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Thursday, June 19, 2008 | Francis Lee

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Next up at the World Series of Poker 2008 was the $10,000 Limit Hold’em World Championship. Numbers was down on last years turn out as the entry fee was doubled. Just 218 players starting out with the feild being a very tough one with the best poker players all turning out.

Everyone started out with $20,000 chips and as the blinds being 100/200, there wasn’t many early eliminations at the start of play. At the end of the first day just under half the field remained with 97 players left seated. JC Tran was leading the field with just over $100,000 sat in front of him, Justin Bonomo, David Oppenheim and Alex Kravchenko were all in the top ten as well.

The bubble was set to burst after there was just 27 players left so it took a while for the 70 players not cashing in to head for the rail. As time wore on so did the dwindling chip stacks and the unlucky player to be crowned bubble boy was Tim Kasparoff. Alex Kravchenko didn’t manage to build on his good opening day going out just after Kasparoff in 27th place.

The eliminations came thick and fast after this point. Rob Hollick and Aaron Katz found themselves perched at the top of the leader board going into the final table. JC Tran had managed to increase his chips to $247,000 making it through in 6th place. Another notable name to make the final nine was Andy Bloch on a larger stack holding $370,000.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Aaron Katz $1,232,000
  • 2nd Rob Hollink $893,000
  • 3rd Tommy Hang $578,000
  • 4th Jerrod Ankerman $441,000
  • 5th Andy Bloch $370,000
  • 6th JC Tran $247,000
  • 7th Cy Jassinowsky $231,000
  • 8th Chris Vitch $201,000
  • 9th Brock Parker $166,000

Chris Vitch started off loosing two hands in a row against Rob Hollink and Andy Bloch which left him with just $22,000. He was All In on the next hand with :qc :9h and Aaron Katz called from the big blind holding :3h :8d Vitch led all the way down the cards until the :8s paired Katz up on the River.

Cy Jassinowsky had an up and down start, first by doubling up against Jerrod Ankenman and then loosing most of his chips against Brock Parker. Cy Jassinowsky got his last chips in with :ad :2d and ran into Tommy Hang with pocket Queens. The Queens held up sending Cy Jassinowsky to the rail.

Andy Bloch’s final table went exactly the same way Cy Jassinowsky ‘s did. Bloch doubled up twice before loosing a huge chunk of his chip stack to Katz. Hollink finished Bloch off taking his last $50,000 in chips, beating him with :9d :8d against :jd :3h

During the opening exchanges Brock Parker nursed his short stack and lasted to this point, where the prize money was now $100,000+. He decided to make a go of it going All In with :qc :8c when down to just a couple of blinds. Ankenman called the raise with :ah :9s which won the pot as neither player hit any piece of the board.

JC Tran’s day came to an end shortly after Parker’s exit. His aggressive play worked well for him early on, but came back to bite him loosing the majority of his chips to Ankenman. Tran never recovered from this blow eventually going out at the hands of Hollink. Tran collected $128,075 for his hard work finishing in 5th place.

It took a while to get to three handed with all four players having a decent sized chip stack. It wasn’t until the 161st hand of play before we lost the next player. Aaron Katz lost a lot of chips with pocket Kings in a hand against Rob Hollink hitting a set with pocket Queens. Then he ran into Hang with pocket Tens loosing a lot of chips leaving himself crippled. This loss spelt the end for Katz as he lost the rest of his chip stack to Ankenman going out in 4th place.

It took another 48 hands for the next elimination to come about which took nearly three hours to play. In this time Hang was relatively quiet until loosing a big hand against Hollink. In the next hand Hang got All his chips in with :9d :8c after the Flop came down :7d :8s :3d Hollink made the call tabling :kc :qs looking to pair one of his over cards. The :qh turned the tables giving Hollink the lead which was enough to win, as the :jd completed the board.

Heads up lasted for just under an hour with both Hollink and Ankenman taking the lead. It was Hollink who took real control in the end, wining two big hands in a row to take commanding chip lead. The end came for Ankenman when moving All In with :10s :7s against :ac :5d Hollink hit two pair on the Flop showing :as :4c :5h Ankenman never recovered going out in second place for the second time in three years, as he finished runner up in 2006. This left Rob Hollink to collect his $496,931 first place prize, the WSOP bracelet and the Limit hold’em championship title.

WSOP 2008 Event 30 Final Standings

  • 1st Rob Hollink $496,931
  • 2nd Jerrod Ankenman $307,380
  • 3rd Tommy Hang $194,674
  • 4th Aaron Katz $158,813
  • 5th JC Tran $128,075
  • 6th Brock Parker $ 102,460
  • 7th Andy Bloch $81,968
  • 8th Cy Jassinowsky $66,599
  • 9th Chris Vitch $51,230



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