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Sunday, June 15, 2008 | Francis Lee


414 players descended on the Amazon card for Event 22 at the World Series of Poker to play the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E event. H.O.R.S.E is where you play five variations of poker limit hold’em, omaha hi/lo, razz, seven card stud and stud hi/lo. This years event differed to last years event as the game switched after every orbit of the table rather than every round.

The first day took a while to complete with the limit format reducing the amount of early eliminations. Play picked up as the blinds increased which saw the day end with three quarters of the field gone, with just 133 players left standing.

The second day lasted almost as long as the first as 16 players remained to come back on the final day. The bubble burst half way through the day with Leo Fernadez being the unlucky player to go out in 41st place. Marcel Luske was leading a tough field at the end of the day containing Jennifer Harman, Todd Brunson, Hoyt Corkins and David Levi.

It didn’t take long for the 16 players to turn into eight as Hoyt Corkins and Marcel Luske lead in the chip rankings going onto the final table. Jennifer Harman ensured her place by eliminating 10th place man Paul Zimbler taking her up onto $271,000 in chips. The rest of the final table was as follows

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Hoyt Corkins $595,000
  • 2nd Marcel Luske $572,000
  • 3rd Jens Voertmann $485,000
  • 4th Doug Ganger $405,000
  • 5th Jennifer Harman $271,000
  • 6th Jared Davis $185,000
  • 7th Steve Zolotow $180,000
  • 8th Rostislav Tsodikov $140,000

Doug Ganger started off the strongest, first crippling Rostislav Tsodikov and then eliminating Jennifer Harman out in 8th place. Playing razz Ganger left Tsodikov with just $25,000 in chips forcing him out on the sixth street and then completing a 7 low against Harman in the next hand, Harman could only manage eight low eliminating her out of the event. This moved Ganger into the chip lead with $756,000 in chips. Tsodikov took seventh place as the game changed to stud moving All In with pocket Nines. His caller Jen Voertmann had him covered with pocket Queens which held up.

The next elimination came when the game had gone back round to stud again. Steve Zolotow moved All his chips in on the fourth street with :3c :9c :9d :ad and found himself up against Hoyt Corkins with :ks :6s :5s :8s looking for a spade flush. Zolotow lead all the way down to the last card until Corkins drew an :as to compete his flush. Zolotow collected $47,990 finishing in 6th place.

With in the same orbit playing stud, Jared Davis moved all his chips in with :ad :6s :10c :6h on show. Jens Voertmann with :ad :8d :5s :6c made the call tabling :as :ah :ks having a trip Aces. Davis mucked his hidden cards eliminated in 5th place.

Four players quickly turned to three as the game switched to hold’em. Hoyt Corkins moved all his chip stack in on a flop showing :ad :10s :kd with :kh :qc Marcel Luske made the call tabling :ac :9d in the lead with top pair. The :as on the Turn gave Luske Trip Aces which was enough to win the pot, as the :3h completed the board.

Three handed play was a marathon battle lasting for almost four hours. Each player took the chip lead, only to see some one else re take it back, and it seemed this event was going to never end. The heads up show down was finally reached when Luske, down to his last few chips moved all in pre Flop playing stud. Voertmann made the call and won the pot hitting a pair of Aces beating Luske’s pair of Nines.

Jens Voertmann started off heads up leading Doug Ganger with double the chip stack sat in front of him. Heads up play didn’t last long, probably due to the length of three handed play, as Voertmann finished off the event in around half an hour. Playing stud hi/lo Ganger got all his chips in with his first four cards out being :8c :8h :9c :9d against Voertmann with :5d :5c :7c :ac Ganger’s lead lead right down to the seventh street, where Voertmann had paired up another Jack on his final two cards, to gain a higher two pair. This was Jens Voertmann’s first WSOP bracelet win picking up the $298,253, a good achievement considering the quality of the 414 players he had to negotiate.

WSOP 2008 Event 22 Final Standings

  • 1st Jens Veortmann $298,253
  • 2nd Doug Ganger $182,822
  • 3rd Marcel Luske $110,264
  • 4th Hoyt Corkins $81,698
  • 5th Jared Davis $61,702
  • 6th Steve Zolotow $47,990
  • 7th Rostislav Tsodikov $36,564
  • 8th Jennifer Harman $30,851



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