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Friday, June 13, 2008 | Francis Lee


The 18th event at the World Series of Poker was the $5,000 rebuy No Limit 2-7 Draw tournament which attracted a star studded field. 85 players started out this event with the likes of Barry Greenstein, Phil Hellmuth, Tom Dawn, Phil Ivey and Doyle Brunson all in attendance. The object of 2-7 draw is to have the lowest hand so the nuts is 2-3-4-5-7, a variation of the popular poker game Razz.

After the first day play only 39 of the starting field survived to make day two. A few big names to fall on the first day was Andy Black, Gus Hansen, Greg Raymer and Billy Baxter. Tom Dawn lead the field in the chip rankings into day two, just ahead of Mike “the mouth” Matusow.

Day two decided who would feature on the eight seater final table. Mike Matusow continued his good work ending the day in third place in the chip rankings just behind Barry Greenstein in second. Jeffrey Lisandro lead this star filled final table with almost double the chip stack of Greenstein with $1.2 million in chips. Tom Schneider was on the short stack behind Tony G and David Benyamine.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Erick Lindgren $1,104,000
  • 2nd Barry Greenstein $541,000
  • 3rd Mike Matusow $520,000
  • 4th Jeffrey Lisandro $461,000
  • 5th David Benyamine $410,000
  • 6th Tony G $394,000
  • 7th Tom Schneider $162,000

David Benyamine was first to go loosing with Jack - Eight low against Lindgren with Eight low. Benyamine picked up $58,990 in 7th place. Tony G was unlucky to go next as his first four cards 8-5-3-2 was looking good against Lindgren with 9-8-6-4 Lindgren drew a 5 to make 9 Low and G pulled out another Deuce pairing up to lose the hand.

Tom Schneider lost all his chips in a three way pot involving Mike Matusow and Jeffrey Lisandro. Matusow with 9 low took the pot eliminating Schneider in 5th place wining $104,101.

Erick Lindgren the early chip leader was the next player out loosing to Matusow when leading down to the last card. Lindgren paired a Deuce after Matusow made Eight low to head for the rail in 4th place. Lindgren looking for his second WSOP Bracelet after winning his first this year will have to try again.

Barry Greenstein looking for his third WSOP bracelet fell short this time finishing in third place. Greenstein missed a draw on the last card and his low was bettered by Lisandro. Greenstein won $225,552 to add to his bank roll.

Lisandro held the chip lead against Matusow going into heads up, but this quickly changed as Matusow doubled up on the first hand of play. Matusow finished off Lisandro with some aggressive play and getting some luck on the final hand. All of Lisandro’s chips was in the middle with 9-6-5-3 with one card to come. Matusow was behind with q-8-7-4 needing Lisandro to pair up or draw Queen or higher. Lisandro’s last card was the Queen and his Q-9 low was beaten by Matusow’s Q-8 low. Mike Matusow got a rousing reception after winning his third career WSOP bracelet and the $537,862 first place prize

WSOP 2008 Event 18 Final Standings

  • 1st Mike Matusow $537,862
  • 2nd Jeff Lisandro $347,004
  • 3rd Barry Greenstein $225,552
  • 4th Erick Lindgren $156,151
  • 5th Tom Schneider $104,101
  • 6th Tony G $78,075
  • 7th David Benyamine $58,990



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