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Monday, June 9, 2008 | Francis Lee


The 8th event at the World Series of Poker was the second $10,000 world championship event, they were playing mixed games ranging from Hold’em, Omaha, Stud, 2-7 triple draw and the Hi/Lo variations of each game. 192 entrants started out this event with the first place prize set at $483,688 with the top 24 players cashing in.

Every table was filled with the most well known poker pro’s from around the world with multiple bracelet winners like Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Jonny Chan, Chris Ferguson and Freddy Deeb.

The first days play saw just 89 players surviving to make it to day two with Tom Schneider leading the way in the chip rankings. Some of the top players were eliminated early on during the second days play with the likes of Todd Brunson, Alex Kravchenko, Tony G and David Sklansky. As the day ended with just eight players left Matt Glantz had taken the chip lead into the final table with just over $1 million in chips.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Matt Glantz $1,150,000
  • 2nd James Mackey $742,000
  • 3rd Tom Dawn $642,000
  • 4th Michael Demoiselle $434,000
  • 5th Sam Farah $374,000
  • 6th Anthony Rivera $274,000
  • 7th Jeff Madsen $149,000
  • 8th Eli Elezra $76,000

Two of the short stacked players Eli Elezra and Anthony Rivera started well on this final table doubling up against Tom Dawn, Dawn was involved again in the next hand doubling Elezra up again. Just a few hands later Dawn managed to get a few chips back crippling Jeff Madsen in the process. Madsen’s end came in the next hand loosing to Sammy Farha.

Tim Dawn’s luck was about to get worse as he was crippled by Matt Glantz and then was All In with pocket Deuces. He was up against Rivera with :2d :3s who hit a three on the board to eliminate Dawn into 7th place winning $67,680.

When the game changed to Razz we saw the Sammy Fahra go out in 6th place in a four way pot. Sammy Fahra was eventually beaten by Elezra with Eight low. Just a few hands later Elerza was out when playing stud hi/lo. Elezra moved All In with pocket Kings but was up against DeMichele with trip three’s. Elezra didn’t improve enough and went out in 5th collecting $108,288.

DeMichele lost out to Rivera playing 2-7 triple draw. Rivera’s :8d :7c :5c :3s :2h bettered DeMichele’s :8h :7h :5d :4d :3c knocking him out in 4th place. Third place went to the early chip leader Matt Glantz when he doubled up James Mackey, and then Mackey eliminated him out of the tournament.

Heads up play was just as fast as the way the rest of the final table had been played at. It took just five hands for it to be all over making this the fastest final table so far at this years world series. The game was Hold’em when all the chips went into the middle with Mackey having :as :9d and Rivera having :ad :kd The big slick held up handing Rivera the victory in event 8 taking home the bracelet and $297,792 in prize money.

Final Standings

  • 1st Anthony Rivera $483,68
  • 2nd James Mackey $297,792
  • 3rd Matt Glantz $184,992
  • 4th Michael Demoiselle $139,872
  • 5th Eli Elezra $108,288
  • 6th Sam Farah $85,728
  • 7th Tom Dawn $67,680
  • 8th Jeff Madsen $54,144



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