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Saturday, June 14, 2008 | Francis Lee


Event 20 at the World Series of Poker 2008 was the $2,000 Limit Hold’em event. 480 players started out the event which created a total prize pool of $873,600. The winner was set to receive $204,874 and the rest of the prize pool shared down to the top 45 finishers.

Only 125 players made it past the first day’s play with Daniel Negreanu doing well in the chip rankings early on. Phil Hellmuth was another player who made it into day 2, and announced he was determined to make the money after coming back off a short stack.

It took over five hours for the bubble to burst on the second day with Hellmuth just missing out making the money in 47th place. Daniel Negreanu continued his good work going into the final table third in the chip rankings, just $100,000 off the leader David Baker and second placed Ugur Marangoz both having just over $400,000.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st David Baker $409,000
  • 2nd Ugur Marangoz $402,000
  • 3rd Daniel Negranu $308,000
  • 4th Gregory Wohletz $301,000
  • 5th Richard Li $195,000
  • 6th Derek Lerner $133,000
  • 7th Fu Wong $67,000
  • 8th Hein Tran $58,000
  • 9th Jeremy Kottler $47,000

Two of the short stacked players Hein Tran and Fu Wong locked horns on just the fourth hand of play. Wong calling down Fu with pocket Jacks on the final board showing :qc :10c :7d :9c :9d Tran mucked his cards going out in 9th place winning $18,782. Just a few hands later Daniel Negreanu called an All In move from Derek Lerner on the Flop of :jh :6d :3s Negreanu found his :qd :6h ahead of Lerner with :ah :qc No help came for Lerner as the :7s and :10h completed the board.

Greg Wohletz saw his chip stack slowly disappear through out the early exchanges, and got the last of his chips in pre flop, in a four way pot involving Wong, Richard Li and Ugur Marangoz. Wong led out after the Flop and Turn came down :7s :4c :2c :8h forcing the other two players to fold. Wong had pocket Jacks against Wohletz with :kc :3s The :6h confirmed Wolhletz’s exit from the event in 7th place.

Jeremy Kottler was next to go nursing his short stack until he was down to his last $19,000 in chips. He decided to make a stand holding :kc :4c and found he was in the lead against David Baker with :qs :9s Kottler held the lead right down to the River after the first four cards down were the :as :7c :2h :2c But the :9d on the River sent Kottler to the rail winning $40,622 in 7th place.

Fu Wong had made a very good start to the tournament winning quite a few hands from the short stack. His luck was soon to change as he was crippled down to just $100,000 in chips when running into Richard Li hitting trip Four’s on the River. Daniel Negreanu finished off Wong in the next hand hitting top pair on the final board of :jh :7d :4s :10h :2s when Wong missed his double barrelled straight draw.

Richard Li’s exit came not long after as he moved All In with :kc :5c with board showing :7s :qc :2d :8c on a flush draw. Ugur Marangoz made the call tabling pocket Nines, which proved to be a good call as the :5s fell on the River sending Li to the rail. Daniel Negreanu set up the heads up showdown by eliminating David Baker in 3rd place. Negreanu hit a straight on the River on the final board of :2s :8h :10h :ah :9s to win the pot.

Daniel Negreanu took control at the start of heads up, taking a huge chunk out of Marangoz’s chip stack, flopping a heart flush. Marangoz was down to his last $280,000 after that hit and had a mountain to climb against Negreanu’s $1.6 million chips stack. It didn’t take long for Negreanu to win the event finishing off Marangoz hitting trip Fives on the Flop showing :5d :kh :5s Marangoz led out in the betting down to the River until he was All In and Negreanu smooth called every time. Marangoz mucked after seeing Negreanu’s :9s :5h winning the event. This was Negreanu’s fourth WSOP bracelet win with the last one being in 2004 in the same event.

WSOP 2008 Event 20 Final Standings

  • 1st Daniel Negreanu $204,874
  • 2nd Ugur Marangoz $126,671
  • 3rd David Baker $78,624
  • 4th Richard Li $63,335
  • 5th Fu Wong $51,542
  • 6th Jeremy Kottler $40,622
  • 7th Greg Wohletz $31,886
  • 8th Derek Lerner $25,334
  • 9th Hein Tran $18,782



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