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2008 World Series of Poker

2008 WSOP Overview
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The 2008 World Series of Poker started on May 30 with the $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Hold 'Em. The Main Event was scheduled to run for eight days starting on July 3 but with a nearly four-month delay after getting down to nine players. This was the debut of the November Nine, intended to heighten interest in the end of the championship. The final event to start (on July 7) was the $500 Casino Employees Event, the 55th event, the same number as 2007.

The second World Series of Poker Europe was held in September with four events, adding a £1,500+75 No-Limit Hold 'Em event.

WSOP Schedule
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Following the 55-event WSOP in Las Vegas from May to July, WSOP Europe returns to Casino at the Empire in London, England for four events in September.


15/30$10,000World Championship Pot-Limit Hold 'Em
25/31$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
36/2$1,500Pot-Limit Hold 'Em
46/2$5,000Limit/No-Limit Hold 'Em
56/3$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
66/3$1,500Omaha Hi/Lo
76/4$2,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
86/4$10,000World Championship 8-Game
96/5$1,500Short-Handed No-Limit Hold 'Em
106/5$2,500Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo
116/6$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - Shootout
126/6$1,500Limit Hold 'Em
136/7$2,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
146/7$10,000World Championship Seven-Card Stud
156/8$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - Ladies World Championship Event
166/8$2,000Omaha Hi/Lo
176/9$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em - Shootout
186/9$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw
196/10$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha
206/10$2,000Limit Hold 'Em
216/11$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
236/12$2,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
246/12$2,500Pot-Limit Hold 'Em/Omaha
256/13$10,000World Championship Heads Up No-Limit Hold 'Em
266/13$1,500Seven-Card Razz
276/14$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
286/14$5,000Pot-Limit Omaha
296/15$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
306/15$10,000World Championship Limit Hold 'Em
316/16$2,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
326/17$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
336/17$5,000World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo
346/18$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha
356/18$1,500Seven-Card Stud
366/19$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
376/19$10,000World Championship Omaha Hi/Lo Split
386/20$2,000Pot-Limit Hold 'Em
396/21$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
406/22$1,500Limit/No-Limit Hold 'Em
416/22$2,500Limit Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw
426/23$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - Seniors World Championship
436/24$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
446/25$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
466/26$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
476/26$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo
486/27$2,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
496/28$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
506/29$10,000World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha
526/30$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
537/1$1,500Limit Hold 'Em - Shootout
547/3$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em
557/7$500No-Limit Hold 'Em - Casino Employees Event

WSOP Europe

19/19£1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
29/22£2,500Limit H.O.R.S.E.
39/24£5,000Pot-Limit Omaha
49/27£10,000World Championship No-Limit Hold 'Em

Main Event Final Table
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Final Table Results

FinishPlayerPrizeStartStart Chips
3rdDennis Phillips$4,517,773126,295,000
2ndIvan Demidov$5,809,595224,400,000
5thScott Montgomery$3,096,768319,690,000
1stPeter Eastgate$9,152,416418,375,000
4thYlon Schwartz$3,774,974512,525,000
6thDarus Suharto$2,418,562612,520,000
7thDavid Rheem$1,772,650710,230,000
9thCraig Marquis$900,670810,210,000
8thKelly Kim$1,288,21792,620,000

Main Event Final Hand
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Ivan Demidov began the first November Nine second in chips and Eastgate fourth, but Peter Eastgate starts heads-up action with a 7-to-5 chip lead, having rivered a boat to knock out Ylon Schwartz in fourth and flopped bottom set to eliminate Dennis Phillips in third just a few hands apart.

Eastgate begins the final hand with a 7-to-1 chip lead. Both players limp preflop, and Eastgate takes a stab at the flop, which Demidov calls with bottom pair. Demidov improves to two pairs and check-raises the turn. On a harmless river, he moves all in and finds out that Eastgate completed his wheel on the turn. Demidov collects $5,809,595 and his young opponent $9,152,416.

Peter Eastgate
Ivan Demidov

Main Event Summary
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DatesJuly 3 to November 10
Players6,844 (666 cashed)
WinnerPeter Eastgate ($9,152,416, Denmark)
Runner-UpIvan Demidov ($5,809,595)
Final Table Bubble BoyDean Hamrick (10th, $591,869)
Money Bubble BoySteve Chung (667th)
Last Champ StandingPhil Hellmuth (45th, $154,400)
Last Woman StandingTiffany Michelle (17th, $334,534)
Last Celebrity StandingKara Scott (104th, $41,816)
In 50 CharactersEastgate youngest champ (22) in 1st November Nine.

WSOP Wrapup
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John Phan won two bracelets ($3,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em and $2,500 Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball) in Las Vegas, while Jesper Hougaard won one in the U.S. ($1,500 No-Limit Hold 'Em) and one in England (£1,500 No-Limit Hold 'Em) to become the first player to win a bracelet in both the WSOP and WSOP Europe.

Vanessa Selbst won her first bracelet in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha.

Grant and Blair Hinkle became the first siblings to win WSOP bracelets in the same year. Grant took down the $1,500 No-Limit Hold 'Em for $831,279 eleven days before Blair won the $2,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em for $507,613.

Three players won the first bracelets for their countries:

Nikolay Evdakov cashed 10 ten times to set a new single-year record.

Erick Lindgren cashed five times, including three final tables and a bracelet to edge Barry Greenstein in a very close WSOP Player of the Year race.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$10,000World Championship Pot-Limit Hold 'EmNenad Medic$794,112352Hendon Link
2$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmGrant Hinkle$831,2793,929Hendon Link
3$1,500Pot-Limit Hold 'EmDavid Singer$214,122713Hendon Link
4$5,000Limit/No-Limit Hold 'EmErick Lindgren$374,505332Hendon Link
5$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmMichael Banducci$636,7363,024Hendon Link
6$1,500Omaha Hi/LoThang Luu$243,342833Hendon Link
7$2,000No-Limit Hold 'EmMatt Keikoan$550,5291,592Hendon Link
8$10,000World Championship 8-GameAnthony Rivera$483,688192Hendon Link
9$1,500Short-Handed No-Limit Hold 'EmRalph Porter$372,8431,236Hendon Link
10$2,500Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi/LoFarzad Rouhani$232,911338Hendon Link
11$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - ShootoutPhillip Tom$477,990360Hendon Link
12$1,500Limit Hold 'EmJimmy Shultz$257,049883Hendon Link
13$2,500No-Limit Hold 'EmDuncan Bell$666,6971,395Hendon Link
14$10,000World Championship Seven-Card StudEric Brooks$415,856158Hendon Link
15$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - Ladies World Championship EventSvetlana Gromenkova$224,7021,190Hendon Link
16$2,000Omaha Hi/LoAndrew Brown$226,4831,000Hendon Link
17$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em - ShootoutJason Young$335,5651,000Hendon Link
18$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven DrawMike Matusow$537,86285Hendon Link
19$1,500Pot-Limit OmahaVanessa Selbst$227,933759Hendon Link
20$2,000Limit Hold 'EmDaniel Negreanu$204,863480Hendon Link
21$5,000No-Limit Hold 'EmScott Seiver$755,891731Hendon Link
22$3,000H.O.R.S.E.Jens Voertmann$298,253414Hendon Link
23$2,000No-Limit Hold 'EmBlair Hinkle$507,6131,344Hendon Link
24$2,500Pot-Limit Hold 'Em/OmahaMax Pescatori$246,509457Hendon Link
25$10,000World Championship Heads Up No-Limit Hold 'EmKenny Tran$539,056453Hendon Link
26$1,500Seven-Card RazzBarry Greenstein$157,643291Hendon Link
27$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmVitaly Lunkin$629,4172,706Hendon Link
28$5,000Pot-Limit OmahaPhil Galfond$817,781635Hendon Link
29$3,000No-Limit Hold 'EmBon Phan$434,789716Hendon Link
30$10,000World Championship Limit Hold 'EmRob Hollink$496,931218Hendon Link
31$2,500No-Limit Hold 'EmDario Minieri$528,4181,012Hendon Link
32$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmLuis Velador$574,7342,304Hendon Link
33$5,000World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi/LoSebastian Ruthenberg$328,762261Hendon Link
34$1,500Pot-Limit OmahaLayne Flack$577,7251,670Hendon Link
35$1,500Seven-Card StudMike Rocco$135,753381Hendon Link
36$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmJesper Hougaard$610,3042,447Hendon Link
37$10,000World Championship Omaha Hi/Lo SplitDavid Benyamine$535,687235Hendon Link
38$2,000Pot-Limit Hold 'EmDavidi Kitai$244,583605Hendon Link
39$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmDavid Woo$631,5502,720Hendon Link
40$1,500Limit/No-Limit Hold 'EmFrank Gary$219,562731Hendon Link
41$2,500Limit Deuce-to-Seven Triple DrawBon Phan$151,911238Hendon Link
42$1,000Seniors World Championship - No-Limit Hold 'EmDaniel Lacourse$368,8322,218Hendon Link
43$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/LoMartin Klaser$216,249720Hendon Link
44$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmMax Greenwood$693,3923,387Hendon Link
45$50,000H.O.R.S.E.Scotty Nguyen$1,989,120148Hendon Link
46$5,000No-Limit Hold 'EmJoe Commisso$911,855805Hendon Link
47$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/LoRyan Hughes$183,368544Hendon Link
48$2,000No-Limit Hold 'EmAlexandre Gomes$770,5402,317Hendon Link
49$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmJustin Cuong Van Tran$631,1702,718Hendon Link
50$10,000World Championship Pot-Limit OmahaMarty Smyth$859,549381Hendon Link
51$1,500H.O.R.S.E.James Schaaf$256,412803Hendon Link
52$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmDavid Daneshgar$625,4432,693Hendon Link
53$1,500Limit Hold 'Em - ShootoutMatthew "CT" Graham$278,180823Hendon Link
54$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmPeter Eastgate$9,152,4166,844Hendon Link
55$500No-Limit Hold 'Em - Casino Employees EventJonathan Kotula$87,929930Hendon Link

WSOP Europe Results
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Further Reading
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