WSOP 2008 Event #8, $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event, Final Results and Report

WSOP 2008 Event #8, $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event, Final Results and Report

Number of Entries: 192
Total Net Prize Pool: $ 1,804,800
June 3-5, 2008

Final Results

  Name Prize City State/Country
1 Anthony Rivera $483,688 Henderson Nevada
2 James Mackey $297,792 Columbia Missouri
3 Matt Glantz $184,992 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
4 Mike DeMichele $139,872 Las Vegas Nevada
5 Eli Elezra $108,288 Henderson Nevada
6 Sam Farha $85,728 Houston Texas
7 Jeff Madsen $67,680 Los Angeles California
8 Tom Dwan $54,144 Edison New Jersey
9 David Oppenheim $45,120 Los Angeles California
10 Gus Hansen $45,120 Copenhagen Denmark
11 Ali Eslami $36,096 Van Nuys California
12 Tom Schneider $36,096 Scottsdale Arizona
13 Johnny Chan $27,072 Cerritos California
14 Lee Watkinson $27,072 Cheney Washington
15 Chris Gentile $18,048 Plainfield Illinois
16 Amnon Filippi $18,048 New York New York
17 William McMahan $16,243    
18 George Adams $16,243    
19 Greg Mueller $16,243 White Rock British Columbia, Canada
20 Adam Friedman $16,243 Gahanna Ohio
21 Doyle Brunson $16,243 Las Vegas Nevada
22 Scott Seiver $16,243 Cold Spring Harbor New York
23 Chad Brown $16,243 Margate Florida
24 Nikolay Evdakov $16,243 Moscow Russian Federation


Tournament Notes

  • “Mixed Games” is a new event on this year’s WSOP schedule. This is the first time in history that a major poker tournament has included eight poker games. These games include:
    1. No-Limit Hold’em
    2. Pot-Limit Omaha
    3. Triple-Draw Lowball
    4. Limit Hold’em
    5. Omaha High-Low Split
    6. Razz
    7. Seven-Card Stud
    8. Seven-Card Stud Eight-or-Better
    Games are played on a rotation basis. Games change every eight hands. 
  • The $10,000 buy-in tournament attracted a stellar field of superstars and arguably the toughest field in poker history for an event of this size, other than the $50,000 buy-in HORSE competition. No less than 76 of the 192 entrants were former WSOP gold bracelet winners. The total prize pool amounted to $1,804,800. The top 24 players collected prize money.
  • Despite the astral field of poker celebrities, some top players pointed out that the composition of the tournament is not quite as formidable as one might believe. Three players (Sammy Farha, George Abdullah, and Amnon Filippi) argued that younger players in this event did not play “limit” and “high-low” split games as well as some of the more experienced players. Of course, two of those three were standing on the rail at the time, watching and pointing to at least of couple of finalists who allegedly “don’t have a clue.”
  • While all 55 WSOP tournaments on the 2008 schedule are categorized as “gold bracelet” events, this is also known as a “world championship” event. This means the winner of this event is the Mixed Games world champion. Beginning this year, all $10,000+ buy-in tournaments are designated as official world championships. This means a total of ten WSOP tournaments are world championships. This includes eight gold bracelet tournaments with $10,000 buy-ins, the $50,000 buy-in HORSE event, and the Main Event.
  • Four former WSOP gold bracelet winners appeared at the final table of eight players (Sammy Farha, Eli Elezra, James Mackey, and Jeff Madsen). When play commenced on Day Three, the chip leader was Matthew Glantz, a top high-stakes cash game pro who plays mostly in Atlantic City.
  • The tournament was played over three days. Day Three featured final table play, which took place adjacent to the ESPN stage. Given the magnetic field of finalists, a standing-room only crowd circled the table. In fact, the turnout (and one presumes -- interest) for this finale was significantly higher than for the conclusion for Event #7, which was played at the so-called “feature” table.
  • The winner was Anthony Rivera. He is a 22-year-old professional poker player from Las Vegas. Rivera is originally from St. Louis, MO. He attended the University of Missouri, but decided to suspend his education and move to Las Vegas to play poker.
  • Rivera began playing poker about three years ago on the computer. He turned 21 just prior to last year’s WSOP and played in a few events. However, this marked his first time to cash at the World Series. He really made this one count as $483,688 was paid as the top prize.
  • Rivera has become a solid high-stakes player who frequents $200-400, $300-600 limit (and higher) tables in Las Vegas. He remarked afterward: “This was a very tough field. But it did not intimidate me. I am used to playing with many of these players. I know many of them pretty well. I know I can play all the games well enough to win.”
  • The champ wore his lucky t-shirt, which read “Friends Don’t Let Friends Play No-Limit.” Rivera also pointed out that, for him, it was kind of social statement. While many poker players have concentrated their efforts on No-Limit Hold’em, Rivera has focused his poker development on a much more diverse collection of games. Fittingly, the hard work paid off and he became the first-ever “Mixed Games World Champion.”
  • He said: “I really do not have a ‘best’ game. I do not really play No-Limit, that much. I prefer the other games. I think I can play all the games well.”
  • Rivera pointed out that David Oppenheim was his most intimidating opponent throughout the tournament. He stated that Oppenheim got unlucky and busted out. “I was glad to see him go,” Rivera said later.
  • The final table began at 3 pm and ended at 10:30 pm.
  • The runner up was James Mackey, who won last year’s $5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship. At the time, he was the third youngest gold bracelet winner in WSOP history. He came up just short of victory on this occasion.
  • Matt Glantz took third place. This was his sixth time to cash at the WSOP. He was the runner up last year in the $3,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event.
  • Eli Elezra busted out in fifth place. This marked his 15th career WSOP cash. Last year, the Israeli-born poker pro won the Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split championship.
  • Dashing and debonair Sammy Farha went out in sixth place. The two-time former gold bracelet winner is perhaps best remembered by casual poker fans for his second-place finish to Chris Moneymaker in the 2003 Main Event.
  • Jeff Madsen catapulted to superstardom at the 2006 WSOP, where he earned two gold bracelets and very nearly picked up two more, with duel third-place finishes. He obliterated the record for “youngest player ever to win two WSOP victories,” achieving the feat at 21 years and 20 days. Madsen sought to add to his WSOP jewelry chest in this event, but ended up as the seventh-place finisher.
  • Several former WSOP gold bracelet winners cashed in this tournament. They included Gus Hansen (10th), Tom Schneider (12th), Johnny Chan (13th), Lee Watkinson (14th), and Doyle Brunson (21st).
  • Given that ten-time gold bracelet winners Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan were both still alive in the tournament with three tables to go, a buzz began to circulate around the Rio that this tournament might be memorable for its historic implications. However, both former two-time world champions were eliminated late on Day Two.
  • So far, this can be defined as the year when poker pros have rebounded to their former glory, after years of seeing poker rocked to its foundations with so many amateur victories. Bona fide poker pros have now won 7 of the 8 events which have concluded at this year’s WSOP.