WSOP 2008 Quick Results – Events 49 – 50

Event 49 – $1500 No Limit Holdem 2 718 Entrants Prize Pool – $3 710 070

  1. J C Tran – $631 170
  2. Rasmus Nielsen – $389 557
  3. John Conroy – $278 255
  4. Peter Nguyen – $233 734
  5. Joe Pelton – $191 068
  6. Chad Siu – $150 257
  7. Jasper Hoog – $113 157
  8. Robert Kalb – $85 331
  9. Christoph Kohnen – $58 246

One of the up and coming stars of the professional poker circuit, J C Tran, will be delighted with his first WSOP bracelet. The Vietnamese born American is already one of the giants of the World Poker Tour, having claimed the Player of the Year title for Season 5 of the WPT. Some of his reputable wins include the Rio Las Vegas Poker Tournament, a WSOP circuit event in 2005 and No Limit Holdem showdowns at the Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic, the World Poker Finals, the World Poker Challenge and the World Championship, all WPT events. Interestingly enough the highly thought of Nguyen family were a few of the early round casualties – Men finished 25th, mentee and nephew, David Pham finished 26th and Van ended the day 55th.

Event 50 – $10 000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha 381 Entrants Prize Pool – $3 581 400

  1. Marty Smyth – $859 549
  2. Peter Jetten – $528 256
  3. Michael Mizrachi – $331 279
  4. Billy Argyros – $268 605
  5. Richard Harrach – $214 884
  6. Thang (Kido) Pham – $170 116
  7. Tom Hanlon – $134 302
  8. Brandon Moran – $107 442
  9. Greg Hurst – $80 581

Irish poker pro, Marty Smyth, had to overcome some trying opposition including Michael Mizrachi, the younger brother of Robert Mizrachi, who boasts a whole range of WSOP and WPT finishes, to claim the elite World Championship Pot Limit Omaha event. Michael can add a second WSOP money finish to his resume – he came 8th in the $2500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or better event #10. Although this is Smyth’s first bracelet he does have a couple of credible wins to his name including that of Europe’s oldest poker tournament, the Irish Open in 2007 and the €3300 buy-in event at the EPT Dublin where he defeated Roland de Wolfe in the heads-up. His other major claim to fame is his second place finish behind Joe Beevers at the 2007 Poker Millions!

Dutchman Rob Hollink was one of the pros who did not make it through to the final showdown – he could only manage 22nd place, but he will not be too disappointed as he claimed his maiden WSOP bracelet for the World Championship Limit Holdem event #30 earlier on in the tournament. Hollink first caught the attention of the poker fraternity when he claimed the inaugural EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo in 2005!

For all the final table action for this World Championship branded event take a look at our page devoted to the outcome of Event #50.