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Wednesday, June 11, 2008 | Francis Lee

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The $10,000 Stud World Championship event was the 14th at this year’s World Series of Poker. A star studded field of 158 players started out with the likes of Barry Greenstein, Alex Kravchenko, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth.

The first day ended with a young russian Alexander Kostritsyn leading this tough field and he ended up getting to the final table second in the chip rankings. He was up against it though with Minh Ly, Erik Seidel, Jim Paluszek and chip leader David Oppenheim all making it to the last eight. Phil Ivey was eliminated in 9th place just missing out on his first final table at this years WSOP.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st David Oppenheim $508,000
  • 2nd Alexander Kostritsyn $495,000
  • 3rd Fu Wong $429,000
  • 4th Minh Ly $424,000
  • 5th Jim Paluszek $413,000
  • 6th Eric Brooks $359,000
  • 7th Erik Seidel $273,000
  • 8th Vassilios Lazarou $259,000

Short stacked Vassilios Lazarou was the first player out as he moved All In up against David Oppenheim with rolled up Deuces. Oppenheim’s final hand of :2d :2s :2h :ac :4d :9d :6h easily beat Lazarou’s final hand of :ks :3c :7h :8d :5h :qd :10s eliminating him in 8th place.

The next two eliminations came in quick succession, first the early chip leader David Oppenheim was eliminated in 7th place. The new chip leader Kostritsyn hit trip Fives on the seventh street beating Oppenheim’s pair of Queens. Just a few hands later Kostritsyn struck again making two pair against Paluszek who moved his short stack on a failed straight draw.

Minh Ly nearly was the next player out as he was crippled down to his last few chips. On the next hand he trebled up and increased his chip stack further taking down a couple of big pots. He then proceeded to eliminate Erik Seidel out in 5th place having a pair of Aces on the third street beating Seidel’s un improved pocket Fives. Ly’s luck ran out just a few hands later going out in 4th place, as his hidden pocket Eights were beaten by Kostritsyn with hidden pocket Nines.

This is where Kostritsyn’s luck was to end as first he lost a huge chunk of his stack to Eric Brooks. Kostritsyn’s rolled up Nines were beaten by Brooks making a full house on the seventh street. Brooks then finished off the job taking Kostritsyn out of the event, hitting two pair Aces and Eights against Kostritsyn’s two pair Kings and Fours .

Brooks and Fu Wong entered the heads up showdown even on chips looking to be crowned Stud world champion of 2008. Brooks won through in the end hitting a flush on the seventh street on the last hand whilst up against Wong with trip Four’s. Eric Brooks an unknown player before this event won the $415,856 first place prize winning his very first WSOP bracelet

WSOP 2008 Event 14 Final Standings

  • 1st Eric Brooks $415,856
  • 2nd Fu Wong $259,910
  • 3rd Alexander Kostritsyn $163,372
  • 4th Minh Ly $118,816
  • 5th Erik Seidel $92,825
  • 6th Jim Paluszek $74,260
  • 7th David Oppenheim $59,408
  • 8th Vassilios Lazarou $48,269



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