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Event #44, $2,500 7-Card Razz, Final Results

Official Report
Event #44
Seven-Card Razz
Buy-In: $2,500
Number of Entries: 315
Total Net Prize Pool: $724,500
Number of Places Paid: 32
First Place Prize: $188,390
June 22-24, 2009

Event Headlines

Jeffrey Lisandro Wins Fourth WSOP Gold Bracelet – His Third Victory This Year. Lisandro Becomes Only Fifth Player in WSOP History to Win Three Gold Bracelets within a Single Year. Lisandro Decimates Final Table in Near-Record Time.

The Champion

The 2009 World Series of Poker $2,500 buy-in Seven-Card Razz 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.

At Lisandro’s request, Australia will be credited with this victory in international standings.

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

Lisandro’s fashion 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 four titles.

Lisandro further 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. Then, he finished ninth in this year’s ($10,000 buy-in) Seven-Card Stud World Championship, which concluded two weeks ago. Next, he won the Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split championship four days ago. Finally, he has now won the Seven-Card Razz championship.

Lisandro is already the official 2009 “Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split World Champion.” He is now the “Seven-Card Razz World Champion,” as well.

Lisandro has now cashed six times at this year’s WSOP.

According to official records, Lisandro now has 4 wins, 12 final table appearances, and 31 in-the-money finishes at the WSOP, with his first cash coming back in 1997. He also holds a WSOP Circuit championship (gold ring) won at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe in 2005.

Two of Lisandro’s four victories have been televised by ESPN. His win at Lake Tahoe in 2005 and his first WSOP gold bracelet win in Las Vegas in 2007 were both shown on television.

Lisandro collected $188,390 for first place. He was also awarded his fourth WSOP gold bracelet.

Lisandro’s combined WSOP earnings now total $2,578,137. This currently ranks 35th on the all-time list, one spot ahead of Chris Moneymaker.

Lisandro won the biggest cash prize for any Razz event in poker history.

Following his win, Lisandro departed the tournament are quickly. He explained that he was both tired and hungry, which is understandable. Lisandro is believed to have played more hours than any player at this year’s WSOP. He has put in many 14-hour days. Lisandro stated he has yet to have more than six hours of sleep on any night thus far, now four weeks into the WSOP.

Lisandro stated that he plans to play in tomorrow’s event, which is Pot-Limit Omaha High-Low.

After collecting his prize money, Lisandro dined out with a few close friends at Rao’s, an upscale Italian restaurant at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Lisandro stated that he is very much aware of the historical implications of this third victory in 2009. He said he intends to play as many events as possible in order to set a new record for most wins in a single year. Furthermore, Lisandro is actually thinking about five wins, in order to set a mark that is unlikely ever to be surpassed.

Lisandro is a man of few words. He simply stated, “It feels good,” when asked to comment on the record-tying feat.

More on Jeffrey Lisandro’s Win (Historical Implications)

Lisandro became only the fifth player in WSOP history to win three gold bracelets within a single year. The other four players to accomplish this feat were:

Puggy Pearson (1973)
Ted Forrest (1993)
Phil Hellmuth (1993)
Phil Ivey (2002)

Lisandro has a reasonable chance to become the first-ever four-time gold bracelet winner (single year) in WSOP history. The closest any player has ever come to accomplishing this feat was Phil Hellmuth in 1993 when he finished 1st, 1st, 1st, and 2nd in four events. Lisandro still has 14 more events to set a new record -- with 10 gold bracelets remaining on this year’s schedule in Las Vegas, plus four more events in WSOP-Europe to be played in September.

Lisandro’s accomplishment versus other great players will be debated by both poker fans and historians. There were clearly more events for Lisandro to enter this year (61 total), more than any other year, to date. Contrast the number of tournaments in 2009 with significantly less events played in 1973, 1993, and 2002 (the years other players set their records). In Lisandro’s defense, he had to overcome much larger field sizes in his three wins.

Based purely on the number of events in a year, Puggy Pearson’s three wins in 1973 stands as a record that will probably never be equaled. He won half of the events played that year (3 out of 6).

Based on field sizes, Lisandro’s three wins is clearly the most impressive of the five players who now share the record. He defeated a total of 835 players (combined) in his three gold bracelet wins. Contrast this with Phil Ivey in 2002, who defeated 529 players during his gold bracelet trifecta.

Lisandro’s victory places him with the Stud all-time great Artie Cobb, who holds the record for the most Seven-Card wins and cashes. Cobb holds four Stud-related gold bracelets and 18 cashes, the most of any player in WSOP history.

Lisandro obliterated the competition, particularly at the final table. No player ever came within 2 to 1 of his chip advantage. He also knocked out 6 of the 8 players in the finale.

Lisandro’s decimation of the field took place in relatively quick time. This was the shortest final table of any of the 44 events completed so far at this year’s WSOP. The final table clocked in a 2 hours and 40 minutes – a rocket-fast pace given he was playing a limit game known for conservative play.

A few notes about WSOP records over multiple year periods: The most gold bracelet wins within a three-year span is 5, held by two players – Gary “Bones” Berland (1977-79) and Doyle Brunson (1976-78). The most gold bracelet wins within a four-year span is 6, held by Doyle Brunson (1976-79). Lisandro is now in contention to challenge both of these records, since he hold four gold bracelets within just two years.

The Final Table

The final table included only one former WSOP gold bracelet winner – Jeffrey Lisandro.

The final table also included several veterans with many years of experience playing at the WSOP. Don Zewin dates back to the 1980s. Jeffrey Lisandro, Steve Diano, and Kenna James got their start well over ten years ago. Michael Craig has also attended the WSOP for many years.

There were players from four different nations represented at the final table – including Australia, Canada, Italy, and the United States.

The runner up was Michael Craig, from Scottsdale, AZ. He has become an accomplished poker player in recent years, with five WSOP cashes and three final table appearances. But Craig is perhaps best known for his talent as a writer. He penned the fabulous “The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King,” which is a true story about the highest-stakes cash game in poker history. Craig contributes his poker knowledge and opinions regularly on various gaming websites. As the runner up, Craig collected $116,405.

The third-place finisher was Ryan Fisler, from Kincardine, ON (Canada). This was his second cash at the WSOP. He also previously final tabled the North American Poker Championship.

The fourth-place finisher was Warwick Mirzikinian, from Sydney, Australia. The Armenian-born investor enjoyed his best WSOP finish ever in this event.

The fifth-place finisher was Eric Rodawig, from Arlington, VA. He is a commercial banker who plays a lot of Razz online. This was his first time to cash at the WSOP.

The sixth-place finisher was Kenna “Cowboy” James, from Las Vegas, NV. He is a poker pro who is one of the game’s more well-known personalities. James has more than $3 million in tournaments winnings, including three high cashes in the WSOP Main Event (1996, 2003, and 2005). Interestingly, James was one of the organizers of the first major poker tournament ever held in Russia, along with Jeffrey Lisandro, the champion of this event.

The seventh-place finisher was Steve Diano, from Las Vegas, NV. He is originally from Philadelphia and plays in many WSOP events. Diano has final tabled three times. In fact, Diano finished third in this same Razz event in 2006.

The eighth-place finisher was Allen Bari, from West Orange, NJ. This was his third in-the-money finish at this year’s WSOP. Bari’s first major cash was a gold ring victory at the WSOP Circuit event held at Caesars Atlantic City last year.

The ninth-place finisher was Don Zewin, from Las Vegas, NV. Zewin has been playing at the WSOP more than 20 years. The Niagara Falls, NY native now has 13 WSOP cashes and six final table appearances.

In-the-Money Finishers

Former WSOP gold bracelet finishers who cashed in this event included – Jeffrey Lisandro, Rami Boukai, David Sklansky, Bob Slezak, Ville Wahlbeck, Layne Flack, Thank Luu, Jens Voertmann, Blair Rodman, and David Chiu.

And interesting side note about poker author/theorist and player David Sklansky is – he holds three WSOP gold bracelets in games which are no longer played.

Nikolay Evdakov, from Moscow, Russia cashed for the fifth time at this year’s WSOP. He now has 15 cashes since the start of the 2008 WSOP – the most of any player. Evdakov holds the record for most cashes within a single year at the WSOP, with 10 (set in 2008).

The defending champion from 2009 was Barry Greenstein, from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. He entered this year’s event, but did not cash.

Odds and Ends

Razz is a variant of lowball. It is dealt out in a Seven-Card Stud format. The objective is to make the lowest five-card poker hand. Ace-to-five is the best possible hand in Razz.

Razz was first introduced onto the WSOP schedule in 1973. It has been included on the tournament schedule every year since, except 1976.

The illustrious list of former winners in this event reads like a “Who’s Who” of poker. Former Razz champions include -- Billy Baxter, Doyle Brunson, Eskimo Clark, T.J. Cloutier, Ted Forrest, Linda Johnson, Berry Johnston, O’Neil Longson, Lakewood Louie, Tom McEvoy, Huck Seed, and Barry Greenstein.

Four players in WSOP history have won this event two times. This exclusive club of repeat winners includes -- Sam Angel, Bones Berland, Mike Hart, and Huck Seed.

On Day Three, the final table was played out on the secondary stage.

The official WSOP gold bracelet ceremony takes place on the day following the winner’s victory. The ceremony takes place on at center stage of the main tournament room and begins during the break of the noon tournament. The ceremony usually starts around 2:20 pm. The national anthem of the winner’s nation is played. The entire presentation is open to public and media. Video and photography is permitted by both media and the public.

Lisandro was represented by the Australian national anthem during his first win. He chose the Italian national anthem following win number two. Lisandro will repeat the Australian national anthem during his ceremony the day following his victory.

The Event

The $2,500 buy-in Seven-Card Razz championship attracted 315 entries. The total prize pool amounted to $724,500. The top 32 finishers collected prize money.

The buy-in for this event increased by 66 percent over last year -- from $1,500 to $2,500 this year. This increase likely contributed to a slight reduction in attendance. However, the total prize pool increased and was the richest Razz event payout in poker history.

The tournament was played over three consecutive days.

Lisandro came to the final table on Day Three ranked first in chips. He was never seriously threatened by anyone at the final table.

The tournament officially began on Sunday, June 22nd, at 5 pm. The tournament officially ended on Wednesday, June 24th, at 7:45 pm.

Final Results

  Name Prize City State/Country
1 Lisandro, Jeffrey $188,390 Salerno Italy
2 Craig, Michael $116,405 Scottsdale AZ
3 Fisler, Ryan $76,260 Waterloo ON, Canada
4 Mirzikinian, Warwick $52,772 Mosman UK
5 Rodawig, Eric $38,470 Arlington VA
6 James, Kenna $29,472 Las Vegas NV
7 Diano, Steve $23,669 Las Vegas NV
8 Bari, Allen $19,880 West Orange NJ
9 Zewin, Don $15,569 Las Vegas NV
10 Barbieri, Al $15,569 Long Beach CA
11 Cole, Bill $12,736 Marietta GA
12 Wahlbeck,Ville $12,736 Helsinki Finland
13 Evdakov, Nikolay $10,106 Moscow Russia
14 Houston, H.G. $10,106 Henderson NV
15 Pappas Greg $7,860 Las Vegas NV
16 Trail, Travis $7,860 Marysville WA
17 Michael Joseph $6,085 Austin TX
18 Tehan, Joe $6,085 Las Vegas NV
19 Alston, Greg $6,085 Danville CA
20 Hawrilenko, Matt $6,085 Philadelphia PA
21 Vuong, Alexandra $6,085 Ranchos Palos Verdes CA
22 Affleck, Mathew $6,085 Mill Creek WA
23 Longson, Lionel $6,085    
24 Chen, Yan $6,085 Irvine CA
25 Jurgens, Tad $4,745 Tempe AZ
26 Morrella, Richard $4,745 San Jose CA
27 Kinney, Michael $4,745 Sanpoint ID
28 Chiu, David $4,745 Rowland Heights CA
29 Sklansky, David $4,745 Las Vegas NV
30 Ravitch, Serge $4,745 Astoria NY
31 Baxter, Michael $4,745 Pacific Palisades CA
32 Vartzar, Romik $4,745 Glendale CA

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