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Thursday, June 19, 2008 | Francis Lee


1,012 players started out in the $2,500 no limit hold’em six handed event, the 31st at this years World Series of Poker 2008. This huge field was all fighting for the $528,418 first place prize on offer. The rest of the $2,327,600 prize pool was shared down to 108th place.

Just 73 players survived the first days onslaught all making the money, as Robert Williamson III was the honorary bubble boy , going out towards the end of the day. Dario Minieri was positioned towards the top of the leader board looking for his first WSOP bracelet. Minieri continued to dominate day two and went into the final table with a big chip advantage over the rest of the field. The rest of the final six to make it to the final table was as follows:

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Dario Minieri $1,721,000
  • 2nd Kevin Song $1,173,000
  • 3rd Justin Filtz $891,000
  • 4th John O’Shea $589,000
  • 5th Seth Fischer $508,000
  • 6th Stuart Marshak $183,000

Stuart Marshak started off the final table seriously short stacked compared to every one else, so could not afford to sit around. He decided to make an early stand on the 10th hand moving All In with :qd :js Justin Filtz was sat on pocket Kings and was more than happy to make the call. No miracle came for Marshak as the final board ran out :9h :3h :qs :2h :2s

Dario Minieri and Seth Fischer started off very aggressively both taking hand after hand between them, with out coming up against any opposition. John O’Shea decided to have a go after seeing a Flop of :5s :ah :2s against Fischer. He moved All In with :2d :4s but found himself behind against :as :9s The final board completed as the :ac and :qd falling down, leaving O’Shea to collect $98,923 in 5th place.

Minieri then added to his already huge chip lead by eliminating Kevin Song after 50 hands of play. Minieri called a $624,000 raise with :ad :8h which proved to be a good call as Song tabled :kc :jh Nobody hit any piece of the first four cards down, but Minieri’s lead was confirmed as the :ac paired him up on the River.

Three handed played turned out to be a Marathon battle, as the chips swung from player to player with no one holding back. It took over 140 hands to get to heads up which came as Fischer ran into Filtz with pocket Aces when having the big slick :ac :kh himself. The Flop brought a little hope for Fischer landing with a King. Than as all of Fischer’s followers on the sidelines were shouting for a King, the :ks fell on the Turn to put him ahead. This left Filtz needing an Ace which never came as the :jd confirmed his exit.

After a total of 198 hand of play, 34 heads up, Dario Minieri managed to finish off Seth Fischer using his big chips stack to his advantage. The end came for Fischer when running into Minieri’s pocket Queens when holding :kd :10d The final board came down :ah :ad :5c :2c :3d to hand Minieri his first WSOP bracelet and the $528,418 first place prize. Which were sure this will be his first of many in years to come.

WSOP 2008 Event 31 Final Standings

  • 1st Dario Minieri $528,418
  • 2nd Seth Fischer $330,519
  • 3rd Justin Filtz $214,139
  • 4th Kevin Song $141,983
  • 5th John O’Shea $98,923
  • 6th Stuart Marshak $73,784



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