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Tuesday, July 15, 2008 | Francis Lee


The race to reach the November nine seat final table in the World Series of Poker 2008 main event was on, with just 27 players left in the tournament. The seventh day would be played until 18 players was eliminated to leave the nine survivors left standing. The minimum each of the nine finalist would receive was just under 1 million dollars so the stakes was very high.

Once the cards was in the air the play started off very slowly, with no one wanting to make any tournament life threatening moves. The first elimination came when Michael Carroll flopped top pair with an Ace on the board. His opponent Gert Anderson was holding a flopped set of Fours and was only too happy to call Carroll All In. Carroll didn’t improve heading to the rail in 27th place.

Phil Nguyen was next to go when his :ac :10d failed to connect on the board against Tiffany Michelle holding pocket Jacks. Niklas Flisberg went next when his :as :10s was dominated against :ac :kc Flisberg received a glimmer of hope getting a flush draw after the Turn but it never materialized. Just before the first break the field was down to 23 players as Aaron Gordon found his :qc :10c no good against pocket Jacks.

After the break the eliminations was few and far between, but like the London buses you wait an hour, and then two come along at once. Tim Loecke and Judet Cristian went out in successive hands and then a while later Paul Snead and Brandon Cantu headed for the rail together as well. As the next break approached Albert Kim got all his chips in with :ac :kh but was beaten by pocket Nine as his big slick missed the board. The table was broken up and re-seated as follows.

Table 1

  • Seat 1: Nicholas Sliwinski
  • Seat 2: Jason Riesenberg
  • Seat 3: Tiffany Michelle
  • Seat 4: Dennis Phillips
  • Seat 5: Scott Montgomery
  • Seat 6: Dean Hamrick
  • Seat 7: Gert Andersen
  • Seat 8: Anthony Scherer
  • Seat 9: Peter Eastgate

Table 2

  • Seat 1: Joe Bishop
  • Seat 2: Chris Klodnicki:
  • Seat 3: Owen Crowe
  • Seat 4: Ylon Schwartz
  • Seat 5: Kelly Kim
  • Seat 6: Darus Suharto
  • Seat 7: Ivan Demidov
  • Seat 8: Craig Marquis
  • Seat 9: David “Chino” Rheems

Jason Riesenberg was next to go when his flopped trip Queens was beaten by Dean Hamrick making a full house on the Turn. Tiffany Michelle’s quest to become the second female ever to reach a WSOP final table came to an end next, when getting all her chips in with :ac :jd after the Flop had come down :ad :10h :9c Peter Eastgate had pocket Aces making the call which was too strong for Michelle to recover.

Play slowed down as the next pay jump that was awarded after the next elimination was worth over $100,000. It took quite a while to get down to eleventh place, which saw the eliminations of Anthony Scherer, Owen Crowe, Gert Anderson, Nickolas Sliwinski, Chris Klodnicki and Joe Bishop. The final table bubble boy position went to Dean Harick when he got his last chips in with :as :jc against pocket Queens.

This brought a big round of applause as the final table for November was set for the second largest WSOP poker prize in history, with over $9 million going to the winner. Dennis Phillips entered the start of the day in the chip lead and held this right throughout the day building a $26 million chips stack. The rest of the final table looked as follows.

WSOP 2008 Main Event Final Table

  • 1st Dennis Phillips $26,295,000
  • 2nd Ivan Demidov $24,400,000
  • 3rd Scott Montgomery $19,690,000
  • 4th Peter Eastgate $18,375,000
  • 5th Ylon Schwartz $12,525,000
  • 6th Darus Suharto $12,520,000
  • 7th David ‘Chino’ Rheem $10,230,000
  • 8th Craig Marquis $10,210,000
  • 9th Kelly Kim $2,620,000



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