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2009 World Series of Poker

2009 WSOP Overview
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The 2009 World Series of Poker started on May 27 with the $500 Casino Employees Event. The Main Event was scheduled to run for eleven days starting on July 3 (with a break for the November Nine), the 57th event of the festival, an increase of two from 2008.

The third World Series of Poker Europe was held in September with four events again, but replacing the H.O.R.S.E. tournament with a £2,500+150 Pot-Limit Omaha/Hold 'Em event.

WSOP Schedule
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Following the 57-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.


15/27$500No-Limit Hold 'Em - Casino Employees Event
25/28$40,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - 40th Anniversary event
35/29$1,500Omaha Hi/Lo
45/30$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
56/1$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha
66/1$10,000World Championship Seven-Card Stud
76/2$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
86/2$2,500No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw
96/3$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em - Six Handed
106/3$2,500Pot-Limit Omaha/Hold 'Em
116/4$2,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
126/4$10,000World Championship Mixed Events 8 Game
136/5$2,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
146/5$2,500Limit Hold 'Em - Six Handed
156/6$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
166/6$1,500Seven-Card Stud
176/7$1,000Ladies No-Limit Hold 'Em World Championship
186/7$10,000World Championship Omaha Hi/Lo
196/8$2,500No-Limit Hold 'Em - Six Handed
206/9$1,500Pot-Limit Hold 'Em
226/10$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em - Shootout
236/10$10,000World Championship No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw
246/11$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
256/11$2,500Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo
266/12$1,500Limit Hold 'Em
276/12$5,000Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
286/13$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
296/13$10,000World Championship Heads Up
306/14$2,500Pot-Limit Omaha
326/15$2,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
336/15$10,000World Championship Limit Hold 'Em
346/16$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
356/17$5,000Pot-Limit Omaha
366/18$2,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
376/18$10,000World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo
386/19$2,000Limit Hold 'Em
396/20$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
406/20$10,000World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha
416/21$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - Shootout
426/21$2,5008-Game Mixed Event
436/22$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - Seniors Championship
446/22$2,500Seven-Card Razz
456/23$10,000World Championship Pot-Limit Hold 'Em
466/23$2,500Omaha Hi/Lo
476/24$2,500Mixed-Limit/No-Limit Hold 'Em
486/25$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
496/26$50,000World Championship H.O.R.S.E.
506/26$1,500Limit Hold 'Em - Shootout
516/27$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
526/28$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - Triple Chance
536/28$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo
546/29$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
556/29$2,500Limit Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw
566/30$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - Six Handed
577/3$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

WSOP Europe

19/18£1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
29/21£2,500Pot-Limit Omaha/Hold 'Em
39/23£5,000Pot-Limit Omaha
49/26£10,000World Championship No-Limit Hold 'Em

Main Event Final Table
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Final Table Results

FinishPlayerPrizeStartStart Chips
2ndDarvin Moon$5,182,928158,930,000
4thEric Buchman$2,502,890234,800,000
6thSteven Begleiter$1,587,160329,885,000
5thJeff Shulman$1,953,452419,580,000
1stJoe Cada$8,547,042513,215,000
8thKevin Schaffel$1,300,231612,390,000
7thPhil Ivey$1,404,01479,765,000
3rdAntoine Saout$3,479,67089,500,000
9thJames Akenhead$1,263,60296,800,000

Main Event Final Hand
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Darvin Moon, a Maryland logging company owner, is the chip leader going into the November Nine, while Joe Cada is fifth with less than a quarter of his chips. Moon's Ace-Queen upends Phil Ivey's Ace-King and Steve Begleiter's pocket Queens on separate hands to eliminate them. Cada outraces Antoine Saout to reach heads up with a 7-to-3 lead.

Cada falls behind but climbs to about double Moon's chips by the final hand. Cada raises and four-bets all in preflop. Moon calls and has a 48.0% chance to survive, but the flop, turn, and river all miss him. Cada becomes $8,546,435 richer as the youngest WSOP Main Event champion at age 21. Moon collects $5,182,601 for second place.

Joe Cada
Darvin Moon

Main Event Summary
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DatesJuly 3 to November 10
Players6,494 (648 cashed)
WinnerJoe Cada ($8,546,435, U.S.)
Runner-UpDarvin Moon ($5,182,601)
Final Table Bubble BoyJordan Smith (10th, $896,730)
Money Bubble BoyKia Hamadani (649th)
Last Champ StandingPeter Eastgate (78th, $68,979)
Last Woman StandingLeo Margets (27th, $352,832)
Last Celebrity StandingLou Diamond Phillips (186th, $36,626)
In 50 CharactersCada new youngest champ just before 22nd birthday.

WSOP Wrapup
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Jeff Lisandro won three bracelets -- the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud, the $2,500 Razz, and the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud 8 -- and also reached one other final table to earn WSOP Player of the Year honors.

Three players won two bracelets in Las Vegas -- Brock Parker, Greg Mueller, and Phil Ivey -- while J.P. Kelly won one in the U.S. and one in London.

Ville Wahlbeck won Finland's first bracelet in the $10,000 World Championship 8-Game Mix, and Peter Traply won Hungary's first in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em Shootout.

Roland de Wolfe won the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo to become just the second player to complete the Poker Triple Crown with his 2005 World Poker Tour and 2006 European Poker Tour wins (Gavin Griffin was the first in 2008).

In its thirtieth year, the World Series of Poker surpassed one billion dollars in prizes awarded in bracelet events.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$500No-Limit Hold 'Em - Casino Employees EventAndrew Cohen$83,833866Hendon Link
2$40,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - 40th Anniversary eventVitaly Lunkin$1,891,018201Hendon Link
3$1,500Omaha Hi/LoThang Luu$263,190918Hendon Link
4$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmSteve Sung$771,3386,012Hendon Link
5$1,500Pot-Limit OmahaJason Mercier$237,462809Hendon Link
6$10,000World Championship Seven-Card StudFreddie Ellis$373,751142Hendon Link
7$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmTravis Johnson$666,8532,791Hendon Link
8$2,500No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven DrawPhil Ivey$96,367147Hendon Link
9$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em - Six HandedKen Aldridge$428,2591,459Hendon Link
10$2,500Pot-Limit Omaha/Hold 'EmRami Boukai$244,862453Hendon Link
11$2,000No-Limit Hold 'EmAnthony Harb$569,2541,646Hendon Link
12$10,000World Championship Mixed Events 8 GameVille Wahlbeck$492,384194Hendon Link
13$2,500No-Limit Hold 'EmKeven Stammen$506,7861,088Hendon Link
14$2,500Limit Hold 'Em - Six HandedJohn Parker$223,697367Hendon Link
15$5,000No-Limit Hold 'EmBrian Lemke$692,690655Hendon Link
16$1,500Seven-Card StudJeff Lisandro$124,975359Hendon Link
17$1,000Ladies No-Limit Hold 'Em World ChampionshipLisa Hamilton$195,3901,060Hendon Link
18$10,000World Championship Omaha Hi/LoDaniel Alaei$445,898179Hendon Link
19$2,500No-Limit Hold 'Em - Six HandedJohn Parker$552,7451,068Hendon Link
20$1,500Pot-Limit Hold 'EmJohn Paul Kelly$194,434633Hendon Link
21$3,000H.O.R.S.E.Zachary Fellows$311,899452Hendon Link
22$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em - ShootoutJeff Carris$313,673999Hendon Link
23$10,000World Championship No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven DrawNick Schulman$279,75196Hendon Link
24$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmPeter Vilandos$607,2562,506Hendon Link
25$2,500Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi/LoPhil Ivey$220,538376Hendon Link
26$1,500Limit Hold 'EmTomas Alenius$197,509643Hendon Link
27$5,000Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/LoRoland de Wolfe$246,616198Hendon Link
28$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmMike Eise$639,3312,638Hendon Link
29$10,000World Championship Heads UpLeo Wolpert$625,682256Hendon Link
30$2,500Pot-Limit OmahaJustin Cuong Van Tran$235,685436Hendon Link
31$1,500H.O.R.S.E.James Van Alstyne$247,033770Hendon Link
32$2,000No-Limit Hold 'EmAngel Guillen$530,5481,534Hendon Link
33$10,000World Championship Limit Hold 'EmGreg Mueller$460,841185Hendon Link
34$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmEric Baldwin$521,9912,095Hendon Link
35$5,000Pot-Limit OmahaRichard "PA" Austin$409,484363Hendon Link
36$2,000No-Limit Hold 'EmJordan Smith$586,2121,695Hendon Link
37$10,000World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi/LoJeff Lisandro$431,656164Hendon Link
38$2,000Limit Hold 'EmMarcus Naalden$190,770446Hendon Link
39$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmRay Foley$657,9692,715Hendon Link
40$10,000World Championship Pot-Limit OmahaMatthew "CT" Graham$679,402295Hendon Link
41$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - ShootoutPeter Traply$348,755280Hendon Link
42$2,5008-Game Mixed EventJerrod Ankenman$241,654412Hendon Link
43$1,000Seniors Championship - No-Limit Hold 'EmMichael "IA" Davis$437,3582,707Hendon Link
44$2,500Seven-Card RazzJeff Lisandro$188,390315Hendon Link
45$10,000World Championship Pot-Limit Hold 'EmJohn Kabbaj$633,335275Hendon Link
46$2,500Omaha Hi/LoDerek Raymond$229,192424Hendon Link
47$2,500Mixed-Limit/No-Limit Hold 'EmBahador Ahmadi$278,804527Hendon Link
48$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/LoBrandon Cantu$228,867762Hendon Link
49$50,000World Championship H.O.R.S.E.David Bach$1,276,80695Hendon Link
50$1,500Limit Hold 'Em - ShootoutGreg Mueller$194,909571Hendon Link
51$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmCarsten Joh$664,4262,781Hendon Link
52$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - Triple ChanceJorg Peisert$506,800854Hendon Link
53$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/LoDavid Halpern$159,048466Hendon Link
54$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmTony Veckey$673,2762,818Hendon Link
55$2,500Limit Deuce-to-Seven Triple DrawAbe Mosseri$165,513258Hendon Link
56$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em - Six HandedMatthew Hawrilenko$1,003,218928Hendon Link
57$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmJoe Cada$8,546,4356,494Hendon Link

WSOP Europe Results
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