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Friday, June 20, 2008 | Francis Lee


The $5,000 stud hi/lo world championship event at the World Series of Poker 2008 attracted 261 players to enter. The prize pool reached $1,305,000 to be shared down between the top 24 finishers, the first place prize every one was fighting for was set at $328,756. The championship events always attracts a tough field with most of the well known poker pro’s starting out. The toughest table had Tony G, Erik Seidel, Todd Brunson, Chris “jesus” Ferguson, Erick Lindgren and Sabyl Landrum all seated together.

The first two days play turned out to be a marathon battle with 120 players making it into day two, no one really dominated proceedings as the top of the leader board was very bunched up. A few notable names to fall on day one included Doyle Brunson, David Singer, Men Nguyen, Berry Johnson and James Mackey.

Day two turned out to be one of the longest days of poker at this years WSOP, as it took 16 hours of play to reach the final table. This session went on until 7am before Howard Lederer was knocked out in 9th place just missing out. The main reason for this long session was it took a while for the bubble to burst, once this happened play seemed to loosen up and eliminations coming along more often. Once Lederer was on his way to the rail the final table chip rankings was as follows.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Sebastian Rothenberg $663,000
  • 2nd Chris Ferguson $434,000
  • 3rd Alessio Isaia $398,000
  • 4th Marcel Luske $308,000
  • 5th Robert Beveridge $308,000
  • 6th Annie Duke $277,000
  • 7th Steve Sung $207,000
  • 8th Bob Lauria $40,400

Marcel Luske started out the strongest picking up a big hand in the early exchanges, and then eliminating Bob Beveridge out in 8th place. All the chips went in with Luske having three low hearts against :ad :ks :6h Luske ended up winning both high and low pots with a pair of Sixes and Seven low. Beverage could only manage Ace high and Eight low. Then Annie Duke picked up a few chips eliminating short stacked Steve Sung with pocket Kings and Six low.

The next two eliminations came quite close together after a while had past, this came when Alessio Isaia was all in on the 5th street having made Eight low and moved All In. His opponent Sebastian Ruthenberg had already made Seven low and made the call. Ruthenberg was then given a pair of Aces on the next card down to win both pots. Just few hands later Annie Duke got her short stack in against Chris Ferguson with pocket tens in the hole. Ferguson had her dominated with pocket Kings in the hole, Duke didn’t improve and headed for the rail in 5th place.

Marcel Luske had been the most active player on this final table going all in Six times surviving each time. He wasn’t quite so lucky on his seventh All In of the night. Luske was looking good to chop the pot against Bob Lauria, with Luske having a pair of Fives and Lauria already guaranteed the low pot. The seventh street proved the killer for Luske as Lauria paired a Seven to scoop both pots.

Chris Ferguson looking for his career sixth WSOP bracelet had a health 2-1 chip lead on both his opponents going into three handed play. Ruthenberg managed to scoop a big pot off Lauria after quite a few hours had past almost levelling up with Ferguson. Ferguson managed to pull ahead once more as he eliminated Lauria out in third place. Ferguson tabled a full house Tens over Kings when Lauria moved All In with trip Eights.

At the start of heads up Ruthenberg managed to win a few big pots from Ferguson taking the lead. Play slowed considerably and it took a good while for the tournament to be over. On the final hand Ruthenberg managed to make two pair with Ferguson only having a pair of Aces. Sebastian Ruthenberg winning his first WSOP bracelet also collected the $328,756 prize money and the Stud Hi/Lo championship title.

WSOP 2008 Event 33 Final Standings

  • 1st Sebastian Rothenberg $328,756
  • 2nd Chris Ferguson $202,406
  • 3rd Bob Lauria $125,737
  • 4th Marcel Luske $95,069
  • 5th Annie Duke $73,602
  • 6th Alessio Isaia $58,268
  • 7th Steve Sung $46,001
  • 8th Robert Beveridge $36,801



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