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Event #47, $2,500 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit), Final Results

Official Report
Event #47
Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No-Limit)
Buy-In: $2,500
Number of Entries: 527
Total Net Prize Pool: $1,212,100
Number of Places Paid: 54
First Place Prize: $278,804
June 24-26, 2009

Event Headlines

Bahador “Baha” Ahmadi Wins His First WSOP Gold Bracelet

Iranian-Born Poker Player Now Living in Canada Wins WSOP Mixed Hold’em Championship and $278,804 Cash Prize

Ylon Schwartz Becomes the First and Only (2008) November Nine Player to Make a Final Table at this Year’s WSOP – Finishes Third

The Champion

The 2009 World Series of Poker $2,500 buy-in Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No-Limit) champion is Bahador “Baha” Ahmadi, from Burnaby, BC (Canada).

Bahador Ahmadi is also known as Jeff Ahmadi. He is called “Jeff” by all those who know him.

Ahmadi is a 24-year-old semi-pro poker player. He has attended college and worked various odd jobs. But he now spends much of his time playing poker.

Ahmadi was born in Iran. He immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 4. Ahmadi has lived in Calgary and Vancouver. He settled down and now lives in Burnaby, BC – which is near Vancouver.

Ahmadi attended College of the Holy Cross, near Boston. He attended college on a football scholarship.

Ahmadi decided to transfer to a college closer to home and attended the University of British Columbia, in Canada. He did not complete his degree but hopes to return to school sometime and finish his education.

Ahamdi has worked various jobs when he’s not playing poker or attending school. His worked a few summers in construction as a roofer.

Ahmadi attended his first WSOP in 2006. He has not been back to the WSOP since then until this year, saying that he did not want to spend several weeks during the summertime in Las Vegas.

Ahmadi has cashed in two events this year.

Ahmadi collected $278,804 for first place. He was also awarded his first WSOP gold bracelet.

According to official records, Ahmadi now has 1 win, 2 final table appearances, and 2 in-the-money finishes at the WSOP. His career WSOP earnings now total $418,738.

During this year’s WSOP, Ahmadi is sharing a house in Las Vegas on a temporary basis with several other serious poker players. He stated proudly that he was the first gold bracelet winner in his “house.” He added that the group now has three final table appearances, a tenth-place finish, and several cashes.

Winner Quotes (Bahador “Baha” Ahmadi)

On his expectations coming into this year’s WSOP: “I planned on playing in every $2,500 event, every $1,500 event, and the Main Event. I expected to do well. I expected to cash. Once I final tabled (Event 13), I thought I would do pretty well.”

On why he skipped playing a few years at the WSOP: “It’s a grind. Staying here in Las Vegas for many weeks is a grind.”

On playing mixed games, both Limit and No-Limit Hold’em: “If you are good at both games, you have an edge. In an event like this, you find a lot of No-Limit players who have not played much Limit. So, if you have any edge in Limit, you can do well. I have a strong background in Limit. I found that I was able to really make (major gains) when we were playing Limit. I sat back in the No-Limit and just picked my spots.”

On being surrounded by poker players sharing a summer rental during the 2009 WSOP: “We thought someone from the house would break through and win a gold bracelet. I am just happy it was me.”

Iranian-Born Poker Players at the WSOP

Ahmadi, who was born in Iran, is actually a Canadian citizen. However, he wishes to have the Iranian national anthem played at his gold bracelet ceremony held on the following day. Accordingly, his victory will be credited to the nation of Iran. In a post-tournament interview, Ahamdi wanted to point out that he is proud of his heritage and supports change in his native country. He believes that playing the Iranian anthem at the WSOP will enable many poker players and the public to better understand the pro-Western attitudes held by many Iranians, both who live within Iran and abroad.

Many Iranian-born poker players have enjoyed success at the WSOP. The most notable gold bracelet winners (originally) from Iran are:

Farzad Bonyadi – three gold bracelet wins
Mansour Matloubi – 1990 WSOP Main Event winner
Hamid Dastmalchi – 1992 WSOP Main Event winner and three gold bracelets
Amir Vahedi – gold bracelet winner
Farzad Rouhani – gold bracelet winner
Antonio Esfandiari – gold bracelet winner

The Final Table

The final table included two former WSOP gold bracelet winners – Barry Greenstein (3 wins) and Hasan Habib (1 win).

The runner up was John “Sketchy” McGuinness, Toms River, NJ. He is a former process server who is now self-employed. This was his first time to cash in a WSOP event. Second place paid $172,227.

The third-place finisher was Ylon Schwartz, from Austin, TX. He finished fourth in last year’s WSOP Main Event, worth more than $3.7 million. Schwartz’ third place finish in this tournament is the highest so far of any (2008) November Nine player.

The fourth-place finisher was Karlo “The Wizard” Lopez, from San Juan, Puerto Rico. This is believed to be the highest finish ever achieved at the WSOP by a player from Puerto Rico. He has cashed in two of the last four WSOP Main Events – finishing 33rd in 2005 and 201st in 2007.

The fifth-place finisher was three-time gold bracelet winner Barry Greenstein, from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Although he has yet to win this year, Greenstein is enjoying a successful WSOP, with six cashes and two final table appearances, thus far.

The sixth-place finisher was Matthew Woodward, from Waterboro, ME. He was a swimmer in college at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst who now plays poker professionally. This was Woodward’s ninth time to cash and marked his highest finish ever at the WSOP.

The seventh-place finisher was Randy Haddox, from Houston, TX. This was his seventh time to cash and marked his highest finish ever at the WSOP.

The eighth-place finisher was Hasan Habib, from Downey, CA. He won his gold bracelet playing Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split in 2004. This marked Habib’s 18th cash at the WSOP. He has accumulated nearly $900,000 in WSOP winnings. Years ago before coming to the U.S. in his native Pakistan, Habib was a tennis champion.

The ninth-place finisher was Zak Humphrey, from Bellingham, WA. He is primarily a cash-game player.

In-the-Money Finishers

Former WSOP gold bracelet finishers who cashed in this event included – Jesper Hougaard, Allen Cunningham, Gavin Griffin, Hasan Habib, Eric Froehlich, Barry Greenstein, Eli Elezra, Daniel Negreanu, Jeff Madsen, and Marcus Naalden.

Barry Greenstein’s fifth-place finish gives him 43 for his career, which currently ranks 15th in the all-time WSOP cashes list.

Allen Cunningham’s 15th-place finish gives him 41 for his career, which currently ranks in a 17th place tie on the all-time WSOP cashes list.

Daniel Negreanu’s 37th-place finish gives him 40 for his career, which currently ranks in a 20th-place tie on the all-time WSOP cashes list.

Odds and Ends

This was only the third year that the WSOP has offered a Mixed Hold’em tournament. Two such events were on the schedule in 2007 and 2008, which means this was only the fifth Mixed Hold’em tournament ever held at the WSOP.

Mixed Hold'em means that two games are played in rotation – Limit Hold'em and No-Limit Hold'em. The games alternate as each game is played for 30 minutes per (one-hour) level.

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.

The final table was broadcast live by Bluff Media over the Internet on ESPN 360.

The Event

The $2,500 buy-in Mixed Hold’em championship attracted 527 entries. The total prize pool amounted to $1,212,100. The top 54 finishers collected prize money.

The tournament was played over three consecutive days.

Karlo “The Wizard” Lopez came to the final table on Day Three with the chip lead. He ended up busting out in fourth place.

The eventual winner Jeff Ahmadi came to the final table on Day Three ranked second in chips.

The heads-up match between Jeff Ahmadi and runner up John McGuinness lasted exactly one hand. Ahmadi moved all-in post-flop with a flush draw and got called by McGuinness holding pocket tens. A diamond on the turn gave Ahmadi his flush and left McGuinness drawing dead. Ahamdi became the latest WWSOP champion.

The final table lasted about 6 hours – which was relatively quick by 2009 standards. Most final tables this year have been running 9-10 hours.

The tournament officially began on Wednesday, June 24th, at noon. The tournament officially ended on Friday, June 26th, at 9:00 pm.

Final Results

  Name Prize City State/Country
1 Ahmadi, Bahador $278,804 Burnaby BC, Canada
2 McGuinness, John $172,227 Bayville NJ
3 Schwartz, Ylon $112,967 Brooklyn NY
4 Lopez, Karlo $78,628 San Juan Puerto Rico
5 Greenstein, Barry $57,671 Rancho Palos Verdes CA
6 Woodward, Matthew $44,520 Waterboro ME
7 Haddox, Randy $36,084 Houston TX
8 Habib, Hasan $30,641 Downey CA
9 Humphrey, Zachary $27,199 Bellingham WA
10 Vlastaris, Leandro $19,672 Las Vegas NV
11 Serbine, Oleg $19,672 Washington UT
12 Matros, Matthew $19,672 Brooklyn NY
13 Tran, Thithi $14,714 Cerritos CA
14 Baker David $14,714 Katy TX
15 Cunningham, Allen $14,714 Las Vegas NV
16 Hougaard, Jesper $11,272 Copenhagen Denmark
17 Shan, Yeping $11,272 Sherwood Park AB, Canada
18 Kahan, Howard $11,272 Fort Worth TX
19 Jung, Alexander $8,739 Neuruppin Germany
20 Stoykov, Mihail $8,739 Sofia Bulgaria
21 Demes, Brandon $8,739 Tempe AZ
22 Kuether, Joseph $8,739 El Grove WI
23 Rabtsov, Kirill $8,739 Moscow Russia
24 Griffin, Gavin $8,739 Ladera Ranch CA
25 Ngai, Samuel $8,739 Edmonton AB, Canada
26 Froehlich, Eric $8,739 Springfield VA
27 Tompkins, Jason $8,739 Athy Co. Kildare Ireland
28 Abede, Omar $7,030 Miami FL
29 Hang, Tam $7,030 Lynnwood WA
30 Mccarrel, Casey $7,030 Lafayette CA
31 Pollanen, Petri $7,030    
32 Bloch, Andrew $7,030 Las Vegas NV
33 Bickel, Michael $7,030 Hastings On Hudson NY
34 Sinopoli, Frank $7,030 Hollywood FL
35 Couden, Joseph $7,030 Reynoldsburg OH
36 Deeb, Shaun $7,030 Las Vegas NV
37 Negreanu, Daniel $5,757 Las Vegas NV
38 Zartman, Kyle $5,757 Sherwood OR
39 Minnullin, Albert $5,757 Moscow Russia
40 Milisits, Ryan $5,757 Pittsburgh PA
41 Pechie, Justin $5,757 Thompson CT
42 Naalden, Marcus $5,757 Antwerp Belgium
43 Bolotin, Aleksandr $5,757 Brooklyn NY
44 Bleiker, Felix $5,757 Zurich Switzerland
45 Billard, Francois $5,757 Rosemere OC
46 Elezra, Eli $4,739 Las Vegas NV
47 Podlewski, Christopher $4,739 Las Vegas NV
48 Black David $4,739 Cincinatti OH
49 Madsen, Jeff $4,739 Las Vegas NV
50 Goldberg, Michael $4,739 Salt Lake City UT
51 Parizon, Michael $4,739 Canton MI
52 Bazin, Stephane $4,739 Paris France
53   $4,739    
54   $4,739    

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