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Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Francis Lee


The second Seven Card Stud Hi-Low event at this year’s World Series of Poker 2008 was the 47th scheduled event. The 544 players buying in for $1,500 created a total prize pool of $742,560 with the first place prize set at $183,368. A large number of well known poker pro’s were still in event 45, the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E tournament but a few players who were already out of this event decided to join the field here.

The mixed limit format ensured the eliminations came at a regular pace and the first day ended with just 117 players left. The bubble was set to burst after there was just 56 players left, meaning the field would have to be halved to reach this point. As expected it took a while to reach the money and after a good while playing hand for hand, David Singer turned out to be the unfortunate bubble boy.

The second day continued at a faster pace as the short stacks started to gamble. Phil Hellmuth who had an up and down day managed to secure his 66th career WSOP cash finishing in 33rd place. Tim D’Alessandro out drew Hellmuth on the last card, which resulted in a typical Hellmuth outburst as he left the table declaring D’Alessandro had no chance of winning this event.

The tournament directors brought the day to a close after 16 hours of play as just 14 players remained. Jonas Klausen was leading the chip rankings at this point with $346,000 and a large number of players were short stacked with under $80,000 left in chips. It didn’t take long to reach the eight seater final table as play started again on the third and final day. The seating arrangements at this point was as follows

Final Table Line Up

  • Seat 1 Tim D’Alessandro
  • Seat 2 Jonas Klausen
  • Seat 3 David Sklansky
  • Seat 4 Joshua Feldman
  • Seat 5 Ryan Hughes
  • Seat 6 Ron Long
  • Seat 7 Alessio Isaia
  • Seat 8 Thomas Hunt III

David Sklansky was the first player to depart from the final as he got the last of his chips in a three way pot, involving Tim D’Alessandro and Ryan Hughes. D’Alessandro won the high pot hitting trip Aces and Hughes took the low pot with 7-5 low. Sklansky could only manage a pair of Sevens and missed his low draw.

The next hour saw the elimination of two players from the event. Joshua Feldman was All In on the fourth street with two pair Jacks and Nines against Jonas Klausen with a pair of Aces. Klausen improved to two pair on the seventh street with Aces and Kings to scoop the whole pot. Then D’Alessandro got all his chips in against Thomas Hunt with trip Tens, being his first three cards. D’Alessandro improved to a full house on the sixth street only to see this beaten by the nut full house, Aces over Kings and headed to the rail in 6th place.

Fifth place was decided an hour later between Jonas Klausen and Ron Long. Both players had a relatively small chip stack compared to the leader Ryan Hughes, who had amassed over $900,000 in chips, treble of what his nearest rival had. Klausen got all his chips in by the sixth street on a club flush draw and a low draw. Long had a pair of Sixes and a low draw holding a narrow lead. Klausen missed both draw’s pairing an Eight as Long improved to two pair to scoop the pot.

Ryan Hughes continued his dominance throughout four handed play, increasing his chip stack to well over $1 million with his nearest opponent having just over $200,000. Hughes almost doubled Alessio Isaia up as he was behind on the sixth street, against two pair Aces and Sixes having just pair of Kings and a nut low draw. The last card gave him another King improving him to trips which won the pot as Isaia didn’t improve on his hand.

Hughes then quickly sent Thomas Hunt to the rail who was short stacked with under $100,000 in chips. It only took a pair of Three’s to knock out Hunt as he only managed a pair of Deuces himself. This win gave Hughes a $1 million chip advantage over Long going into heads up.

Ron Long made a good fight of it during heads up and lasted for well over an hour. Unfortunately he could not over come Hughes giant chip advantage, when loosing to a full house when having just a pair of Kings himself. This was Ryan Hughes second WSOP bracelet win as he won a stud hi low event last year. He collected the $183,368 first place prize, declaring it was more valued win than his first WSOP bracelet win, as he proved the first was not quite a fluke. A great win considering he started the day down in 9th place out of 14.

WSOP 2008 Event 47 Final Standings

  • 1st Ryan Hughes $183,368
  • 2nd Ron Long $113,240
  • 3rd Thomas Hunt $68,686
  • 4th Alessio Isaia $50,122
  • 5th Jonas Klausen $39,355
  • 6th Tim D’Alessandro $30,444
  • 7th Joshua Feldman $23,019
  • 8th David Sklansky $19,306



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