WSOP 2008 Event #9, $1,500 Six Handed No-Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

WSOP 2008 Event #9, $1,500 Six Handed No-Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

Number of Entries: 1,236
Total Net Prize Pool: $ 1,687,140
June 5-7, 2008

Final Results

  Name Prize City State/Country
1 Rep Porter $372,843 Woodinville Washington
2 Nathan Templeton $231,982 Chattanooga Tennessee
3 Devin Porter $151,843 Provo Utah
4 John Conkright $101,228 Lexington Kentucky
5 Anatoly Shilyuk $70,860 London Ontario, Canada
6 Michiel Brummelhuis $53,314 Amsterdam Netherlands
7 David Zand $36,442 Weston Florida
8 Kevin MacPhee $36,442 Coeur D Alene Idaho
9 Andrew Fegan $28,007 Shiremanstown Pennsylvania
10 Jared Okun $28,007 Las Vegas Nevada
11 Jan Von halle $19,571 Hamburg Germany
12 Thomas Fuller $19,571 Boulder Colorado
13 Richard Tatalovich $13,666 Scottsdale Arizona
14 Peter Marr $13,666 Sutton England
15 Michael Stotz $13,666 Las Vegas Nevada
16 Jason Dewitt $13,666 Granger Indiana
17 Frank Blumlein $13,666 Frankfort Germany
18 Thomas Braband $13,666 Oshkosh Wisconsin
19 Allan Silberstang $11,135 Las Vegas Nevada
20 Eric Kesselman $11,135 New York New York
21 Michael Marquez $11,135 El Paso Texas
22 Stephanie Klempner $11,135 New York New York
23 Zachary Clark $11,135 Las Vegas Nevada
24 Thomas Patzner $11,135 Antioch Tennessee
25 Jesse Starke $8,604 Loveland Colorado
26 Richard Lee $8,604 San Antonio Texas
27 Christian Closson $8,604 Vancouver Washington
28 Ryan Milisits $8,604 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
29 James Bord $8,604 Stanmore England
30 Paul Kobel $8,604 Oakland California
31 Victor Saedon $6,917 Calabasas California
32 Andrew Scott $6,917 Central  
33 Dominic Sinagra $6,917 Perth Australia
34 Christian Iacobellis $6,917 Rye New York
35 Antuan Bunkley $6,917 Riviera Beach Florida
36 Ben Fineman $6,917 Las Vegas Nevada
37 Paul Niemela $5,905 Las Vegas Nevada
38 Tomislav Dobrilovic $5,905 West Neck New York
39 Barry Woods $5,905 Malibu California
40 Donald Robinowitz $5,905 Houston Texas
41 Wesley Pantling $5,905 Perkinsfield Ontario, Canada
42 Jon Danielsson $5,905  
43 Matthew Matros $4,893 Brooklyn New York
44 Curtis Householder $4,893 Wheaton Illinois
45 Ryan Young $4,893  
46 John Burg $4,893 Brook Park Ohio
47 William Burdick $4,893 St. Petersburg Florida
48 Shijia Liu $4,893 Las Vegas Nevada
49 Lu Wang $4,387 Fremont California
50 Brent Bibby $4,387 Cambridge Ontario, Canada
51 Laura Wakeland $4,387 Cedar Glen California
52 Richard Shorten $4,387 New Canaan Connecticut
53 Brandon Lee $4,387 Atlanta Georgia
54 Gavin Kelly $4,387 Letterkenny Ireland
55 Ian Frazer $3,880  
56 Steve Rassi $3,880 Morton Illinois
57 Mathieu Jacqmin $3,880 St Maur France
58 Allei Prescott $3,880 Las Vegas Nevada
59 Mark Utterback $3,880 San Antonio Texas
60 William Mikolay $3,880 Waynesboro Virginia
61 Jared Hamby $3,543 Henderson Nevada
62 Cody Slaubaugh $3,543 Rugby North Dakota
63 Carl Olson $3,543 Seattle Washington
64 Shankar Phillai $3,543 Commack New York
65 Ernie Rossi $3,543 Phoenix Arizona
66 Neil Channing $3,543 Maida Vale United Kingdom
67 Zachary King $3,206 Columbia South Carolina
68 Ron Fani $3,206 Los Angeles California
69 Edouard Damidot $3,206 Messigny France
70 Nghia Le $3,206 Shakopee Minnesota
71 Diarmuid Jacob $3,206 Waterford Ireland
72 John Farley $3,206 Maple Wood New Jersey
73 Jeffrey Murray $3,206 Ventura California
74 Joseph Brooks $3,206 Egg Harbor Twn New Jersey
75 Michael Parisi $3,206 Wood Dale Illinois
76 David Huff $3,206 Alameda California
77 Roland Isra $3,206 Forest Hill New York
78 Michael Michnik $3,206 Voorhees New Jersey
79 Brian Lamanna $2,868 Las Vegas Nevada
80 William Obrien $2,868 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
81 Anthony Gargano $2,868 Sterling Heights Michigan
82 Richard Vallandigham $2,868 Burr Ridge Illinois
83 Daniel Radditz $2,868 Portland Oregon
84 James Drane $2,868 Las Vegas Nevada
85 Timothy Bannigan $2,868 Parkland Florida
86 Graham Wheldon $2,868  
87 Kenneth Lee $2,868 Oakton Virginia
88 Jonathan Jaffe $2,868 Long Meadow Massachusetts
89 Kenneth Lowe $2,868 Juneau Alaska
90 Andrew Ferguson $2,868 Mount Airy Maryland
91 Clint Schafer $2,531  
92 Jonathan Depa $2,531  
93 Joshua Flamm $2,531  
94 "Dangerous" Don Mullis $2,531 St Pete Beach Florida
95 Jason Smith $2,531 Chandler Arizona
96 James Routos $2,531 Kent Washington
97 Eric Lynch $2,531 Olathe Kansas
98 David Longmuir $2,531  
99 Noah Ament $2,531 Morton Grove Illinois
100 Charles Ford $2,531  
101 Pascal Baumgartner $2,531 Konolfingen
102 Osmin Dardon $2,531 West Covina California
103 George Bronstein $2,531 Lutz Florida
104 Elton Beebe $2,531  
105 Ryan Henderson $2,531 Highlands Ranch Colorado
106 Kenneth Gacek $2,531 Glastonbury Connecticut
107 Earl Morgan $2,531 Hurricane Utah
108 Chad Layne $2,531 Henderson Nevada
109 Louis Werman $2,278 Agoura California
110 Richard Hendin $2,278 San Antonio Texas
111 Nicholas Finamore $2,278 Seattle Washington
112 David Pecaski $2,278 North Vancouver BC, Canada
113 Caroline Cooper $2,278 Las Vegas Nevada
114 Ted Lawson $2,278 Plantation Florida
115 Todd Jones $2,278 Scottsdale Arizona
116 Christopher Finn $2,278 Phoenix Arizona
117 Kimberly Brown $2,278 Springdale Arkansas
118 Thomas Savitsky $2,278 Randolph New Jersey
119 Bruce Sparks $2,278 N Ft Myers Florida
120 Harry Cheung $2,278 Portola Valley California
121 Shawn Grigus $2,278 Mays Landing New Jersey
122 Jeffrey Marr $2,278 Merritt Island Florida
123 Annand Ramdin $2,278 Bronx New York
124 Mark "Pegasus" Smith $2,278 Georgetown Kentucky
125 John Warchelak $2,278 Palm Beach Gardens Florida
126 Jonathan Pepin $2,278 Montreal Quebec, Canada

Tournament Notes

The $1,500 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em championship attracted 1,236 players, creating a prize pool totaling $1,687,140. The top 126 places were paid.

Six-Handed Hold’em emphasizes short-handed poker skills. Rather than a full table of nine players, each table is played six-handed (or less, as players bust out). This generally requires competitors to play cards out of the standard range of starting-hand requirements. It also makes post-flop skill paramount to victory. The game was included on the WSOP schedule as a concerted effort to measure as diverse a range of poker skills as possible.

The tournament was played over three days. On Day Three, the final table was played out on the ESPN stage, also known as the “feature table.” The secondary final table, located adjacent to the main stage area featured the conclusion of Event #10 in a scheduling overlap. Most days at the WSOP this year will include two final tables.

Three different nations were represented at the final table, including Canada, Holland, and the United States. Through the first nine events, every final table played thus far has included a multi-national flavor.

Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em made its WSOP debut in 2005. Three Six-Handed events were included on the 2006 schedule. Last year, there was only one Six-Handed event. Former champions from these events include Isaac “The General” Galazan, Dutch Boyd, Bill Chen, Jeff Madsen, and Jason Warner.

Last year’s winner was Jason Warner. He entered this tournament but did not cash.

When the final table began, John Conkright was the chip leader. He possessed about 27 percent of the total chips in play. Michael Brummelhuis was very close behind, in second place. Rep Porter ranked third.

The winner was Rep Porter. He is a 37-year-old professional poker player from Woodinville, WA – located about 45 miles north of Seattle. He is married to Lisa and they have two children.

Porter is a graduate of the University of Washington. Prior to turning pro, he worked in finance as an equity options trader. Porter plays regularly in cardrooms throughout Washington State. He also makes frequent visits to Southern California and plays in many major poker tournaments.

Porter finished as the runner up in the WSOP Circuit championship at Caesars Atlantic City in 2006. He also cashed in last year’s WSOP Main Event, taking 39th place, worth $237,865. For this victory, Porter collected $372,843 for first place. He also earned his first WSOP gold bracelet. To date, he now has 10 career WSOP cashes (all within the past four years). This win also puts him across the $1 million mark in winnings for all major poker tournaments.

He made the following statements in a post-tournament interview:

There were a lot of chips in play. I did not expect it to be a quick day.

When push came to shove, I could have had the K-9 and he could have had the K-Q just as easily. – speaking of the final hand of the tournament when with the blinds high the two finalists got into a pre-flop raising war with Porter holding the dominant hand.

I’m on cloud nine right now. I’ve been trying to win a gold bracelet for three years.

Nathan Templeton was the runner up. He now has two WSOP cashes, but they were both impressive. This payout amounted to $231,981. His previous fifth place finish in 2006 was for $149,240.

Through the first ten events of this the 2008 WSOP, professionals have dominated the win column. Thus far, nine bona fide poker pros have won gold bracelets, versus just one amateur.

One might have expected this to be a short final table, given the six-handed composition of the finale. However, Day Three clocked in at slightly over nine hours. The final table began at 2 pm and ended at 11:15 pm.

Notable in-the money finishers in this tournament included Richard Lee (26th) and Matt Matros (43rd). Lee made it to the final table of the 2006 Main Event, finishing sixth. Matros has achieved several major cashes in the last ten years. He wrote a book called “The Making of a Poker Player,” which chronicles his transition from rank amateur to potential champion.

This was the second WSOP event of the year to be featured by Bluff Media on the ESPN360 website. Viewers around the world can log on at and watch final tables live. Bluff will feature 22 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, and the new “live” format debuted yesterday. Bluff Media’s ambitions are considerably greater this year. All shows can be viewed at no charge.