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Wednesday, July 2, 2008 | Francis Lee


The 50th Event at the World Series of Poker 2008 was the $10,000 pot limit Omaha World Championship. This event also allowed each player to rebuy once, if busted out in the opening period. 381 players started out this tournament and once the rebuys were over the first place prize was set at a massive $859,549 and the rest of the prize pool shared down to the top 36 finishers.

The second day started with just 87 players left in the event so it took a while to reach the money places with the usual pre bubble slow play. John D’Agostino had the unfortunate honor of being the bubble boy finishing in 37th place. It took a total of 14 hours of play to reach the nine seater final table. Michael Miziarchi was the chip leader at this point with $1.7 million in chips. The rest of the field was bunched up with 3 other players starting off with over $1 million in chips. Tom Hanlon needed to make a good start short stacked with only $192,000.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Michael Mizrachi $1,767,000
  • 2nd Brandon Moran $1,286,000
  • 3rd Kido Pham $1,080,000
  • 4th Marty Smyth $1,068,000
  • 5th Billy Argyros $729,000
  • 6th Greg Hurst $637,000
  • 7th Peter Jetten $492,000
  • 8th Richard Harroch $372,000
  • 9th Tom Hanlon $192,000

Greg Hurst was the first player out just eight hands in when he got all his chips in after the Flop had come down :7c :6h :3h against Michael Mizrachi. Hurst tabled :ad :as :9c :8h but found himself behind against Mirachi’s :ac :kh :5h :4c having already made a straight and was on a flush draw. The last two cards came down :3c :6d confirming Hurst’s exit in 9th place winning $80,581.

We had to wait until hand 45 before the next player was out. This started off when Kido Pham opened the pre flop betting to $80,000. Brandon Moran called along with Peter Jetten, Michael Mizrachi in the big blind raised this up to $400,000, Jetten mucked his hand and both Pham and Moran called, with Moran being All In. The Flop came down :ad :ks :4h to which Mizrachi moved All In forcing Pham to fold. Mizrachi tabled :ac :as :kh :2h well ahead of Moran’s :8c :6s :5s :3d The :4c on the Turn left Moran drawing dead as it completed Mizrachi’s full house.

Just seven hands later Mizrachi picked up his hat trick of eliminations, when he knocked out short stacked Tom Hanlon. Mizrachi bet out after the Flop came down :6h :7c :jc which put Hanlon All In to which he called. Mizrachi had :jh :8d :6d :2h leading with two pair up against Hanlon’s :ad :ks :10s :9d with nothing. The :ac on the Turn rekindled Hanlon’s hand but he missed on the River as the :3h completed the board.

Another ten hands past before Mizrachi was at it again, this time against Kido Pham. The hand started off with Mizrachi, Richard Harroch, and Billy Argyros all limping in. Pham in the big blind fired out a large bet and only Mizrachi called to see a Flop of :qd :7s :10h Pham checked and then called Mizrachi’s $300,000 raise to see the :6c fall on the Turn. Pham checked again and Mizrachi moved All In. It took Pham a good seven to eight minutes to come to a decision finally making the call tabling :as :ah :kd :5c behind against Mizrachi’s :10s :10c :kd :6d having a set of Tens. The :6s completed the board sending Pham to the rail to collect $170,116 in 6th place.

Richard Harroch started the day in 8th place in the chip rankings and managed to last until this point. He got the last of his chips in against Marty Smyth who managed to hit quad Fours on the River to win the pot. Harroch won $214,884 finishing in 5th place. Just a dozen hands later Mizrachi was back in the thick of it again increasing his chip lead, eliminating Billy “The Croc” Argyros into 4th place. Mizrachi managed to hit a straight on the turn when Argvros had a flopped set. The straight won the pot as the board didn’t pair up for Argvros on the River.

After all of Mizrachi’s good work, he fell short at this stage in the event loosing out to Peter Jetten. All the chips went into the middle pre flop with Jetten having Mizrachi just covered. Mizrachi had :as :kc :5c :3s and needed help with Jetten having :ah :ac :qs :8c The final board of :5d :9c :6s :10d :4d gave Mizrachi a pair but was not enough to save him from elimination.

Marty Smyth held the chip lead going into heads up and only took 30 hands to take down the event. This came when all the chips went in after the flop came down :qc :9h :10c Both players tabled a nut straight but Smyth was drawing to a club flush. The :7d made no difference but the River :7c gave Smyth the flush and victory in event 50.

WSOP 2008 Event 50 Final Standings

  • 1st Marty Smyth $859,549
  • 2nd Peter Jetten $528,256
  • 3rd Michael Mizrachi $331,279
  • 4th Billy Argyros $268,605
  • 5th Richard Harroch $214,884
  • 6th Kido Pham $170,116
  • 7th Tom Hanlon $134,302
  • 8th Brandon Moran $107,442
  • 9th Greg Hurst $80,581



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