WSOP 2008 Event #7, $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

WSOP 2008 Event #7, $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

Number of Entries: 1,592
Number of Re-Buys: NA
Total Net Prize Pool: $ 2,897,440
June 4-6, 2008

Final Results

  Name Prize City State/Country
1 Matt Keikoan $550,529 San Rafael California
2 Shannon Shorr $349,142 Las Vegas Nevada
3 Carter Gill $228,898 Bali Indonesia
4 Theo Tran $191,231 Las Vegas Nevada
5 Chris Bjorin $155,013 London England
6 Mihai Manole $123,141 Targoviste Romania
7 J. C. Tran $94,167 Sacramento California
8 Alex Bolotin $72,436 Brooklyn New York
9 Mike Lisanti $50,705 Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada
10 Manelic Minaya $33,321 Tampa Florida
11 Yan Chen $33,321 Irvine California
12 Thong Tran $33,321 Las Vegas Nevada
13 Timothy Taft $26,077 St Paul Minnesota
14 Issam Abbas $26,077 Dearborn Heights Michigan
15 Dustin Woolf $26,077 Los Angeles California
16 Darren Nelson $18,833 Las Vegas Nevada
17 Scott Montgomery $18,833 Perth Ontario, Canada
18 Keith Carter $18,833 Dallas Texas
19 Richard Monroe $14,487 Sedalia Colorado
20 Shawn Hattem $14,487 Blanville Quebec, Canada
21 Philip Siegel $14,487 Lemoore California
22 Bon Phan $14,487 Staron California
23 Paulson Kai $14,487 Trondheim Norway
24 Nancy Todd Tyner $14,487 Las Vegas Nevada
25 Larry Gurney $14,487 Kingston Tennessee
26 Derek Harrington $14,487 Henderson Nevada
27 Andre De Montesquiou $14,487 Encino California
28 Nick Romano $11,590 New York New York
29 Rocco Pace $11,590 Mount Prospect Illinois
30 Mathias Kuerschner $11,590 Dusseldorf Germany
31 Jeffrey Neuman $11,590 Clinton Maryland
32 Pawel Andrzejewski $11,590 Park Ridge Illinois
33 Joe Cutler $11,590 Bay Shore New York
34 Phil Collins $11,590 West Columbia South Carolina
35 Michael Scott $11,590 Tampa Florida
36 Joe Brandenburg $11,590 Portland Oregon
37 Robert Ackerman $8,692 Toronto Ontario, Canada
38 Christopher 'Sam' Wiggins $8,692 Germantown Tennessee
39 Mark Calzadillas $8,692 Las Vegas Nevada
40 Robert Thies $8,692 Debary Florida
41 Eric Liu $8,692 Rockville Maryland
42 John Chadwick $8,692 Kemmerer Wyoming
43 James Campbell $8,692 Pegram Indiana
44 Jonathan Tare $8,692 New York New York
45 Robert Morgan $8,692 Nanaimo British Columbia, Canada
46 Ryan Franklin $7,823 Jacksonville Florida
47 Steven Etoch $7,823 Prospect Kentucky
48 Fred Goldberg $7,823 Hollywood Florida
49 Brent Roberts $7,823 Staten Island New York
50 Bill Klein $7,823 Laguna Hills California
51 Claudio Fonseca $7,823 Weston Florida
52 Kian Kiarash $7,823 New York New York
53 Tyler Hamade $7,823 Abbotsford British Columbia, Canada
54 Lina Olofsson $7,823 Bandhagen Sweden
55 Joshua Schiffman $6,954 Columbus Georgia
56 Neil Scott $6,954 Mammoth Lakes California
57 Rohn Schutsky $6,954 Freehold New Jersey
58 Hansu Chu $6,954 McClean Virginia
59 Ronald Brunstrom $6,954 Enebakk Norway
60 Rob Salomon $6,954 Fairfield California
61 Mike Plesa $6,954 Windsor Ontario, Canada
62 Kurosh Dejgosha $6,954 Spring Field Illinois
63 John Myung $6,954 Vienna Virginia
64 Jason Somerville $6,374 Stony Brook New York
65 David Gent $6,374 Bishopton Scotland
66 Thang Duc Nguyen $6,374 Schenefeld Germany
67 Norman Gautron $6,374 Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada
68 William Mietz $6,374 Littleton Colorado
69 Steven Mclaughlin $6,374 Las Vegas Nevada
70 Aaron Dolgin $6,374 Woodland Hills California
71 AJ Martin $6,374 Henderson Nevada
72 Matt Lichtie $6,374 Draper Utah
73 Douglas Bruce $5,795 Lawrenceville Georgia
74 Greg Rahn $5,795 Minneapolis Minnesota
75 Jeff Sherid $5,795 Hollywood California
76 Robert Georato $5,795 Seabrook New Hampshire
77 Jim Paluszek $5,795 Bensalem Pennsylvania
78 M Chou $5,795 Nederweert Netherlands
79 Bryan Barrile $5,795 Marlborough Massachusetts
80 Candido Pondo $5,795 Tehachapi California
81 Jim Meehan $5,795 Eagan Minnesota
82 Dan Stir $5,215 Sacramento California
83 Thomas Keller $5,215 Scottsdale Arizona
84 Stephen Ladowsky $5,215 Toronto Ontario, Canada
85 Kevin O'Boyle $5,215 San Francisco California
86 Remy Biechel $5,215 Ste Genevieve Missouri
87 Craig Crivello $5,215 Las Vegas Nevada
88 Justin Clark $5,215 Janesville Wisconsin
89 Duane Ahmu $5,215 Corona California
90 Durwood Murray $5,215 San Diego California
91 Jamie Robbins $4,636 Portland Oregon
92 Earvin Liang $4,636 Livermore California
93 Leo Wolpert $4,636 Fairfax Virginia
94 Calen McNeil $4,636 Victoria British Columbia, Canada
95 Derek Tomko $4,636 Winter Haven Florida
96 Sabyl Landrum $4,636 Folsom California
97 Scott Sitron $4,636 Glendale California
98 Michael Ellis $4,636 London England
99 Hung Le $4,636 Casselberry Florida
100 Casey Coughlan $4,056 Pacific Beach California
101 Antonio Bueti $4,056 Mt. Kisco New York
102 Cal Namihira $4,056 Montebello California
103 Derek Dempsey $4,056 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
104 Scott Castelluccio $4,056 Los Angeles California
105 Michael Bernstein $4,056 Chicago Illinois
106 Marc Bergida $4,056 Los Angeles California
107 David Bogner $4,056 Atlanta Georgia
108 Noah Garden $4,056 New York New York
109 Jeff Schlicht $4,056 Paradise California
110 Gary Wright $4,056 Annandale Virginia
111 Kevin Kim $4,056 Los Angeles California
112 Tim Frazin $4,056 Dallas Texas
113 Sean Hennette $4,056 Lexington Kentucky
114 Young Cho $4,056 Enid Oklahoma
115 Mark Stubbs $4,056 Newmarket England
116 Hien Tran $4,056 Sacramento California
117 Derek Feldman $4,056 Cocoa Florida
118 Michael Cappetta $4,056 Hinsdale Illinois
119 Michael Castelli $4,056 Ottawa Illinois
120 Liya Gerasimova $4,056 Moscow Russia
121 Doug Robinett $4,056 San Juan Capistrano California
122 Romik Vartzar $4,056 Glendale California
123 Thad Smith $4,056 Fayetteville North Carolina
124 Chris Moorman $4,056 Brighton England
125 Luke Vrabel $4,056 West Hartford Connecticut
126 Norman Shapiro $4,056 Maumee Ohio
127 Zak Gilbert $3,477 Reno Nevada
128 Eric Hicks $3,477 San Francisco California
129 Danny Ryan $3,477 Grand Forks North Dakota
130 Jeff Littlefield $3,477 Greenville Texas
131 Patrick Arnold $3,477 Ponte Vedra Beach Florida
132 Christopher Kolesnikoff $3,477 Montrose British Columbia, Canada
133 Richard Cleveland $3,477 Boyton Beach Florida
134 Quoc Nguyen $3,477 Alhambra California
135 Mike Ferrante $3,477 Weymouth Massachusetts
136   $3,477  
137 Robert McLaughlin $3,477 Washington DC
138 Justin Young $3,477 Morehead City North Carolina
139 Paul Ephremsen $3,477 Bedfordshire England
140 Evan Schwartz $3,477 Oakland California
141 Redmond Lee $3,477 Bushy Heath England
142 Leif Force $3,477 Tallahassee Florida
143 Jeff Magid $3,477 Cambridge Massachusetts
144 Aaron Kanter $3,477 Elk Grove California
145 Phillip Liou $3,477 Urbana Illinois
146 Randy Pfeifer $3,477 East Amherst New York
147 Darrin Fisher $3,477 Elm Park Michigan
148 Chad Bradbury $3,477 Wichita Kansas
149 Brandon Blake $3,477 Palmer Arkansas
150 James Peters $3,477 Westfield New Jersey
151 Jesse Roehling $3,477 Bryan Texas
152 Jean-Philippe Matte $3,477  
153 Sarah Bilney $3,477 Melbourne Australia

 

Tournament Notes

  • The $2,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship attracted 1,592 entrants. This was an increase over last year’s tournament size, which had 1,531 entries. The total prize pool amounted to $2,897,440. The top 153 finishers collected prize money.
  • The tournament was played over three days. On Day Three, the final table was dealt out on the ESPN stage, also known as the “feature table.” The so-called “secondary” final table, located adjacent to the main stage area, featured the conclusion of Event #8 in a scheduling overlap. This year, most days at the WSOP will include two final tables.
  • This was the first WSOP event of the year to be featured by Bluff Media on the ESPN360 website. Viewers around the world can log on at www.espn360.com and watch final tables live. Bluff will feature 23 more WSOP events to be held over the next month. The broadcasts begin daily at 2 pm PST. Note: On some days, events will begin later due to unforeseen tournament length times on the previous day.
  • This was only the fifth WSOP event in history ever to be carried in a live broadcast format. The last three Main Events were featured on Pay-Per-View. Last year’s Pot-Limit Omaha championship was shown at the official WSOP website, www.worldseriesofpoker.com. Bluff Media’s ambitions are considerably greater this year. All shows are free.
  • The World Series of Poker consistently draws the most diverse fields in the game, attracting players from all over the world. This event included players who cashed from Australia, Canada, Indonesia, England, Romania, Norway, Scotland, Holland, and Russia, and the United States. Furthermore, players cashed from 34 different U.S. states.
  • Five different nations were represented at the final table – including Canada, England, Indonesia, Romania, and the United States.
  • When the final table began, Theo Tran was the chip leader. In fact, he possessed nearly twice as many chips as the player in second place. Despite this, Tran ended up as the fourth-place finisher. Tran has developed a well-deserved reputation as a fearless No-Limit player. He dominated play during much of the tournament. However, Tran steamed off his entire stack late at the final table when he went to the felt in less than a dozen hands after having nearly 60 percent of the total chips in play.
  • The $2,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em champion is Matt Keikoan. He is a 40-year-old professional poker player from San Rafael, CA. Keikoan worked as a “poker prop” for about eight years before phasing gradually into the life of a working poker pro. Keikoan started out playing at Casino San Pablo in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • While working as a poker prop, some of Keikoan’s regular co-workers included Bill Edler, Erick Lindgren, Bill Gazes, Matt Lefkowitz, and others. The poor tourists in that joint must have gotten skinned alive.
  • Matt Keikoan is the brother of poker pro Todd Keikoan, who lives in Las Vegas.
  • Keikoan attended San Francisco State University, but did not graduate. His father was interviewed following his son’s victory and commented: “We were thoroughly pissed off because he left college and wanted to become a professional poker player. But, it turned out well.”
  • Keikoan collected $550,529 for first place. He also earned his first WSOP gold bracelet. To date, Keikoan now has seven World Series cashes. This was his first WSOP final table appearance. However, he has finished high in several other major events.
  • Keikoan finished 63rd in the 2007 Main Event. That cash was worth $154,194.
  • Keikoan was cheered on by several poker pros, including Gavin Smith and Erick Lindgren. While Keikoan was celebrating victory, Lindgren remarked that he has been playing golf with the new champ for several years. “When we used to play golf, we would play for all the money in our pockets until the sun went down. Sometimes, we would be hitting golf balls when it was dark,” Lindgren said. “Now, we can play a little higher.”
  • Bad Beat Story of the Year: This one is worth telling (and listening to). Down to three tables and 24 players on Day Two, Theo Tran was heads-up in a pot with Scott Montgomery. Tran was dealt A-A against Montgomery’s 5-5. Incredibly, Montgomery flopped quad-fives, yet still ended up losing the hand. The flop came 5-5-4 with two spades. The turn brought the deuce of spades. The river delivered the three-of-spades, giving Tran a straight flush (A-2-3-4-5) with the ace-of-spades in his hand. Perhaps most incredible of all – Montgomery did not go broke on the hand. Tran bet the river for a modest number of chips, and Montgomery could only make the call (instead of raising), despite having four-of-a-kind.
  • After multiple final tables which lasted past midnight, this finale concluded in a lightning-fast 6 hours and 20 minutes. This was the shortest final table of year, thus far.
  • The second-place finisher was Shannon Shorr, from Las Vegas. He was fourth in the 2006 WSOP “Player of the Year” race.
  • A 26-year-old student, Mihai Manole from Bucharest, Romania took sixth place. This marked the highest WSOP finish in history for a Romanian national.
  • Swedish-born Chris Bjorin, who now lives in London, finished in fifth place. This marked Bjorin’s 39th career WSOP in-the-money finish.
  • Tournament pro J.C. Tran finished seventh. Tran, from Sacramento, CA has a number of major poker titles to his credit. However, he has yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet. Tran rightly deserves a place on the “Best to Not Win” list.
  • Three former WSOP gold bracelet winners cashed in this event including Dustin “Neverwin” Woolf (15th place). This was Woolf’s second cash this year. Others were “Minneapolis Jim” Meehan (81st) and Thomas “Thunder” Keller (83rd).
  • The final table broadcast is archived at the official WSOP website and can be seen in its entirety at: www.worldseriesofpoker.com