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Tuesday, June 17, 2008 | Francis Lee


2,706 players entered the 27th Event at the World Series of Poker 2008. This event was the $1,500 no limit hold’em tournament, the second at this year’s WSOP. This large field created a total prize pool of $3,693,690 which in turn set a massive first place prize of $628,417.

The first days play saw a total of just 224 players surviving to day two, with what seemed like an endless stream of people heading for the rail throughout the day. The bubble burst towards the close of play with the last 271 players cashing in.

The second days play lasted almost as long as the first, with fifteen players left standing after 12 hours of play. Vitaly Lunkin and Kenneth Terrell was leading there respective tables both on just under the $1 million mark. On the last day it took four hours to reach the final table stage with just nine players remaining. The official chip count at this stage was as follows

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Brett Kimes $1,500,000
  • 2nd Philip Yeh $1,360,000
  • 3rd Barry Schultz $1,340,000
  • 4th Vitaly Lunkin $1,030,000
  • 5th Bobby Firestone $920,000
  • 6th Kenneth Terrell $650,000
  • 7th Richard Alm $500,000
  • 8th Robert Brown $310,000
  • 9th Trevor Donaldson $265,000

Philip Yeh surprisingly to all went out in 9th place as he went from contesting the chip leader to first player out with in a few hands. He lost a huge chunk of his chips to Kenneth Turrell as his pocket Queens were beaten by pocket Aces. The end came for Yeh as all his chips went in holding :as :9d and found himself dominated against Vitaly Lukin with :ac :jh Lukin won the hand as he paired his Jack on the flop.

Robert Brown next moved his short stack of $250,000 in with :qh :jh and found one caller in Trevor Donaldson holding :ad :qs Donaldson’s hand held up as the final board came down :kd :5h :3d :7s :kh sending Brown to the rail to collect $84,954 in 8th place.

Barry Schultz started the final table in third place with $1.3 million in chips. He saw this chip stack diminish to just under $1 million before making a stand with pocket Fours. Bobby Firestone made the call with just :as :2s and needed help on the board in this monster pot. No help came for Firestone as the flop came down :8h :jh :5h but the :ah on the Turn gave him the card he needed. Schultz needed a Four to win or heart to chop the pot or else his tournament was over. The :jd ended his hopes sending him out in 7th place.

The next knockout hand came after Richard Alm doubled up his short stack against Brett Kimes. Just a few hands later Alm moved All In again with :ad :8h Bobby Firestone made the call with pocket Sevens and it was a race to the finish. The final board came down :4c :10s :6c :jd :ks holding the pocket pair up, leaving Alm to collect $149,594 finishing in 6th place.

Shortly after Alm’s exit Trevor Donaldson found his :as :kd up against Kimes with pocket Kings. No Ace on the board for Donaldson meant he was out in 5th place. Fourth place was decided when Kenneth Terrell was unlucky enough to run into Lukin with pocket Jacks when having :ah :jd The board gave him a chance of a straight with four cards down but this never materialised.

Bobby Firestone started off three handed play, level in the chip rankings with Vitaly Lukin. Brett Kimes who had almost half of there chip stack doubled up against Firestone beating pocket Three’s with :ad :10d Lukin eventually finished Firestone off hitting a straight on the River after Firestone had top pair. Bobby Firestone won a healthy $277,026 for finishing third.

Vitaly Lukin took a $1 million chip advantage into heads up against Kimes. Lukin almost had Kimes beat when hitting a nut straight on the Flop, only to see the board fill up with five diamonds to chop the pot. Lukin got another chance to finish off the event and this time his luck was in. Lukin hit top pair on the Flop with Kimes having just a straight draw. Lukin’s hand held up this time round collecting his very first WSOP bracelet and the massive $628,417 first place prize.
WSOP 2008 Event 27 Final Standings

  • 1st Vitaly Lunkin $628,417
  • 2nd Brett Kimes $387,837
  • 3rd Bobby Firestone $277,026
  • 4th Kenneth Terrell $232,702
  • 5th Trevor Donaldson $190,225
  • 6th Richard Alm $149,594
  • 7th Barry Schultz $112,657
  • 8th Robert Brown $84,954
  • 9th PhilipYeh $57,990



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