WSOP 2008 Quick Results – Events 47 – 48

Event 47 – $1500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better 543 Entrants Prize Pool – $741 195

  1. Ryan Hughes – $183 368
  2. Ronald Long – $113 240
  3. Thomas Hunt III – $68 686
  4. Alessio Isaia – $50 112
  5. Jonas Klausen – $39 355
  6. Tim D’alessandro – $30 444
  7. Joshua Feldman – $23 019
  8. David Sklansky – $19 306
  9. James Richburg – $15 593

College drop-out Ryan Hughes is a strange animal – he claims he never plays Seven Card Stud but both his WSOP bracelets are for Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo variants! He has been playing pro poker since 2002 and apart from his great finishes at the WSOP over the past two years, he also won the $1000 No Limit Holdem event at the 2007 LA Poker Classic when it was part of the now-defunct PPT (Professional Poker Tour)! David Sklansky, who was knocked out in the early rounds of the final table showdown, adds a second money finish to his 6th place finish in the $2500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball event #40!

Big names who crashed out of the event in the first days of competition included the very accomplished and popular teacher of the finer points of poker, Men ‘the Master’ Nguyen (17th), Eugene Katchalov (26th), who pocketed over $2.4 million for his first place finish at the 2007 WPT Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic and the leading WSOP Bracelet winner of all-time, Phil Hellmuth (33rd).

Event 48 – $2000 No Limit Holdem 2 317 Entrants Prize Pool – $4 216 940

  1. Alexandre Gomes – $770 540
  2. Marco Johnson – $491 273
  3. Ryan D’angelo – $326 812
  4. Robert Brewer – $274 101
  5. Alan Cutler – $223 497
  6. Kirill Gerasimov – $177 111
  7. Sverre Sundbo – $134 942
  8. Gabriel Costner – $103 315
  9. Dan Rome – $71 687

Alexandre Gomes was the toast of Brazil when he became the first player from South America to win a coveted WSOP bracelet. He managed to outlast another relative new comer to the poker party, Marco Johnson from California who boasts a total of seven cashes but is yet to win a title. Apart from coming second to Gomes at the WSOP, he was also runner-up at the WPT season six Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic. Another consummate pro who finished at the final table well behind Gomes was Muscovite, Kirill Gerasimov. The Russian has been playing professionally since 2001 and has a number of accomplishments he can add to his growing career resume including a 5th place finish in the Pot Limit Omaha event #28, third in the 2007 WSOP Omaha Hi/Lo event and third in the No Limit Holdem event at the 2006 EPT French Open.

Poker professionals who did not quite make it to the final table included Canadian, Erik Cajelais (36th), winner of the 2006 WPT Five Diamond Classic at the Bellagio and David ‘Dragon’ Pham (157th), nephew and mentee of Men Nguyen, who has an impressive array of wins, some of which are: