WSOP 2008 Event #5, $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em with Rebuys, Final Results and Report

WSOP 2008 Event #5, $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em with Rebuys, Final Results and Report

Buy-In: $ 1,000
Number of Entries: 766
Number of Re-Buys: 2,258
Total Net Prize Pool: $ 2,894,094
June 3-5, 2008

Final Results

Michael Banducci

1 Michael Banducci $636,736 Traverse City Michigan
2 Jeff Williams $406,330 Dunwoody Georgia
3 Peter Gould $245,997 London United Kingdom
4 Lyric Duveyoung $201,139 Fairfield Iowa
5 Alan Jaffray $164,963 Silver Springs Nevada
6 Jonathan Aguiar $130,234 Las Vegas Nevada
7 Michael Binger $101,293 Las Vegas Nevada
8 Steve Gross $79,587 Marlboro New Jersey
9 Jamie Rosen $57,881 Boca Raton Florida
10 Phi Nguyen $36,176 Santa Ana California
11 Randy Haddox $36,176 Houston Texas
12 Adam Levy $36,176 Orlando Florida
13 Alan Sass $28,940 Las Vegas Nevada
14 Raymond Coburn $28,940 Jackson New Jersey
15 Clonie Gowen $28,940 Murphy Texas
16 Le Nam $21,705 Huntington Beach California
17 Craig Gray $21,705 Portland Oregon
18 Christopher Moore $21,705 Milwaukee Wisconsin
19 Daniel Adams $16,496 Kingston Ontario, Canada
20 Robert Cheung $16,496 Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
21 Jonathan Vanfleet $16,496 Lubbock Texas
22 Daniel Negreanu $16,496 Las Vegas Nevada
23 John Hoang $16,496 Fountain Valley Louisiana
24 Nenad Medic $16,496 Niagra Falls Ontario, Canada
25 Amit Makhija $16,496 Brookfield Wisconsin
26 Bill Cole $16,496 Murrieta California
27 John Juanda $16,496 Las Vegas Nevada
28 Kenneth Shelton $13,602 Dallas Texas
29 Anirudh Seth $13,602 Las Vegas Nevada
30 Craig Panzirer $13,602 New York New York
31 Alex Jacob $13,602 Tulsa Oklahoma
32 Adam Glassman $13,602 Chicago Illinois
33 Gary Haglund $13,602 Colorado Springs Colorado
34 Chad Brown $13,602 Los Angeles California
35 Thomas Gabriel $13,602 Gainsville Florida
36 Vachagan Zakarian $13,602 Hollywood California
37 Jeffrey Madison $10,708 Las Vegas Nevada
38 David Peters $10,708 Toledo Ohio
39 Corwin Cole $10,708 San Diego California
40 Timothy West $10,708 Los Altos California
41 Samuel Simon $10,708 Sherman Oaks California
42 James Kelly $10,708 Ormond Beach Florida
43 Carl Olson $10,708 Seattle Washington
44 Randy Cherkas $10,708 Moorestown New Jersey
45 David Baker $10,708 Rochester Hills Michigan
46 Justin Rollo $9,839 Boston Massachusetts
47 Romuald Pycior $9,839 Henderson Nevada
48 Nikolay Evdakov $9,839 Moscow Russian Federation
49 Scott Dorin $9,839 Medina New York
50 Ut Van Nguyen $9,839 Bell Gardens California
51 Lee Watkinson $9,839 Cheney Washington
52 Marco Johnson $9,839 Walnut Creek California
53 Steven Merrifield $9,839 Fairmont West Virginia
54 Mark Dickstein $9,839 New York New York
55 Mark Vos $8,971 Brisbane Australia
56 Jerry Maestas $8,971 Mission Hills California
57 Jesse Chinni $8,971 Ellicott City Maryland
58 Zachary Clark $8,971 Las Vegas Nevada
59 William Baxter $8,971 Las Vegas Nevada
60 William Jordan $8,971 Delray Beach Florida
61 Brian Cospolich $8,971 River Ridge Louisiana
62 James Mccrink $8,971 Las Vegas Nevada
63 Christopher Simons $8,971 Brownstown Michigan
64 Kelley Slay $8,103 Jacksonville Florida
65 Adam Richardson $8,103 Poway California
66 Alexander Balandin $8,103 New York New York
67 Luke Staudenmaier $8,103 Imperial Pennsylvania
68 Jay Mizzi $8,103 Toronto Ontario, Canada
69 James Rouse $8,103 Oceanside California
70 Jonathan Eaton $8,103 Las Vegas Nevada
71 Michael Burchfield $8,103 San Jose California
72 Matthew Lagarde $8,103 Salisbury Maryland

Tournament Notes

  • This year’s $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em with Re-Buys championship attracted 766 entries. Another 2,258 re-buys created a prize pool totaling $2,894,094.
  • A “Re-Buy” poker tournament means players are permitted to buy back into the tournament multiple times, provided they have equal or less chips than their starting stack. In this tournament, players started play with 2,000 in chips. Hence, any player with a chip count of 2,000 or less was allowed to re-buy. The re-buy period ends after the first two levels, or in this case the first two hours.
  • Re-buy tournaments are particularly popular with players who have deeper pockets. Since they can simply re-buy if they go bust, play tends to be wild and aggressive during the initial two levels.
  • The player with the most re-buys in this tournament was Suk Sung, who reloaded 23 times. This means Sung invested $23,000 for this event. Note: The record for most re-buys was set by Daniel Negreanu back in 2006 when he reloaded an astounding 46 times, plus two reported add-ons. Negreanu was downright stingy this year, by comparison. He re-bought a considerably more modest 12 times this year.
  • This was the fourth WSOP event of the year to be televised by ESPN. The final table was played on the ESPN main stage, surrounded by the Milwaukee’s Best Light All-In Lounge. Seating for all WSOP final tables remains free and open to the public.
  • The winner is Michael Banducci, from Traverse City, MI. He is a 23-year-old professional poker player. Banducci was born in Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
  • Banducci symbolizes the new breed of poker player who has learned the game by playing on his computer. He first saw poker on television about five years ago. He never dreamed he would win a gold bracelet. He stated that his early goal was simply to get to the WSOP and someday play in a tournament. Now, he has much more lofty ambitions – including winning another event.
  • Banducci made one re-buy plus a double add-on. Hence, he invested $4,000 in this tournament and collected $636,736.
  • The new champion attended Hope College in Michigan. He worked a variety of summer jobs. He started playing poker at a local casino and mostly played $4-8 limit until graduating to higher levels of play.
  • Pro’s versus Amateurs: Through Event #6 at this year’s World Series, poker professionals have won 5 gold bracelets. Amateurs have won 1 gold bracelet.
  • Banducci made some interesting observations in a post-tournament interview with the WSOP Public Relations Team:

The amount of time it takes to become a good player is reduced by playing (on the computer). We play so many hands. We talk to our friends (about the hands). You learn so fast. I think younger players understand the fundamentals much better. Older players probably know about the real-life aspects of the game. But the future of poker (success) depends on understanding the fundamentals.

I can’t imagine ever stopping doing what I am doing. I really enjoy it. Only now, I view it more as a business. I put in a set number of hours per week. At one time I was really passionate about poker. But I think I have become more disciplined about what I do.

  • There were 184 hands played at the final table. The final hand came when Jeff Williams was down by about a 3 to 1 margin and called Mike Banducci’s all-in re-raise with A-5. Banducci held the dominant hand with A-J. The final board showed K-J-10-3, giving Banducci a pair of jacks and the title.
  • The runner up was Jeff Williams. He is 22-years-old. If ever there was a player to watch in the future it is this wunderkind from Atlanta, GA. At the age of 19, Williams won the European Poker Tour championship, held in Monte Carlo.
  • The presence of many Internet poker players at the final table attracted arguably the largest and most boisterous gallery of supporters. Each player seemed to have a specific cheering section of twentysomethings. This added to the drama and excitement of the finale.
  • Michael Binger took seventh place. Binger is perhaps best remembered for his third place finish and $4 million cash in the 2006 Main Event. He also tied a WSOP record last year for the most cashes in a single year, with eight.
  • Steve Gross took ended up as the eighth-place finisher. Just two weeks ago, Gross graduated from college.
  • Several former WSOP gold bracelet winners cashed in this event, including Phi Nguyen (10th), Daniel Negreanu (22nd), Nenad Medic (24th), John Juanda (27th), Lee Watkinson (51st), Mark Vos (55th), and Billy Baxter (59th). Medic won his first gold bracelet just a few days ago in the Pot-Limit Hold’em World Championship.
  • The 31st-place finisher, Alex Jacob, won the United States Poker Championship in 2006.
  • The tournament was played over three days. The first day included ten levels and was played from 12 noon until 12:45 am. Day Two was played from 2 pm until 1 am. The final table of nine players was played on Day Three and started at 3:30 pm and ended at 2 am.
  • Last year’s champion in this event was Michael Graves, from Springfield, AR. He did not register to play in this event.
  • This will be the last tournament taped for broadcast by ESPN until the $50,000 HORSE championship, which starts on June 25th. In the meantime, Bluff Media and ESPN 360 will be carrying live video of many final tables over the next three weeks, which can be seen on the Internet.
  • The broadcast of this event will air on ESPN on August 12, 2008.