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Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Francis Lee


The 46th Event at the World Series of Poker 2008 was the $5,000 no limit hold’em six handed tournament. 805 players started out, fighting to win the massive $911,855 first place prize. The total prize pool generated from this field reached $4,025,000 with the last 78 players making the money. This event attracted a host of well known poker pro’s such as Joe Hachem, Antonio Esfandiari, Dave“devilfish”Ulliott, Phil Laak, Dan Harrington and Phil Hellmuth. Six handed tournaments are nearly always played aggressively and this one was no different, as we saw a total of 709 players head for the rail on the first day, with just 96 returning for day two.

The second day started off slowly as we neared the bubble, but as soon as this past the eliminations flowed as normal again. The unlucky last player not to cash turned out to be Johannes Strassmann who’s :ac :kh was out gunned by :ah :jh The second day ended after 15 hours of play with just six player remaining to fight out the final table. Davidi Katai was the only WSOP bracelet winner on final table but was seriously short stacked compared to the rest of the field.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Richard Lyndaker $2,345,000
  • 2nd Joe Commisso $1,961,000
  • 3rd Tom Lutz $1,443,000
  • 4th Samuel Trickett $1,045,000
  • 5th Edward Ochana $928,000
  • 6th Davidi Kitai $298,000

David Kitai’s search for his second bracelet this year came to an end on the 15th hand of play. He started off well enough picking up a few pots early on with his short stack. But the end came when he ran into Richard Lyndaker with pocket Kings when only having pocket Tens. No help came for Katai who won $120,693 finishing in 6th place.

Just six hands later Lydaker picked up his second elimination in a row knocking Tom Lutz out of the tournament in 5th place. All the chips went in after the Flop came down :9c :qc :8h with Luntz having :ah :ad and Lyndaker having :9h :9s with a set of Nines. The board filled out with low cards confirming Lutz’s exit collecting a cool $174,041 in prize money.

After two more orbits of the table we had a very similar situation between Sam Trickett and Edward Ochana. Trickett got all his chips in the middle with pocket Kings after the Flop came down :10h :6c :8h only to find himself behind against Ochana’s pocket Sixes. Trickett was out after the :9s and :4d filled the rest of the board winning $245,927.

Three handed started with everyone having between $2.8 and $2.3 million in chips. It took over 30 hands to complete, which saw Joe Commisso take control of the table during this period. Most of Commisso’s chips had come from Edward Ochana who found himself on the short stack. It was Lyndaker who finished Ochana off in the end. Lyndaker moved All In after the board came down :2d :3d :8s :9h :10d with :jc :7c having made a straight. Ochana was committed to the pot and decided to call tabling :qc :10s and headed for the rail once he saw what he was up against.

This win had pulled a few chips back for Lyndaker having just half the chips stack of Commisso going into heads up. Lyndaker started off the better managing to level up on chips then take the lead. Commisso came back at Lyndaker and this is how it went for over 200 hands of play. The end came when Lyndaker made a move going All In for $1.8 million with :9s :7h Commisso was happy with what he was up against tabling :ad :qs after making the call. The Flop put Commisso firmly in control pairing his Queen and Lyndaker was drawing dead as he received no help on the Turn. The final board was :qh :4s :10s :10h :7c meaning Commisso was the winner of event 46 taking home the massive $9,11,855 first place prize and his first WSOP bracelet.

WSOP 2008 Event 45 Final Standings

  • 1st Joe Commisso $911,855
  • 2nd Richard Lyndaker $570,551
  • 3rd Edward Ochana $368,891
  • 4th Sam Trickett $245,927
  • 5th Tom Lutz $174,041
  • 6th Davidi Kitai $120,693



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