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Friday, June 13, 2008 | Francis Lee


Event 17 at the World Series of Poker saw the second Shootout event take place. The limit of 1000 players was reached all paying the $1,500 buy in. There was 100 tables of 10 for the first round, the sole survivor on each table would be seated at the last 10 tables of ten for round two. Everybody who made it to round two cashed in. The winner of each table in round 2 would make up the final ten players to play out the final table.

The tournament stated off at noon and by 7am the next morning we had reached the end of round two. The 10 players making it to this stage was as follows all starting off with a $1 million chip stack:

Final Table Seating Positions

  • Seat 1 Casey Coleman
  • Seat 2 Matthew Giannetti
  • Seat 3 Thomas West
  • Seat 4 Rory Monahan
  • Seat 5 Kyle Bowker
  • Seat 6 John Strzemp III
  • Seat 7 Mike Schwartz
  • Seat 8 Sergey Rybachenko
  • Seat 9 Jason Young
  • Seat 10 Alexander Triner

The final table started off cautiously with not to many pots going to the Flop. We had to wait a while for the first elimination. This came when Casey Coleman lost a huge chuck of his chips trying to steal a pot on the River against Mathew Giannetti. Next hand Coleman called Mike Shwartz pre flop raise putting himself All In, Giannetti also called to see the Flop come down :7c :3s :7d Shwartz bet out forcing Giannetti to fold and tabled pocket Eights. Coleman had :ah :qs and was looking to hit one of his over cards to double up. The final two cards came down :jh :10h missing Coleman sending him to the rail in 10th place.

Not long after Alex Triner saw his :ad :ks beaten by Jason Young’s :ah :js Young hit a Jack on the Turn and River to double up and cripple Triner down to his last few chips. Triner moved All In just after with pocket Jacks but ran into John Strzemp with pocket Queens. No Jack on the final board meant Triner was out in 9th place.

Thomas West took eighth place as his :as :qh was dominated by Young with :ah :ks The final board ran out :3d :4h :3h :8h :6c confirming West’s exit. Sergey Rybachenko had been busy in the early exchanges but found him self heading for the rail along with Kyle Bowker in a three way pot. Rybachenko with Pocket Kings were cracked by Schwartz rivering an Ace holding :ad :qs Bowker had only :qd :9d taking the long walk at the same time as the Russian. Bowker took the sixth place prize having a bigger chip stack than Rybachenko.

Just after this double elimination Matthew Giannetti pushed with pocket Eights on his short stack and doubled up against Schwartz with :as :7s Both players clashed in the next hand as Gianetti moved All In after the Flop came down :9c :kh :ah with :ac :10h Shwartz made the call with :qh :9h looking for a heart, Queen or Nine to take the pot. The :qc on the Turn moved Schwartz ahead and the :9s on the River completed his full house, eliminating Giannetti from the tournament.

Jason Young held the chip lead at the start of four handed play with $5 million in chips. Mike Schwartz had $2.4 million and Rory Monahan was on $1.4 million. Not far behind Monahan was John Strzemp on the short stack with $1.2 million.

Strzemp moved himself out of the short stack position taking a few decent pots from the chip leader. Monahan decided to make a stand with :6c :5c by moving All In, Strzemp made the call tabling :as :qc The final board came down :jh :ac :10d :3c :7s leaving Monahan to collect $82,582 in 4th place. This is where Strzemp’s luck was to end as he ran into Young with pocket Aces loosing over half his chip stack. Then on the next hand Schwartz finished him off calling a bluff sitting on trip Kings.

Heads up between Schwartz and Young started off with both having almost the same amount of chips. Young managed to chip away at Schwartz before finishing him off in a coin flip situation. Young paired an Ace on the Turn holding :ac :jd with Schwartz having pocket Fours. Jason young won the $335,565 first place prize in this marathon battle and collected his first WSOP bracelet.

WSOP 2008 Event 17 Final Standings

  • 1st Jason Young $335,565
  • 2nd Mike Schwartz $209,527
  • 3rd John Strzemp III $129,675
  • 4th Rory Monahan $82,582
  • 5th Matthew Giannetti $40,267
  • 6th Kyle Bowker $23,887
  • 7th Sergey Rybachenko $15,697
  • 8th Thomas West $12,421
  • 9th Alex Triner $9,828
  • 10th Casey Coleman $7,507



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