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Event #37, $10,000 World Cahmpionship 7-Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Final Results

Official Report
Event #37
World Championship
Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split
Buy-In: $10,000
Number of Entries: 164
Total Net Prize Pool: $1,541,600
Number of Places Paid: 16
First Place Prize: $431,656
June 18-20, 2009

Event Headlines

  1. Jeffrey Lisandro Wins Third WSOP Gold Bracelet – Australian/Italian High-Stakes Poker Pro Defeats Farzad Rouhani Heads-Up to Claim 2009 Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split World Championship
  2. Doyle Brunson’s Quest for Record-Tying 11th WSOP Gold Bracelet Falls Short – Finishes Seventh
  3. Five Former WSOP Gold Bracelet Winners Pack All-Star Final Table
  4. Frank Mariani, CEO of the NBA’s World Champion Los Angeles Lakers Finishes Fourth – His Best WSOP Finish Ever
  5. 2009 WSOP Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split World Championship Generates Largest “Eight-or-Better” Prize Pool in Poker History

The Winner

The 2009 World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split world champion is Jeffrey Lisandro, from Salerno, Italy.

Lisandro was born in Perth, Australia. However, he has lived in three different countries – Australia, Italy, and the United States. Lisandro owns a home in Santa Barbara, CA – but still calls Salerno, Italy his home.

Prior to playing poker full-time, Lisandro was a real estate investor.

Lisandro’s trademark is a black fedora, which he commonly wears at the poker table. He is also known to wear stylish Versace shirts.

Lisandro’s poker nickname is “The Iceman,” given to him for his seemingly cold and calculating disposition while playing.

Lisadro is a top high-stakes cash game player. He also plays in most of the world most prestigious poker tournaments.

Prior to winning his first gold bracelet in 2007, Lisandro was near the top of everyone’s list of “best players never to have won a gold bracelet.” He now owns three.

With his victory in Event #16 ten days ago, Lisandro has sealed his reputation as one of the world’s top Seven-Card Stud players. He won his first gold bracelet two years ago playing Seven-Card Stud. He also finished ninth in this year’s ($10,000 buy-in) Seven-Card Stud World Championship, which concluded last week.

With this victory, Lisandro is officially the 2009 Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split World Champion.

Lisandro has now cashed five times this year at the WSOP.

According to the official records, Lisandro now has 3 wins, 11 final table appearances, and 30 in-the-money finishes at the WSOP, with his first cash coming back in 1997. He also holds a WSOP Circuit championship earned at Lake Tahoe in 2005.

Lisandro collected $431,656 for first place. He was also awarded his third WSOP gold bracelet.

According to the official records, Lisandro now has $2,389,747 in career WSOP winnings.

At his gold bracelet ceremony, Lisandro (who has close ties to three different nations – Australia, Italy, and the United States) requested the national anthem of Italy to be played. In his ceremony ten days ago, Lisandro was honored with the anthem of his birthplace, Australia. Note: Since Lisandro holds duel citizenship, his second victory will be counted as an Italian player.

The Final Table

The final table contained five former WSOP gold bracelet winners – Doyle Brunson (10 wins), Jeffrey Lisandro (2 wins), Anthony Rivera (1 win), Farzad Rouhani (1 win), and Mike Wattel (1 win).

With five former winners and 15 combined bracelets won, this was the most accomplished final table of this year’s WSOP, thus far.

The top three finishers were all former winners – Lisandro, Rouhani, and Wattel.

The runner up was Farzad “Freddy” Rouhani. The Iranian-born poker pro now living in Germantown, MD won his gold bracelet in playing a mix of Stud and Omaha High-Low Split last year. He picked up $266,804 for second place in this event.

The third-place finisher was Mike Wattel, from Phoenix, AZ. Wattel previously won the Omaha High-Low Split event in 1999. Third place paid $176,605.

The fourth-place finisher was Frank Mariani, from Los Angeles, CA. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers (reigning world champions). Mariani has been playing at the WSOP for several years. Team owner Jerry Buss is also an active participant. This was Mariani’s third time to cash in a WSOP event, and was his first in-the-money finish in nine years. It was also his highest finisher ever.

The fifth-place finisher was Yan Chen, from Irvine, CA. This was Chen’s second final table this year, after finishing third in the Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball competition.

The sixth-place finisher was Abe Mosseri, from New York, NY. This was his second time to cash at the WSOP. He last finished in the money in the 2004 WSOP Main Event.

The seventh-place finisher was Doyle Brunson, from Las Vegas, NV. His quest for what would have been a record-tying 11th career gold bracelet fell short. Brunson continues to defy age, playing excellent poker, and making his second in-the-money finish at this year’s WSOP.

The eighth-place finisher was Justin Smith, from Kissimmee, FL.

In-the-Money Finishers

Former WSOP gold bracelet finishers who cashed in this event included – Jeffrey Lisandro, Farzad Rouhani, Mike Wattel, Doyle Brunson, Anthony Rivera, Perry Friedman, Scotty Nguyen, and Dan Heimiller.

This was Scotty Nguyen’s 37th time to cash at the WSOP, which places him into a tie for 25th-place in the all-time list.

This was Doyle Brunson’s 33rd time to cash at the WSOP, which places him 33rd on the all-time list.

The defending champion from 2009 was Sebastian Ruthenberg, from Hamburg, Germany. He entered this event but did not cash.

Odds and Ends

This was the richest Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split prize pool in poker history. It eclipsed last year’s previous record by more than $300,000. This was only the second million-dollar prize pool ever for any Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split tournament.

Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split was the first "split" game ever to be played at the WSOP, when it was first introduced 32 years ago. In 1976, Doc Green became the first Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split World Champion. Interestingly, he won $12,750 for first place that year, which is about what the bottom of the payout scale earned in this year's event.

Since 1976, the list of event winners reads like a "Who's Who" of poker. Past winners include – Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Chip Reese, Mickey Appleman, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Max Stern, Men "the Master" Nguyen, Mike Sexton, Artie Cobb, Vince Burgio, Cyndy Violette, Rich Korbin, and Eli Elezra.

In 1986, this game was inexplicably omitted from the WSOP schedule. After some protest by Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split enthusiasts, it was reinstituted and has been included on the poker menu every year. Since 1995, every WSOP has included at least two such events. This year's WSOP schedule includes two Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split tournaments – this $10,000 buy-in World Championship and a $1,500 buy-in event to be played June 28-30.

No player has ever won more than one gold bracelet in this game.

Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split is a game in which the highest and lowest hands split the pot equally. However, the lowest hand must first qualify to be eligible for half the pot. The qualifying low hand must be an "eight-low" or better. For this reason, the game is sometimes called Seven-Card Stud Eight-or-Better.

This is the 25th of 36 tournaments completed thus far at this year’s WSOP, with more than a $1 million prize pool.

Seven more events are scheduled for live coverage of the final table, which are split between ESPN 360 and Bluff Media. For a complete broadcast schedule of events, go to:
http://www.worldseriesofpoker.com/tourney/tourneydetails.asp?groupID=607

The Event

The $10,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split world championship attracted 164 entries. The total prize pool amounted to $1,541,600. The top 16 finishers collected prize money.

The tournament was played over three consecutive days.

The heads-up match between Farzad Rouhani and Jeffrey Lisandro nearly reached epic proportions. Rouhani held a decisive advantage early. But Lisandro fought his way back and seized the chip lead after a series of big confrontations and scooped pots. Once Lisandro took over the lead, he never lost it and defeated Rouhani after about two hours of heads-up play.

The final table lasted about 13 hours – the longest of any event this year.

The tournament officially began on Thursday, June 18th, at 5 pm. The tournament officially ended on Sunday, June 21st, at 4:15 am.

Final Results

  Name Prize City State/Country
1 Lisandro, Jeffrey $431,656 Salerno Italy
2 Rouhani, Farzad $266,804 Germantown MD
3 Wattel, Mike $176,605 Phoenix AZ
4 Mariani, Francis $124,684 El Segundo CA
5 Chen, Yan $93,513 Irvine CA
6 Mosseri, Abraham $74,258 New York NY
7 Brunson, Doyle $62,234 Las Vegas NV
8 Smith Justin $54,896 Kissimmee FL
9 Rivera, Anthony $41,885 Henderson NV
10 Friedman, Perry $41,885 Henderson NV
11 Nguyen. Scotty $33,668 Las Vegas NV
12 Berman, Lyle $33,668 Las Vegas NV
13 Bronshtein, Yuval $28,272 Charleston SC
14 Anthony, Richard $28,272 New York NY
15 Heimiller, Dan $24,650 Las Vegas NV
16 Rinaldi, Claudio $24,650 Rancate Italy

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