WSOP 2008 Quick Results – Events 43 – 44
Event 43 – $1500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Split 8 or Better 720 Entrants Prize Pool – $982 800
- Martin Klaser – $216 249
- Casey Kastle – $137 985
- Michael Fetter – $83 538
- Erik Seidel – $68 304
- Jon Maren – $56 019
- Chad Burum – $44 226
- Joseph Haddad – $34 398
- Larry Wright – $27 027
- Tom Chambers – $19 656
Germany’s Martin Klaser has proved his poker playing abilities by claiming his first WSOP bracelet, but prior to his inaugural win in Las Vegas he impressed by claiming the Million Euro Challenge, a Full Tilt Poker offering. He went one step further and beat both Gus Hansen and Chris Ferguson in a follow-up event to the Challenge – not bad for a rookie who has only been at the tables since 2006!
Although he did not claim the bracelet, Erik Seidel will be well pleased with his 4th place finish – he can add it to his fifth place finish at the World Championship Seven Card Stud event #14!
There were a couple of big names who did not progress to the final table at the Rio and they included 2005 WSOP main event winner, Joe Hachem, Shannon Shorr, who finished 4th at the 2006 edition of the Aussie Millions, veteran Berry Johnston, who claimed the elite main event at the 1986 WSOP and in 2004 was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame and one of the most accomplished poker players in the world today, Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson – winner of 5 WSOP bracelets, 2 WSOP rings and main event champion in 2000!
Event 44 – $1000 No Limit Holdem with Rebuys 879 Entrants Prize Pool – $3 240 174 Rebuys & Add-ons – $2 508
- Maxwell Greenwood – $693 392
- Rene Mouritsen – $445 523
- Albert Iverson – $267 314
- Scott Freeman – $223 572
- Jesse Chinni – $183 069
- Aleksandr Dzianisau – $144 187
- Curt Kohlberg – $111 786
- Phung Ngo – $87 484
- Alex Bolotin – $63 183
Max Greenwood, a twenty-three year graduate from Toronto won his first WSOP title and the bracelet. The Canadian has been playing poker since 2006 and has pulled off some pretty remarkable finishes in his short time at the tables including a 4th place at the No Limit Holdem event of the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo in 2006 and his 5th place at the 2007 Aruba Poker Classic in Palm Beach. He had to down some accomplished players for his prize including Scott Freeman, who also finished 9th in the $5000 Limit Holdem event and New Yorker, Alex ‘Diesel’ Bolotin who won the WPT Borgata Winter Open in 2008 and has finished in the money three times at the current WSOP – 9th in the above event, 8th in the $2000 No Limit Holdem event #7 and 4th in the $3000 No limit Holdem event #29!
Big names who did not make it as far as the final showdown included Vietnamese-American poker player, J C Tran, winner of the WPT World Poker Challenge and proud owner of a single bracelet, he finished 24th; Alec Torelli (40th), who was runner-up to Kenny Tran in the 2008 World Championship No Limit Holdem Heads Ups contest (#25), Men ‘the Master’ Nguyen (57th), two-time bracelet winner Humberto ‘the Shark’ Brenes (77th) and Scott Clements (81st), who has won two WSOP bracelets and boasts three WPT 1st place finishes!.