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Sunday, June 15, 2008 | Francis Lee


731 players started out Event 21 at the World Series of Poker 2008, the $5,000 no limit hold’em tournament. This tough field packed with a lot of pro’s wasted no time getting the chips in as over 100 headed for the rail within the first few hours.

Joe Hachem and David Pham were among the early casualties, Hachem went as his pocket Jacks was out drawn in a race against his opponent with the big slick. Some other notable players going out on the first day was Nenad Medic, Liz Lieu, Steve Billirakis and Andy Black. Just 121 players survived the first day, all close to the bubble with the top 72 all cashing in.

Humberto Kim was the unlucky bubble boy as his big slick was out gunned by :as :qc with his opponent completing a straight on the River. The bubble bursting sped up the eliminations and it didn’t take too long to get down to the final table. Michael Mizrachi just missed out on another final table appearance this year, going out in 10th place, loosing to the chip leader Scott Seiver.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Scott Seiver $2,512,000
  • 2nd Rajesh Vohra $1,040,000
  • 3rd Jacobo Fernandez $848,000
  • 4th David Seidman $653,000
  • 5th Adam Geyer $645,000
  • 6th Ben Sprengers $441,000
  • 7th Chuck Sklar $439,000
  • 8th Scott Freeman $423,000
  • 9th Anders Henriksson $311,000

Scott Freeman was the first player to head for the rail just two hands in on the final table. It was a classic race, Freeman with :ad :kd vs Scott Seiver with pocket Queens. An all low board held the Queens up leaving Freeman to collect $69,714 in 9th place.

Play slowed down with the majority of pots being won pre Flop and no one willing to commit a lot. This was until hand 26 when Adam Geyer moved All In with pocket Nines under the gun. David Seidman was happy to call tabling pocket Aces which easily won the pot. Two hands later we had an identical situation with Anders Henriksson with pocket Nines against Ben Sprengers with pocket Aces. All the chips went in after the Flop came down :ks :8h :9d with the pocket Nines looking good to win. The :10c was no help for Sprengers but the River produced the :ac eliminating Heniksson on 7th place.

Over forty hand had past before the next elimination came about. Chuck Sklar and Scott Seiver saw a Flop of :jc :8d :5s and then checked to see the :2d fall on the Turn. Seiver lead out with a $130,000 bet and Sklar moved over the top All In. Seiver made the call with pocket Aces leaving Seiver drawing dead holding :ad :kc

Fifth position was decided on the 87th hand of play, David Seidman started off raising up to $100,000. Rajesh Vohra moved All In with pocket Fours. Seidman made the call with :kd :10c which proved to be a good one after the Flop came down :ks :5s :qc taking a commanding lead. The board completed with the :7d and :9s eliminating Vohra in 5th place.

The end came for Jacobo Fernandez on the 120th hand of play as his pocket Kings was cracked after Scott Seiver paired an Ace on the Flop. No King for Fernandez meant he was out in 4th place winning $238,781. Three handed play lasted just 19 hands as David Seidman eliminated Ben Springers hitting a flush on the River with :7h :6h up against pocket Queens.

Scott Seiver went into heads up in exactly the same position as he started out the final table, in first place. David Seidman had made up the deficit on the last hand but only a little. Seivers made his larger chip advantage tell chipping away at Seidman’s stack, and taking exactly 40 hands to win. The end came for Seidman when having middle pair on the Flop of :9s :7h :3s with :ad :7d Seivers had :ks :9c and made the All In call in the lead. The :5h and :3h confirmed Seiver’s deserved victory picking up the whooping $775,891 first place prize and his first career WSOP bracelet.

WSOP 2008 Event 21 Final Standings

  • 1st Scott Seiver $775,891
  • 2nd David Seidman $482,372
  • 3rd Ben Sprengers $292,034
  • 4th Jacobo Fernandez $238,781
  • 5th Rajesh Vohra $195,834
  • 6th Chuck Sklar $154,606
  • 7th Anders Henriksson $120,249
  • 8th Adam Geyer $94,481
  • 9th Scott Freeman $68,714



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