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Friday, June 20, 2008 | Francis Lee


The 32nd event at the World Series of Poker 2008 was held at the Rio, 2,304 players started out the $1,500 no limit hold’em tournament. The total prize pool in this event rose to $,144,960, of that amount $573,734 was set aside for the winner. The bubble was set to burst after the last 198 players was left standing.

The eliminations within the first day came one after another as the day ended with just 166 players left. The bubble was burst towards the end of the day, when Leroy Le was eliminated in 199th place.

Day two saw the field play until only nine players were left. During the day Jose Luis Velador had a very successful time of it, going into the chip lead and staying there until the close of play, ending up with $1.89 million. Utsab Saha came on strong towards the end of the day eliminating a few players along he way and ended up in third place, right behind Joseph Georges who had just over $1 million in chips in second.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Jose Luis Velador $1,898,000
  • 2nd Joseph Georges $1,086,000
  • 3rd Utsab Saha $961,000
  • 4th Jae H Chung $716,000
  • 5th Osmin Dardon $660,000
  • 6th Shane Stacey $640,000
  • 7th Anthony G Signore $636,000
  • 8th Dean Bui $211,000
  • 9th Justin Hoffman $138,000

The best start made at this final table was for Dean Bui, first he doubled up against Joseph Georges with pocket Jacks against :as :8c Then he eliminated Justin Hoffman out, as Hoffman pushed all in for $79,000 with :jh :8h Bui called with :kh :3s and won with King high on the final board coming down :as :10d :7h :4d :5h

Just half a dozen hands later, Utsab Saha got into a raising contest with the chip leader Jose Luis Velador until Saha was All In. Velador had the best hand with pocket Queens against :ah :10d no Ace came to save Saha sending him out in 8th place. Velador on the other hand added to his already huge chip stack increasing his lead.

The next twenty hands were decided pre flop and we didn’t see to much action. Velador was dominating play and had built up a $3 million chip stack with non of his rivals with over $1 million. We finally had some action on the47th hand of play as Joseph Georges lost the rest of his chips stack to Bui . Georges had pocket Sixes leading after the flop, this was until Bui made a broad way straight on the Turn.

On the very next hand of play Velador and Bui see a Flop of :kh :10d :7c When the board filled up with the :4h and :9h all the money went into the middle. Bui must have thought his pocket Tens were good but Velador tabled pocket Kings for a higher set.

Just ten hands later Osmin Dardon moved all his chips in on the flop showing :qs :9d :8s with pocket Tens. Unfortunately for Dardon his opponent Shane Stacey had top pair with :ah :qh No help came for Dardon who collected $166,682 finishing in 5th place.

Jae Chung found himself on the short stack on $280,000 and had an opportunity to treble up, as his All in raise was called by both Velador and Dardon. Both players checked down the final board showing :kc :jc :2d :js :4h Chung mucked his cards as both his opponents tabled K-10 to chop the pot.

Three handed play went on until the 103rd hand, Velador had over $3 million more than his other two opponents and put this to good use being the most aggressive. Velador added to his advantage when eliminating Dardon with pocket Queens against :as :kd The Queens held up finishing off Dardon in 3rd place winning $243,734.

Anthony Signore had quietly gone through out the day picking up smaller pots and not committing to many chips. This tactic had got him through to the heads up show down, but he had a mountain to climb to catch Velador. Heads up lasted around 40 hands with Signore having the best of it almost drawing level. Veldaor managed to finish off the event dominating with :ad :7h against :ac :6c The :ah :10d :7d flop practically meant Signore was drawing dead which was confirmed as the :3d fell on the Turn. Jose Luis Velador became the next name to win his first WSOP bracelet and collecting the $573,734 first place prize.

WSOP 2008 Event 32 Final Standings

  • 1st Jose Luis Velador $573,734
  • 2nd Anthony G Signore $366,387
  • 3rd Osmin Dardon $166,682
  • 4th Jae H Chung $204,442
  • 5th Shane Stacey $166,682
  • 6th Dean Bui $132,088
  • 7th Dany Georges $100,638
  • 9th Utsab Saha $77,051



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