WSOP 2008 Event #44, $1,000 No Limit Hold'em with Re-Buys, Final Results and Report

WSOP 2008 Event #44, $1,000 No Limit Hold'em with Re-Buys, Final Results and Report

Official Report
Event # 44
No-Limit Hold’em with Re-Buys
Buy-In: $ 1,000
Number of Entries: 879
Number of Re-Buys: 2,508
Total Net Prize Pool: $ 3,240,174
June 25-27, 2008

Final Results

1 Max Greenwood $693,392 Toronto Canada
2 Rene Mouritsen $445,523 Aarhus Denmark
3 Albert Iverson $267,314 Aarhus Denmark
4 Scott Freeman $223,572 Los Angeles California
5 Jesse Chinni $183,069 Ellicot City Maryland
6 Aliaksandr Dzianisau $144,187 Vitebsk Belarus
7 Curt Kohlberg $111,786 Weston Massachusetts
8 Phung Ngo $87,484 Commerce Michigan
9 Alex Bolotin $63,183 Brooklyn New York
10 James Rosen $39,854 Las Vegas Nevada
11 Ivan Demidov $39,854 Moscow Russia
12 Peter Feldman $39,854 Harper Woods Michigan
13 Eric Froehlich $31,753 Springfield Virginia
14 Gioi Luong $31,753 Westminster California
15 Edward Brogdon $31,753 Thorndale Texas
16 Joe Tehan $23,653 Las Vegas Nevada
17 Thomas Love $23,653 Marietta Ohio
18 Bob Lauria $23,653 Norwich Connecticut
19 Jean-Claude Perrot $18,144 Madrid Spain
20 Nikolaj Adamsen $18,144 Helsingor Denmark
21 John Hoang $18,144 Fountain Valley Louisiana
22 Christopher Podlewski $18,144 Las Vegas Nevada
23 Mark Seif $18,144 Henderson Nevada
24 J.C. Tran $18,144 Sacramento California
25 Alan Sass $18,144 Las Vegas Nevada
26 Matthias Neu $18,144 Weilbach Germany
27 Ian Kim $18,144 San Diego California
28 Faraz Jaka $14,904 Champaign Illinois
29 Randy Haddox $14,904 Houston Texas
30 Nicolas Levi $14,904 London England
31 Keven Stammen $14,904 Coldwater Ohio
32 Edmund Liu $14,904 Burbank California
33 Terrence Chan $14,904 Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
34 Jeff Williams $14,904 Dunwoody Georgia
35 Joseph Gualtieri $14,904 Mississauaga Ontario, Canada
36 Conor Tate $14,904 Manchester England
37 Matthew Molinari $11,664 New York New York
38 Gustavo Echeverri $11,664 Miami Florida
39 Steven Levy $11,664 Peabody Massachusetts
40 Alec Torelli $11,664 Orange California
41 Edgar Macias $11,664    
42 Sean Picquelle $11,664 Costa Mesa California
43 Justin Pechie $11,664 Thompson Connecticut
44 William Haughey $11,664 Glasgow Scotland
45 Jan Helfeld $11,664 Falls Church Virginia
46 Mark Dickstein $10,692 New York New York
47 Robert Erhart $10,692 Taby Sweden
48 Timothy Blake $10,692 Wansford England
49 Simon Ravnsbaek $10,692   Denmark
50 Brent Hanks $10,692 Las Vegas Nevada
51 Gil George $10,692 Desoto Texas
52 Giovanni Nervo $10,692 Rome Italy
53 Samuel Simon $10,692 Sherman Oaks California
54 Constantin Karrys $10,692 Glendale Arizona
55 Stuart Paterson $9,720 Boca Raton Florida
56 George Abdallah $9,720 Houston Texas
57 Men Nguyen $9,720 Bell Gardens California
58 Lauren Koch $9,720 Kihei Hawaii
59 Nhut Tran $9,720 Las Vegas Nevada
60 Don Toporowski $9,720 Toronto Ontario, Canada
61 Alan Jaffray $9,720 Silver Springs Nevada
62 Stuart Fox $9,720  
63 Thomas Nielson $9,720  
64 Joshua Evans $8,748 Dallas Texas
65 Anahit Galajian $8,748 Glendale California
66 Michael Stanko $8,748 Chicago Illinois
67 James O'Mealia $8,748 Rumson New Jersey
68 Michael Skomac $8,748 Kalamazoo Michigan
69 Michael Watson $8,748 St. Johns Newfoundland, Canada
70 Jens Eriksson $8,748 London England
71 Roy Vandersluis $8,748 London England
72 Travis Pearson $8,748 Las Vegas Nevada
73 Bryan Asch $7,776 Port Orange Florida
74 Dan Lu $7,776 Murrieta California
75 Eric Semel $7,776 Las Vegas Nevada
76 Benjamin Fineman $7,776 Las Vegas Nevada
77 Humberto Brenes $7,776 San Jose California
78 Jamel Maistriaux $7,776 Marcinelle Belgium
79 James McCrink $7,776 Las Vegas Nevada
80 Saifuddin Ahmad $7,776 Newport Coast California
81 Scott Clements $7,776 Mount Vernon Washington

Tournament Notes

The $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship (Event #44) attracted 879 entries, creating a prize pool totaling $3,240,174. The top 81 finishers collected prize money.

The prize pool which totaled more than $3.2 million is the largest in WSOP history for this event.

The $1,000 with re-buys tournament was first added to the WSOP schedule in 2004. That year proved so successful, that two events have been included on the WSOP schedule every year since.

Previous winners include – Gerry Drehobl (2004), Jiang Chen (2005), Maciek Gracz (2005), Phil Hellmuth (2006), Allen Cunningham (2006), Michael Chu (2007) and Michael Graves (2007).

The defending champion for this event in the corresponding tournament last year was Michael Graves. He did not enter this tournament. This brings the current streak to 44 straight non-cashes for defending champions in their respective events.

The tournament was played over three consecutive days. The final table was played on the ESPN main stage and was broadcast live by Bluff Media on ESPN360.

The 2008 $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em with Re-Buys champion is Max Greenwood. He is 23-years-old. Greenwood is a recent college graduate from Toronto (Ontario) Canada.

Just two weeks ago, Greenwood graduated from the University of Toronto. He received a degree in political science.

Greenwood planned to travel internationally after his college graduation. But he first wanted to play at the World Series of Poker. Greenwood stated that he had no specific career goals prior to this victory and still has not decided what he plans to pursue. However, poker is certain to be included in his future.

Greenwood becomes the third Canadian citizen to win a gold bracelet at this year’s WSOP.

Greenwood won $693,444 for first place. This was his fifth time to cash within two years. His previous finishes include 53rd, 42nd, 24th, and 48th.

Greenwood stated that he plans to buy a house in Toronto with the prize money.

The second-place finisher was Rene Mouritsen, from Aarhus, Denmark.

Mouritsen has been tagged with the runner-up position three times in the last two years at the WSOP – more than any other player. He took second place at last year’s Mixed Hold’em championship, as well as the 2007 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship. Incredibly, his poker earnings total over $1 million for those three runner-up finishes alone. Nevertheless, Mouritsen was obviously disappointed that he did not win.

Mouritsen came close to becoming the second Dane to win a WSOP gold bracelet within a week. Six days ago, Jesper Hougaard became the second-ever Danish champion (Jan Sorensen was the first).

The final table began at 2 pm and ended at 7:30 pm, which totaled a relatively fast 5.5 hours of play.

The final two players attracted large and enthusiastic cheering sections. In fact, with so much chanting and cheering during the later stages of play, the final table resembled a European soccer match more than a poker game. Rene Mouritsen’s fan club of Danes wore golden crowns, while Max Greenwood’s Canadian supporters adorned their seating territory with a massive trail of empty cans of Milwaukee’s Best Light beer. The rival camps mixed together and toasted the winner at the end of the match.

Former WSOP gold bracelet winners who cashed in this event included Eric Froehlich (13th), Mark Seif (23rd), Men “the Master” Nguyen (57th), Humberto Brenes (77th), and Scott Clements (81).

With his cash in this event, Men “the Master” Nguyen now has 59 in-the-money finishes in his WSOP career, which ranks second on the all-time list.

With his cash in this event, Humberto Brenes now has 52 in-the-money finishes in his WSOP career, which ties him for sixth place on the all-time list.

Television producer and writer Sam Simon, from Sherman Oaks, CA cashed in this tournament (53rd). He is best known for his association with classic TV shows Taxi and Cheers. He is also one of the creators of The Simpsons.

The most re-buys by any player in this event was 17. The player, who shall remain anonymous, did not cash.

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.

Four players have cashed six times at this year’s WSOP. This list includes – Chau Giang, Rolf Slotboom, Alex Jacob, and Roland Isra.

Winner Max Greenwood is officially listed as being from Toronto, Ontario (Canada). Through the conclusion of Event #44 at this year’s World Series of Poker, the gold bracelet count by nations and states reads as follows:
10 – Nevada
7 – California
4 – New York
3—Canada
3 – Germany
2 – Italy
2 – Missouri
1 – Belgium
1 – Denmark
1 – Florida
1 – France
1 – Georgia
1 – Holland
1 – Maryland
1 – Michigan
1 – Ohio
1 – Pennsylvania
1 – Russia
1 – South Carolina
1 – Wisconsin

Nine different nations have produced 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 #44 winner Max Greenwood is to be classified as an amateur player. This was his first major tournament victory. Furthermore, he recently graduated from college. Accordingly, the “Pro-Am” gold bracelet scoreboard currently reads:
Professionals – 32 wins
Amateurs -- 10 wins
Semi-Pros -- 2 wins

Jamel Maistriaux was the chip leader at the End of Day One in this event. He finished as the 78th place finisher. Through Event #44, the End of Day One chip leaders have gone on to cash 79 percent of the time -- 33 of 42 occasions (the chip leader was not applicable on two events). Twelve of these same 42 chip leaders (29 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.

Jesse Chinni was the chip leader at the start of this final table. He ended up as the fifth-place finisher. Through Event #44, seventeen of 42 chip leaders at the start of the final table (41 percent) went on to win the event. Twenty-four of 42 chip leaders (57 percent) went on to finish in the top three spots. Two events did not have a chip leader (Heads-Up and Shootout tournaments).

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 – 227 points 2. David Benyamine – 220 points
3. John Phan – 215 points
4.Barry Greenstein – 190 points
5.Erick Lindgren – 185 points
For a complete “Player of the Year” points list, see: 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.

Through the end of Event #44, twenty-five players have now earned at least $500,000 at this year’s WSOP.