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Friday, June 6, 2008 | Francis Lee


713 players started out this $1,500 buy in event, the third at this years WSOP with the first placed prize set at $214,131. The turn out was a little down compared to last year ,but the reason for this was the record breaking Event 2 running along side. As the Amazon card room started to fill the notable faces spotted was Phil Ivey, Men Nugyen, Erik Seidel and last years winner Mike Spegal.

As the first day drew to a close Robert Workman headed the field in the chip rankings with $146,800 . Of the 713 players starting out just 63 players survived to battle out the second days play.

Top 10 Chip Leaders at the end of Day 1

  • 1st Robert Workman $146,800
  • 2nd Philip Yeh $143,000
  • 3rd David Singer $123,600
  • 4th Bobby Law $85,500
  • 5th Scott Seiver $71,200
  • 6th Jacobo Fernandez $69,100
  • 7th Ryan Fair $67,700
  • 8th Al Barbieri $63,500
  • 9th Justin Young $63,200
  • 10th Russell Harriman $61,800

The race for the final table was on with the 63 players returning for the second day. The bubble had already burst so play was expected to be loose with the short stacks trying to build a decent chip stack up.

Amazingly the early chip leader Robert Workman was one of the first players out, with his tournament ending as his pocket jacks was beaten by David Levi with :as :qd It didn’t take too long to get down to the final table with the chip rankings headed by Joe Tehan on $458,000.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Joe Tehan $458,000
  • 2nd Jacobo Fernandez $428,000
  • 3rd Robert Lipkin $305,000
  • 4th Al Barbieri $271,000
  • 5th Russell Harriman $206,000
  • 6th Gregory Alston $179,000
  • 7th Zachary King $139,000
  • 8th David Singer $83,000
  • 9th Glen Bean $75,000

Glen Bean on the short stack was the first player out, going All In with :jh :8c up against Zachary King with :ah :qh Bean was ahead with the first four cards down showing :9c :8s :3d :9h but the :ac on the River handed King the pot. Al Barbieri went out in similar fashion shortly after, going All In with :kh :6d up against David Singer with :ac :qd This time the Ace came down on the Flop and Barbieri didn’t recover going out in 8th place.

Zachary King started off very well getting the first elimination and the doubling up against Jacobo Fernandez. His luck ran out soon after running into Greg Altson with pocket Aces, when having only :ad :8h sending him to the rail in seventh place.

Joe Tehan and David Singer has completely opposite starts to this final table, Tehan started out the chip leader but had lost the majority of his chips and was on the short stack. Singer starting out in 8th place in the chip rankings had managed to move up to second place challenging Fernandez for the chip lead. Tehan’s demise came when he tangled with Singer with :jh :10h up against pocket Nines. The pocket pair held up leaving Tehan to collect $43,796 in sixth place.

The next two eliminations came in quick succession. Russ Harriman was short stacked at this point and moved All In with pocket Queens. His caller Alston with :ah :js caught an Ace on the Flop and was favourite to win with two cards to come. Two running Fives ended Harriman’s tournament in fifth place. Then David Singer called an All In move with pocket Jacks up against Robert Lipkin with just :7d :5d The final board ran out :qh :2s :10s :9s :2c leaving just three players left.

Greg Alston’s end came when he picked up pocket Jacks and was called All In by Fernandez with pocket Eights. Alston was looking set to double up until the :8s came down on the Turn giving Fernandez a set. With no Jack on the River Alston picked up $82,725 going out in third place.

The Heads up showdown lasted for over four hours as both players took the chip lead at certain points throughout. The end came when first of all Fernandez moved All In with pocket Fives and Singer called with :ah :kd The Flop of :ks :ad :10s won Singer the hand with no Five coming on the Turn or River. On the very next hand Fernandez hit two pair on the Flop of :3d :5s :7d holding :7c :3h Fernandez slow played his hand as both players saw the :6c coming down on the Turn. This is when all the chips went into the middle and Singer revealed :qs :4s having hit a straight. The :jh on the River ended proceeding giving David Singer his very first WSOP bracelet and the $214,131 first place prize.

Final Standings

  • 1st David Singer $214,131
  • 2nd Jacobo Fernandez $136,643
  • 3rd Gregory Alston $82,725
  • 4th Robert Lipkin $67,640
  • 5th Russ Harriman $55,474
  • 6th Joe Tehan $43,796
  • 7th Zachary King $34,063
  • 8th Al Barbieri $26,764
  • 9th Glen Bean $19,464



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