roselle Illinois
158 Ryan Concotelli $3,527 Seminole Texas
159 David Plastik $3,527 Las Vegas Nevada
160 Joseph Danise $3,527 Ft Lauderdale Florida
161 Marc Levy $3,527 Boynton Beach Florida
162 Dayna Kloeber $3,527 Peoria Arizona
163 Hilbert Shirey $3,155 Winter Haven Florida
164 Paul Smith $3,155 Poway California
165 Robbin Jaureguy $3,155 Temecula California
166 Daniel Randolph $3,155 Lincoln Park Michigan
167 Kevin Riley $3,155 Canton Michigan
168 Lance Oliver $3,155 Roseville California
169 Anthony Lee $3,155 Honolulu Hawaii
170 Gary Tang $3,155 Ithaca New York
171 Ann Lynch $3,155 Chicago Illinois
172 Joseph Hunter $3,155 Rancho Cucamonga California
173 Walter Grant $3,155 Chesapeake Virginia
174 Kevin Hiraiwa $3,155 Woodland Hills California
175 Amit Makhija $3,155 Brookfield Wisconsin
176 James Smith $3,155 Phoenix Arizona
177 Peter Attridge $3,155 Knottingham England
178 Michael Perkins $3,155 Fort Worth Texas
179 Robert Cimino $3,155 Redondo Beach California
180 Earl Peterson $3,155 Sun City California
181 Karl Mahrenholz $3,155 London England
182 Eric King $3,155 Lubbock Texas
183 Michael Costanzo $3,155 Savannah Georgia
184 Humberto Brenes $3,155 San Jose Costa Rica
185 Grantland Hillman $3,155 Oakland California
186 Ian Mcdonald $3,155 Woodhall Spa England
187 Philip Tom $3,155 Las Vegas Nevada
188 Edmund Liu $3,155 Burbank California
189 George Dunst $3,155 Madison Wisconsin
190 Douglas Dearborn $3,155 Toronto Ontario, Canada
191 Michael Trivisonno $3,155 Lyndhurst Ohio
192 James Yen $3,155 Kenmore Washington
193 Corey Williams $3,155 Sunnyvale California
194 Nigel Jones $3,155 York England
195 Chance Steed $3,155 College Station Texas
196 Nicholas Venovski $3,155    
197 Arash Sarraf $3,155 Beverly Hills California
198 David Lucchesi $3,155 Walnut Creek California
199 Richard Rudloff $2,970 Biloxi Mississippi
200 Kevin Williams $2,970 Scottsdale Arizona
201 Scott Locke $2,970 Monroeville Pennsylvania
202 John Boyrazian $2,970 Riverside California
203 James Moult $2,970 Borrowash Derby England
204 Nicholas Gibson $2,970 Windsor England
205 Allan Le $2,970 Huntington Beach California
206 Justin Phillips $2,970 Oregon City Oregon
207 Michael Brigante $2,970 North York Ontario, Canada
208 Jose Delaguardia $2,970 Panama City Panama
209 Hein Meijer $2,970    
210 Andrew Jacobson $2,970 Las Vegas Nevada
211 James Tilley $2,970 Oceanside California
212 Patrick Vaughn $2,970 Fairview Oregon
213 Haysam Chiniara $2,970 Montreal California
214 John Hom $2,970 San Rafael California
215 Martin Derbyshire $2,970 Toronto Ontario, Canada
216 Gary Yates $2,970 Los Angeles California
217 Jeffrey Bonnett $2,970 Omaha Nebraska
218 Scott Paust $2,970 Black Diamond Washington
219 William Spurling $2,970 Fields Landing California
220 Paul Janssen $2,970 Side Lake Minnesota
221 Rodney Knight $2,970 Henderson Nevada
222 Julian Lefevre $2,970 Arncott United Kingdom
223 Blake Mine $2,970 San Jose California
224 Theobald Tran $2,970 Las Vegas Nevada
225 Woodrow Sloan $2,970 Belleville Michigan
226 Kenneth Mcmahan $2,970 Valencia California
227 Justin Hoffman $2,970 Alpharetta Georgia
228 Bob Slezak $2,970 Omaha Nebraska
229 Richard Hunt $2,970 Golden Shores Arizona
230 Robert Ludlow $2,970 Dallas Texas
231 Chris Rentes $2,970 Kinnegad Ireland
232 William Davis $2,970 Albuquerque New Mexico
233 Vincent Giuseffi $2,970 Fountain Valley California
234 Michael Bodell $2,970 Santa Clara California
235 Karen Munro $2,784 Whitehorse Yukon, Canada
236 Arnold Spee $2,784 Las Vegas Nevada
237 Robert Ohl $2,784 Mansfield Ohio
238 Graham Stanley $2,784 Greenville North Carolina
239 Todd Goodman $2,784 West Hills California
240 Shlomo Maimon $2,784 Woodland Hills California
241 Steven Dales $2,784 Abbotsford British Columbia, Canada
242 Karl Bielenberg $2,784 Scottsdale Arizona
243 Nicholas Binger $2,784 Las Vegas Nevada

 

Tournament Notes

The $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship (Event #39) attracted 2,720 entries, creating a prize pool totaling $3,712,800. The top 270 finishers collected prize money.

This is the fifth 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.

This was the second-highest turnout of the year, so far. Only Event #2 ($1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em) attracted more entries – with 3,929.

An alternative, lower buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament of 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. 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.

With results from this event added, a significant milestone was crossed as more than 12,000 different players have now cashed in the 39-year history of the World Series of Poker. Furthermore, a total of 117 players have won over a million dollars at the WSOP.

Robert Cheun, who was last year’s champion for this event on the corresponding date, did not enter this tournament. This brings the current streak to 39 straight non-cashes for defending champions in their respective events.

The 2008 $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em champion is David Woo, a.k.a. “The Magnificent.” He is a 30-year-old poker pro from Atlanta, GA. Woo has been playing poker full-time for about five years.

Woo was born in South Korea. He graduated from Georgia State University.

Woo owned an operated a small coffee shop before taking up poker. He played poker recreationally at night and then woke up early each morning to open his store. After awhile, Woo was making more money with his poker game, so he decided to give up the small business.

Woo enjoys gambling. He once made a $50,000 side wager with a friend on a basketball court. Incredibly, Woo made a bet that he could make at least 80 of 100 three-pointers. Since Woo stands no more than about 5’5” tall and does not look like much of a basketball player, the wager seemed hopeless. Woo, who perfected a three-point shot while a student at Georgia State, ended up making more than 80 percent of the shots and collected on the bet.

Woo was given his nickname “The Magnificent” by none other than Josh Arieh, a two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner from Atlanta. Arieh plays regularly with Woo in home games and gave him his complimentary moniker.

Woo won $631,656 for first place. This was also his first WSOP gold bracelet victory. This marked his fourth time to cash at the WSOP, all since 2005.

Woo finished in the money at the 2006 WSOP Main Event. He took 132nd place. He had a serious shot at going much deeper what stands as the biggest poker tournament of all time, as he was one of the chip leaders after Day Four. Unfortunately, when second in chips to Jamie Gold, he lost a huge pot and was never able to recover his stack.

“Every time I play poker is a learning experience,” Woo said afterward.

“I would have been sick with anything less than first place,” Woo said. “I really expected to win.”

The second-place finisher was Matthew Wood, from Canada.

The final table clocked in at about 6.5 hours.

The heads-up match between players named “Woo” and “Wood” created some difficulty for the tournament announcer Robbie Thompson, as the last names were so similar.

Eric Beren took third place in this event. Last month, Beren graduated from M.I.T. – a school which has produced some exceptional poker talent.

Only one former WSOP gold bracelet winner made it to the final table. That player was Thom Werthmann, from suburban Detroit. Werthmann, who won the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha championship in 2005, finished in fifth place.

Seventh-place finisher Curtis Early had an interesting experience at the WSOP. He was on his way from moving his personal belongings from Dallas to Seattle, when he decided to stopover for a few days in Las Vegas. In fact, his U-Haul trailer was hitched to his car in the Rio parking lot, while Early collected $113,240 in prize money in this event.

Mike Glasser finished in eighth place. Prior to becoming a poker professional, Glasser was a criminal defense attorney in Florida.

Former WSOP gold bracelet winners who cashed in this event include Mike Carson (22nd), Minh Nguyen (24th), Barry Greenstein (108th), Hasan Habib (126th), Hilbert Shirey (163rd), Humberto Brenes (184th), and John Hom (214th).

This marked Humberto Brenes’ 52nd career WSOP in-the-money finish. The Costa Rican now ranks fifth on the call-time cashes list.

Through Event #39, only two players have made three final table appearances – Jacobo Fernandez and David Benyamine. Sixteen players have made two WSOP final table appearances. This list includes – Chris Bjorin, Andy Bloch, Alex Bolotin, Scott Clements, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Fu Wong, Greg Jamison, Mike Matusow, Erick Lindgren, Minh Ly, Daniel Negreanu, David Singer, J.C. Tran, Theo Tran, and Tim West.

Nikolay Evdakov, from Moscow, Russia is the only player at this year’s WSOP who has cashed seven times – just one off the all-time record mark. Evdakov is positioned to break the record set for “Most WSOP Cashes in a Single Year,” shared by five players -- Michael Binger (2007), Chad Brown (2007), Phil Hellmuth (2006), Richard Tatalovich (2006), and Humberto Brenes (2006), with eight.

Winner David Woo is officially listed as being from Atlanta, GA. Through the conclusion of Event #39 at this year’s World Series of Poker, the gold bracelet count by nations and states reads as follows:
10 – Nevada
6 – California
4 – New York
2 – Canada
2 – Germany
2 – Italy
2 – Missouri
1 – Belgium
1 – Denmark
1 – France
1 – Georgia
1 – Holland
1 – Maryland
1 – Michigan
1 – Pennsylvania
1 – Russia
1 – South Carolina
1 – Wisconsin

Nine different nations have produce a gold bracelet winner at this year’s WSOP. This list now includes Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Russia, and the United States.

The Event #39 winner David Woo is to be classified as a professional since he left his job as a business owner and has supported himself by playing poker for about five years. Accordingly, the “Pro-Am” gold bracelet scoreboard currently reads:
Professionals – 31 wins
Amateurs -- 6 wins
Semi-Pros -- 2 wins

Michael Polcari was the chip leader at the End of Day One for this event. He cashed in 11th place. Hence, through Event #39, the End of Day One chip leaders have gone on to cash 76 percent of the time -- 28 of 37 occasions (the chip leader was not applicable on two events). Ten of these same 37 chip leaders (27 percent) made it to the final table. Only one chip leader went on to win the event. That lone wire-to-wire winner was Vanessa Selbst in Event #19.

Thom Werthmann was the chip leader at the start of this final table. He ended up as the fourth-place finisher. Through Event #39, sixteen of 37 chip leaders at the start of the final table (43 percent) went on to win the event. Twenty-two of 36 chip leaders (59 percent) went on to finish in the top three spots. Two events did not have a chip leader (Heads-Up and Shootout tournaments).

It should be noted that the Milwaukee’s Best Light “Player of the Year” rankings will now include points accrued from the $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. championship.

The Milwaukee’s Best Light “Player of the Year” standings currently shows Jacobo Fernandez as the current leader, with David Benyamine close behind. Here are the top five ranked players: 1. Jacobo Fernandez – 222 points 2. David Benyamine – 220 points 3. Barry Greenstein – 190 points 4. Erick Lindgren – 185 points 5. Daniel Negreanu – 170 points For a complete “Player of the Year” points list, see: http://www.worldseriesofpoker.com/players/2008.asp?sort=poypts

David Benyamine is now the leader on the 2008 prize money list, having won the most money at the WSOP, to date. His accrued winnings total $941,651.