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Sunday, June 24, 2007 | Francis Lee


The 26th event at the World Series of Poker 2007 was a $5,000 buy-in Limit H.O.R.S.E tournament played over three days. 192 players started out this event all fighting for a place on the eight seat final table where the winner was set to receive $275,683. The top 25 placed players shared the rest of the prize pool which was $902,400 in total.

Phil Ivey was looking good to increase his WSOP bracelet win count heading the chip rankings on $481,000 in chips. Jeff Campbell was adrift in 8th place on the short stack, needing a couple of double ups only having $38,000.

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Phil Ivey $481,000
  • 2nd Robert Mizrachi $382,000
  • 3rd Ralph Schwartz $332,000
  • 4th Alexander Jung $314,000
  • 5th Bill Gazes $147,000
  • 6th Yuebin Guo $116,000
  • 7th Thom Schultz $112,000
  • 8th Jeff Campbell $38,000

Jeff Campbell on the short stack with only $38,000 busted out on the very first hand of this final table, when his Queen low was bettered by Ralph Schwartz’s 9 low playing Razz. Campbell won $20,775 in 8th place.

We had to wait for around 30 hands to pass when we lost our next player. Thom Schultz found himself on the short stack after being crippled by Bill Gazes. Only a couple of hands after this he was out loosing against Ralph Schwartz when the game switched to Seven Card Stud. Schwartz had a pair of Kings from the start and Schultz was looking for the straight holding 2-3-4-5. Schultz ended up pairing his fours and didn’t improve giving Schwartz the pot, going out in 7th place winning $28,877.

Alex Jung was the next player to leave the tournament whilst playing Omaha Hi-Low loosing against Ralph Schwartz. Schwartz hit a Ten high straight on the Flop holding 10-6, whilst Jung was after a low card to make his low hand or a Ten to make a Queen high straight. Neither came with the next two cards coming down with a Jack and Eight eliminating him in 6th place winning $37,901.

Play loosened up from this point onwards with the chips being passed from player to player with no one really dominating play. When we got back to playing Razz Robert Mizrachi was all in with 9 low, unfortunately for him this was bettered by Bill Gazes with 8 low knocking Mizrachi out in 5th taking home $49,632.

It was most people favourite to win this event Phil Ivey who was next to go playing Seven Card Stud. Ivey looking to hit a straight was up against Yuebin Guo with pocket Queens. Ivey couldn’t imrpove and the pocket pair was good to take the pot. Ivey won $65,424 for his 4th place finish.

Down to three players and Yuebin Guo was leading the way in the chip rankings with $800,000 in chips, closely followed by Ralph Schwartz holding $650,000. Bill Gazes was on the short stack with $320,000.

Even though Guo had the chip lead he was the next player to go out of the tournament after doubling Gazes up, and then going out against Schwartz not long after. Playing Omaha Hi-Low both players had two pair Aces and Three’s after the Turn but Guo also had a flush draw and looked favourite to take the pot if it wasnt split. The Queen on the river missed Gou’s hand but gave Schwartz a higher two pair eliminating Gou on 3rd place winning $99,264.

Ralph Schwartz held over double the chip stack of Bill Gazes and made this tell with in five hands of showdown play. Playing Omaha Hi-Low Schwartz hit a Six high straight taking both high and low hands with Gazes only having pocket Kings.  Schwartz winning $275,683 and his first WSOP bracelet. 

WSOP 2007 Event 26 Final Standings:

  • 1st Ralph Schwartz $275,683
  • 2nd Bill Gazes $153,408
  • 3rd Yuebin Guo $99,264
  • 4th Phil Ivey $65,424
  • 5th Robert Mizrachi $49,632
  • 6th Alexander Jung $37,901
  • 7th Thom Schultz $28,877
  • 8th Jeff Campbell $20,755

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