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Saturday, June 21, 2008 | Francis Lee


Just 320 players took to the felt in the $1,500 pot limit Omaha with rebuys event, the 1,350 rebuys generated a prize pool of $2,505,000. The bubble was set to burst when just 36 players remained and the first place prize was a massive $577,725.

The 320 players didn’t hold back in the rebuy period with the play being very fast and loose., the players averaged out at just over four rebuys each . When the rebuy rounds ended some players had collected a huge chip stack with the amount of extra chips brought to each table. The amount of eliminations came at a frequent pace after the rebuy period, as just 48 players remained as the tournament directors brought the day to a close. Frank Vizza lead in the chip rankings on $408,000 just ahead of Daniel Makowsky and Kyle Kloeckner.

Play started cautiously at the start of day two as the bubble approached. Django Young was the unlucky 37th placed elimination as he was beaten by Kloeckner catching a runner runner straight. The eliminations sped up after the bubble burst, the days play lasted for just over ten hours before there was just nine players left standing. Kloeckner continued his good work throughout day two ending up the chip leader on the final table, just ahead of Ted Forrest and Michael Guzzardi, the rest of the nine finalists was as follows

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Kyle Kloeckner $845,000
  • 2nd Ted Forrest $757,000
  • 3rd Michael Guzzardi $730,000
  • 4th Dario Allioto $653,000
  • 5th Layne Flack $601,000
  • 6th Daniel Murkowski $453,000
  • 7th Frank Vizza $378,000
  • 8th Jacobo Fernandez $348,000
  • 9th Tim West $187,000

Frank Vizza who lead after the first days play managed to make the final table in 7th place in the chip rankings. He tried to better his position early on but lost a few early pots. Vizza then found himself All In against Dario Alioto on the Flop showing :9d :10d :2d Vizza had a flush tabling :3h :4s :6d :4d but Alioto revealed :jd :3d :9c :kc having a higher flush. The :ac and :ad completed the board confirming Vizza’s exit in 9th place.

Alioto continued his good start taking the chip lead from Kloeckner, also eliminating short stacked Tim west along the way. West All In with :qc :qd :7c :6s was ahead pre Flop as Alioto had :10d :9c :7h :3c This quickly changed as Alioto hit trip Tens on the Flop to which West could not recover.

Michael Guzzardi was one of the players loosing out to Alioto’s good start as he lost almost three quarters of his stack in a big hand. Layne Flack finished off Guzzardi hitting a diamond flush on the Turn which was easily good enough. Guzzardi picked up $90,267 finishing in 7th place.

Sixth place was decided in a big hand between Layne Flack and Kloeckner as both players saw a cheap Flop of :6h :2d :2c Both players checked, and all the money went into the middle after the :kh fell on the Turn. Kloeckner had :ks :2h :8d :5c having a full house but Flack had :6c :6d :7s :5h having a higher full house. Kloeckner needed a King or Deuce to survive but they never came as the :ad completed the board. This hand had moved Flack into a clear lead in the chip rankings.

Shortly after Kloeckner’s exit Ted Forrest followed him to the rail. Forest looking for his sixth career WSOP bracelet ran into Daniel Makowsky hitting a set of Jacks on the Flop. Forrest who was short stacked made a move for the pot on a straight draw acting first, Makowsky was only too happy to call. No Ten out on the final two cards left Forrest to collect $144,427 for finishing in fifth place.

Four handed play was almost a personal battle between Alioto and Flack. Both players trading pots and the only way this was going to end was with one of them eliminated. It was Flack who won through in the end calling Alioto All In after the flop came down :8c :7h :qc Flack was sitting on :as :ah :5h :6h ahead of :6c :5c :4h :3c Alioto had many outs needing a club for a flush draw or a Six or Five to win the hand with a straight, and a Four would chop the pot. None of them hit as the :js and :qh fell on the Turn and River. This win put Flack on $3 million in chips, almost double of Jacobo Fernandez and Daniel Makowsky.

It didn’t take long to get to heads up as Flack dominated both players being the most aggressive. Jacobo Fernandez tried to stand up to Flack by moving All In over the top of his raise, after the Flop had come down :10c :10s :6h holding :as :ac :kd :8s Flack was more than happy to call having already made a full house holding :6s :6c :4h :2s Fernandez couldn’t improve and headed for the rail in third place winning $222,659.

Flack now had $3 million more in chips than Makowsky and it didn’t take him long to finish off the event. Makowsky moved All In pre Flop with :ac :kd :4d :4s and Flack called tabling :kc :kh :jh :2s Flack’s Kings lead all the way down the cards which was enough to win the pot and the tournament. This was Flack’s sixth WSOP bracelet win as well as adding the $577,725 first placed prize to his bank roll. Just as well as Flack rebought over twenty times in the rebuy period.

WSOP 2008 Event 34 Final Standings

  • 1st Layne Flack $577,725
  • 2nd Daniel Matos $335,050
  • 3rd Jacobo Fernandez $222,659
  • 4th Dario Alioto $180,534
  • 5th Ted Forest $144,427
  • 6th Kyle Kloeckner $114,338
  • 7th Michael Guzzardi $90,267
  • 8th Tim West $72,213
  • 9th Frank Vizza $54,160



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