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Thursday, July 19, 2007 | Francis Lee


The 40th event at the World Series of Poker 2007 was a $1,500 buy-in Mixed Hold’em tournament. 619 players started out the event creating total prize pool of $844,935 to be shared between the top 64 finishers. The format for this event was split between playing No Limit Hold’em and Limit Hold’em.

When we reached the end of the second days play the chip count was quite evenly spread between the 9 remaining players, with Christoph Niesert leading the field on $396,000 in chips. Karlo Lopez was on the short stack with only $58,000 in chips, half of what 8th placed Joe Brandenberg with $129,000.

Final Table Chip rankings:

  • 1st Christoph Niesert $396,000
  • 2nd Michael Craig $317,000
  • 3rd Scott Bohlman $246,000
  • 4th Fred Goldberg $193,000
  • 5th Kevin Marcotte $184,000
  • 6th Rene Mouritsen $172,000
  • 7th Reza Zand $147,000
  • 8th Joe Brandenburg $129,000
  • 9th Karl Lopez $58,000

On the very first hand of play Karlo Lopez went All In for his remaining $58,000 with :ah :qh and was called by Michael Craig in the small blind holding pocket Jacks. The Flop came down :qc :8h :7h almost a perfect Flop for Lopez hitting top pair and having a nut flush draw. The :jc on the Turn changed the situation putting Craig in the lead, leaving Lopez needing a heart to come down on the last card. The :10d confirmed his exit from the tournament in 9th place winning $12,252.

Reza Zand was the next player to leave the tournament on the 13th hand of play. Going All In pre Flop with :kh :jh against Kevin Marcotte with :as :5s Neither player had any piece of the board with it coming down :10c :8c :8h :2h :10d giving Marcotte the pot knocking Zend out in 8th place winning $16,899.

We had to wait a while before the next player headed for the rail which eventually came on the 46th hand of play. Michael Craig was on the short stack with only $83,000 in chips and moved them all into the middle pre flop with :as :8s Christoph Niesert called this bet in a dominating position holding :ac :qs The A-Q was good enough to take the pot with the final board showing :kh :5h :3c :js :6d eliminating Craig into 7th place winning $22,813.

Joe Brandenberg was the next player to go when pushing All In on the short stack holding :8s :7d and was called by Fred Goldberg in the big blind with :4d :3d The board came down :5h :5d :4c :10c :ac giving Goldberg two pairs Fives and Fours, which was good enough to win the pot knocking Brandenberg out in 6th place winning $30,418.

Then only a few hands later we saw Kevin Marcotte leave the event, loosing a big three way pot with two players All In pre Flop. Scott Bohlman started off the betting throwing in a $50,000 raise which was followed by Marcotte moving All In for $115,000. Rene Mouritsen then moved all of his remaining chip stack of $355,000 into the middle, and Bohlman calls showing pocket Queens. Mouritsen showed :ad :ks and Marcotte wasn’t in a very good position showing :ah :qc The board came down :kd :10s :9c :7d :6c giving Mouritsen the pot hitting a pair of Kings. Bohlman was crippled down to his last $60,000 whilst Kevin Marcotte headed to the rail to collect his $39,289 5th place prize.

It only took half a dozen hands before we were down to three players when Scott Bohlman decided to make a stand on his short stack holding :kc :10c Rene Mouritsen on the button called with :as :kh and this was good enough to win the pot with the final board coming down :9h :9s :4s :6h :5d

Christoph Niesert the early chip leader was the next player to go shortly after, in a race with pocket Nines against Fred Goldberg with :ah :jh Goldberg hit top pair with the first card coming out with an Ace and Niesert never recovered with the final board coming down :as :4c :4h :7d :7s Niesert won $82,804 for his 3rd place finish.

Fred Goldberg started off heads up play with a good chip lead over Mouritsen and took just over 40 hands to win the event. The final hand came when Mouritsen moved All In after the Flop came down :jh :8h :4h holding :5h :2h He was quickly called by Goldberg holding a higher flush with :10h :7h leaving Mouritsen needing a runner - runner straight flush draw to survive. The :5d on the Turn dashed these slim hopes handing Goldbrg the $205,935 and the WSOP bracelet for 1st place.

WSOP 2007 Event 40 Final Standings:

  • 1st Fred Goldberg $204,935
  • 2nd Rene Mouritsen $125,895
  • 3rd Christoph Niesert $82,804
  • 4th Scott Bohlman $54,498
  • 5th Kevin Marcotte $39,289
  • 6th Joe Brandenburg $30,418
  • 7th Michael Craig $22,813
  • 8th Reza Zand $16,899
  • 9th Karlo Lopez $12,252



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