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Saturday, June 21, 2008 | Francis Lee


The $1,500 seven card Stud event, the 35th at the World Series of Poker 2008 attracted a star studded field. 381 players started out looking to win the WSOP bracelet and the $135,753 first place prize on offer. Amongst the starting field was Phil Hellmuth, Huck Seed, John Phan, Phil Ivey and the LA Lakers owner Jerry Buss, this field of players set up a number of tables starting off with a very tough line up.

The first day finished off after eight levels of play with the bubble almost upon us. Leonardo Ebling held the top spot in the chip rankings at this point on $78,000 in chips. Just 71 players were left standing to return for the second days play.

The second day started off very slowly and carried on like this right down to when the bubble finally burst. Owen Mitchell was the unlucky player to burst the bubble going out in 41st place. Leonardo Ebling the early chip leader had a bad day going out before the cash. Forty turned into eight in just over four more hours play, with Micael Rocco and Al Barbieri leading the chip rankings. The chips were not too far spread out though, as the highest was just $255,000 and the lowest being $55,000.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Mike Rocco $255,000
  • 2nd Al Barbieri $252,500
  • 3rd Jeffrey Siegel $150,000
  • 4th Giacommo D’Agostino $123,000
  • 5th Levon Torosyan $114,500
  • 6th Andre Boyer $106,000
  • 7th Max Troy $88,500
  • 8th Danny Kalpakis $55,000

Play started off slowly as it took just over a hour for the first player to head for the rail. This came after Jeffrey Siegal saw his chip stack dwindle down in the opening exchanges and ended up short stacked. He picked up hidden pocket Aces up against Max Troy showing a Seven. Both players bet right down to the sixth street. Siegal ended up with two pair Aces and Deuces but Troy tabled trip Sevens to scoop the pot.

This opened play up a little as Andre Boyer followed Siegal to the rail, running into Al Barbieri with trip Fours. Danny Kalpakis could only nurse his short stack until this point, and was sent to the rail in 6th place by Barbieri having trip Deuces. The last of the early short stacks Giacommo D’Agostino was eliminated by the chip leader Mike Rocco. Rocco bettered D’Agostino’ s trip Tens with trip Aces, D’Agostino collected $28,083 for his efforts.

Max Troy decided to make a go of it in the very next hand against Levon Torosyan. He was looking good to win the pot with his four card showing :as :ac :qh :2s against :kc :4c :10h :9s When it came to the showdown Torosyan tabled his monster :4s :4h :ks winning the pot. Troy collected $37,184 finishing in 4th place. A good achievement considering he started off in 7th place with just an $88,000 chip stack.

Three handed play lasted for over two hours with chips swinging between all three players. The next elimination finally came when Mike Rocco crippled Torosyan down to just $6,000 calling his bluff with a pair of Jacks, when Torosyan had just a pair of Deuces. Torosyan didn’t go with out a fight tripling up trebling on the next hand up to $18,000, before going out at the hands of Al Barbieri.

Mike Rocco never looked back at this point winning the heads up showdown in around three hours. Barbieri made a good fight of it but finally lost out, getting the last of his chips in with pocket Three’s, only to see Rocco make Kings on the seventh street. Mike Rocco won his second WSOP bracelet and the $135,753 first place prize.

WSOP 2008 Event 35 Final Standings

  • 1st Mike Rocco $135,753
  • 2nd Al Barbieri $83,210
  • 3rd Levon Torosyan $50,186
  • 4th Max Troy $37,184
  • 5th Giacommo D’Agostino $28,083
  • 6th Danny Kalpakis $21,842
  • 7th Andre Boyer $16,642
  • 8th Jeffrey Siegel $14,041



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