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Thursday, July 3, 2008 | Francis Lee

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2,693 entrants turned out for the 52nd event at the World Series of Poker 2008, which was a $1,500 no limit hold’em tournament, the final $1,500 buy in event of this series. The first place prize set was $625,443 and the rest of the $3,675,945 prize pool paid down to 270th place.

The bubble burst after around 8 hours of play, loosing a total of 1,993 players with in this time. A large number of well know players failed to make the cash with the likes of Roland de Wolfe, Barry Greenstein, Erik Seidel, Chris Ferguson, Andy Black and Erick Lindgren to name a few. Once play concluded on day one just 228 players remained. The second day took quite a while reducing the field down to the last nine players to fight out the final table positions. The chip rankings at the end of day two looked like this.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Corwin Cole $1,668,000
  • 2nd Matt Matros $1,472,000
  • 3rd Jeffery Courtney $1,443,000
  • 4th David Daneshgar $1,178,000
  • 5th Voitto Rintala $553,000
  • 6th Dan Heimiller $544,000
  • 7th Andrey Zaichenko $521,000
  • 8th Scott Sitron $504,000
  • 9th Farzad Rouhani $212,000

Just four hands in on this final table we lost the first player. Voitto Rintala had a bad start loosing most of his chips in the first couple of hands, and then ran into Farzad Rouhani with quad Fives when only having a pair of Sixes himself.

Rouhani continued his great start to the table with his super aggressive play and took the chip lead eliminating Jeff Courtney in the process. Rouhani called Courtney All In with :ad :qd against pocket Jacks and took down the pot pairing his Queen on the Flop. Courtney went out in 8th place winning $84,546.

Andrey Zaichenko moved All In just twelve hands later with :9h :6h and his timing couldn’t have been worse as David Daneshgar called tabling pocket Kings. Zaichenko was drawing dead after the Flop came down :ks :qc :2s heading for the rail in 7th place. Matt Matros followed Zaichenko to the rail just a few hands later against Corwin Cole. Matros was looking good to double up with :as :qh against :ah :9h until Cole hit a Nine on the Flop and then heart flush on the Turn scooping the pot.

This win didn’t help Cole as he was the next player eliminated from the event. Cole tried to take down the blinds from the cut off raising to $870,000 All In with :9c :8d but got a call from Scott Sitron in the big blind with :ac :8c Sitron paired an Ace on the Flop eliminating Cole in 5th place winning $145,875.

On the very next hand of play Rouhani moved All In for $515,000 with :ah :9d and Sitron called from the small blind with pocket Tens. Sitron hit lucky again on the Flop as he hit a set of Tens. Rouhani had no chance of recovery as the :4d left him drawing dead.

Three handed play lasted for a total of 30 hands where Sitron took control of the table. He got his hat trick of eliminations when dominating Dan Heimiller with :as :10c against :ac :3c The Flop was kind to Sitron pairing his Ten with little left for Heimiller to hit. The :jd on the Turn meant he was drawing dead with one card to come and headed for the rail to collect $275,974 in 3rd place.

Scott Sitron started heads up in the lead with $4.8 million in chips with David Daneshgar on $3.2 million. Heads up lasted for 50 hands, but the decisive happened ten hands from the end. Daneshgar doubled up taking a $3.2 million chip lead. The end came for Sitron when he pushed with :ah :8c and Daneshgar was sitting on pocket Tens. The pocket pair held up on the final board showing :4d :6d :6h :9c :jh handing Daneshgar the top prize of $625,443 and his first WSOP bracelet.

WSOP 2008 Event 52 Final Standings

  • 1st David Daneshgar $625,443
  • 2nd Scott Sitron $385,974
  • 3rd Dan Heimiller $275,695
  • 4th Farzad Rouhani $231,584
  • 5th Corwin Cole $189,311
  • 6th Matt Matros $148,875
  • 7th Andrey Zaichenko $112,116
  • 8th Jeff Courtney $84,546
  • 9th Voitto Rintala $57,712



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