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Saturday, June 7, 2008 | Francis Lee


The 4th event of the WSOP was a $5,000 mixed hold’em event attracting 332 players. This was a star studded event with all the usual poker pro’s in attendance with the likes of Greg Raymer, Doyle Brunson, Bill Chen, Barry Greenstein, Justin Bonomo just to name a few. This threw together some tough tables at the start of play with the toughest having Dario Minieri, Chad Brown, Bill Chen, Nick Schulman and Venessa Rousso all seated together.

The prize pool generated reached $1,560,400 with the top 36 finisher all cashing in. the first place prize everyone was fighting for was $374,505. Of the 331 starters only 91 players survived to make it to day 2. Jon Turner headed the field on $100,200. Justin Bonomo was also doing well in 4th place on $73,900.

Top 10 Chip Leaders at the end of Day 1

  • 1st Jon Turner $100,200
  • 2nd Ariel Schneller $99,500
  • 3rd Ron Kevin Haeri $92,300
  • 4th Adam Westell $82,800
  • 5th Justin Bonomo $73,900
  • 6th Jay Rosencrantz $72,500
  • 7th Jason Dewitt $70,100
  • 8th David Williams $67,000
  • 9th Gavin Griffin $65,800
  • 10th Thomas Keller $63,500

The second days play sorted the men out form the boys, as when we reached the final table the line up was mouth watering with the quality of players on show. David Rheem headed a field with $885,000 in chips, containing star names such as Justin Bonomo, Erick Lindgren, David Williams, Howard Lederer and Ronald de Wolfe.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st David Rheem $885,000
  • 2nd David Williams $678,500
  • 3rd Justin Bonomo $517,500
  • 4th Erick Lindgren $345,000
  • 5th Howard Lederer $324,500
  • 6th Ronald de Wolfe $194,000
  • 7th Andrew Robl $162,000
  • 8th Isaac Haxton $111,500
  • 9th Pat Pezzin $108,500

Just two hands in on this final table Erick Lindgren started off in great style knocking Isaac Haxton in 9th place. Lindgren’s pocket Queens held up against :ac :ks with the board all running out with low cards. Just a few hands later Pat Pezin found his :ah :qs dominated against Andrew Robl with :ad :kc The big slick held with the final board showing :3s :8c :5d :10d :10c David Rheem increased his lead shortly after when his :kc :10d beat David Williams hand of :as :3s Rheem hit top pair on the Flop which was enough to take down the pot.

We had to wait a while for the next player to go. This came about when Howard Lederer went All In with pocket Fours after the Flop had come down :2d :5d :ks His opponent Justin Bonomo called with :ac :qc needing help to take down the pot. The :5s on the Turn increased his number of outs and the :kc gave Bonomo the pot with his Ace kicker winning the hand.

David Rheem the early chip leader had lost most of his chips and found himself on the short stack at this point. His end came when he raised pre Flop first of all, and every one else folded round to Ronald de Wolfe who called to see a Flop of :4c :10h :as Both players checked to see the :9h come down on the Turn. Rheem led out with a large bet and De Wolfe called. Rheem immediately moved All In when the :8s fell on the River but mucked his cards after De Wolfe revealed :qh :jc having the straight. This win didn’t help De Wolfe much as shortly after he was out in fourth place after battling against Justin Bonomo. Bonomo hit a flush on the River holding :as :9s which easily won the pot.

It took over an hour to reach heads up as short stacked Andrew Robl went out after moving All In with :ad :2c Bonomo with a huge chip lead made the call with :qd :5c and took the pot hitting top pair on the Flop of :qc :8c :9s No Ace on the Turn or River sent Robl to the rail to collect $144,337 in third place.

Head up play between Bonomo and Lindgren took just over 40 hands before we had our winner. Lindgren had battled back taking the chip lead from Bonomo before finishing off the event. This came when Lindgren beat Bonomo’s two pair hitting a Wheel straight with :ah :2d

Erick Lindgren had won so many other poker tournaments in his career but the one that eluded him was a WSOP bracelet. He is consider to be one of the best players around not to have won a WSOP bracelet until now. Lindgren also took the $374,505 first place prize to add to his bankroll.

Final Standings

  • 1st Erick Lindgren $374,505
  • 2nd Justin Bonomo $230,159
  • 3rd Andrew Robl $144,337
  • 4th Roland de Wolfe $117,030
  • 5th David Rheem $93,624
  • 6th Howard Lederer $74,119
  • 7th David Williams $58,515
  • 8th Pat Pezzin $46,812
  • 9th Isaac Haxton $35,109



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