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Tuesday, June 10, 2008 | Francis Lee


The 11th event at this years World Series of Poker was the first time a shootout tournament was scheduled at the WSOP. A shootout tournament is when the table plays down to the last man standing and that person progresses to the next round, almost like a sit n go tournament.

360 players started out this $5,000 buy in event all fighting for the $477,990 first place prize. The tournament started off with 36 ten seater tables, where the winners of each table making it into day two. These 36 players would be then seated on 6 tables of six players all trying to make the 6 seater final table to be played on the final day. All players who made the second round on day 2 would make the money.

A few big names fell at the first hurdle on day one with Phil Hellmuth, Alex Kravchenko, Andy Black, Mike Matusow and Humberto Brenes. The notable names making it to the second round was Joe Sebok, Jacobo Fernandez, Isaac Haxton, Tony G, John Juanda and Phil Tom. The draw for round two was as follows

Table 1

  • William Palmer
  • Joe Sebok
  • Thomas Roupe
  • Eugene Katchalov
  • John Murphy
  • Evan McNiff

Table 2

  • Jacobo Fernandez
  • Christopher Howard
  • Pier Ruscalla
  • Mats Gavatin
  • Leo Wolpert
  • Maciek Gracz

Table 3

  • Adam Levy
  • Greg Mueller
  • Burt Boutin
  • Paul Roper
  • Ryan Thurlow
  • Isaac Haxton

Table 4

  • John Monette
  • Alex Jacob
  • Elton Beebe
  • Sirous Jamshidi
  • Robert Firestone
  • Tony G

Table 5

  • Erik Seidel
  • Timothy West
  • Gabriel Costner
  • Andrey Zaichenko
  • Eric Froehlich
  • John Juanda

Table 6

  • Areil Schneller
  • Richard Kirsch
  • Phil Tom
  • William Blanda
  • Gregg Turk
  • Andre Remy

Round two didn’t take too long to complete with a few surprises making it to the final table. Most of the table favourites failed to get past this stage . Once the day had finished the line up to battle out the final positions and for the Bracelet was as follows

Final table

  • Tim West
  • Sirous Jamshidi
  • Leo Wolpert
  • Thomas Roupe
  • Phil Tom
  • Greg Mueller

Play started out very cautiously and after a couple of hours play Greg Mueller had taken a sizable chip lead over the rest of the field. After 104 hands of play we finally lost the first player from the table. Thomas Roupe moved all his chips in the middle after the Flop had come down :3h :7d :s holding pocket Eights. His opponent Greg Mueller made the call tabling pocket Nines and was a big favourite to win the pot. No eight fell for Roupe leaving him to collect $38,070 in 6th place.

Not long after Tim West found his pocket Nines dominated when All In against Leo Wolpert with pocket Kings. Wolpert’s hand held up eliminating West out in 5th place wining $63,450. This exit lead to another almost immediately when Sirious Jamshidi had pocket Jacks up against Phil Tom with pocket Aces. No surprises on the final board showing :kd :5d :10d :2h :7c left Jamsihi to collect $118,440 in 4th place.

Phil Tom took a big chip lead playing three handed and amounted a $3.1 million chip stack compared to Mueller on $1.9 million and short stacked Wolpert’s $845,000. Wolpert started a little come back before loosing the majority of his chips against Mueller. Mueller luckily finished off the job on the next hand calling Wolpert’s All In move with :kc :2s against :ks :3d It was looking likely to be a split pot after the first four cards came down :qh :as :8h :5d but the :2h on the River eliminated Wolpert out in 3rd place.

Heads up play lasted for just 13 hands, as five hands in Phil Tom won the majority of Mueller’s chip stack forcing him to make a big lay down. The end came for Mueller when he went All In with :js :8d after the first four cards down was :9d :jh :3c :5h Tom made the call tabling :ad :jc and only an Eight on the River would help Mueller. The :kd finished off the event handed Phil Tom the $477,990 first place prize and his first WSOP bracelet to go with it.

Final Standings

  • 1st Phil Tom $477,990
  • 2nd Greg Mueller $298,638
  • 3rd Leo Wolpert $187,812
  • 4th Sirous Jamshidi $118,440
  • 5th Tim West $63,450
  • 6th Thomas Roupe $38,070



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